Short answer: YES.
Washing machines can be kept in the kitchen as long as
- There is space
- There is source of water supply
- There is an drainage outlet
- It is not close to a bedroom, if it is, the kitchen is relatively soundproof.
Actually, washing machines can be installed anywhere in the house, as long as:
- There is space and
- It is convenient.
WHY KEEP A WASHING MACHINE IN THE KITCHEN
- Space management
- Distance from bedrooms
- Your region
- No space in the bathroom
- No electric socket in the bathroom
- The apartment is yours
Space is money. If you rent an apartment, you’ve paid for every square inch in the apartment. Every inch unutilized, is a percent of your rent money. Sounds crazy right? But it is true.
Okay! Let’s state real reasons:
- Many apartments do not have a laundry room.
- Public apartments might not have space for them, or allow installing them.
- And obviously, you can’t operate your washing machine remotely. You can’t, for example, buy it, leave it in the factory you bought it and wash your clothes remotely. It has to be in the building you live in, to say the least.
- You have limited options to install a washing machine. And the kitchen is one of them… a favorite option for some persons.
Interior decoration has made life easy and beautiful. And the kitchen is one place where decorators flex their creative muscles.
If spaces are built into the kitchen cabinet designs, it just makes sense to fit it there when it does not obstruct other activities.
Also, some washing machines are compact enough to fit into kitchen cabinets and flush with the setup.
Really, a well placed washer can add to the beauty of your kitchen setup.
Check out this image below. Isn’t it beautiful!
DISTANCE FROM BEDROOMS
Washing machines are like that noisy neighbor next door. Except it lives in the same apartment with you.
Operating washing machines during rest hours can adversely interfere with sleep time and rest.
Even if you wash before time for your rest, you can hardly determine when others will wish to have a good sleep or rest.
In situations like this, the kitchen can be the safest place to place a washer.
In some self-contained apartments, the kitchen and bedrooms are on opposite ends of the sitting room. In this case, the kitchen is the farthest point from a bedroom other than a basement.
The average UK householder is wondering: ‘what is all this argument about? Where else to place a washer other than a kitchen?’
And he’s probably right.
The region you live in, can determine the default location of your washing machine.
In the UK for example, washing machines are commonly placed in the kitchen. While the U.S favors a basement.
Although space, apartment size and type can be a major factor, for most persons washers are placed in the kitchen because that is where it is placed in their region.
For such persons, they can’t even imagine an alternative place when ‘it just makes sense that it be placed in the kitchen.’
NO SPACE IN THE BATHROOM
Many people will tell you that bathrooms are the most ideal locations to place a washing machine. And they’re probably right. Only issue is, space is sometimes a major issue.
Some bathrooms do not have enough space to fit in a washer. Or fitting one in, might just be inconveniencing to users.
Persons like this simply have to settle for the second best… in their opinion.
NO ELECTRIC PLUG IN THE BATHROOM
Bathrooms are a good alternate location to place a washer. In some areas, their bathrooms are big enough to place this device. In these locations, space is not an issue.
However, there is another issue: No electric socket.
Electric sockets are not allowed in bathrooms in the UK. This is to prevent the possibility of shock originating from this power source in a wet environment.
The implications, on the other hand, is that a setup that depends on electric power simply can not be installed in the bathroom in these locations.
This makes installing a washing machine in the bathroom close to impossible.
THE APARTMENT IS YOURS
My apologies dear reader, this is probably the dumbest reason to give for placing your washer in the kitchen.
But does it not make sense? Do we even need to list other reasons for keeping it in the kitchen?
The house is yours!
At least the apartment is, so you have the right to decide where you want it installed. Simple!
Well, it is safe to assume you’re not squatting. Who would buy a washing machine while squatting with someone else? I pray I’m not wrong!
But this alone is a good enough reason to keep the washer in the kitchen
WHERE SHOULD A WASHING MACHINE BE PLACED IN A KITCHEN
- Next to the kitchen sink
Since washing machines need
- A water supply and
- A drainage system
placing it next to the kitchen sink is a no brainer.
First, you can tap from the kitchen water source supply to feed the washer. Your only concern will be water pressure.
Second, the kitchen drainage is a perfect outlet for waste laundry water.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE INSTALLING A WASHING MACHINE IN THE KITCHEN
- Food wastes and residue staining your laundry
- Detergents and chemicals coming in contact with food and kitchen utensils.
- Faulty washing machines can be a safety hazard in a kitchen.
Let’s analyze these, one at a time.
FOOD WASTE AND RESIDUE
You do not want to spend an hour washing your white sheets or dress only to get it stained by cooking items, such as:
- Oil, or
- Kitchen smoke
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR LAUNDRY
- Ensure that, when possible, enough distance is placed between the washer and the actual cooking cabinet.
- You should have a minimum of 2 meters from the washer to a gas cooker, or other cooking source.
DANGERS OF WASHING SOLUTIONS COMING IN CONTACT WITH FOOD AND OTHER KITCHEN UTENSILS
Washing solutions coming in contact with cooking items is a major concern when deciding to place a washing machine in the kitchen.
There is no edible detergent or soap. All laundry chemicals are harmful and should be considered a poison.
If you place a washing machine in the kitchen, ensure washing solutions are placed in a safe place.
This danger is enhanced when there are minors in the home. You do not want them playing with detergents. It might be prudent to prevent minors from using the machine themselves, except with adult permission.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FOOD
- Keep detergents in a safe box, away from minors.
- Young ones should use the washer only with an adult’s supervision.
- Place a safe distance from the washer to cooking utensils and items.
FAULTY MACHINES CAN BE A SAFETY HAZARD
Leaking washer door is a common fault in washing machines. If this happens in the kitchen, and there is leakage, someone can easily slip.
Handling wet laundry can leave the ground slippery. Especially when clothes are removed early.
It will take extra caution to prevent washers from causing slip hazards.
Careful supervision is the only way out.
SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR WASHING MACHINE IN THE KITCHEN?
With the considerations above, it is obvious that the kitchen is a fine spot to place a washer.
A dedicated laundry room is ideal. A basement is a good alternative. These two however, are not readily available. But almost everybody has a kitchen.
If your kitchen is large enough, you might consider using the extra space for your laundry machine.
On the other hand, remember to consider the dangers of using it there. Of course, our fears do not always come true. But it is better to be safe than sorry.
Obey any available safety rules. Cutting safety corners can have a short term appeal, but always hurt in the long run.
If you have minors in the house, monitor their use of washing machines. You might deem it appropriate to train them on its usage, and instruct them about the dangers it poses in the kitchen and how to avoid them.
By all means, washing machines can be placed in the kitchen. And when installed correctly can add to the beauty of the most important room in any building… the food production center.