Is the ugly box for your washing machine’s hoses visible in your laundry room? This simple DIY will cover up washer hookups beautifully!
Every laundry room is laid out a little differently, isn’t it?
AnnMarie and I used the same builder for our homes but we have different floor plans.
Her laundry room is on her first floor and mine is upstairs.
When she installed gorgeous shiplap walls in her laundry room, she just cut the wood to go around the washer hookup box.
The box was placed behind her washing machine.
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!
What on earth were they thinking?
We had to modify the drying rack we built to accommodate that outlet, including cutting a hole in the bottom for the cord.
Not having a mud room or drop zone was the only downside to having the laundry room on the bedroom level.
But we created a space in our garage that’s been wonderful, complete with lots of shoe shelving, hooks, and a bench.
Let’s get back to how we covered the washer hookup box.
Building a Box to Cover the Washer Hookups
This is the box we built:
It’s just a simple box.
We nailed some beadboard on the front to coordinate with the drying rack.
To leave room for the hoses: we cut out a section on the side of the box.
I know the inside isn’t painted and neither is that cut out, but I didn’t bother with those spots 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 hookup 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 chose to hang it this way so it would be super easy to remove if we ever had a leak and needed to turn off the water.
It’s actually pretty secure.
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.
If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!