On the Cozy Home Plans list “6 Small Home Floor Plan Essentials”, number 5 says that each Cozy Home has to have enough space for a washer and dryer. This modern convenience might be put on the back burner by many small and tiny house designers and manufacturers, but having your own washer and dryer can save you time, money and gas. Not having to drive to, and spend an hour or two at, a local laundromat will open up time during your precious weekend. In addition, a weekly trip to the laundromat can cost about $10-$12 in quarters which is nearly $600 a year. A new stackable washer and dryer will cost you about $900-$1,200.

What should you look for in a washer and dryer for your tiny or small space? If you’re living in a small space, most likely your washer and dryer will be placed in a bathroom or a kitchen where they will be open to your family and guests. Because of this, it will help if they are low-key and nice-looking. Other things to look for are energy efficiency, ease of use and whether they run on electricity or gas.

Stackable Front Loaders

If you have a tall cabinet in the bathroom or a hallway, install a front loading stackable system. Front loading washer and dryers will save you water since the entire tub of the washer does not need to be filled up to accommodate the laundry. Another benefit of a front loader is the ease of getting your laundry in and out of the tub, which is helpful in a small space. Companies like Maytag and Whirlpool sell these types of combos.


Washer Dryer Combo Unit

If you have a very small space (say under a kitchen counter) you might want to install a washer dryer combo. These units have been popular in Europe for years since they use very little water and they don’t need a separate dryer and vent hookup. The units wash and dry the clothes all in one container and cycle. The process takes a little longer, but the unit uses less water and less energy than regular washers and dryers.

Washer and Clothesline

Another way to save money is to just buy the washer and dry your clothes on a clothesline. Drying your clothes on an outside or inside clothesline can save up to 5 percent of your home’s energy costs and according to the Wall Street Journal can also save up to 4.4 pounds of carbon emissions.


Photos courtesy of Compact Appliance, Maytag and Mike Lacon