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15 Laundry Spaces That Cleverly Conceal Their Unsightly Appliances

Let’s face it — it’s hard to make a washer and dryer look nice. Unless you have the space for a big, fancy laundry room and the budget for some very high-end appliances, those awkward and box-like machines you throw your clothes into all the time rarely look outstanding in any situation. The solution? Cover them up as best you can. Here are a few ideas you may want to consider not just for the laundry, but anywhere else you might store your washer and dryer too.

Cabinetry to the Rescue

Cabinets can fully hide your washer and dryer in any kitchen or laundry room so that they’re completely out of sight. Unfortunately, remodeling your cabinetry to fit your appliances can be both costly and time consuming. It’s well worth it, though, if you can’t stand looking at those things. Check out these gorgeous custom cabinet examples from Lacquered Life and HomeTalk.

Custom cabinets with countertop to hide washer and dryer
Custom cabinets with countertop to hide washer and dryer
Washer and dryer hidden in a kitchen hutch
Washer and dryer hidden in a kitchen hutch

Here’s one that looks like cabinets on the outside and opens up to reveal virtually a full-sized closet with a laundry station and built-in storage on the inside of the doors.

Large cabinets hiding laundry with extra functional doors for extra storage
Large cabinets hiding laundry with extra functional doors for extra storage

Stylish Sliding Doors

Cabinets may be both stylish and functional, but so are sliding doors! Barn doors, in particular, will certainly bring an interesting look to your home if you can use them with a sizeable closet or storage area. Have a look at these beautiful barn doors featured on The Kitchn and Tidbits and Wine.

White barn doors to hide laundry appliances and other storage
White barn doors to hide laundry appliances and other storage
Beautiful blue barn door that hides a washer and dryer
Beautiful blue barn door that hides a washer and dryer

Another sliding door example here takes a different approach with custom-built boxes that fit the washer and dryer. Perfect if you don’t have anywhere to install barn doors!

Custom wood box with sliding doors to conceal washer and dryer
Custom wood box with sliding doors to conceal washer and dryer

The Versatility of Closet Space

Do you have a regular closet you could spare? If you can find a place to store all your stuff somewhere else, you might be surprised at how well your washer and dryer could fit in there (as long as you can get all the water and wiring hooked up). These spacious closets featured on Villa Decor and Remodelista show how you can realistically turn them into small laundry stations that can be tucked away behind doors.

Washer and dryer hidden in closet with beautiful dark wooden doors
Washer and dryer hidden in closet with beautiful dark wooden doors
Small laundry nook concealed in large closet
Small laundry nook concealed in large closet

Even single-sized closets can be used to fit smaller washer and dryer appliances. HGTV shows an entryway or mudroom where some shelving and hooks on the wall replace the closet so the washer and dryer can be stored in there instead.

Stacked washer and dryer in entryway closet
Stacked washer and dryer in entryway closet

The Ease of Putting Up a Curtain

Well, if you can’t move the things to be hidden away in any cabinets, nooks, or closets, then you’ll just have to work with them as they are. Curtains are cheap enough to buy and easy enough to install to hide them. Best of all, you can pick out whatever pattern or color you want! Check out this cool laundry room from Tile Shop that takes the curtain idea a step further by installing a wooden counter on top of the appliances too.

Washer and dryer hidden with a simple curtain
Washer and dryer hidden with a simple curtain

Here’s another great example of the curtain and counter idea from Birmingham Home and Garden.

Curtain rod and curtain with a great pattern that hides unsightly laundry appliances
Curtain rod and curtain with a great pattern that hides unsightly laundry appliances

If your appliances are tucked away in some kind of corner or area that doesn’t have any doors, a full-length curtain will do the trick, just like this beautiful example from HGTV.

Washer and dryer hidden behind a great looking curtain
Washer and dryer hidden behind a great looking curtain

A full-length curtain works perfectly for appliances that are stacked on top of each other. Lane McNab shows a great yellow paisley curtain that was picked out to hide the washer and dryer here.

Stacked washer and dryer hidden by a yellow paisley curtain
Stacked washer and dryer hidden by a yellow paisley curtain

How about a Scandinavian laundry room? This one from Delikatissen uses a simple, plain white sheet to cover those appliances to support the clean, minimal look.

Crisp, clean laundry room with a white sheet to hide washer and dryer
Crisp, clean laundry room with a white sheet to hide washer and dryer

And of course, for those of you who are maybe renting and have no choice but to leave your washer and dryer in an awkward place, here’s a bit of inspiration for you. This example from The Chive has appliances under the stairs, and there’s still a way to conceal it conveniently with a great-looking curtain.

Washer under stairs hidden by a curtain
Washer under stairs hidden by a curtain

Maybe one day, washers and dryers will look a lot nicer than they do now (and be relatively affordable too). For now, these solutions are quite practical and stylish when done right.

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  • Rosie’s Cottage

    Love these! I adore our home but I so wish we had a walk in pantry and a laundry room :) Thank you for sharing these, hugs x

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