Installing a washing machine in the kitchen
If you do have to put your washing machine in the kitchen, then it is a good idea to consider an inbuilt one. In this section we have listed some of the benefits of this option:
You will save space
Specially if you have a large kitchen, you will often have a spare corner or cabinet somewhere. When you choose a built-in washing machine, you can make good use of this small space. Instead of taking up valuable floor space, you can place it under or next to the countertop. When you’re not using the machine, simply close the cabinet door and it blends in with the design of the rest of your kitchen.
You’ll have less noise
Mounted washing machines are often designed to be placed in a tight space (such as under a counter or in a cabinet), so they vibrate less than other washing machines. In addition, a small screened-in area also muffles the sound.
You can go up to any height
A built-in washing machine can be tailor-made to suit any space. A kitchen washing machine can be placed on an elevation, eliminating the hassle of bending over when loading and unloading laundry. This can make a big difference in the long run, and is especially beneficial for people who already have trouble bending over.
What to look out for when buying built-in washing machines
Always make sure that you buy a standard size washing machine. That way, when you replace it, you won’t have to buy a new cabinet or only have a choice of washers with specific dimensions.
Look for a cabinet or under the sink that also has all the wiring neatly tucked away. This is great for visibility, of course, but it makes it harder to reach if you have a leak or another malfunction. This means you have to remove the washing machine completely from the cabinet before you can check and repair it.
Tips for a Kitchen Washing Machine
You can also install a standard washing machine in the kitchen. Before doing so, read these tips to 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 put the washing machine in the kitchen is because you’re in the kitchen a lot with food and it’s not nice for the bacteria from your laundry to get near that.
When you are doing your laundry, it can easily happen that you put the dirty laundry on the kitchen worktop while you are looking for the detergent. Then you use the same surface to prepare your food, which is something that many people dread.
So always make sure that you put your laundry in a different place. You can create a dedicated space, or you can make it a part of your routine that your laundry is always in a laundry basket with a lid. This is a drawback that is easy to solve, and it does not have to be a reason for banning 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 add to it and make your kitchen look even better.
This doesn’t just apply to stainless steel. These days, washing machines are made from all sorts of materials and if your kitchen is mint green, then chances are you can find a washing machine in the same colour too. Your washing machine won’t even stand out in the kitchen if all the other appliances are the same style.
Delete the washing machine
Your washing machine in the kitchen doesn’t have to be in plain sight, you can easily hide it away. You don’t always have to sacrifice space under your kitchen worktop to do this, you can easily create a new cabinet with doors. Think about integrating the washing machine into your kitchen pantry or hiding it behind sliding doors.
This is one of the tips that is very important if you also have a dryer. This is because it is advisable to put the washing machine on top rather than next to it. You can also choose to put the washing machine on top of or underneath another appliance, such as the dishwasher or a dryer. For example, the dishwasher or a tabletop fridge. This way, you can make the most of the space you would otherwise leave unused. To do this, always research which appliances you can and cannot stack.