Sausha’s Washer/Dryer Pedestals

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One of the best parts of DIY is that you can get exactly what you want, fit to your space. The dimensions above are based off Sausha’s washer dryer pedestal, and are designed to fit a standard laundry basket. Note that standard washer and dryer pedestals are approximately 13″ tall – so this one is a tad taller. If you have the space and are concerned about the laundry system wobbling off, just make the platform larger. Built to suit the needs of your space and your requirements.
Dimensions: 

2 – sheet of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood
5 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 4×4 post @ 4 feet long (you can also use 2x4s laminated together – just add another 2×4 to your list)
1 – stick of base cap moulding like this @ 6 feet long
4 – Angle Brackets like these
3″ screws
2″ Screws
Glue
Finish Nails
Wood Filler
Sandpaper

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
compound miter saw
nailer
sander
level
countersink drill bit
Cut List: 

10 – 2×4 @ 25″ (Joists)
4 – 2×4 @ 60″ (Sides of Floor)
2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 28″ x 60″ (Decking)
4 – 4×4 Posts (or 8 2x4s) @ 11″ (Posts)
moulding cut to fit

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Step 1

Floors

You are basically going to build two mini floors for this project. The top floor need to be built as shown above. The bottom floor you can skip the center joists – unless you plan on storing gold in those laundry baskets. Use glue and 3″ screws. I do apologize for making the joists 25″ long instead of 24″ (would have conserved more lumber) but this length is necessary for the application. 2x4s are cheap too.

Step 2

Decking

Every floor needs decking, so screw the plywood to the top of the 2x4s.

Summary: 

A washer/dryer pedestal made of wood to bring your front load laundry system to a back-friendly height. Special thanks to Sausha for her photos.

Step 3

Corner Angles

This step is just because I have an old school washer and dryer that stomps out of the laundry room whenever I overloaded it. But the angles are cheap and will make your life easier. Screw down with 2″ screws.

Step 4

Attach Legs

Attach the legs to the top (the floor with the most supports) and screw down. If you can, add a few screws toenailed in as well.

Step 5

Bottom Floor

Now the bottom floor will be much easier to attach. Just screw down (and glue).

Step 6

Trim

I’m not going to give measurements here because the trim needs to match the legs exactly. You will need to miter the trim around the legs. Attach with glue and finish nails.

Finishing Instructions

Finish Used: 
Sausha trimmed everything out with another layer of MDF. If you are good with a table saw this can really give you that finished look. Otherwise, I recommend patience, and a whole tub of wood filler. More details on Sausha’s finish here. Thanks Sausha!

I dared not tackle this project, because there is no right reason for me to part with my Sam's Club top loader washer and still-going-but-a-tad-noisy-dryer.  Yes, they do date back to the last century, but here's where my old school laundry system schools any new washer and dryer - you can fix it.  But . . . . that's about it, and I knew if I started on a Washer and Dryer Pedestal plan, I'd be thinking in terms of platinum, red or that new teal color . . . and that's just not sensible for us right now.  Hmmmm . . . do they have pink out yet?  Gotta stop thinking that way!

So my friend, and ubberly-talented-I-want-to-be-her-when-I-grow-up Sausha offered to let us hack her amazing Washer and Dryer Pedestal.

 

Beauty, function, simplicity.  All of the things I love about a piece of furniture.

 

 

Was not kidding about Sausha's talents.  You can see her entire laundry room and learn about all the decor items and projects here.

 

Comments

Oh my gosh! DUH- why wouldn't you use your pedestals for laundry baskets?? I've been wanting to build pedestals, but now I can't decide if I would prefer the storage for sheets, towels and blankets, or if I want space for laundry baskets!

This is amazingly lovely. I welcome any idea that conserves space and you just gave me a good one now.

Do you make a list of your inspirations:

Thank you for the plans. I saw her pedestals and loved them and this will give us no excuse to not build them. Except that the old washer and dryer keep on chugging along. Well only one cycle still works on each but the clothes do get clean. I think I might just have to consider the change in machines so that I can build these perfect pedestals.

ohhhhhh....thank you!!! i LOVE this!!! And my laundry room is soooo small - this will be perfect!! never too many spaces to tuck away laundry!!!!

Blessings to you!

~Christy :0)

Love this idea! I am planning a laundry room/ half bath and this is great if I decide not to stack my machines! I am thinking people could make a matching tabletop for over the machines as well if you have front loaders.

i love it!!!
We just bought new front loaders.
Sadly ours are in the garage and are across from each other!
Could there be a modification to make 2 separate ones?

with your washer/dryer across from each other, maybe, if you have the space, you can make each pedestal a little wider, so each one gives you space for 2 baskets, and you could add some shelves along the sides of each machine for even more storage!

