Bathroom

Published on December 28th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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All-In-One Multipurpose Bathroom Furniture which hides a washer & dryer





Materials: Ikea Personlig Countertops, Kitchen Cabinets/Doors, Socket Lists Optional Sink /Faucet

Description: This is my second Ikea Hack :-)

I want to show you how I made my bathroom more organized by using different Ikea parts making an All-In-One bathroom furniture.

My bathroom was terribly organized,a shower in the corner, washer/tumble dryer in the other corner and a faucet/sink with a mirror in between.

I’d like to keep the room tidy with a minimalistic touch, so I planned to integrate most of the bathroom accessorize on one side of the bathroom, problem was the big washer/tumble dryer which always seemed to be in the way..

Then I came up with the idea to hide it in a cabinet or something like that… unfortunately the machinery is large, heavy, and they also move/vibrates, so I couldn’t manage to find any suitable cabinets to solve my problem. I needed to make it myself, so I went to ikea to fix it!

I bought 3 Ikea “Personlig/Personal” Countertops, in the double sized thickness (8cm), normal countertops are 4.cm. The “Personlig/Personal?” counter tops can be ordered in which size you want, the European washer/tumble dry are deeper than the original standard countertop size 62 cm, and the doors had to be shut properly
so I ordered 70cm depth/220cm length.

2 x 60cm for the dryer/washer, 80cm for the center cabinet, 2 x 8cm sidewalls and 4 cm for clearing = 220cm

The sidewalls are equal 70cm depth and 86cm height. Cabinet is 70cm tall but you have to put the legs on it, so remember to add another 16cm (height)

The machinery stands on the floor, and the construction is build around it.

I used a kitchen socket list to hide the lower parts, installed ventilation in it, for air circulation.

The doors have no handles, I used the push-open solution.

To attach the doors in front of the dryer/washer, I bought a second cabinet frame and attached 1 sidewall too each side of the center cabinet, which makes you able to use standard Ikea door hinges..

I guess the picture explain the rest, pretty straight forward, and it works and I am very happy with it!

~ Peik Helly-Hansen, Norway, Oslo

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22 Responses to All-In-One Multipurpose Bathroom Furniture which hides a washer & dryer

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very nice

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well done! I do wonder about the ventilation though. Especially the washing machine can be very wet on the inside and I have to leave the door of the washing machine a little ajar to let it dry. Is that still possible in your case (without leaving the doors of the cabinet open)?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello, it`s hard too see from the picture posted, but there are mounted 2 plastic air vents, in the socket list, just beneath each machine. It`s the same provided with Ikea refrigirators and to solve any air circulation problems. I have also installed 0.5cm plastic puttons under the construction, since it is a bathroom and there is often water on the floor, to reduce risk of water getting in to the construction and ruin the wood panels. This also gives a minor gap which let the air flow out. When it comes to the lid on the washer/dryer it`is room for the lid to be a bit open, eventually if thinking of building one, you can increase depth from 70cm to 73cm to get a bit more room..(of course necessary depth could vary according to different measurments of washer/dreyer machines. I have the latest model of Bosch)

      Finally, This set up has worket now for about 9 months, no problem!

  3. Marie says:

    I second above. It’s awesome, but I’d recommend leaving the doors open while they’re running for heat reasons. Dryers obviously get quite warm and you don’t want them to overheat.

  4. Anonymous says:

    i wouldn’t be concerned about overheating, here in the uk “undercounter” washers\dryers are the norm in fitted kitchens.

    GREAT looking hack BTW

  5. Julia Konya says:

    I love it. It looks great! My parents in Germany had something like this their whole life and the machine has never overheated with the doors closed.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very nice looking indeed! I am curious about service access to the washer and dryer, though. Is the toe kick piece easy to take off, and can they then be slid out? Or will you have to disassemble the whole setup to fix or replace them?

    • Hi There, service acess no problem, i installed washer/dryer after setting it all up. If you see on the last picture, on left side of the door to the left, i installed a list to fill in the gap between the door and the sidewall, also to make the door stop in right angle. This because the washer is a bit broader than the door wich is 60cm. It`s fastened by 3 screws, same on the the door to the rigt. The socket list is fastened to the legs of the center section with clips, just to pull out. Electric plug is behind center section, so it should not be any problem!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love the look of this. Very cleverly done too.

    I’ve not been able to find the Personlig countertop on any Ikea website though. Not Ikea USA, nor Ikea Sweden.

    • This comment has been removed by the author.

    • Hi there, i guess you have to go to the kitchen section at your local Ikea store, since they are made upon your request, they can not be ordered online. They have many different colors, or straigt wood. I ordered glossy wite, with double thikcness, standard is 3.8cm this is 7.8cm. For the 3 parts needed i paid about 1200$ in Norway, but here everything is expensive, so i bet it is cheaper in the us.Standard 3.8cm thickness was half the price. It was 6 weeks delivery/production time.

      Good Luck

  8. Edward says:

    Wow that is so cool. You really did a great job on that. The idea is totally awesome. Nice work.

  9. Sadly in UK we are not allowed o have electrical items inthe bathroom, so no washing machines or tumble driers inthe most logical place!

    • Anonymous says:

      By what you are saying then you wouldn’t be allowed lights or outlets either.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s nearly true; outlets are mostly prohibited (save for special safety outlets for shavers) and light switches are either outside the bathroom or on the ceiling with a pull cord, in most cases.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s pretty whacky.

      My Swiss friend just returned from a 3 months trip in the UK. She described the bathrooms in general as: “Zum Heulen”. Showers that only dribbled water, controls that stuck at either too hot or too cold, fogged up windows and mirrors due to nonexistent ventilation, and even newly installed faucets often dripped and had separate handles for hot and cold water etc.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well done! Love the minimalist look. This is so inspiring for people whose laundry is in the bathroom.

    One of the Best in 2012!

  11. bobbie says:

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE this…can’t find the personlig counter though on IKEA site? Can you tell me again what material you used for the countertop and was it 2″ think?

  12. Filipa Faria says:

    Hi

    Love the Hack, and I need this in my bathroom!!!

    I have one doubt
    how you fix the panels top and side ones to each other???

    Thanks

    Filipa

  13. Peik Helly-Hansen says:

    I think you should visit your local IKEA, and ask them, i went to the kitchen section at my local IKEA in Oslo/Norway. They should have the same options worldwide, the thickness is double of normal. Approximately 7.8 cm;)

  14. Peik Helly-Hansen says:

    I used iron brackets, 90 degree angle;)

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