In a perfect world there would be a hidden spot for the washer and dryer in every home. This is not a perfect world. Many of us live in a small or studio apartment, or have a home that wasn't designed to hide a washer and dryer in a separate room. You may be left thinking you have no choice but to leave your 'dirty laundry' out in the open for all to see. Think again! We'll show you simple ways to hide a washer and dryer, without having to relocate the appliances or reroute plumbing.
If your washer and dryer sit back in a nook, but lack a door to shut for privacy, consider installing an inexpensive set of bifold doors. The doors are attached with hinged panels, and fold against one another when closed. Therefore, the doors won't need to have room to swing out or in, which is ideal for those with limited space. The washer and dryer can stay hidden out of sight, but still remain easily assessable. The cost for bifold doors runs roughly $ 40.00 a pair!
Cabinets and countertops
No one will ever suspect that your washer and dryer is hidden inside your cabinets! This is a great way to hide your front-loading washer and dryer. Place a cheap countertop on top of the set and close it in with cabinet doors and toe kick. Head out to your local cabinet supplier and ask about discounted merchandise. You won't need a lot, so you may be able to pick up what you need at a relatively cheap cost. The countertop not only looks nice, but it doubles as a work space for folding laundry, too!
Curtains are a great way to add a splash of color and texture to any room, and they are the 'go-to' material for privacy seekers. Hang a decorative curtain rod above your washer and dryer and hang a full set of curtains. Don't have a place to attach a curtain rod? Not a problem. Instead, try suspending the curtains from the ceiling with S hooks and chain. Heavy drapery will also help to absorb the sound of a running washer and dryer.
Room divider / Folding screen
One of the easiest ways to hide a washer and dryer is with a room divider or folding screen. These freestanding beauties need no installation or assembly. Simply set it up in front of the appliances to conceal them. When you're ready to do the laundry, fold the screen in or move it to the side. There are all types of room dividers and folding screens, so you'll have no problem finding one that will fit in with your existing décor. Some of them even have built-in candle holders, or places to slide in your favorite family photographs.
Other materials that can be used to hide a washer and dryer include beaded curtains, frosted shower doors, small barn or exterior doors, and fabric covers.
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