Washing machine in kitchen

There are several places in the house where you can place your washing machine. Most households choose the bathroom, the utility room or the garage. But what if the bathroom doesn’t have enough room and you don’t have a utility room or garage? Then you can think about placing your washing machine in the kitchen.

It may not always seem ideal at first to place your washing machine in the kitchen, but the opposite can be true. In this article, we’ve listed some features and tips so you can make a well-informed decision.

 
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A built-in washing machine in the kitchen

If you do have to put your washing machine in the kitchen, then it’s a good idea to think about a built-in washing machine. In this section, we’ve listed some of the benefits of this variant:

You save space

Especially if you have a large kitchen, you often have a corner or a closet somewhere. When you choose a built-in washing machine, you can make good use of this small space. You don’t have to free up valuable space on your floor, but you can place it somewhere under or next to your sink.

Easy to hide

Built-in washing machines can easily be placed in a cabinet under the sink, so you have a washing machine in the kitchen, but you are not looking at it all the time. When you’re not using the washing machine, just close the cabinet door and it will blend in with the design of the rest of your kitchen.

You have less noise

Built-in washing machines are often designed to be placed in a tight space (for example, under a countertop or in a cabinet) and therefore they vibrate less than other washing machines. In addition, a small screened-in space also muffles the sound. If you close the door of the cabinet, for example, the noise is already a lot less.

You can go up in height

A built-in washing machine can be tailor-made for all kinds of spaces. A washing machine in the kitchen can be placed on an elevation, so that you no longer have to bend over when loading and unloading your laundry. In the long run, this can save a lot, and it is especially beneficial for people who already have trouble bending over.

What to look out for with built-in washing machines

Always make sure that you buy a washing machine with standard dimensions. This will prevent you from having to buy a new cabinet when replacing the appliance or only having the choice of washing machines with specific dimensions.

Also make sure that in a cabinet or under the sink all the wiring is neatly concealed. This is of course very nice to see, but it makes it harder to reach them when you have a leak or another defect. So you have to take a built-in washing machine completely out of its housing before you can check and repair it.

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Tips for a washing machine in the kitchen

Of course, you can also install a standard washing machine in the kitchen. To do that, read these tips first so you can make sure you do so in the most efficient way.

Keep your laundry away from your countertop

The main reason why many people don’t think it’s a good idea to place the washing machine in the kitchen is because in the kitchen you are doing a lot of eating and it’s not nice if the bacteria from your laundry comes close to that.

When you are doing the laundry, it can of course easily happen that you quickly put the dirty laundry on the kitchen worktop, while you are looking for the detergent, for example. Then you also use the same surface to prepare your food and that is something that is a scare for many people.

Therefore, always make sure that you put your laundry in a different place. You can free up a dedicated space, but you can also make it a part of your routine that your laundry is always in a laundry basket with a lid. In fact, this drawback is easily solved and it doesn’t have to be a reason to banish your washing machine from the kitchen.

Think about the style of your kitchen

A washing machine in the kitchen does not have to be ugly at all. For example, if you have a large stainless steel refrigerator in your kitchen and you can find a washing machine in the same style, a washing machine in the kitchen can actually be an addition and make your kitchen look even better.

This doesn’t just apply to stainless steel. Nowadays, washing machines are made of all kinds of materials and if your kitchen is mint green, chances are you can find a washing machine in the same color as well. Your washing machine won’t even stand out in the kitchen if all the other appliances have the same style.

Hide the washing machine

Your washing machine in the kitchen does not have to be in sight at all, you can easily hide it away. For this you do not always have to sacrifice space under your kitchen worktop, you can easily create a new cabinet with doors. For example, consider integrating the washing machine into your kitchen pantry or hide it behind sliding doors.

Work in height

This is one of the tips that is very important if you also have a dryer. It is advisable not to place the washing machine next to it, but on top of it. In the kitchen you often have more space in height than in width.

You can also choose to put the washing machine on top or under another appliance. Think of the dishwasher or a tabletop fridge. This way you make optimal use of the space you would otherwise leave unused. Always research which appliances you can and cannot put on top of each other.