Combining a bathroom with a laundry room is an easy way to make one room with multiple functions. It's a popular option for homeowners with a basement, because it gives guests access to a bathroom that's rarely used. Even if you don't have a basement, a combined bathroom and laundry room can add an additional bathroom to your home -- without sacrificing any space. It's even possible to find space in an existing bathroom for your laundry room. You'll find it takes only a few hours to change the space in your own home.
Instead of adding a full-size bathroom to your existing laundry room, consider making a half-bathroom. A half-bath consists of only a toilet and sink, so you don't have to worry about finding extra space for a shower or bathtub; however, you may want to add a smaller shower, if you have the available space. The toilet and sink run off the same water line, and you can even attach those to the water line used for your washer. Add decorative baskets or hang pictures on the wall, to make the space more inviting.
When you make a bathroom laundry room, you need to find ways to store things for both rooms. This Old House suggests adding shelves above the washer and dryer, that reach up to the ceiling. Use baskets placed on each shelf to store both your laundry supplies and bathroom supplies. Another idea is placing cabinets on either side of the washer and dryer for additional organization and the storage of larger items. HGTV also suggests using a cabinet sink, which has hidden storage underneath and works with the style of the room. Use metal baskets for storing extra towels, bathroom supplies and other items. As the baskets come in different sizes, you can slip smaller baskets into otherwise unused spaces, including next to the toilet.
Add sliding doors to differentiate the space between the laundry area and the bathroom. Sliding doors move along tracks, placed on the floor and at the ceiling. The sliding doors come in different styles, including plain white doors, metal doors, glass doors and even doors with textured glass on the inside. The doors let guests use the bathroom, without seeing into your laundry room.
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