I recently replaced the washer and dryer with a matched pair of front loaders; they fit with about 1/4 inch of space on either side. I was very pleased with myself for the awesome measuring job I did, until it came time for me to reinstall the folding door: even when open, the door blocks the little tray for detergent. If I remounted the folding door to be hinged on the right, then I'd lose access to the controls...
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I don't think a real door would work: I couldn't hinge it on the left because it'd still block the detergent tray, and hinging it on the right wouldn't work because then I couldn't access the machine. (It might be tough to tell from the photo, but the area in front of the washer is bounded on three sides: by the washer/dryer, a door to the deck, and a counter.
I've considered a rolling tambour panel, but I don't think it would provide any sound insulation. How about laminating some insulating felt to a bolt of fabric, then hanging it on some heavy-duty blind hardware? Is that doable? Or does someone have a better solution?
Thanks! Andrew (aka Starcat)
We have to be brief because lunch just arrived (yum - Pollo Rostizado tortas!), but we'd recommend a simple white cotton duck curtain. We don't think that the sound is as important as the sightliness of the situation AND the accessibility. Really, accessibility is crucial, and the curtain will allow you FULL access. It is also easy to clean.
Now, to lunch!