We live in a condo are looking to expand our laundry W/D space by a few inches so we can upgrade to a standard machine (27" wide). We only need about 2-3 inches to accommodate a larger machine.

The W/D sits in a space where the right wall is facing toward the exterior wall and has piping and vents running through its cavity so it would be best not to touch that wall. On the left of the W/D, we have a wall shared with a linen closet and has only a few electrical wires running through it and what appears to be a transformer. The left wall is about 4" thick from sheet rock to sheet rock. Steel studs.

I am thinking -- is it possible to remove the sheet rock on the side of the wall facing the W/D and somehow decrease the width of the steel stud by 3 inches and put the sheet rock back, giving me 3 more inches of space? This would create a wall that is about 1 inch thick in between the linen closet and my W/D space. Is this idea possible?

We are also open to the option of taking the entire wall down between the linen closet and the W/D, if we can confirm whether or not it is load-bearing or holding any weight up.

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    Can you post some pictures of the pantry? My experience has been that built-in pantry space is neither structural, nor space efficient. – Machavity Aug 24 '18 at 18:18
  • Posted photos and added that we are open to completely removing this wall, if making it thinner is not possible. – Steve Aug 24 '18 at 18:29
  • Metal studs are rarely structural, FYI – The Evil Greebo Aug 24 '18 at 18:33
  • Without seeing the wall in question actually opened up, it's not really possible to answer your question with 100% certainty, so I won't post an answer, but it is 90%+ likely that you can safely remove the wall. Trying to make the stud thinner... maybe replace the stud with a 1x2? – The Evil Greebo Aug 24 '18 at 18:53
  • What is supported inside the pantry by this wall? It’s possible to just have a plywood wall between pantry and laundry rooms. – Kris Aug 8 at 17:12

Pantries built with studs and drywall often waste a ton of space, and this looks to be no different. You might be better off restructuring this area to remove the doorway and pantry wall. I would reclaim the pantry space through installation of efficient cabinets that maximize the space (I redid my first kitchen like that and gained more storage with cabinets).

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