Wow! Okay if her laundry room really looks like that I am just amazed. Those are my favorite pedestals I have seen yet. Oh, if they come out with pink front loaders I may just have to go into debt. ;-) I love your site. I haven't built anything yet, but hope to soon.

I've seen the countertop over the front-loaders in This Old House magazine and it looked fabulous! I'd do it if my laundry area wasn't sequestered to a far corner of my unfinished basement! Someday I dream of a laundry/pantry room on my main floor...

Oh my......I've in love. I can't wait until we get to move our current laundry location to the new laundry room we plan on building. This is a must do. Maybe I can even convince that hubs that I "need" new front loaders. Sooooo cool!!

with the upper platform floor built with the exact same construction as a house, I would think the weight would be the same as if they were on the floor. Does your washer "walk" when it spins? If it does, it's out of balance, and you can fix that with the feet. If your floor is uneven, here's your chance to give your washer a level floor to rest on!

I have had mine built for over 8 months and have had no problem with the weight. It is one sturdy plan. I had trouble once when my machine got out of balance, redid the feet with a level and got it all perfectly level and back to no issues. I LOVE the basket space and my laundry room is prettier, tidier and more functional, what more could a girl ask for!?

Thank you Ana and Sausha!!! This is definitely going on the to-do list beside the craft organizer to make the craft room/laundry room/storage room a more peaceful place to be.

Oh Ana! I've been dreaming of this since I first saw it on Sausha's blog almost a year ago. I looked at her construction photos and just did not feel confident that I could construct it without more detail on measurements and the process. I am beyond excited! I definitely see a laundry room makeover coming my way soon! Thanks Ana and Sausha!

Very nice. Ana, I also have the old top loader. Another benefit of top loaders is the water level. I use Cloth Diapers and it takes a good amount of water to soak and wash them. Also those really dirty man jeans. :)

Wow, you are a genius! I too have the old top loader and dream someday of having a beautiful front loader. I have always been so overwhelmed by the cost though. And I always factored in the cost of the pedestals too (because everyone told me you HAVE to get the pedestals), which by the way are ridiculously expensive... But with this you can have a pedestal that not only looks TONS better, but is cheaper-who doesn't love that?

This is so awesome! Tragically my laundry room is set up so that the utility sink sits in between the washer and dryer. Still, I'm putting this idea in my mental file cabinet for the future.

I just went and priced a new front loading washer and dryer for our new house we are purchasing. The matching pedistals are $300 a pop.. ugghh I would much rather spend the $600 on something more fun than 2 drawers. I told my husband last night we should just build a platform for them... Sometimes I think it is fate when I look at your site every morning!

Speaking as the wife of an appliance repair person I want to emphasize that these pedestals should NOT be used for a top load washer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A top load washer will walk right off of the pedestal! I don't even want to imagine the mess that would make!!!

I'm also wondering about washer movement and them possibly falling off the front. It probably wouldn't be too difficult to build up a ledge on the front in order to avoid that from happening though.

I don't know about cloth diapers but my mom had a top loader and then got a front loader and the front loader cleaned my step dad's clothes a lot better, he was a roofer. They would come out looking brand new. I take clothes that have stains I can't get out with my top loader to her house and they come right out without doing anything extra. I have 3 kids so I dream of front loaders all the time so I could do less laundry... :)

Thanks again Anna for the plans - love them!!

And i can see some people are asking about the vibration - as long as your washer is level there are no issues (just make sure and adjust the little feet on the bottom)

I did build up a little ledge on mine just to make sure if they did go crazy they wouldnt fall off - so far so good - no movement at all!!!

LOVE!!!! I think I'm going to put this on the list for my craft room. I can picture baskets filled with fabric scraps and yarn instead of laundry baskets. I too have a top load washer and when we get the front load ones they'll be going in the 2nd floor bathroom closet because that's where *all* our bedrooms are and, as I tell my husband, I want it that way :)

HOW DO YOU DO THAT??? I have this written up on my blog with these exact photos. This is my next "have to make" project to get my laundry room done! Thank you, thank you, thank you Ana!!!!

How do you do that??? You seem to always know what I need. I have these exact photos on my blog. This is my very next "have to make" project and you've done the plans. Thank you, thank you, thank you again Ana.

I must admit to a little skepticism about this, my front loader is 200+ pounds, and in the spin cycle literally vibrates the nails out of the walls. Is this going to hold up to that?

Thanks!!!! It's such a great idea to help keep baskets organized, get more storage space plus the added benefit of bringing the washer and dryer to more waist friendly heights. I so appreciate not having to bend down so much. And it can be custom built to meet machines of any size and brand.

