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Squeeze More Room Out of Small Quarters

Organizing Good Things 2005, October 2005

In the compact laundry workstation and storage area of a small bathroom, the stacked European-style washer-dryer set economizes space. A shelf between units pulls out for folding items fresh from the dryer, then slides out of sight. A matchstick shade lowers all the way to the floor, gracefully hiding the utility area when guests are expected.

Comments (28)

  • mompie 14 Feb, 2009

    For christinel: we usehave a laundry set up like that, in our kitchen no less! I remember seeing a very clever solution to this in Southern Living magazine probably 3-4 years ago. The bifold doors were removed cabinet fronts were built for the w/d. The top of the area was built to look like a sideboard, recessed into a wall. The effect was of a nice piece of usable furniture which just so happened to house the w/d. When notin use, you'd never know they were there!

  • mompie 14 Feb, 2009

    For christinel: we usehave a laundry set up like that, in our kitchen no less! I remember seeing a very clever solution to this in Southern Living magazine probably 3-4 years ago. The bifold doors were removed cabinet fronts were built for the w/d. The top of the area was built to look like a sideboard, recessed into a wall. The effect was of a nice piece of usable furniture which just so happened to house the w/d. When notin use, you'd never know they were there!

  • ChristineL 12 Feb, 2009

    Does anyone have ideas on organizing a laundry "closet". Our laundry area is behind bifold doors in our upstairs hallway. No room to walk in!! We've just recently purchased a washing machine, so I'm not interested in purchasing a stacking washer/dryer, just organizing what I have.

  • ChristineL 12 Feb, 2009

    Does anyone have ideas on organizing a laundry "closet". Our laundry area is behind bifold doors in our upstairs hallway. No room to walk in!! We've just recently purchased a washing machine, so I'm not interested in purchasing a stacking washer/dryer, just organizing what I have.

  • pamlakman 4 Feb, 2009

    There's a shop in Normandy Park, WA that sells these and other baskets from a women's business cooperative in Indonesia...I love them too!
    Contact : Mosely's Natural Imports and Gifts @ (206) 838-2037
    I just noticed that Martha also has some contacts listed at the bottom of this web page...sorry Martha! I like Mosely's

  • pamlakman 4 Feb, 2009

    There's a shop in Normandy Park, WA that sells these and other baskets from a women's business cooperative in Indonesia...I love them too!
    Contact : Mosely's Natural Imports and Gifts @ (206) 838-2037
    I just noticed that Martha also has some contacts listed at the bottom of this web page...sorry Martha! I like Mosely's

  • palmerranch 3 Feb, 2009

    I must have the large baskets on left side of washer !!! can't live without them a moment longer.
    does anyone have a source for these.
    thank you
    desperate in california

  • palmerranch 3 Feb, 2009

    I must have the large baskets on left side of washer !!! can't live without them a moment longer.
    does anyone have a source for these.
    thank you
    desperate in california

  • 1fuzzybrain 1 Feb, 2009

    If you liked the baskets you could always put a lining in them to keep snags down.

  • 1fuzzybrain 1 Feb, 2009

    If you liked the baskets you could always put a lining in them to keep snags down.

  • circusdiva 1 Feb, 2009

    Flying in the face of aestheics, I don't like wicker baskets for laundry. I get hosiery and crepe blouses snagged, and sweaters too. Also try ikea for cardboard boxes -- They are cool colors and different sizes for sorting. Then I also keep the boexes in the linen closet, so I can just bring the box from the closet, throw the towels in and put them all back.

  • circusdiva 1 Feb, 2009

    Flying in the face of aestheics, I don't like wicker baskets for laundry. I get hosiery and crepe blouses snagged, and sweaters too. Also try ikea for cardboard boxes -- They are cool colors and different sizes for sorting. Then I also keep the boexes in the linen closet, so I can just bring the box from the closet, throw the towels in and put them all back.

  • citypixie 31 Jan, 2009

    This photo is from a Martha Stewart Living mag from years ago -- I know this b/c I clipped it and saved it! I have the top baskets -- these used to be sold at Bed, Bath

  • citypixie 31 Jan, 2009

    This photo is from a Martha Stewart Living mag from years ago -- I know this b/c I clipped it and saved it! I have the top baskets -- these used to be sold at Bed, Bath

  • snikk 31 Jan, 2009

    I've found similar baskets at Solutions.

  • snikk 31 Jan, 2009

    I've found similar baskets at Solutions.

  • lizibeth 31 Jan, 2009

    I second the basket comment: where are those from? I have been looking all over the place, and have yet to find ones like those.

  • lizibeth 31 Jan, 2009

    I second the basket comment: where are those from? I have been looking all over the place, and have yet to find ones like those.

  • blueridgegal 31 Jan, 2009

    Can you stack whirlpool front loading sets that are not intended for stacking? We need room!

  • blueridgegal 31 Jan, 2009

    Can you stack whirlpool front loading sets that are not intended for stacking? We need room!

  • wduke2 31 Jan, 2009

    I would like to know where to find those baskets. I have been looking everywhere. Target doesn't have them. IKEA doesn't have them. Walmart doesn't have them.

  • wduke2 31 Jan, 2009

    I would like to know where to find those baskets. I have been looking everywhere. Target doesn't have them. IKEA doesn't have them. Walmart doesn't have them.

  • anabdl 31 Jan, 2009

    The particular one pictured is a set made by Miele. The shelf is part of bottom of the dryer, but it looks like it can be a seperate piece. There's a space here where it hooks on to the dryer, but ask who you bought it from - they might be able to do an add-on.

  • anabdl 31 Jan, 2009

    The particular one pictured is a set made by Miele. The shelf is part of bottom of the dryer, but it looks like it can be a seperate piece. There's a space here where it hooks on to the dryer, but ask who you bought it from - they might be able to do an add-on.

  • anabdl 31 Jan, 2009

    The particular one pictured is a set made by Miele. The shelf is part of bottom of the dryer, but it looks like it can be a seperate piece. There's a space here where it hooks on to the dryer, but ask who you bought it from - they might be able to do an add-on.

  • anabdl 31 Jan, 2009

    The particular one pictured is a set made by Miele. The shelf is part of bottom of the dryer, but it looks like it can be a seperate piece. There's a space here where it hooks on to the dryer, but ask who you bought it from - they might be able to do an add-on.

  • esor001 31 Jan, 2009

    I have he stackable washer and dryer. Where can I find the pull out shelf that is in between?

  • esor001 31 Jan, 2009

    I have he stackable washer and dryer. Where can I find the pull out shelf that is in between?