Step 1: Find the right space
For a minimal set-up with stacked washing machine and dryer, sink and a tall storage cupboard, small laundry designs will need an area of about 1.7m wide and 70cm deep.
“This is for the most basic, stripped back laundry,” says interior designer Alisha Bouris of Maytree Studios in Brisbane. “This is purely functional, as in take your washing to be folded on the couch or somewhere else. To add more functionality and space for folding, you just need more space.”
If the laundry appliances will be behind European style doors, be sure they pull back for easy access to everything in the space. “There is nothing worse than sliding doors blocking access to shelves or not being able to open your washing machine or dryer doors,” says Alisha “Consider folding doors, hinged doors or pocket sliding doors.”
Turn down the volume
Think about placing your European laundry away from bedrooms if you are sensitive to noise. “We consider this when locating the laundry in the plan,” says Alisha. “Grouping service areas of the home together allows for these noisier areas to be buffered between walls and storage. Modern laundry appliances are also becoming increasingly quieter, so this helps too!”
Factor in ventilation
Because European laundries tend to be in internal rooms, an exhaust fan is a must to extract the warm, moist air generated by laundry appliances.
“If you have bi-fold doors closing off your laundry, you also need ventilation vents at the top of the doors or have the doors open when using the appliances,” says interior designer Jo Byrom of Brisbane’s Interior Design by Jo.
Alternatively, consider a condenser or heat pump dryer, which does not pump moisture into the room. These dryers don’t require ventilation, so you never need to worry about mould or mildew.