Thanks!!! It's so nice to have extra space for the baskets and boxes with the added bonus of bringing the washer and dryer to more waist friendly heights. I appreciate not having to bend down so low to load and unload the appliances. Love the idea that it can be custom built to meet machines of any sizes and brands.

From the look of the plans, the base and top are torsion boxes. Very strong when you make a frame and skin it with plywood (I would use that for more rigidity). You can make it even stronger by skinning both sides with plywood.

Hope that helps.

Michael

I agree with Michael. Making the top platform of the pedestal a torsion box, with plywood on the top and bottom, will add considerable strength. To save money, the bottom of the torsion box, could be a thinner plywood . I would go with 1/2 inch plywood.

The top on the bottom platform could be thinner as well, considering that it wouldn’t carry much of a point load, except at the corners. Adding a short piece of 2x4, on edge, diagonally across all the corners at the ends of both frames to support the thinner plywood would solve that problem.

Finally, you will stabilize the whole assembly by adding some 1/2 inch plywood, between the top and bottom platforms, on the ends of the pedestal as well as on it’s back. The back piece doesn’t need to go all the way across the back. A short piece, on the back at each end will do fine.

Hope this helps.

Beautiful pedestal- amazing. One note of caution for those tempted to get a front-loader... if your laundry room is on the 2nd floor (as is common in CA) or on a floor that is NOT concrete (not on the slab or in the basement on the foundation), take a good look at the vibration the machine of your heart's desire creates- we have a front loader that has been on slab twice and on floor (over basement, so on joists) once. On the slab- it's a dream. On a joist floor- a nightmare. Shaking the house down! And a pedestal of any kind will just magnify the vibration and make it worse (lesson neighbor learned). The appliance stores won't tell you that little surprise- laundry-doer beware :) Some are supposed to be OK for vibration- do your research, please!

Ana, if your dryer is noisy it could be something as simple as needing a new idler pulley. They are inexpensive and easy to replace. I've changed them out all by myself, though it is easier if you have a partner to hold the drum in place while you put the belt back on.

This is nothing short of amazing! I can't wait to make this. Right now our laundry basket lives in a tiny, tiny mud room... on top of the dryer, which makes sorting laundry challenging when you're only 5 ft tall!

I asked this question on facebook, but haven't had much response, so I thought I would ask here too. I was wondering if a person could use stock lumber like 1x8s or 1x10s for the sheeting on the tops of each level of this. I understand it may take some adjustments in measurements, but it would also make it easier to paint and/or distress without having to use a tub of wood filler. Since 1xs are 3/4 inch, wouldn't it be similar to 3/4 inch plywood?

Like Tiffany, I am curious for those who have built this (Sausha, etc) where their machines are located in the house. Our first house they were in the basement on the cement slab and they were SO quiet! Perfect! Now they are on our first floor on a tile floor and a vibrating loud mess. I LOVE these but am worried it would get worse.

I have had my front load washer/dryer combo for years. Even have the pedestals which are basically a waste of space except to raise the machines up to make them more accessible. Ugh!! (My pedestals aren't as deep as the current ones so can't hold liquid detergent) Anyway.... on the pedestal there is a slot for attaching the machine to the pedestal. This prevents the machine from wobbling off and if you have to scoot the machine around to get behind it the pedestal moves also. I imagine it shouldn't be too difficult to find a way to attach the machine to this pedestal also.

My washer/dryer are located on a 2nd floor (not on a concrete slab) and everything is just fine. As long as you make sure your washer is level you arent going to get vibrations - wether your on a slab or not. The bottom of the washer has little feet that raise up and down - just use those to adjust and you should get very little vibration.

I did this is my laundry room almost 2 years ago now and everything is just fine.

mine is all attached to the wall, and i have cross supports as well so the thing is not going anywhere!! I have crawled up on top of that thing so many times to paint the walls and the thing doesnt even budge! If you are worried, you could always add center supports - maybe just push it towards the back so you couldnt see it??

These are excellent instructions! Very well designed and made. For those looking for a platform that also includes drawers, I just finished making a platform for my front loader (LG) washer & dryer and have included a link to my DIY instructions and pics below. The drawers are deep and wide and come in handy for supplies or just dumping the clothes into when there's no laundry basket nearby. My laundry room is on the 1st floor entry way to the garage so I'm not sure about vibrations if it were on the 2nd floor. We installed it a few weeks ago and haven't had a single squeak, rattle, or vibration from the platform. So if you decide to make one yourself you can certainly re-enforce it as strong as you need (braces, long wood screws, thicker wood, etc.).

