You may remember one of my biggest design struggles for Flip 5 was designing a designated laundry area, especially since there was no laundry room. Instead, the existing stackable unit was in the middle of the kitchen. I don’t know about you but keeping my laundry room neat & tidy is rarely a priority, so I had to brainstorm small laundry room ideas. I couldn’t move the laundry hookups, but I didn’t want it to be so noticeable in the kitchen. Instead, I focused on creating a design that hides the laundry, provides storage, & doesn’t limit the function.
My solution to the unfortunate laundry location was to have a laundry cabinet built. I hired a local cabinet shop to custom build a piece. I was re-doing the kitchen cabinet doors anyway, so I chose a cabinet design to seamlessly flow with the new design and look more like a pantry than a “laundry room.”
Laundry Room Storage
Since most laundry rooms have additional storage, the original setup was really lacking. I not only wanted to hide the stacked washer & dryer, but I wanted to create some additional storage as well! The cabinet builder and I decided to add a storage area on the top of the cabinet to keep detergent and dryer sheets. Storage was the top of the list in my small laundry room ideas list!
Add A Hidden Cabinet Door
I designed the cabinet doors in a shaker style, so I also chose the new cabinet in shaker style as well. Using this design proved helpful when creating a water access door. I needed quick water shut-off access behind the unit, so I designed a concealed access door. The grid pattern helped to conceal the door.
Once my cabinet guy built the cabinet, I slid the stackable washer & dryer set back into the cabinet. Having the concealed access door made this easier!
One mistake I made in this process was installing the tile floors first. I had the tile floors installed first, and then had the cabinet built in place on top of the tile floors. If I ever change the tile floors (which I hate), I will have to disassemble the cabinet first!