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8 (Nearly) Invisible Laundry Rooms

Laundry is a never-ending cycle that can seem like intolerable, unavoidable drudgery, especially if you hate your laundry room. That's why we love these creative designs that integrate a hidden washer and dryer into unexpected spaces. Putting laundry appliances into the main living areas in your home might sound like a mistake, but solutions like these can be surprisingly unobtrusive. They can even lead to a better workflow and tidier work space by preventing dirty clothes from piling up. So whether tucked into bathrooms, behind closet doors, or even under the stairs, these clever laundry rooms deserve a second look. Click through our photo gallery to see if one of these secret laundry room ideas is just right for your home.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Big Panda Design

A laundry area tucked inside large, modern kitchen cabinets rescues your washer from the basement to give you easier access, but leaves your guests none the wiser. If placed strategically, the cabinets can serve as an island that’s as perfect for dinner prep as it is for folding clean clothes.

Related: Storage Where You Least Expected It—10 Sly Spots to Stash Your Stuff

Rinse Cycle

TerraCotta Properties

Tall folding shutters allow laundry machines to hide right in the middle of a living room or entryway. A closet stocked with laundry baskets, soaps, and other necessities sits conveniently next to the stacked washer and dryer.

Related: 10 Laundry Room Storage Ideas That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

Nook Under the Stairs

The space under this staircase is the perfect size for an out-of-the-way laundry room. White paint helps these appliances blend into the surroundings for a squeaky-clean look that doesn’t need to be hidden behind a door.

Related: 15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

Kitchen Corner

Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.

Crisp white shutters hide a discreet laundry area just around the corner from a spacious kitchen. With the machines tucked away, a guest’s only cue as to the purpose of this sly spot is the subway tile backsplash that spells it out: “LAUNDRY.”

Related: Recipe for Success—10 Easy Kitchen Storage Hacks

Behind Closed Doors

Laundry is a dirty task that requires extra room for bottles, brushes, and more. Fortunately, the solution to this storage problem could lie just behind your closet door. Placing the washer and dryer in a closet is a great way to save space, and the back of the closet door offers an ingenious spot to store all your laundry essentials.

Related: 11 Design Inspirations for (Much) Better Closet Storage

Clean Blue Jeans

CTA Architects and Engineers

No messy detergent spills here! Hidden behind high-gloss cabinet doors, a washer and dryer look right at home in this contemporary room with a rustic touch. A broad countertop provides plenty of space for folding favorite blue jeans.

Related: 5 Fresh Laundry Room Storage Options

Partition Off a Bathroom

A stackable washer and dryer in the bathroom gives you a convenient place to tackle the laundry. Clothes can go straight from the bathroom hamper into the wash, and because this room already has plumbing, it should be a no-brainer for your contractor to install. The addition of a sliding barn door in this bathroom allows for privacy when clothes and people need to get clean at the same time.

Related: Divide and Conquer—14 Room Dividers to Bring Order to Your Space

Built-In Bliss

Statkus Architecture

Who doesn’t wish they had a wall full of secret compartments in their living room? This fabulous storage wall has contemporary built-ins that hide a variety of messy spots, including the washer, dryer, and laundry folding area.

Related: Secret Rooms—10 Special Spaces Hidden from Sight in the Home

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