Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

A Home’s Hidden Laundromat

Living in a small apartment typically means living without a washing machine. While far from an end-of-the-world scenario, it can be a pain, especially if you have kids. Dropping off and picking up heavy bags–either to in-building machines or laundromat–being subject to laundromat hours, making sure you have tons of quarters, etc. But wedging a huge appliance into a small space is seldom feasible. Often when people do manage to fit one in, it’s in the kitchen or bathroom and looks a bit out-of-place.

Parisian Architects Studio d’Archi came up with a smart solution, sticking a full-sized, top-loading washing machine in a kitchen island. The washing machine is fully concealed and accessible via a top-hinged butcher-block countertop. The lower panels come off permitting easy maintenance. Amazingly, the apartment it goes into is only 375 sq ft.

washing-island

kitchen-washing-machine

In terms of a dryer, Studio d’Archi’s blog links to a fold down rack (not clear if it’s in the same apartment). It’s not quite as clever as the washer, but small, green and does the job. Check here for some of our suggestions.

clothes-dryer

via Dornob

  • Christopher Tilley

    Clever to hide the machine in an island but from a practical viewpoint, I think it would have been better to have a combination washing machine and dryer.

  • Tim Domenico

    Yesterday and today, I see no text, just pictures

    • David Friedlander

      having my web guy look into it. what browser are you using tim?

    • Litt Roden

      happens to me in Chrome browser – try reloading the page and it will display text

  • Derek

    I have had the same issue with the Google Chrome browser.

  • This is less effective than having a front loader washer/dryer combo underneath the benchtop? If anything, this is a bit of a waste of space. You have to clear the counter-top to load any washing?

  • Sherry Jurykovsky

    I had to use a washer/dryer combo for a summer. Never again. It took three hours to dry anything. I’d much rather hang my clothes to dry. If it was my apartment, I’d put this washer in the table. That get’s cleared often enough to be practical.