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Choosing the Perfect Laundry Setup: European Laundry vs. Laundry Room

If you are building, renovating or planning an extension which includes your laundry, you may be wondering what the best set up is. While a laundry room the most popular set up that we see, particularly in larger suburban homes, a lot of people are now opting for a european laundry instead. Each configuration caters to different lifestyles and preferences, so it's important to ensure that the style of laundry you select will align with your individual needs.


If you've never heard of this, a European laundry is when you fit your laundry cabinetry, washer and dryer inside of a cupboard instead of having a whole room dedicated to this. European laundries are compact and therefore save a lot of space. You can usually tuck them into a hallway, kitchen, living/dining or bathroom so can use the space that would normally be dedicated for the laundry room for something else.

When does a European Laundry make more sense?

  • When you have a small home or apartment so all space needs to be carefully considered

  • When you have a larger home but your priorities are creating larger living spaces and/or bedrooms

  • When you have minimal laundry needs and only want something really basic

  • When you already prefer to complete most or all of your laundry tasks in another room (sorting, drying, folding, ironing, etc.)

  • When your laundry room is inconveniently located and you'd rather add a small conveniently located euro laundry in another space

  • When your laundry room would be better utilised as something else - for example, we are currently working on a home where we have turned the laundry room into a walk in pantry and added a small euro laundry instead.


As the name suggests, this is when you have a whole room dedicated to your laundry. This usually allows for a lot more storage, and can usually include larger linen cupboards, broom cupboards, and more.

When does a Laundry room make more sense?

  • If you have a family with a large amount of laundry being done weekly

  • If you want to add more convenient mechanisms like pull out hampers and charging stations for vacuums.

  • When you need ample storage space and you want the laundry room to double as a storage room

  • When you want a dedicated space to complete all the laundry tasks, from storing and sorting dirty washing, drying (in a dryer or on drying racks), ironing and/or folding.

  • When you want to keep the laundry noises away from living areas, a laundry room will reduce noise better than a european laundry

  • If you have large laundry appliances or would like to fit an additional fridge or freezer into the laundry space

  • If you would like a laundry space that also doubles as a powder room or mud room.

I hope this has been helpful! If you want to find out more about how we can help you with your project, get in contact with us below:

Have a wonderful week!

Nina xx

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