Standard Laundry Room Dimensions (with Photos)

How much time do you spend each week doing laundry? Well, if you had to guess you likely are spending load of time doing loads of laundry. But, what do the standard dimensions of a laundry room look like? In this article, we provide homeowners basic tips on the most common preferences. Learn more now!

Laundry Room Dimensions

If you had to guess, you’d probably say that doing loads of laundry isn’t anyone’s favorite thing to do. However, it’s one of those necessary tasks that have to get done in households everywhere. While you might never enjoy doing laundry, having the right laundry room set-up can make this chore much more bearable.

Laundry rooms range from simple laundry closets to grand spaces that could fit a studio apartment. You can go from 3 x 3 feet to 8 x 10 feet or larger for all your laundry needs. Layouts and designs of laundry rooms vary broadly based on available space, budget, and homeowner preferences.

If you have the room to spare, laundry rooms can be suitable for a lot more than doing the wash. But, if space is tight, you can carve out a small niche or use a closet in an existing room. This space can at least give you a designated place for washing and drying your clothes.

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What Size Are Washers and Dryers?

Of course, when it comes to absolute necessities in your laundry room, a washer and dryer are pretty much non-negotiable. Therefore, when figuring out your laundry space’s dimensions, your first step is considering your washer and dryer’s measurements. 

However, even with these necessary appliances, you have some options. While the standard setup is side-by-side, you can also get stackable units and even combo units. 

A washing machine’s average size is roughly 27 inches wide x 31 inches deep x 39 inches tall.  If you don’t have the room to put two units side-by-side, you can opt for the stackable variety. Stacking the two units would cut your needed width in half (but double the height requirement). 

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If space is really tight, you can opt for a combo laundry unit. These appliances are both a washer and dryer in one, meaning it can both wash and dry your clothes. These are great for very small living spaces, like studio apartments, tiny houses, and even RVs.

A combo unit can be the same size as your average washer or dryer. It’s like getting two appliances within the footprint of one. There are also smaller units that measure closer to 24 inches wide x 25 inches deep and 33 inches tall.

Space Needed for a Laundry Closet

Depending on your home, there might already be a designated spot for a washer and dryer. Or, you might need to figure out how to add an area. Sometimes, this spot is a closet. 

The concept of a laundry closet has been around for a while, and it’s exactly how it sounds. It’s a closet where you do laundry, and it pretty much holds the washer, dryer, and some minimal storage.

Laundry Closet Width

To accommodate a side-by-side washer and a dryer in a laundry closet, an ideal width is five feet. This measurement provides enough room for both units to fit easily. Plus, it allows for adequate maneuvering room if you need to get either appliance out of the space.

The other consideration when it comes to width is the closet doors. In many cases, laundry closets feature bi-fold doors, so you need to account for the space these doors take up when they are open. 

An open bi-fold door uses up about five inches of space. A standard washer and dryer take up roughly 54 inches when side-by-side. Therefore, a minimum closet width of 60 inches accounts for this 54 inches plus extra space for the open door.

If your laundry closet is more narrow, you can opt for a stackable or combo unit. Since these systems average about 27 inches wide, you could make a three-foot closet work for your laundry area.

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Of course, if you feel really cramped when it comes to your laundry closet doors, you could always opt for a curtain instead. It’s all a matter of your personal preferences.

Laundry Closet Depth

The ideal depth for a laundry closet is three feet. In addition to fitting the units, three feet provides ample space for hook-ups, plugs, and the dryer vent.

Laundry closets also typically contain storage since there is open vertical space above the units. You can hang shelving or cabinets above the washer and dryer to hold laundry essentials, like detergent and cleaning supplies.

Three feet provides enough room for deep shelves that you can put things on and take something off of easily. It is also ample room for opening cabinet doors.

Different Configurations of a Laundry Closet

Within the confines of the 15 square feet laundry closet, you can try out a few different layouts. Assuming a minimum ceiling height of 8 feet, you can opt for a stackable system. This choice frees up an area next to the appliances for more storage, folding space, or even a sink.

