How To Use the Space Around your Appliances

When it comes to kitchen appliances, people have long built cabinetry that surrounds refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers. Then why is it, when it comes to washer and dryers, saving space isn't the first thing that comes to mind?

Our theory: In the past, those who could afford the luxury of in-house laundry, also had the luxury of space. That's not the case anymore in population dense cities like New York, Japan, and Paris where even those who can afford a washer and dryer, live in small apartments. Turning ever space into storage is key. So how do you maximize space while laundering your delicates? You do as Jacqueline and George Schmidt did, and build custom cabinets around your prized washing machine.

George and Jacqueline are the same couple who turned the side of their fridge into a message board. This time, their DIY dilemma was that they needed a washer and dryer they could install in the middle of their apartment.

"The main requirement was that the dryer not need an external vent. This is uncommon for U.S. models so we had to go euro," George Schmidt tells Unplggd. They bought an Asko W6021 washer and T721 dryer and then built cabinets and drawers around them.

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The cabinet above the washer/dryer, as well as the one to the right hold prints from the couple's screen printing company, Screech Owl Design. "The long shallow drawer is our medicine cabinet," George tells Unplggd, "and below is a large deep drawer which is a laundry hamper."

The wood is plywood with a walnut veneer, scrap from George and Jacqueline's bedroom cabinets built by George (shown below), and include handles from Mockett.

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Images: top, Beau Owens Photography via Flickr Creative Commons license; bottom, soniaz