How to Add a Laundry Area in the Garage


If you're short on space in your home or want to avoid climbing up and down basement steps with baskets of clothes, consider locating a laundry area in your attached garage. To create this laundry area, identify the best wall to install the electricity, plumbing and drain. Measure to see that you have enough space for machines and supplies, taking into account the area needed for your car and other garage uses.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Paint
  • Shelving
  • Storage cabinet
  • Identify the best wall for the laundry machines. This should be a wall closest to the house and near water lines, sewer pipes and the electrical box. If all of these are not located near the same wall, choose the wall nearest the plumbing since it is easier and less-expensive to redirect an electrical line than plumbing.

  • Measure the space of the laundry area. Check the maximum width and length of the area you can assign for laundry against the space you need to park your car or other restrictions on your garage space.

  • Select your washer and dryer units. Decide if you have enough space for two standard-sized units or if a stackable washer and dryer work better in your garage space.

  • Hire a plumber to install a drain line and a hot and cold water line to the washing machine. Have the dryer vent installed through the wall of the garage behind the dryer.

  • Hire an electrician to install electrical outlets for your washer and dryer. You will need a 110-volt outlet for the washing machine and a 220-volt outlet for the dryer. If your garage already has a 110-volt outlet near the washing machine, that will save you the expense of installing both lines.

  • Paint the walls before setting up the washer and dryer. Use joint compound to fill in any holes made by the plumber and electrician. Paint the wall the same or a complementary color as the other garage walls once the joint compound dries.

  • Connect the washer's and dryer's power lines and hoses. Tighten the water hoses to the water lines, insert the drain hose into the drain, fit the dryer vent hose over the dryer vent and plug up the washer and dryer power cords. Test the units by turning them on and starting them to see that they are in working order.

  • Install shelves and cabinets to make your garage laundry area functional and convenient. Install shelves above the units to hold laundry supplies and for hanging clothes, and position a cabinet with a counter next to the units for extra storage and as a surface for folding clothes.

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