You’ve finally bought your washing machine. All space is filled up, except one… your balcony. Should you place it there? Can a washing machine be kept on a balcony?…YES.
Before you place your latest asset on the balcony, there are a few things you should consider.
Let’s discuss them… now!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KEEP A WASHING MACHINE AT THE BALCONY
There is usually enough space on the balcony. The issue is, balconies are not built with washing machines in mind.
To place your washing machine there, you’ll need to prepare the place for it.
What do you need to have a functional washer at the balcony:
- Power source
- Water supply
- Drainage source
This is obvious. You definitely need space to keep a washing machine.
On average, a 7kg household washing machine is 2feet square (2 feet length, 2 feet width).
When the door is open, it takes a space of 3.35 feet in length (about 1 meter).
The height is not an issue. With a 2.10 feet height, you should have more than enough vertical space.
In summary, you will need at least a balcony 4 feet long and 4 feet in width (distance from building’s wall to balcony barricade).
Usually, balconies are longer than 4 feet. So balcony length shouldn’t be an issue.
BALCONY SPACE NEEDED FOR A 7KG HOUSEHOLD WASHING MACHINE
|Washer length (door closed)||2||24||0.61|
|Washer length (door opened)||3.34||40.08||1.02|
|Minimum Balcony length||4||48||1.22|
|Minimum Balcony width||4||48||1.22|
A washing machine needs electricity to function. To keep one on the balcony, you’ll need a power source.
If you have a socket on the balcony, fine. If not, you will need an electrician to install a wall socket there.
A 220 – 240v AC (Alternate Current) power source should be installed. In the U.S it’s a 110v AC.
Washing machine plugs come with a 13amps fuse. So, you might not need to install a circuit tripper.
A might need to get a multi-socket, should the washer plug not fit into your wall socket.
If you live in the U.S, then it’s important to know that plugs in electronic devices meant for the International market do not match U.S wall sockets.
The same applies to persons from other countries buying U.S electronics.
You should put this into consideration when installing a wall socket in your balcony.
Another important point to consider is water source. You’ll need a steady water supply if you’re considering installing a washing machine on your balcony.
Usually there are no water outlets in balconies. But you can contact a plumber to do some work-around.
This will even be easier if your balcony is behind a kitchen or restroom or bathroom. Water supplying these areas can easily be tapped to supply your washer.
Whichever the case, your plumber will know the best way to direct water to the balcony for your use.
Waste water from washing will need to be displaced. Your plumber should install a drainage pipe to connect to the house’s general drainage system.
The water supply and drainage can be installed at the same time, by the same plumber. So you won’t have to pay separate fees for each installation.
Just like the water supply, if your balcony is close to a kitchen, restroom or bathroom, you’ll save money and effort. All you’ll need to do is to connect your drainage to the existing drainage of these locations.
It sounds like a pun to say you need a shelter to shelter a household appliance under your own shelter.
Before we get ourselves confused, the long complicated sentence simply means that balconies have no protection from the elements… rain, sun and the wind.
You’ll need a shade to protect your washer from sunshine and rainfall. A simple cabinet should suffice.
You don’t need something complicated. A cabinet, with or without doors can serve as a protection to your washer, and a base for your balcony garden. If you’re a garden lover, here is a little tweak for your home garden.
If you have enough budget for temper glass, that will add beauty to the setup.
But no need to worry, a curtain to cover the area from view will also be a good idea.
But by all means, just know that all you need is a simple structure to cover your appliance. This will save you extra cost and not unnecessarily add to our expenses.
WHY PLACE WASHING MACHINE AT THE BALCONY
Space in modern houses is becoming an endangered species. You might have considered placing your washer in the kitchen. Others prefer the bathroom.
- But space might not always be on your side. In this event, the balcony is your best bet.
It sometimes appears to be the only place in the house with enough space.
- Balconies are a multiple house space. People use it as a mini-garden.
- In under-developed countries, it is not unusual to see householders drying laundry on the balcony.
- You also use your balcony as a vantage point to have a good view of the city and rest up after a hectic day. The issue is, you probably do not even have the time for relaxation there.
Using the balcony for washing just seems to be a fine way to maximize your space.
- Also, balconies might be the farthest place from bedrooms where you can place your washer. This will reduce the noise from the washer and the vibrations from reaching bedrooms.
In other words, we’re saying that the balcony might be the best place to keep a washing machine if you don’t want it to disturb your rest and sleep.
ADVANTAGES OF KEEPING THE WASHER AT THE BALCONY
Balconies are a fine place to keep a washing machine in a minimalistic apartment.
Bathrooms may not always have the space and convenience to keep your washer. Kitchens on the other hand may be too cramped to keep this sizable device.
On the other hand, you might just want to make better use of the space in your house. In some homes, the balcony is a ‘dignified waste room.’
Dirty clothes, shoes and other household refuse find their way there. In this situation, choosing to use this space for something dignified is a no-brainer.
Balconies are practically outside the house. So, keeping a washing machine there will help reduce disturbance.
It gives freedom to do laundry even when other members of the house are asleep.
DISADVANTAGES OF HAVING A WASHER AT THE BALCONY
- Balconies do not have protection from rainfall and sunshine. These can wear out the washer paints and even corrode it over time.
- It costs extra expenses to procure and install the different items to make the washer work. Also you’ll incur extra cost of building a protective cabinet to protect it from the weather.
- In high crime areas, displaying your appliances and expensive laundry will only attract criminal elements. You don’t want to wash out dirt from laundry and invite criminals in the process.
WHAT DO WE SUGGEST?
More modern and minimal houses come at the expense of space.
If you find yourself, in this situation, by any means make wise use of all available space in your apartment.
Can washing machines be kept in balconies? Yes it can.
Is it a good idea? Yes. it is a creative idea.
So, should you keep your washing machine there? Well, there is no Yes or No answer to this question.
Each person will decide.
But first, go through the pros and cons of having your appliance on the balcony. If you feel that you can live with the extra cost and the benefits that come along with you, we’ll recommend keeping your washer there.
Talking about washing machines on the balcony. You’ll need a durable washing machine that can stand the rigorous environment of the balcony and add beauty to the view.
If you’re considering purchasing washing machines for your balcony, you can check out this collection of washing machines.