Do you have this problem in your house?
This has driven me nuts since we moved in and I discovered that all the “necessaries” behind the washer and dryer were not covered up by the washer and dryer. And it looks gross–I don’t know what sprayed in that box back there, but that is NOT water. And I refuse to clean that. I don’t like cleaning my kitchen sink, much less climbing back there and cleaning that out. Nope. Not doing it. Now I don’t have to!
How to hide the hookups behind a washer and dryer
I attached a cleat in the recess under the cabinet with pocket holes using my Kreg Jig (more info on what that is here).
Then I made an L shaped shelf out of 3/4″ plywood. It is HEAVY. I used 3/4″ ply rather than 1/2″ (which would have been ideal) because I was already buying 3/4″ ply for the built-in bookcases in my daughter’s room. Rather than buy additional sheet goods, I used the scrap from the bookcases.
Attached the shelf with the Kreg Jig’s pocket holes.
I glued and nailed a 1×2 on the face of the shelf.
Attached a piece of wood to each side so that the front edge is even with the cleat you attached to the bottom of the cabinet. The shelf rests against this so you want it straight and even.
Primed, painted, and attached boards to mimic the board and batten in the rest of the room. I used a piano hinge (also called a continuous hinge) to allow us to still access the power and valves behind there without moving the washer and dryer.
Finally, we attached the shelf to the front edge of the cleat under the cabinet. I needed help for this part! You can see the hinge in the next picture. If you are short (like me), you might see the hinge when you look at this in the actual room, which might annoy you just a teeny bit, but maybe that’s just me 🙂 I won’t even notice it after awhile, but I am discovering I am a bit of a perfectionist in all this building stuff.
I need to remember my new motto: Perfect is the enemy of done.
Now, we should have notched out a little bit of the shelf at the top in the very right and left corners so that it can swing fully open without hitting. Right now we can only open it enough to awkwardly get under there and turn off the water when we leave for a few days (averts disaster I’m told) because it hits the cabinet above it. But we don’t get in there all that often, so we don’t mind this problem.
- Now I need to figure out how to level that back left corner of the dryer…
- So much better than before!
- Thanks for all the suggestions in the comments section of one of my laundry room posts to solve this problem! Especially to Julie at Follow Your Heart Woodworking whose idea was the one I made work in my space 🙂