How to Conceal a Washer & Dryer in a Kitchen

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How to Conceal a Washer & Dryer in a Kitchen
Hiding a washer and dryer will make a home much neater. (laundry image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Hiding a washer and dryer in the kitchen area will give the room a neater appearance. Stacked units can be hidden in a cabinet quite easily. However, side-by-side machines will need a different approach. You will need to build a countertype cover unit to hide them. Building a cover framework requires basic carpentry skills, but finishing the cover to look appropriate to your kitchen will require detailed planning.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Yardstick
  • 2-by-4-inch lumber boards
  • 4-inch screws
  • 4-inch nails
  • Drywall
  • Joint compound
  • Paint
  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • 4-inch baseboard material
  • Nail gun
  • Door jamb kit
  • Threshold material
  • 28-inch interior door
  • 2 louvered doors
  • Counter-top laminate materials
  • Glue
  • Cabinet hinges
  • Casters
  • Band saw

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Instructions

    Stacked Machines

  1. 1

    Locate floorspace in the kitchen for constructing a floor-to-ceiling cabinet to house a stacked unit. Allow a few inches of elbow room on the sides, but remember to leave room for water hoses, drains, a dryer vent and electrical plugs on the back side. Use a floor area of approximately 36 inches by 36 inches for most stacked units. Measure to make sure you can open a single door outward measuring 28 inches wide that will close over the front of the cabinet. Use two louvered doors measuring 14 inches wide each, if you desire.

  2. 2

    Construct the framework of the cabinet. Secure 2-by-4-inch boards to the floor and ceiling with 4-inch nails or 4-inch screws to outline the cabinet as a closet space. Cut studs to fit the height of the cabinet that you install every 12 inches. Don't frame in the door space fully until the machines are inside the cabinet/closet and hooked up. Install drywall inside and outside the space, finish the drywall and paint.

  3. 3

    Construct shelves in the top of the cabinet/closet using 3/4-inch plywood over framework made of 2-by-4-inch lumber boards. Install baseboard materials inside the space at the floor perimeter using 4-inch baseboard materials and a nail gun. Hook up the washer and dryer for use. Finish the door jamb and threshold with premade materials that match the rest of the kitchen. Hang the main door over the hiding space.

    Side-by-Side Machines, Top-Loading

  1. 1

    Build a counter-space box-type unit to conceal a side-by-side washer and dryer. Frame the box using 2-by-4-inch lumber boards that will rest on casters, allowing the box to roll away from the washer and dryer when the machines are used. Use high-quality casters that will support 90.7kg. apiece.

  2. 2

    Cover the framed box with 3/4-inch plywood.

  3. 3

    Trace a pattern for each section of the covering box onto countertop laminate material. Cut the laminate with a band saw. Glue laminate to the plywood.

    Side-by-Side Machines, Front-Loading

  1. 1

    Build a counter-space box-type unit to conceal a front-loading side-by-side washer and dryer. Frame the box using 2-by-4-inch lumber boards.

  2. 2

    Construct sliding door panels on the front face of the cover unit. Cut two sliding door panels out of 3/4-inch plywood and install on a sliding-door system secured by screws to the cabinetry framework.

  3. 3

    Trace a pattern for each section of the covering box onto countertop laminate material. Cut the laminate with a band saw. Glue laminate to the plywood.

Tips and warnings

  • Install a 220-volt outlet for the dryer and 110-volt outlet for the washer in the back of the concealment closet. Run a vent directly through the wall and attach an outside vent hood on your home's exterior.
  • In building a covering unit for side-by-side machines, you might want the covering to be stationary versus movable on casters. If so, incorporate a hinged system to lift the top of the counter when you need to access the machines. The counter can lift from the front toward a back wall, or it can lift from one side.
  • Create the concealment cabinet or closet to allow for easy access to the dryer's lint filter. Remove lint after every load of laundry, since lint build-up can actually cause a dryer to catch fire in some cases.

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