Size of laundry closet for stacked units.

bldn10September 9, 2010

I am renovating an old house to sell and space for the W/D is precious. I'm afraid I will have to plan for either a stack unit or a stackable pair. What are the minimum inside dimensions I need to allow? Most are 27" wide and around 31" deep but I don't think that includes the dryer hose that is another 4" min. As of now I can get 35" deep and 4' wide w/ 32" door. Thanks.

Bill/Memphis

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oregpsnow

It is best to check the manufacturer's spec sheet for these dimensions. They vary quite a bit between brands. You can find the specs on their web sites. It is good if you can take a tape measure and measure the actual units in the store, too.

Make the closet as big as you can. I had plenty of room per the specs for an LG FL stacked pair and HD would not install them - said it was too tight. So, I went to Best Buy, got a Whirlpool set and they installed them without a problem. They are a chore to slide in and out though, so having a little wiggle room is helpful.

Be mindful of possible vibration issues that can crop up in any house, old or new. Be sure you can return them if they vibrate too much.

Good luck with your shopping.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2010 at 6:43PM
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bldn10

The specs on websites are for the actual unit - I haven't found any that tell you what the clearances should be w/ hoses.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2010 at 7:30PM
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janek_2009

What are your options for placement of the water connections, drain, electrical, and the dryer vent? If you can locate them all on a side, you can make use of the 4' width. Otherwise, the 35" depth is going to be a problem.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 8:39AM
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bldn10

Stack units have side vent outlets? I looked online at Sears and GE and did not see that to be the case. So, even if the house vent can be on the side you still have to come out the back of the dryer and make a turn.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 8:56AM
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bldn10

Stack units have side vent outlets? I looked online at Sears and GE and did not see that to be the case. So, even if the house vent can be on the side you still have to come out the back of the dryer and make a turn.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 10:34AM
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maks_2000

The Whirlpool Duet dryer has the capability to vent out the back or either side. It will enable less space to be needed in back. It can be used when the units are stacked.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 10:41PM
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bldn10

Unfortunately, the Duet pair require a closet 38.5" deep even w/ side venting, and I don't have that kind of room.

This is not for me - this is a spec rehab.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2010 at 10:07AM
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