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Latest Trend: Laundry Moving On Up

Posted April 3, 2007

Having an upstairs laundry area eliminates the work of carrying loads up and down the stairs. Consumer Reports looks at the latest renovation trend.

Gina LeDone recently renovated her home and one of the big changes was moving the laundry room upstairs.

"I just couldn't believe what a great idea it was. It makes perfect sense," LeDone said.

Moving your laundry room upstairs has real labor-saving benefits. But whether you're adding new space or adapting an existing room, Consumer Reports said there are some considerations.

"One of the first things you need to do is check with an engineer to make sure your house can take the extra weight and vibrations of a washer and dryer," said Celia Lehrman, of Consumer Reports.

Other things to consider when planning an upstairs laundry room, you will need a waterproof floor with a drain in case of leaks.
As for power, an electrician should run dedicated electric lines for your washer and dryer. Plus, the dryer needs a vent.

Plus, when it comes to choosing machines, some features matter more when the laundry room is upstairs.

"Well, the closer the machines are to your living space, especially bedrooms, the quieter you'll want them to be," Lehrman said.

The end-of-cycle buzzer is something else to consider. Make sure you get machines that let you turn the buzzer off.

Consumer Reports said front-loading washers tend to be quieter than top-loaders. However, some top-loaders can be stacked with a dryer, which saves space in an upstairs laundry room.


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  • BIG YAWN Apr 6, 2007

    My sister-in-law's laundry room is up stairs and her house was built in 1991. It was fine then because the kids had the most clothes to be washed. Now that the kids are gone it's a pain because the master bedroom is down stairs. Time to move!

  • 68_polara Apr 6, 2007

    We live in the most incredible country for an article like this to be able to make the news. Please don't take this comment as an insult. I just want to remind everyone what effort it must have been to do laundry a hundred years ago or how about just 50 years ago. We are blessed.

  • myself Apr 6, 2007

    new trend? My house is 11 years old and the laundry room has always been upstairs. It was definately at selling point when we bought the house last year, especially with the amount of laundry I do having 2 babies.

  • rockingbob Apr 5, 2007

    If you want some real news about laundry, how about new technology that eliminates the need for hot water, detergent, bleach, fabric softener and does a better job at cleaning while sanitizing better than bleach. I just love the fact that I NEVER have to go to the store again to do my laundry. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that the wastewater is friendly to the environment, (no suds). If this is of interest to you, email me and I will send you more info. thanks

  • bobbyj Apr 5, 2007

    THis old house reports that the claims for broken washer pipes is well over 10 million dollars a year. I have installed a shut off that only stays open for 30 mintues at a time.

  • DontBelieveTheHype Apr 5, 2007

    How is this news!?

  • Get a clue Apr 4, 2007

    I find that putting my dryer on my top loading washer is very convenient.

  • Scarecrow Cow Apr 4, 2007

    Lol GeekQueen. =)

  • GeekQueen Apr 4, 2007

    Does anyone ever fact or spell check these stories? By design you cannot stack a top loading washer...unless you put it on top, and then you'd have to be 15 ft tall to reach it.
    Also, with as little exercise as people get nowadays maybe we should keep climbing those stairs.

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 4, 2007

    "Consumer Reports said front-loading washers tend to be quieter than top-loaders. However, some top-loaders can be stacked with a dryer, which saves space in an upstairs laundry room."

    Front loaders are usually quiter than top loaders, they use less water and detergent and can also be stacked with a dryer. If fact, they can be stacked easier with a dryer than a top loader because the door in in the front. If've never seen a top loader than can be stacked, usually you have to buy a single stacked unit.