Washer and dryer space requirements

Washer and dryer space requirements. Before installing new appliances, look for the space requirement they need.

Different brands come with different dimensions. To ensure the proper installation of the washer, it must be placed in a well-suited place having enough space for work.

To know more about washers and dryers requirements, follow the instructions.

Washer and dryer space requirementswasher and dryer space requirements 2022

The average width of a washer or dryer is 27 inches, and that space should be considered when choosing where to put it in your home.

A good rule of thumb is to allow for at least 54 inches of space on either side of a washer/dryer unit.

Washers typically measure 25-28″ deep, while the depth of dryers can be between 25-32″.

United States Washer’s Dimensions 

A washer in the United States measures

  • 27 inches wide
  • 25-28 inches deep

A dryer in the United States measures

  • 36 inches deep.

Top-loading washers

Height 36-inch for

Front-loading washers

Height 34- 39 inches

Dimensions of United States popular washer and dryers

(Width x height x depth)

  • LG: 27 x 38 x 30 inches
  • Whirlpool: 27 x 38 x 32 inches
  • Maytag: 27 x 39 x 32 inches
  • Fisher & Paykel: 27 x 37 x 32 inches

European washer’s dimensionseuropean washer’s dimensions

European-based brands tend to be smaller in all dimensions.

(Width x height x depth)

  • Indesit: 59 x 85 x 60 cm
  • Zanussi: 60 x 85 x 50 cm
  • AEG:   8×60 cm
  • Bosch: 59 x 85 x 60 cm

If you need to make the most out of the washer’s space, purchase a European brand washer and dryer.

New Washer and Dryer Space Requirements

Compare the washer’s dimensions to the space allocated for it. Remember to add extra space for the proper working of the machine.

Before purchasing a new branded washer, measure the required space for the washer and dryer first! Here are some common arranging styles you need to opt for regarding the area you own for the machine.

  • Side-by-side pairs
  • Staked pairs
  • Small space pairs

Side-by-Side Pairs

If you have a space with more width and less height. Then, go for these washers and dryers.

Dimension required for side-by-side pairs

  • 56-65 inches in width
  • 40 inches high
  • 31-35 inches deep.

An example will be of installing front-loading washers and dryers. It frees up the height by almost 15 inches.

Stacked Pairs

If you have a space with less width and more height. Then, go for stacked pair washers and dryers.

Dimension required for side-by-side pairs

  • (width x height x depth)
  • 28 x 80 x 31-34 inches

Remember to add an extra 20 inches for the top-loading washer.

Small Space Pairs

This setup is for those spaces which have limited width and height. It can fit in a closet. Such washers and dryers require less vertical and horizontal space. Whether you place them side-by-side or stacked, they will occupy less space than the standard pairs.

  • Sidewise dimension for small space pairs 45 x 34 x 25 inches
  • Stacked dimensions for small space pairs  24 x 68 x 25 inches

Addition of Extra Space

The above dimensions are not enough to operate the washers efficiently. You need to leave some extra space while installing the appliance.

Space required for appliance cables

Space for switches, plugs, and cables is around 6 inches behind the washers and dryers.

Reasons to Allocate enough Space for Washer

There are many reasons to allow enough space for your washing machine and dryer.

  • To mobilize the Washer and Dryer at any destined place
  • Ensure Proper working of the machine
  • To Reduce the Noise generated from Vibration

Dimension Required based on Room Size

  • Small Rooms

Room dimension 

6 ft. x 7 ft., or 1.8 m x 2.2m

Type of washer to be installed

European units with stacked setups

  • Medium Rooms

Room Dimensions 

  • 6 ft. x 9 ft. in the United States
  • 1.8 m x 2.5m in Europe

Type of washer to be installed

Side-by-side pairs

  • Spacious Rooms

A large laundry room.

Room Dimensions 

10 ft. x 7ft, or 3 m x 2.3 m

Type of washer to be installed

U-shape style

How far should a washer and dryer be from the wall?how far should a washer and dryer be from the wall?

Ensure that there are around 6 inches of space behind your washer and dryer.

A periscope dryer vent can save you some room by folding your dryer’s exhaust hose over on itself rather than through an opening in the wall.


Before installing a new appliance, compare the dimensions of the room and appliance site space with the size of the washer.

How to Measure for a New Washer & Dryer

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