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norm58 01-30-2013 08:25 PM

Ideas on small laundry closet??
I have a "small" problem. We are looking to replace our washer dryer, but are limited by closet space. The closet is plenty wide 65 1/2" wide, but it is only 30 1/4" deep from inside of the bi fold doors to the wall. Front loads are pretty much out of the question as they are usually 32" plus deep. I have moved the doors out to the front edge of the jamb to get the 30 1/4" depth. The back wall is adjacent to a bathroom, so I can't move the wall back. I have thought of extending the jamb out an inch to get 31 1/4" depth, which I can find a dryer to fit. I have also thought of using a side exhaust for the gas dryer to allow the dryer to fit all the way against the back wall. Any ideas??

hardwareman 01-30-2013 09:24 PM

side venting is likely to be your only option

redman88 01-30-2013 10:36 PM

is there any room to sides of the door way, as in wings to either side of the door way?

JasperST 01-31-2013 06:30 AM

You asked for ideas so here's one. Leave the doors off and give the area a nice finished look.

norm58 01-31-2013 07:37 AM

I do have room on the sides. The closet is an entry way out of the garage, as you know 99% of the guest use, so I need to ba able to close it up.

redman88 01-31-2013 09:38 AM

could you use top load washer and dry and turn them 90deg and slide them into the wings of the closet?

norm58 01-31-2013 09:53 AM

I have thought about that also, but you don't see many top load dryers. The inside dimensions of the closet are 65 1/2" wide and 30 1/4" deep to inside of doors.My current washer is 27" wide and dryer is 29" wide...tight fit! Thanks for the great ideas...

dengle 01-31-2013 11:46 AM

Take a picture of the area would be helpful.

Just throwing some ideas and seeing what might stick

  • If there's enough room, you could build out the closet opening by an inch or two to allow the doors to fit if you need doors.
  • Or keep them front facing and build in a nice louvered "built-in" for them. It may stick out slightly, but if you want front load, that seems to be the only option then.
  • How wide are the washer and dryer? You could stack them and have them sideways. Might be a tight fit, but potentially doable?

redman88 01-31-2013 11:54 AM

norm58 02-01-2013 09:00 AM

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Here are two pictures of the area

redman88 02-01-2013 10:34 AM

yeah looks like to me you need to bring the wall forward.

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