By Erica Young
The washer and dryer are two appliances essential for everyday life, but not necessarily items you want to be out on display. For those of us who don’t have a spacious laundry room, what’s the solution? Luckily, hiding your washer and dryer is easier than you think. With a little creativity, you can blend these appliances seamlessly into your décor, or keep them out of sight entirely. Here are six of the best ways to hide your washer and dryer.
1. Put Your Washer & Dryer in a Clothing Closet
If you don’t have an extra closet for your washer and dryer, consider placing them in an existing closet, like your bedroom closet. As long as you can install the correct water and wiring hook-ups, it’s actually a convenient spot for doing laundry. When your clothes are fresh from the dryer, simply hang them up! So long, laundry basket middleman!
2. Use Sliding Barn Door
Trendy sliding barn doors are useful because they don’t take up any floor space, so they’re great if you don’t have a lot of room to work with. A sliding barn door is easy to install, and many are available with their own installation kits. Using a unique door allows you to take advantage of what could be a boring element and turn it into a design opportunity.
3. It’s Curtains
For a quick and affordable solution, hide the washer and dryer with a curtain. Choose a floor-to-ceiling curtain for top loaders. For front load appliances, add a countertop over the washer and dryer, and hang the curtain from the counter. When the curtain is closed, it simply looks like a pretty table vignette, and makes a great surface to display a few decorative accessories.
4. Put Your Washer & Dryer in the Bathroom
Placing your washer and dryer in the bathroom won’t exactly hide them, but they’ll be in an inconspicuous location and conveniently out of the way. Plus, installing a washer and dryer in the bathroom means you can connect to the existing plumbing lines, which will save you a lot of money.
5. Try Bi-Fold Doors
Use a hall closet or linen closet for your washer and dryer and cover them up with bi-fold doors. The benefit of bi-fold doors as that they both open at the same time and fold out of the way, allowing the whole closet to be accessed instead of just one side at a time being accessible with sliding doors. Paint the bi-fold doors to add an extra punch of color and style to your laundry space.
6. Cabinet Solutions
Another option is building or purchasing a cabinet to hide the washer and dryer. When closed, no one will be the wiser as to what is behind the cabinet door. If you’re worried about the room behind the washer needed for a traditional hook-up, consider a ventless unit that needs considerably less installation space.
Use one or more of these simple solutions to get those bulky appliances out of sight and out of mind until laundry day. Even if you have a small home or apartment, it’s possible. Plus, creatively concealing your washer and dryer may even create an unexpected design opportunity. A solution that’s both decorative and functional is a win-win!
And speaking of laundry day, you can lighten your load considerably with some of these tips.
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