How to Hide a Washing Machine & Dryer

Updated February 21, 2017

Washers and dryers are essential tools in modern-day life. If you're fortunate enough to have hookups for these appliances in your house, they may not always be located in an ideal spot. When your washer and dryer are in an exposed area, hiding them can improve the appearance of the room. Whether you choose to complete a remodelling project or are looking for a quick fix, there's a solution.

Use tall Japanese shoji screens to hide the washer and dryer. These screens are lightweight and easy to move when you need to use the machines. A standard shoji screen has three panels, but because of the depth and length of a washer and dryer, using multiple screens may be necessary.

Construct a custom privacy screen for your washer and dryer using old shutters or other tall, narrow pieces of wood or metal. Measure the length of the washer and dryer and plan the screen based on this measurement. Allow extra length for the screen to fold around the sides. Line the screen panels up in a row and install two to three sets of hinges between each one. Place furniture glides on each corner to prevent scuff marks.

Install a half wall or full wall on either side of the washer and dryer. Paint the walls to match the existing walls and install a door wide enough to reveal the appliances when open. Half walls make a room feel more open while still concealing the machines. Full walls form a separate laundry closet.

Hang full-length curtains from floor to ceiling in front of the washer and dryer to segment the appliances from the rest of the room. Hang curtains on the sides as well to completely hide them. Drill holes in the ceiling to install curtain brackets or use a track system that allows you to easily open and close the curtains by pulling a cord.

Drape a large blanket over the washer and dryer for a cheap, quick alternative to other methods of hiding. Use a decorative blanket to add colour to the area or opt for one that's close to your wall colour so it blends in.


When you have a situation in which the washer and dryer are out in the open, purchase the smallest appliances you can get away with. This minimises the appearance and makes them easier to conceal.

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Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.