Washing machine in bathroom
If you don’t have space in the attic, kitchen, hallway or garage, you may have to place your washing machine in the bathroom. This is not such a bad place, because often the bathroom is also the place where you collect the dirty laundry and you are also not so much in the bathroom, so you are not facing the washing machine all the time.
The bathroom is of course a humid place and many people wonder if it is a good idea to place the washing machine in the bathroom. In this article we answer the most common questions about a bathroom with washing machine and explain what to look out for.
Is a washing machine in the bathroom safe
In principle, it is not unsafe to place a washing machine in the bathroom, but it is advisable to take some safety measures. This will prevent the electricity of the washing machine and the steam of your bathroom from getting in each other’s way.
A pull switch
When your washing machine is in the bathroom, then it is advisable to use a pull switch. You activate the power in the washing machine by pulling a cord and in the same way you take the power off again. A pull switch is often equipped with a light, so you can see if the power is on or not.
At the moment you are not using your washing machine, there is no power on it and therefore it is less dangerous if it comes into contact with moisture or water. Do you have a washing machine and a dryer? Then they can both be connected to a double pull switch.
Be aware that your washer’s warranty may be voided if you don’t connect it to a pull switch safely!
Place your washing machine in the right zone
In the Netherlands, there are a number of safety regulations that can help determine the right place for your washing machine in the bathroom. These regulations distinguish zones 1 to 6 and state that there should be at least 60 cm of space between electrical machines and water sources.
So it is advisable to make sure that there is at least 60 cm between the washing machine and the edge of the bath, shower and sink. This is safe enough.
Prevent water damage
When you think of a washing machine in the bathroom, you always immediately think of water damage caused by water from the bathroom, but it can also happen the other way around.
Especially in small bathrooms this can cause a lot of damage. So always make sure your washing machine is in a drip tray, that you use a water lock or a double drain hose. In doing so, you can also install a water detector on the floor to the washing machine, which will go off if water from the bathroom or from the washing machine itself gets close to the appliance.
Can you put your washer and dryer in the bathroom
Once your washing machine is in the bathroom, it naturally makes sense to place your dryer there as well. To do so, you need to take the same safety measures as for the washing machine, but in doing so, it is also important to pay close attention to the ventilation of your bathroom.
In a warm and clammy bathroom, your dryer cannot do its job properly. The difference between the temperature inside and outside the machine is not big enough.
The machine cannot attract enough cold air and the contents of the dryer will therefore not dry well. So always make sure that your bathroom is well ventilated and that the warm air is quickly removed. You can do this with a ventilation system but also by leaving the window or door open for a while. Try to avoid showering while your laundry is drying and only turn on the machine when the room is no longer damp or wet.
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Can you hide your washing machine in the bathroom
Of course, you not only want your washing machine to be safe in the bathroom, but you also want it all to look kind of nice. Fortunately, there are several great ways that your washing machine can be in a nice way in the bathroom.
An extra closet
An extra cabinet is not only beautiful, but can also be very practical. First of all, it makes sure your washing machine isn’t in full view and it also gives you extra space to store toiletries and towels.
You can also easily hide the washing machine by placing a shelf on top. You don’t have to build a special closet, but the washing machine is out of sight. A shelf also gives you some extra space to fold the laundry or to put detergent. When you move the washing machine or when you move house, you can easily take the shelf with you.
A dividing wall
You can also hide your washer and dryer from view by placing a nice dividing wall next to the toilet or bathtub, for example. It is then just as if you have a walk-in shower, only there are two machines in it. You can now only look at the machines from one side and they are also better protected from splashing water.
You should note, however, that for this solution you almost always have to place the devices on top of each other.
This option may not be the most beautiful, but it is better for your budget and easy to use. You can easily hide your washing machine by hanging a curtain in front of it. However, be aware that this will not muffle the sound of the washing machine and you will hear the spin throughout your house. Do you think the sound of a washing machine is important? Then this is not the best option.