Laundry rooms don’t need to be dreary and unfinished. Hide your dryer vent hose to clean up the look of your laundry room equipment while also adding your own style!
Dryer vent hoses can be difficult to hide due to their size, high temperatures, and the need to easily access them for cleaning. Using easy solutions like curtains, shelves, faux wood beams, and hanging wooden panels you can safely and creatively hide your dryer vent hose!
Table of Contents
- Safety Precautions to Keep in Mind
- Hide the Hose Behind A Curtain
- Hide the Hose with Faux Wood Beams
- Hide the Hose in Cabinets
- Hide the Hose with a Removable Wood Slat Panel
Safety Precautions to Keep in Mind
Dryer vent hoses normally reach temperatures between 120-170 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of dryer you have. This temperature can be even higher when there is a complication with your dryers such as the lack of fresh air or something blocking the vent.
It is important that anything touching or near your dryer vent hose can handle these temperatures without being damaged or even potentially starting a fire. It can also be a good idea to purchase a heat shield when the hose will be in close contact with other objects.
As lint and other debris accumulated in the hose with regular use, the risk of higher temperatures and fires gets much higher. For this reason, it is recommended that you clean the vent and hose two times a year or any time you notice a burning smell in your laundry room.
Keep these cleanings in mind when you are covering your dryer vent hose. Make sure that it will be easy to access when it comes time for a cleaning.
Hide the Hose Behind A Curtain
A curtain can be a simple and elegant solution to hide your dryer vent hose! It is easy to install and remove for cleaning and servicing your machine.
Hang a Curtain Rod From the Ceiling or Shelves/Cabinets
Because the curtain will need to be far enough out from the wall to not come into contact with the dryer vent hose, it is best to attach your curtain rod to the ceiling or under any shelving you have installed above your dryer.
Measure the space between the wall and the farthest point of your dryer vent hose to find out how much clearance the curtain will need from the wall to avoid touching the hose. It is best to add a few centimeters to this distance for safety.
Hang a Curtain Using a Tension Rod
For dryers that are in tight spaces, curtains can be easily hung using a tension rod. Tension rods don’t require any drilling and are very easy to remove for cleaning or move for redecorating.
Curtains can be hung on a tension rod using traditional curtain hooks or simply slipped over the tension rod.
Hide the Hose with Faux Wood Beams
For a rustic look, you can hide your dryer vent hose in a faux wood beam. These tend to be a bit expensive but look great and are great for farmhouse or raw industrial-style homes.
They come in many different finishes and sizes. Make sure you buy one large enough to safely fit around the hose.
To get this look without breaking the bank you can also use a hollow floating shelf to achieve a similar look. You will need to remove one end of the shelf, where the hose will enter. This end can be concealed behind your dryer.
Hide the Hose in Cabinets
Cabinets will not only help hide your dryer hose but also provide excellent storage space! This can be a great place to store laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, or towels.
You will need to have a hole cut in the cabinets wherever you need the hose to run through. You can use a metal circular saw drill bit to easily cut through most cabinet materials.
Cabinets are also a great solution for a dryer vent hose that runs lower next to your machine. Any cabinet or set of drawers can be used by cutting holes where necessary.
If your hose runs vertically up along the wall above your machine you can also hang the cabinets on the wall. To cover the hose space between the machine and the cabinets you can use any of the other methods in this article.
Hide the Hose with a Removable Wood Slat Panel
Wood slat panels can be used to cover the hose similar to the way a curtain would. An added benefit to a wood slat panel is the option to hang pictures or other decorations on the slats. If your laundry room gets good light, you can even use hooks in between the panels to hang plants and add more green to your home!
How to Make a Wood Slat Panel
Wood slat panels can be very easy to make on your own! Buy wood slats in whatever size you need for your space. Line them up and attach them along the back. You can do this using a vertical piece of wood on either side of the slats.
For a panel that will be even easier to remove and store, you can run a strip of non-stretch fabric along the back to attach the slats instead of wood. This can be attached using small nails or wood glue.
You can stain or paint the wooden slats however you would like for a beautiful and unique look!
How to Hang a Wood Slat Panel
You can hang wood slat panels in a similar way to curtains by using curtain hooks drilled into your ceiling. After drilling a small pilot hole into the top wood slat of your panel, you can easily twist in screw eyes. These can be used to hang the panel on hooks in your ceiling.
There are many ways to safely and stylishly hide a dryer hose vent. Using one or more of the tips in this article, you can give your laundry room a beautiful, finished look!