Thanks for posting, yours are awesome plans!

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B4HSJ...

I love this look, and my husband made this for me for Valentines Day! Love it. However there is a pretty big design flaw. My washing machine almost rattled the platform apart. (and we did have a repairman come out to make sure it was not the machine) We have had to add extra stabilizers to keep the washer from moving around. A few extra legs and something to keep the entire platform from moving from side to side. Still Love It! But I would suggest you add a little something more to keep everything stable...

Where have you been my whole life??? Someone just shared your blog with me and I LOVE it. This is my favorite now!!! Thanks for all you do!!

Sadly, I already have pedestals, otherwise I'd build these in a heartbeat.  LOVE them.  We had to put in extra supports for our hard wood floors on our main floor laundry room when we installed our front loads.  Felt like we had earthquakes happening on our 24" center joists.  Since our basement ceiling was a drop ceiling that was ok.  Also, just ordered and received: Silent Feet.  After doing some research and reading some reviews, from VibrationSolutions.com.  I'm not affiliated with them, but my husband manages a machine shop and recommended these to absorb the vibration.  Since they'll raise the height of the washer, and that would tweek out my anal tendencies, I got a set for the dryer too.  Shipped quickly, both sets and shipping were around $75.  If it saves my glassware and stemware from chipping from jingling together and my teeth from bouncy around, I'd think it's a great  solution.

Tiffany:  A single board while it is the same thickness as plywood is not necessarily as strong as plywood since the plywood is glued together and typically is stronger for the same thickness as a piece of soft wood like pine,  If you used oak that could be cool, but REALLY expensive.  If you found used tongue and groove flooring that would be stronger.

I absolutely cannot wait to tackle this project. I am a complete NEWBIE and this will be my first project. Luckily i will have GREAT HELP.  I am just a little worried about getting it perfectly level because my washer shakes enough as it is right now but we will make it work! :)

Thank you so much Ana, i was just introduced to your blog and i am so HOOKED!

I have had my front load set up on pedestals for ten years with never a problem. Mine are just plain plywood, but since we are thinking of downsizing i would LOVE to build this! Also Ana, you could fix a front loader no problem, I have changed a pump and a belt in mine easy peazy, so don't shy from them for that.

What color is this? Is it a brown paint or a solid stain? I absolutely love this and am going to build this on Saturday! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

I adore this pedestal and am dying to build it, but I already have the pedestal underneath the front loaders. After measuring, the top of the washing machine/dryer will be 75 1/2" tall. I really need storage for my laudry baskets!!! My ceilings are vaulted, so I was wondering if it would be better to build something like this to go over the front loaders? Any ideas? I know we can think of something brilliant...

I only have a little over 15 inches of space to work with in my laudry room because I have cabinets above my washer and dryer. My plan was to shorten the legs, the 4x4 support beams to 6.5 to accommodate for the height difference, then fill the space with those under the bed tote boxes that store blankets, decor, etc. Not sure if this will create issues with support or not. Would it be more viable and/or still work with 2x2s instead of 2x4s to get extra space for the supports? Not sure which is better,
Shorter legs, different dimension of wood...
Any thoughts?
Any help is appreciated!

I am in the final stages of building the pedestals and I was wondering if you could tell me how these were painted. If it is paint what kind-gloss,flat,satin?

Thanks for this post. These have inspired me to change up my laundry room. It's TINY and doubles as the shop, as I bought a house without a basement or a garage in order to afford it in the area of town I wanted to move into. So, I will put the dryer on one of these pedestals to get more storage space. Right now it's on a wooden box - poor use of the space. And I'll also change the storage cabinet so that it's a pedestal with two levels. The bottom will be laundry storage. The middle shelf will have cupboard doors which I will retrofit from the cabinet that's in the space now. The top will be my work surface - again, I'll try to use a piece of the formica that covers the current storage cabinet. I'll send pics when all is done. So glad I discovered this site. I've wanted to do many of these projects for a couple years but have been afraid. These projects are helping me get "unstuck."

Just a note. Please make sure that your Peds are solid. Front loaders spin up to 1400 RPMs. If the Peds are not solid w/out give, your front loader could walk right off a handmade ped. and you would have a very expensive bill on your hands.
Also note. Someone mentioned to make sure your washer is level. Please follow their advice...lol Walking happens when the washer is not properly levelled and does not have a solid floor/ped to support it.
Happy Washing! Sausha...you're laundry room is a dream! ;)

OH PS! Check your washer's manual...non-manufactured peds void the warrenty on SOME models.

