How To Cover Up Ugly Washer Hookups

by Simply2Moms
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Is the ugly box for your washing machine’s hoses visible in your laundry room? This simple DIY will cover up washer hookups beautifully!

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Every laundry room is laid out a little differently, isn’t it? I’m not sure what our builder was thinking when they installed my hookup box! If we placed the washing machine to cover the hookup, then the dryer vent hose would be exposed. As you can see in the picture below, we opted to leave the washer hookup box exposed.

And then we did what any good DIY couple would do: we built a box to cover up the washer hookups! Because that ugly box did not go with the French country laundry room vibe I envisioned. Our builder also put the outlet for the washing machine up high on the wall, even further from the washer than the hookups!

We had to modify the drying rack we built to accommodate that outlet, including cutting a hole in the bottom for the cord. Check out our drying rack DIY project here.

We had some trim left over from building the window valance and enclosing the space over the cabinets. And some bead board left over from the drying rack and the garage drop zone project.

Building a Box to Cover the Washer Hookups

This is the box we built:

It’s just a simple box. We nailed bead board on the front to coordinate with the drying rack. To leave room for the hoses: a simple cut out on that side of the box. Pardon the fact that the inside isn’t painted and neither is that cut out…because you’ll never see it! And by the time we got to this point in the laundry room makeover, I was so over painting.

Here’s another view of the washer hook up box. At the top, there are two holes which are how the box hangs on the wall. After hanging the box, we realized we needed another little notch for the electrical cord.

A drill bit did the job.

We probably could have attached it more securely? But this box is 100% designed to cover up the washer hookup box. It’s actually pretty secure, and also very easy to remove in case we ever need to access the hookups or the drain hose. The shelf over the washer and dryer is where the pretty stuff all sits.

Now those hoses just blend into the background. And the washer hookup is invisible.

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  • Donna Donna on May 29, 2022

    I like your added shelf above the washer and dryer! Clever and cute. Installing that in my laundry room would hide my exposed hoses. Thank you for the idea.

    • Simply2Moms Simply2Moms on Jun 16, 2022

      Thanks so much! AnnMarie was able to hid her washer/dryer connections with a shelf as well.

  • Donna Donna on Feb 06, 2023

    My hookups are right behind my wager/dryer, but still visible.

    i am thinking i could make a shorter yet longer version of what you made. Only make mine a cabinet with a hidden door that comes forward and is connected with chains on each end. I guess I could use magnets for closures of the secret door. I just love the design you came up with, it is gorgeous!

    • Donna Donna on Feb 06, 2023

      When I said Shorter yet longer, I meant not as tall, yet much wider to go across the top of both my washer and dryer. Then I’m going to change my oak cabinets, to white bead board to match. 💞