There’s something to be said for a more traditional approach to the laundry room, including storage above the machines. A top-load washer doesn’t have to look dated. Many new models are undeniably modern, with sleek lines and as many wash cycle options as a front load set and room for laundry storage on the wall above.
Front-load washers and dryers with storage platforms on the bottom are all the rage. They’re beautiful, no denying that. Think of all the colors — metallic reds or blues, pearlescent silvers, and don’t forget basic black or white. They’re efficient, too but don't be fooled.
Homeowner Tip: On average, Energy Star certified clothes washers (top and front loading) use about 20% less energy and 35% less water than regular washers.
With storage built into the platform, they save on space, but tight, narrow quarters don’t apply to every laundry room. And there is no rule that says front-load sets must use platforms. Without platforms, they tuck under a countertop.
Wall-mounted storage above the washer and dryer is a viable option, regardless of which type of machine you have. In some ways, it’s better than storage on the bottom, and here’s why:
Wall Mounted Laundry Storage Means Less Bending
With cabinets mounted on the wall above the washer and dryer, all you do is open the door to find what you need. Detergent, softener, pre-treater — it’s all within your grasp. You’re already standing at the machine, so you only need to reach.
With storage under the machines, you have to bend each time you needed something. Detergent? Bend. Softener? Bend again. So you’re bending to reach what you need, raising to add it to the load, bending again to put it away, and standing to start the machine.
Standard Wall Cabinetry Works for Laundry Storage
Wall-mounted laundry storage is fairly standard. You can get high-end cabinets, or any upper wall-mount cabinets. Installation is straightforward, although you need to make sure the cabinets are screwed into wall studs to support the weight of detergent which is pretty heavy. They’re deep enough to store all of your laundry supplies, and have shelves that make the best use of laundry storage space.
With storage under the machines, oftentimes you need proprietary pedestals. They’re not included in the price of front-load machines, one size doesn’t fit all, and the cost might surprise you. An average storage pedestal costs as much as a lower-end top loading washing machine, at around $300. Some are pricier than that. For your money, you get a lot less storage space with a pedestal than upper cabinets.
Wall-mount cabinets have worked great in laundry rooms for generations because there isn’t anything wrong with how they perform. Everything is handy and tucked away neat. With most cabinets, you’ll get a lot more space than a drawer under a machine.
Whether you use a top loader or a new front-load set, laundry storage on the wall above is less of a workout on your knees. It also gives a lot more for your money. Sometimes, the traditional ways really do become traditional for a reason.
Are you a storage on the bottom fan, or do you like wall-mounted cabinets? Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite type of laundry storage is, and why.