Just a note. Please make sure that your Peds are solid. Front loaders spin up to 1400 RPMs. If the Peds are not solid w/out give, your front loader could walk right off a handmade ped. and you would have a very expensive bill on your hands.
Also note. Someone mentioned to make sure your washer is level. Please follow their advice...lol Walking happens when the washer is not properly levelled and does not have a solid floor/ped to support it.
Happy Washing! Sausha...you're laundry room is a dream! ;)

OH PS! Check your washer's manual...non-manufactured peds void the warrenty on SOME models.

We have the sport model so they are stacked, but we have very high ceilings, can you use this with them stacked or would it be unsafe? i know I could modify it to be shorter so the weight would be supported under each side but it would make them pretty tall. I love Sausha's laundry room, ours is not that big but I can imagine ours looking as beautiful!

Love this idea...wish I had seen it before we shelled out all the money for the drawer ones that we NEVER use! but I needed the height!

Ok...this may sound very cheesy, but I wanted to mention how appreciative I am that in your list of necessary items, you include HEARING PROTECTION! As an audiologist who also likes to build and use power tools, I can't stress enough the importance of protecting the hearing! Thanks so much! Maybe one less person who will have to wear hearing aids :)

I love the pedestal, but we are unfortunately having to pull the machines off of them. My husband built it exactly as outlined. Our laundry is on the first floor, over a basement, so we are on joists. The washer has been leveled multiple times, and does NOT walk at all. We have an LG front-loader. In the old house, on basement slab, no vibrations, no noise, no problems. In this house, even before the pedestal, we had some minor vibrations. The machine doesn't walk, it just vibrates. We even put it on vibration dampening mode, which helped a little. But once we made the pedestal and placed the washer and dryer on top, the vibration became significantly worse. We tried putting a car jack under the center of the pedestal for added support, and that helped a little, but not enough. I've been monitoring for the last few weeks, but today, the vibrations were even worse. We've checked and the machine is level from all directions. It hasn't moved, it hasn't walked. But the shaking is so bad that we fear it may be damaging the machine. I'm glad that so many others have made this without any problems, but wanted to add our expeirence that you may indeed run into vibration issues. If you had any vibration issues before (or shaking), adding the pedestal MAY make it worse. Wish we could find a way to solve this, as the pedestal is beautiful and we hate to get rid of it!

This was the first thing I built for our new house, and we were very excited to gain some additional space in our second floor laundry. However, as many have noted, the vibration issues are very concerning. Has anyone been successful with additional bracing/support to remedy this issue?
Thanks

This is SO cool! For your guys' vibrating issues, we had the same with our washer when we moved into our new house only a couple months ago. We just reset all of the adjusters on the feet of the washer, then leveled it from there. For some reason, it worked - it's only a minor suggestion but it's worth a shot!

My only question would be how to modify it as my dryer vent is on the floor. So I couldn't push this all the way to the wall. Is your measurements all the way to the wall or should I just adjust for that???

The dryer vent tubing should be able to stretch if you need more length, if not you can always purchase another tube at local store, they run 5-8 bucks depending where you get them from. Also you could aways notch cut a square to let dryer vent tubing go down. Hope that helps.

We are in the process of making this so I checked the original post and it sounds like she attached it to the wall for more support. How exactly did she do that?

I've noticed a few people asking about the cost to build this. I'm a contractor by trade. I'm also 5 month pregnant and needed to put my front loaders up on a pedestal. I started drawing up some plans for building a pedestal and stumbled across this design. I must say that I truly love this Ana!
The estimated material costs for this project should be around $125.00 from your local Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. If you have a local lumber supplier that has better prices, you can get it accomplished a little cheaper.
Some people have also asked about securing it to the wall. I don't know how Sausha did it, but it's not a big task if you have just a little patience. You can do this a couple of different ways. But the first thing you need to do is locate the studs in the wall that you will be anchoring to. You can do this with an electronic stud finder, or you can use a pin nail and nail it into the wall until you hit a solid stud. Once you find one, you should be able to measure every 16" from there and find another one. From there, you can use some really long screws and drill through the 2x4 brace in the back side of the upper platform into the stud in the wall. Just make sure your screws are long enough. If you don't mind having some visible hardware behind your washer/dryer, you can use angle brackets. Just screw one side of the brackets into the top of the pedestal and the other side into the wall studs. Just make sure you don't miss those studs because drywall won't hold it.
It's also important to note that if you have any trim or base molding at the bottom of your wall, this won't work perfectly. You will need to either remove the trim so that the back of the pedestal is tight against the wall, or you can attach a 1x4 to the back of the top platform of the pedestal (or directly to the wall if you already know exactly where you are putting it) to close the gap.

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