How to Hide Laundry Hookups with an Easy Cork Board

INSIDE: How to hide laundry hookups with an easy fabric cork board.

How to hide unsightly laundry hookups with DIY cork boardWe all have a universal problem. Those of us that do the bulk of the laundry, that is. When standing in front of those machines for way too many hours of our lives, we have to stare at unsightly, usually lint-covered, laundry hookups.

I don’t know about you but doing laundry is up there with grocery shopping with three young kids at snack time. Not a fan. So give yourself a more pleasant view when standing in front of those machines…all the time…and hide the laundry hookups.

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hide laundry hookups with a cork board

With an active group of folks in my home-based fan club, I feel like the laundry room is the most popular room in the house. And go figure, it’s like the smallest room. I spend a lot of time in there, pushing buttons on machines and hoping those mysterious stains will wash themselves gone. So let’s make this constant chore less of a bore!

– lightweight plywood cut to length of machines
adhesive cork board tiles (check out these fun push pins!)
– fabric (I like to buy fabric from They have a great selection!)
staple gun + staples (because you can never be too safe!)

Laundry is Never-Ending Step #1:
Measure the area behind the laundry machines, assuming they are side-by-side.

Cut the plywood board to fit this size. Cover the board with adhesive cork board tiles.
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The Missing Sock Saga Step #2:
Give your fabric a quick press with the iron to smooth out any wrinkles. Once ready, lay fabric with print side down and place board – with cork tiles facing down – on top of it.

Cut off excess fabric, giving yourself enough to comfortably wrap around to back of board. Begin to staple the fabric. I like to start in the middle and work out.
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Get The Dirt Here Step #3:
Just for kicks, I added a coordinating strip of fabric to the covered cork board. I made some simple pleats in it and stapled it to the back about 9″ from each end.
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Additionally, I added some pleated fabric to the bottom of the board.
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how to hang the fabric cork board in the laundry room

Assuming you have cabinets over your laundry machines…

Insert a hook into the fabric cork board, in the top corner on both sides. You will also insert a hook into the bottom of the overhead cabinets. And in universal DIY language: measure twice, drill once.
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So from staring at unsightly, lint-covered laundry hookups to now a fabric-covered cork board, laundry is [kinda, sorta] more enjoyable!
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22 thoughts on “How to Hide Laundry Hookups with an Easy Cork Board

  1. Christine says:

    That is such a clever way to hide the ugly function part of a chore that no one loves to do! Love this idea!
    Thanks so much for sharing these at the DI & DI Link Party. Have a great week!

  2. Pam says:

    It is always nice to enjoy the view as you wash dishes, or do laundry. Very pretty. Nice job and great idea. I just started blogging after being away a yr. Stop by the blog and check it out. Thanks.

  3. Michelle says:

    I’m with you on this one Victoria, we spend so much time in that room we really do need to try make it look less laundryish. I love your cork board idea and it looks so easy to make too. It’s a great way to hide the ugly laundry bits.

  4. Leanna says:

    I love this simple diy project. I had to beg and plead and nag far to much to get those ugly taps and hose covered. I love this one because its something I could have done myself.

  5. Leslie says:

    That is really cute! Unfortunately, all of our laundry ugliness is off to the side (we have stacking units). I’m still coming up with my plan for laundry domination…and may just need to modify this for our ugly situation. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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