All You Need To Know About Placing A Washing Machine In The Kitchen
If there is no place for a washing machine in the bathroom, the easiest way is to place it in the kitchen. After all, there are already all communications here – a pipe supplying cold water, and a sewer drain.
You just have to find a suitable place, choose a model of the right size and, if desired, build it into a headset or install it under the countertop. In this article, we will tell you how to do it right – without compromising the interior and ease of use of the washing machine.
- Pros and cons of placing a washing machine in the kitchen and tips for using it
- How to fit a washing machine into the kitchen
- Full embedding
- Partial embedding
- How to embed a washing machine under the countertop
- Stationary placement
Pros and cons of placing a washing machine in the kitchen and tips for using it
Placing a washing machine in the kitchen is most often a necessary measure, which has its pros and cons. Let’s start with the positives.
- In addition to freeing up space in the bathroom, you create an additional work surface in the kitchen. Another bonus for a large family is the ability to start laundry at any time, regardless of whether the bathroom is occupied or not.
- However, when moving the machine to the kitchen, you need to be prepared to put up with some inconveniences:
- The noise of the machine during spinning and draining will interfere with communication during the meal and drown out the TV.
- The smell of washing powder and other cleaning chemicals is not very appropriate and useful where food is stored and households eat and rest.
- To wash dirty things, you will first have to look into the bathroom (or other room where the laundry basket is stored), sort and load everything you need into the basin, grab the right portion of the powder along the way, and only then proceed to the kitchen.
However, all these inconveniences are not critical and are completely solvable. Here are some tips to help you quickly get used to the kitchen-laundry room.
- So that noises and smells do not bother you during gatherings in the kitchen, try to start washing clothes at night / in the evening or between meals.
- Washing powder is best stored either in a cupboard in containers with a tight lid (say, under the sink), or in another room altogether (in the same bathroom, for example).
- So that the powder does not wake up past the tray every now and then, just replace it with a liquid laundry detergent, which, by the way, always dissolves completely.
- To make the machine as quiet as possible, carefully adjust its feet.
- If you are remodeling your kitchen from scratch, try ceramic/porcelain tile flooring rather than laminate or parquet. After all, firstly, it is not afraid of possible leaks, and secondly, it minimizes the noise of the machine during washing.
How to fit a washing machine into the kitchen
There are three ways to install a washing machine in the kitchen:
- Separate from the headset (next to it or in the distance);
- With partial embedding in the set, more precisely under the countertop (in a box with or without a door);
- With full embedding in the headset.
Now let’s look at each method in more detail.
By choosing the built-in model of the washing machine and embedding it in the headset, you can completely hide it behind the facade and achieve the unity of all surfaces. Thus, the interior will turn out to be tidier, and visually it will seem more spacious. If your kitchen is small, then this is the best way to install the washing machine.
- Cons of built-in washing machines: higher price, smaller range of models, the need to remove the door and pull the machine out of the box in case of appliance repair.
By the way, built-in washing machines differ from standard models only in that they do not have top and side decorative walls. The front panel has hinges on which the facade is installed. Next, you can see photos of kitchen interiors with a built-in washing machine.
By the way, you can even embed a washing machine in a headset at the end, as shown in the photo below. In this case, the width of the model should be 59-60 cm.
Kitchen design with a washing machine built into the end of the headset
As for the top-loading washing machine, it can also be built-in, but it will have to be done somewhat outside the box – under a folding tabletop, for example, in a bar counter as shown in the photo below.
- It is important that the washing machine drawer is designed in such a way that the drain hose filter remains in the open and is not covered by the plinth. Otherwise, you will have to remove the plinth every time you want to clean the washing machine filter.
- Embedding a washing machine in a kitchen set is best left to a professional.
- Ideally, the washing machine should be placed next to the sink and dishwasher (regardless of whether you build in a washing machine or not). It is both easier to connect to communications and more convenient to use. That is, you will get something like a “wet” zone, where all cleaning products are stored and there is access to water if suddenly something needs to be washed. In general, the built-in washing machine can be installed anywhere except under the hob.
You can also integrate an ordinary stationary front-loading machine into the headset. The main thing in this matter is to choose a model of a suitable height and width. This is not difficult to do, because the sizes of washing machines are standardized and in most cases, they just fit under the countertop.
How to embed a washing machine under the countertop
The standard height of the base cabinets and headset varies from 84 to 88 cm, and the standard height of the washing machine is 85 cm. If your machine is a little higher than necessary, it doesn’t matter, most likely the manufacturer has provided for the possibility of embedding it and made the top cover removable.
To remove it, you just need to unscrew a couple of screws from the back. Thus, you will reduce the height of the unit by 2-3 cm. And in order to protect the equipment from leaks and dust, its upper part should be covered with a film or a thin sheet of hardboard or plastic.
There are two options for how to build a washing machine under the countertop – without a door or with a door.
1. Installing a washing machine without a door.
This method is good for ease of installation. All you need to do is to pick up a machine that is suitable in height and insert it into the prepared niche. If suddenly the car needs to be moved or repaired, then you can easily pull it out from under the countertop. However, due to the fact that the front of the machine remains visible and there are small gaps around the body, the interior will be less uniform and orderly than with full embedding. In addition, the visibility of the front panel and the gap in the niche obliges you to always keep the “laundry area” clean.
- Keep in mind that if the washing machine is placed against the wall, then the countertop must be fixed to the wall, and not just placed on the appliance cover.
- In order for the washing machine installed under the countertop to look neat, it should be chosen to match the color of the kitchen (the choice of such machines is small, but there is) and the most appropriate in width and height to the prepared niche.
- The most versatile washing machine color is white or silver (the color of stainless steel).
- In a country, shabby chic or Provence style kitchen, the washing machine can be hidden behind a curtain made of pretty fabric in the color scheme of the interior.
- Ordinary washing machines can be decorated with vinyl stickers.
In the next selection of photos, you can see examples of how washing machines built under the countertop look in the interior of the kitchen.
Small kitchen with washing machine
Washing machine in a small kitchen
2. Built-in washing machine with a door.
A stationary machine can be completely hidden behind a cabinet door if you choose a model with a reduced depth of 45-50 cm. In this size, the equipment will fit perfectly in its niche and leave enough space for hoses. True, when choosing a suitable model, we advise you to measure the depth not along the body, but along the car door and its most convex points.
- To ensure that the powder receiving tray does not rest against the hinge or edge of the door when pulled out, allow a small gap on the left side of the machine.
- It is desirable that the cabinet door opens more than 90 degrees. So it will be more convenient for you to unload and load the drum.
- In order to have access to the drain hose filter (at the bottom of the cabinet), make sure that the kitchen plinth can be easily removed and inserted back.
If your kitchen is already equipped, then the washing machine can simply be installed in the free space closest to the sink. If the kitchen is small, it is advisable to choose a shallow model (45-50 cm) or even a compact washing machine with a vertical (top) load.
Washing machine in a small kitchen in the free space
If desired or necessary, the washing machine can be placed away from the working area of the kitchen and even separated by a curtain or screen.
All You Need To Know About Placing A Washing Machine In The Kitchen
In small kitchens, installing a washing machine will take up a large part of the scarce space. However, small kitchens are present in those apartments where the bathroom is even smaller, so the hostesses are ready to sacrifice any place, even part of the corridor, in order to get, perhaps, the most important and necessary assistant in difficult homework.
Plan the placement of the washing machine in the kitchen set at the initial stage of the kitchen renovation. This will significantly improve the quality of the installation of the washing machine and save your budget. Use my advice to your advantage!