Small Room Ideas
Whether it's a small bathroom or small bedroom, make the most out of your small room with ideas on decor, accessories, and more. Get small living room, kitchen, and laundry room ideas, plus discover our selection of furniture and appliances for small spaces.
Transform a Bookcase into a Wardrobe NookTransform an old bookcase into a small wardrobe. Add café curtains threaded on a tension rod to conceal certain items while showing off others. Or keep the shelves in and use it to store your shoe collection.
Small Space Laundry Tips
Technology upgrades to washers and dryers have changed how we do laundry. Before you start a load of laundry, remember these key points.
- Upkeep: To reduce buildup in a front-load washer dispenser drawer, use only high-efficiency detergent and bleach. Detergent and fabric softener may build up in the dispenser drawer. Residue should be removed once or twice a month.
- Weight Control: In a front-load washer, wash like-weight items together. Do not mix lightweight delicates with heavy bath towels.
- Size Matters: Combine large and small items in a load; add large items first.
- Pillow Talk: Pillows and comforters should not be mixed with other items to avoid an out-of-balance load.
- Keep it Clean: Clean your front-load washer's drum monthly. Run the clean cycle with one cup of bleach or a cleaner like Affresh to avoid odours.
- Bolted Down: If you opt to place a stackable dryer above the washer, you will need a stacking kit to safely secure the machines. Some come with a kit, but check before you leave the store.
Create a Closet Laundry Room
First, determine if your closet is large enough to accommodate the washer and dryer. Adding electricity and plumbing typically involves hiring an electrician and a plumber.
Adequate Space: Look for a dryer approved for installation in a compact space like an alcove or closet. Most installation requires a minimum five inch clearance behind the dryer for an exhaust vent with elbow.
Venting: most dryers need a vent to the outdoors (not into a wall, attic, or crawl space). Ventless dryers collect moisture into a pan that must be emptied regularly.
Gas or Electric: Most compact dryer units are electric, but a gas dryer will likely reduce drying time. For gas models, you’ll need a gas line – contact a utility company to install one. Otherwise, go electric. If your closet is 36 in. deep, a standard-size dryer should fit the space.
Power Supply: Properly grounded three-prong receptacles should be within reach of the appliance power supply cord. Hire a licensed electrician to add this or ensure the existing supply meets your needs.
Water: Hot and cold water-supply lines, as well as a drain, must feed into the closet. To prevent damaging leaks, choose tear-resistant braided steel hoses. Install a recessed washer box to avoid crimped water lines.
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