Even going with a stackable system, you could still squeeze in some vertical storage space. Instead of double shelves or 24-inch tall cabinets, you could opt for slightly shorter cabinets or a single shelf. 

If you have front-load units, you can install a counter above them to provide a large folding and work station. 

Note: If you have a top-load washer, leave ample room between the washer and wall-mounted storage for opening the machine’s lid. The typical washer lid is about 16 to 17 inches deep. 

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Space Needed for a Basic Laundry Room

If you have a separate laundry room, it can range in size from just enough space to lots of extra room. A basic laundry room is roughly 5 x 6 feet. Basically, five feet wide for side-by-side units (like the laundry closet width) and 6 feet long.

This 6-feet length provides the 3 feet needed for the units and hook-ups, plus an additional three feet of open space. This free space allows you to do laundry more comfortably. Plus, it provides some extra space for things like a hamper or laundry-sorting station.

Like with a laundry closet, you have some options for the design of your space. For example, you can hang shelving or cabinets above the unit for storage. 

You can opt for stacking units and add more storage next to them. Alternatively, you can install a counter over front-load appliances for a work zone. Keep in mind, if you plan to add a counter above your machines, this will add about 3 inches to your overall appliance height. 

Washers and dryers are roughly 39 inches high. Then, a counter is about 2 inches thick, and you need to leave about an inch between the counter and the top of your machines.

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Dimensions of Medium-Sized Laundry Rooms

Some laundry rooms are slightly bigger than the basic, allowing for a few extras. These types of spaces take the basic laundry room one step further by adding a work zone. This zone is usually across from the washer and dryer. 

In these laundry areas, the width remains the same; however, the length increases to about 8 feet. Therefore, in addition to your appliances and open space, you now have room for a 2-foot counter. This counter can provide an extra work surface or folding station or even incorporate a utility sink

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Dimensions of Large Laundry Rooms

If you’ve got the space, laundry rooms can be as big as bedrooms. Many houses today feature larger laundry rooms that are showcased as upgrades. 

In these spacious laundry havens, you can find 60 or 80 square feet of space and beyond. In addition to doing laundry, there’s lots of extra space for storage, wrapping presents, crafting, or whatever your heart desires. 

Of course, the basic dimensions remain the same. You need at least three feet of depth for your dryer and washing machine. If your units are side-by-side, you need to allow a space of at least 60 inches, etc. 

However, a large laundry room that measures 6 x 10 feet gives you room to play. You can add extra cabinets, a sink, and more work surface. Plus, when you start working with larger laundry rooms, your layout options increase. 

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You can go for a galley-style setup, where everything lives along one wall or the two longer walls. Or, you can opt for an L-shaped design, where your counter surface wraps around a corner of the room.

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In laundry rooms that are 8 x 10 feet or more, you can have all the bells and whistles. For example, you can devote one side of the room to your wash zone. Then the whole other side of the room can be a folding, ironing, and workstation. 

Note: A standard ironing board is about 54 inches long. A large laundry room provides more than enough space to drop down a full, foldaway ironing board.

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Related Questions

What is a good size for a laundry room sink?

Laundry room sinks, also known as utility sinks, are not like bathroom or kitchen sinks. These hard-working basins are typically deeper, allowing room for everything from soaking clothes to bathing the family pet.

A laundry room sink’s average size is anywhere from about 17 x 20 inches or 22 x 25 inches. The basin can range from 10 to 25 inches deep. 

Utility sinks can be drop-in, under-mount, wall-mounted, or free-standing, and can be made from a variety of materials. Some options of materials are fiberglass, plastic, and stainless steel.

Can you stack any front-load washer and dryer?

Front-load washing machines and dryers usually come with stacking kits that install between the two units. This kit ensures the machines stack safely on top of each other. Different brands of machines usually cannot be stacked on each other.

It’s not recommended to stack units without a stacking kit. The best course of action is to purchase a stacking kit when you get your appliances. Stacking kits typically cost anywhere from $35 to $100 or more depending on your machines.

Make sure to purchase a kit that is specifically made for your model of washer and dryer. 

While you’ll probably never want to do the laundry, having a well-functioning laundry room can make a huge difference!

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Stacy Randall

Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent’s former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.

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