5 Small Laundry Room Ideas for Apartment, Condo and Co-op Dwellers

by Kate Marsanico

Sweeten renovators make space for their washers and dryers in unique ways

If you thought you couldn’t add a laundry area to your home, studio, or apartment, think again! Whether you have a lot of room or just a little, many renovators are making space for washer-dryers. Here, we share 5 small laundry room ideas that came to life from New York City homeowners. With the help of Sweeten contractors, they reimagined their kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms to achieve their at-home laundry goals.

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Washing more than just dishes in the kitchen

washer dryer kitchenAfter living in the Midwest and the South for many years, Beth and Bob Judge relocated to Manhattan. They rented for a few years before finding a place that would fit their lifestyle: soon-to-be empty nesters. They renovated the co-op, located in a 1917 Beaux-Arts building, to include an office area for Beth and a washer-dryer unit in the kitchen.

“We lived without them [washer-dryer] for a few years in Manhattan after having a laundry room in suburban homes, and we didn’t want to do that ever again,” Beth said emphatically. They were able to update the kitchen and add in a stackable unit with stainless-steel trim to complement the oven and dishwasher of the same finish. It blends in nicely next to the dishwasher, with cabinet space above for laundry accessories.

washer dryer in kitchenHomeowners Jessica and Alex had a similar story. They rented in New York City for a few years before finding their dream apartment, which, not surprisingly for a 1930s co-op, needed to be renovated. They rethought the closet layouts and the living room built-ins and then focused on the bathroom and galley kitchen. For the kitchen, Jessica says “it  was like putting together a giant puzzle, but was good for our budget and timeline.” The couple added a laundry unit—proving that even a small galley kitchen can be outfitted with luxurious amenities.


A closet with a soapy surprise

washer and dryer closetWhen a family of five bought their 1,800-square-foot home in Manhattan, they knew they wanted to redo the entire living space. They desired an open concept and a larger master bathroom. They enlisted a Sweeten general contractor and architect Jessica Wetters to make their renovation vision come to life. One of their requirements was to have a washer-dryer that would be functional and complementary to the home’s contemporary aesthetic. To accomplish this, they hid a stackable washer-dryer behind closed doors in a closet. “We are thrilled with the results,” says the happy homeowner. “We achieved exactly the look and feel we were going for.”


A multi-purpose mudroom

laundry area

Nadia and Stephen’s search for a space that would fit their multigenerational family landed them in the South Slope/Greenwood Heights area. In particular, a 2,030-square-foot brick rowhouse. There was much to be done to meet the needs of all members of the family. They added a large, wraparound pantry in the kitchen since the couple loves to cook. They also included a garden-level in-law apartment and a fully functional laundry area. “It [the laundry area] also functions as a mudroom with custom cabinetry and a pull-down drying rack where we can hang wet clothes,” says Nadia. 


A go-to pairing: laundry and bathroom

(Slider above) Enlarging the bathroom to fit a washer/dryer

For their 953-square-foot studio loft in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Ashleigh and Jonathan desperately wanted to add a laundry area. The apartment didn’t come with laundry hook-up and adding one would be more involved than anticipated. Ultimately, it drove them to renovate the entire bathroom to accommodate the washer-dryer unit. They took square footage from a nearby alcove to allow for the stackable unit. “We’ve lived with and without a washer/dryer and much prefer life with one,” says Ashleigh. “So the fact that we could solve that problem with the apartment makes it infinitely more livable for us.”

We love these ideas for a small laundry room! Thanks to Sweeten renovators for sharing their stories.

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