A SMALL BUT PRACTICAL LAUNDRY

29.09.17

I’ve been helping a client with their laundry renovation recently, and it’s a space not much larger than my laundry. It got me thinking about tips to create a practical laundry when you’re dealing with a small space.

The basics of a laundry should ideally include:
– Washing Machine
– Dryer
– Sink
– Bench space for folding
– Storage for laundry products

So, how to include all that when you have a wall that is less than 2m in length to deal with? I’ve seen wardrobes bigger than my laundry, so it was somewhat lucky we managed to fit in all of the above and include a small shower and toilet on the other side of the space.

Washing machines and Dryers have become a lot more compact in recent years, and the designer duo from Smeg that we have been living with for the past 9 months are seriously special. Good looks aside,  I love the big 10kg capacity of the front loading washer and the  dryer has a sensor controlled drying function. The 8kg capacity of the dryer is generous in size and most importantly, is nice and quiet. I just love how I can close the door on the laundry now, no overheating and annoying condensation etc that we were so used to with our old dryer. My favourite setting on the Dryer is ‘Jeans’ which dries our clothes super fast.

A busy household can never have enough storage, and overhead cabinets to match the style we installed in the kitchen have proved to be really handy for bulky beach/pool towels. I’ve also managed to occupy a shelf for all the swimming accessories that raising  a water baby brings – flippers, goggles, kick board etc. The compact sink in stainless steel has a heavy duty vibe that a laundry needs, but is a little more sophisticated, being round and undermount. The under bench cabinet holds our powders and cleaning products. Honestly, for such a small space you’d be surprised at how much it manages to store!

Below are a few inspiration shots for laundry rooms that are tiny but mighty:

Stacking the washer and dryer on top of each other as pictured above is always a good idea, and the great looking laundry range at Smeg make this possible, as the Washers and Dryers are made to be paired together. I also love the extra-large portholes in the Smeg designs, and the wide-angle opening for easy viewing and access, even though their dimensions are suitable for a 60cm installation in a smaller laundry space.


This gorgeous laundry which was photographed at a Smeg/Clarendon display home has the luxury of a little more length to play with than the first laundry, and again, the stacked washer and dryer creates even more storage above and below the counter. I love the window that has been incorporated  in to the design – it really helps create the illusion of more space. The full length broom cupboard on the right is also perfect for storing an ironing board.

Open shelving is going to make the space appear larger, you would just have to be conscious of always styling the shelf with lovely products and neatly folded towels, which isn’t always practical. I also love the drying line they’ve managed to fit in the laundry above.

This laundry has a little more space to work with than the first two examples, but I had to include it purely for the beauty of this space. The combination of oak, white tongue and groove cabinetry and clever concertina door with the brass tapware and accessories has me wanting to renovate for a second time!!

Briar x

Images via Pinterest.

1 comment

  • niki

    Hi Briar, I love the grey laundry basket in the top image – where did you get it from?

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