Integrating Laundry Facilities into the Kitchen

In European homes it's fairly common to find laundry facilities integrated in the kitchen, and yet here in the States the combination is rare. But laundry in the kitchen is a workable and sometimes necessary small-space solution for those who lack the space for a separate laundry room. What are some practical ways to make it work?

Our helpful AT readers have weighed in on this topic a number of times in the past. We've compiled some of our favorite tips here:

• Consider the top of the washer or dryer as extra counter space. You can install a butcher block or other surface over the top of the machine to make it work.

• Enclose your washer and dryer in a kitchen closet or behind a curtain to disguise them when they're not in use. Alternately, you can try under-counter units that don't look out of place with the rest of your appliances.

• Keep dirty laundry out of the kitchen until it's ready to go into the machine. (This is a no-brainer, really, but it does seem important to acknowledge that certain laundry tasks, like storing and sorting dirty laundry, should be done elsewhere in the home if possible.)

• To minimize the risk of soiling clean clothes with food, designate another space outside the kitchen for folding as well.

• Try doing small loads more frequently in order to avoid overtaking your kitchen completely on "laundry day."

Have you ever lived with laundry facilities in the kitchen? If so, please weigh in with your own tips below!

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