Need small laundry room advice
January 5, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Can I put a side-by-side washing machine and dryer on top of a storage cabinet in our very small laundry room? Or must they be on a solid floor?
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
It will be interesting to hear what others say. I would fear that they would "walk" off the storage cabinet during a spin cycle.
January 5, 2013 at 4:52AM     
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Shawn Lagemann
I have seen it done, but the cabinetry is no taller than the standard drawer ped. that the washing/dryer come with as an option from the factory. The washing machine and dryer are deeper than a standard cabinet so the cabinet would need to be custom built and the unit must be completely contained (sides too along with top). Or yes they will walk. You can look at pictures here on houzz. Here's the down side, if you have to access the mechanical hook-up (water, vent, gas, AC... units installed this way are very difficult to get out and moved without help. If you should have a water issue, or a gas issue you'll need to get to the rear asap. Units can be stacked with a stacking kit provided by the manufacturer, then you can put in storage cabinets beside the units. Stacked units move as one piece with the heavier washer on the bottom that can be moved without help. I'm a 5'5" female and can move mine by myself, which sit on the floor within a built in cabinet (sides and top)
January 5, 2013 at 5:48AM     
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I would be concerned about stability and potential for more damage should the washer leak. We have the smallest laundry room possible and have simply used cabinets above for storage. It has worked for our family of 4 for 15 years.
January 5, 2013 at 6:07AM     
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I have seen this setup but don't recommend it as others have mentioned about stability. and water issues. There are storage unit options that are designed specifically with certain washer / dryer models from the manufacture.

January 5, 2013 at 8:22AM     
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