When to Convert a Closet into a Laundry RoomThere are different reasons to do a closet laundry room conversion. First and foremost is convenience; especially if you’re tired of lugging laundry from one room in the house to another. (Or, from the garage or basement to other rooms.) Then, this is a terrific option. Because, it places the washing machine and dryer in an easy to reach space.
In real life, just having a convenient spot to do laundry is foremost and the extras are gravy. If you must use a laundromat, community laundry room or even a basement or garage laundry space, there may be a space in your home that can be converted into a workable laundry area. An in-home laundry space is especially convenient for young parents and as we age. —About.comAnother big reason to do a closet laundry room conversion is to increase the salability of the property. Since it makes the house more user-friendly so-to-speak, it’s a wonderful marketing tool. And, it does free up a little space in another location. Meaning, you can use the former location for another purpose. For instance, swap spaces and you don’t necessarily lose anything from the transition.
Closet Laundry Room Conversion StepsTo make the remodel less foreboding and far less expensive, align it with a closet that’s against or nearby a bathroom or kitchen. This way, the plumbing and electrical wiring is close (which substantially reduces the cost). When you have the location picked out, you can follow these closet laundry room conversion steps:
- Measure the inside space. Before you move one single appliance or even empty the closet, do yourself a big favor and measure the space. Measure at least twice, noting the width, height, and length. Then, measure the appliances, plus the space between the washer and dryer, as well as the distance between the appliances and the wall.
- Install flooring protection. If the space will accommodate both appliances and it’s possible to route the plumbing and electric to the space, you’ll definitely need a floor protector. You can find a suitable washer drain pan to guard against a big mess. (Make sure the washer drain pan also fits into the space.)
- Install water and drain lines. Unless you’re a skilled, licensed plumber, hire a professional to install a water supply line and drain line. This must be done carefully so it doesn’t cause water damage inside and/or around the space.
- Fit the space with power outlets. You’ll also need the right size power outlets for both the washer and dryer. Hire an experienced, licensed electrician to install the proper outlets so you can enjoy the convenience right away.