Okay, so here’s the scoop: unless you’re new to this blog, I’ve pretty much reminded you that I’m graduating soon with an MBA on nearly every post (two years in the making, 25 days and counting, what what!). Recently, I’ve been thinking about graduation gifts. Specifically, something like this:
My sweet, wonderful, awesome (Mom/Dad, hope you’re reading this) parents have offered to buy me a new washer and dryer as a graduation present. I humbly accepted (by immediately scouring every Black Friday deal on my favorite new website and texting my mom a few dozen times). So, now I have all of these new thoughts in my head. Awesome decorating ideas like this (collected over the last few years on a dedicated Pinterest board):
I have a budget to stick to (under $1,000 for the pair), and a really tight space to work in (not nearly as tight as the makeover I did for Heidi and Jon a few months ago, but close enough!). Here’s what things look like now-ish (or rather the last time I even bothered to take photos of the laundry room, which was all the way back in 2010):
But thanks to this sweet little face:
… who now looks more like this:
… the laundry room floor has been removed for me. Isn’t she thoughtful?
There are a number of challenges that I’ll have to deal with later (I’m still working on the kitchen after all), but for now, the biggest question I have is about the style of appliance. I haven’t done much research on washers and dryers under the assumption that I wouldn’t be buying them in the near future, so I’m a little clueless as to the pros and cons versus top- and front-loading. I’ve heard things, but I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get reader opinion. So far, here are my thoughts:
The room itself
- Pro: As a puppy, Charlie sort of removed most of the linoleum floor for me (up to what’s still wedged under the existing washer and dryer). Which is kinda good, I guess?
- Con: Cramped. Tiny. Tight.
- Con: Awkward layout (single window above the only useful wall, which nixes possibilities like stacking and cabinetry). Walls narrow toward the door, so the entire space will always feel nook-ish.
- Pro: Ideal for tight and awkward spaces. I can put a countertop above both units to help maximize use of the room (examples 1 / 2 / 3).
- Con: Heard that washers are smelly and you have to clean them a lot (which as I’ve confessed, isn’t really something I have a lot of extra time for). But there are tips that I think I could easily follow, such as keeping the door open to limit mold.
- Pro: Avoids the smelly issue that I’ve heard about front-loading (I have top-loading now, and the only smell I’ve ever had to worry about is accidentally forgetting I left laundry in the washer)
- Con: Not as great space-wise without that counter above.
- Pro: But as I’ve seen with rooms like Kelly’s and Kim’s spaces, top-loading can still look pretty great.
That leaves us with YOU. What are your thoughts on top versus front-loading washers? I haven’t heard a lot of negative things about the dryer part. Are there any other factors to consider that I’m not thinking about yet? When you had to make the decision yourself, what ultimately won you over?