5 Big Ideas for Small Laundry Rooms in Apartments, Condos, and Co-ops
Sweeten homeowners find imaginative laundry solutions
If you thought you couldn’t add a laundry area to your house, studio, or apartment, think again! Many homeowners have worked with Sweeten to make room for washers and dryers, even in small and unlikely spaces. Here, we share 5 small laundry room ideas that emerged from New York City homeowners with interesting constraints. With help from their Sweeten general contractors, they reimagined their kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms—and said their final goodbyes to the laundromat.
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Washing more than just dishes in the kitchen
Beth and Bob Judge relocated to Manhattan after many years in the Midwest and the South. As soon-to-be empty nesters, they rented for a few years before finding a place that would fit their lifestyle—a co-op in a 1917 Beaux-Arts building. They renovated to add an office area for Beth and a washer-dryer unit in the kitchen.
They spent a few years in Manhattan without their own washer-dryers, after enjoying full laundry rooms in suburban homes, “and we didn’t want to do that ever again,” Beth said. 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.
Homeowners Jessica and Alex have 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 renovating. They rethought the closet layouts and the living room built-ins, and then focused on the bathroom and galley kitchen. The new kitchen design “… was like putting together a giant puzzle,” Jessica said. “But it was good for our budget and timeline.” The kitchen includes an under-counter, all-in-one washer-dryer, showing that even a small galley kitchen can include luxurious amenities.
A closet with a soapy surprise
When a family of five bought their 1,800-square-foot home in Manhattan, they knew they wanted to redo the entire living space. They turned to a Sweeten general contractor and architect Jessica Wetters to open the space and enlarge the master bathroom. They also wanted a laundry area that would be functional while fitting 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 homeowner. “We achieved exactly the look and feel we were going for, and I firmly believe that the process went as smoothly and efficiently as it did, thanks to our contractor, his crew, and our architect.”
A multi-purpose mudroom
Nadia and Stephen’s search for a space that would fit their multigenerational family landed them in a 2,030-square-foot brick rowhouse in Brooklyn’s South Slope/Greenwood Heights area. The house needed major work 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, and a garden-level apartment for the in-laws. Finally, they added fully functional laundry area, which “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
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 required more work than anticipated. Ultimately, it drove them to renovate the entire bathroom, taking space from a nearby alcove to allow for the stackable washer-dryer unit. “We’ve lived with and without a washer and 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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