When you don't have a large kitchen or enough space for all of your appliances, it's time to get creative. You'll have to find space where you can salvage it, optimize your kitchen for maximum efficiency, so that it works, looks good, and still doesn't feel cramped. The placement is also important, since you don't want the washer and dryer column towering over your dinner table.
We're currently in the process of renovating our house and it's a tall order since it's a tiny duplex (and it's mostly DIY). We have the ground floor but we don't have much space for appliances. Recently we got ourselves a new washer and we're planning on adding a dryer soon. The trick is that we have got to stack them so that they take a bit less space than usual. We also don't have enough counter space to put them underneath.
An important thing to remember, if you're planning on stacking a washer and dryer, is that if they will be prominently placed in your home, most probably the kitchen, you'll need to choose a pair that looks good. To be honest, we don't think that looks are that important, but if your washer and dryer will be put on display, it's best that they look good.
We chose this washer for our place. We'll be placing it in the kitchen, since we don't have a laundry room or a closet big enough for it. It was on special last week for $750, which was a really good price for this steam washer, so we jumped on it.
Any washer or dryer can be made stackable using a stacking kit like this one. Many manufacturers create stacking kits for their washers and dryers, so before buying a new one, if space is an issue, ensure that yours can be made stackable.
If you've got enough space for closet to hide away your washer and dryer, then you should go for it. The thing is that if you're already limited in space, a hacked laundry closet might take away precious storage space. You could also buy a smaller washer and dryer to make them fit easily in a closet. The other popular option includes trying to find space in your bathroom. Some bathrooms have enough space for this, while others don't.
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