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

I built this yesterday, and the design seems very sturdy. I did want to point out one minor inconsistency in the plans, however. The shopping list specifies 5 2x4s @ 8' each. The cut list says you will end up with 4 60" lengths plus 10 25" joists. The shopping list assumes you will leave the joists out of the lower floor, whereas the cut list assumes you put them in. This can cause confusion at the local lumber store as you start counting your cut boards (don't ask).

I haven't built much with a saw in over 25 years, so the fact that I completed the assembly in a day is a testament to the well thought-out build. I think the hardest part was getting the legs to stay square (the end grain on the 4x4s seems to want to push the screws around and misalign everything). Other than that, assembly was very smooth. Kudos!

Sausha's photos look like it's built with the 2x4s doubled everywhere, making them 4x4s but the diagram/ plans don't specify for it to be done that way so I'm just a bit confused as to how it should be. I want to build this this weekend but I want to be sure to do it right so that it's nice and sturdy.

For those of us who have a laundry room located on the second floor, we are familiar with the quite necessary tray that sits under the washer machine in case of overflow. I saw a question earlier in the post about using the tray with the pedestal. I was able to put the tray on top of the pedestal (I used a small amount of adhesive to discourage slipping since you obviously wouldn't want to drill bolts through the tray).

Also, I had wanted the new pedestal as a place to store the laundry baskets. We already had the manufacturers pedestals. In order to use the manufacturers pedestal with the tray, we simply bought the anti-vibration pads from Home Depot ($30). It raised the washer exactly how much we needed in order for the door to clear the tray lip and it did seem to help with vibrations, though that's never been much of a problem. One positive of using the manufacturers pedestals in conjunction with this pedestal was that we were able to run a strap over the manufacturers pedestal (before attaching w/d) and used the strap to secure the appliances to the pedestal.

And they are very handy! Renovating an older house and wanted to bring the laundry to the main floor. Unfortunately, our plan worked well on paper, but come installation... the toilet seat and the dryer door didn't like each other :) So, build the pedestal and now the layout works great with the space that we have. Only recommendation, if you like to fill your baskets pretty fully, make sure you give yourself enough room between the top of the basket and the second 'shelf'. Didn't give myself enough allowance, baskets fit only if they are not full. Bottom shelf now serves as storage for toilet paper and laundry supplies. Still very handy, but just something to keep in mind. 1/2" clearance wasn't enough for me (I lowered the 4x4 posts thinking it was a good idea). Other than that, the plan is fantastic!!

Would love to know the color you used. Is it brown or black or stain??? Writting out my list so my husband can get to work on it this weekend ;) Thanks a bunch!!

Just finished this project... So happy with the results! Just measure your space first lol! This was my first diy project ever and I forgot to measure my laundry room space so after building the whole thing we had to sand about a half an inch off each side to make it fit. I love love love it though! Saved us $600 on the metal drawer pedestals they tried to sell us with our new washer and dryer! Thanks!!

I was so excited to have this as my first project as my wife gave me a Kreg Jig for Christmas.

My dryer and washer have a sink in between them, so after I measured "Everything" to fit for my dryer as that is the one I was going to make first, I didn't measure the bottom of the cabinets to how high the the top of dryer would be.

On the dryer I can only raise it 13" before the top is touching the bottom of the cabinets. It is a Neptune with the buttons on a arched top part.
For the washer I can go up 16 1/2" as it is a Samsung with the buttons on the front and not the top.

Now that I had everything almost together I have figured out that 19 1/2" is way to tall.

I am thinking of turning the 2x4s on their sides and using the skinny sides to attach the decking to.

Is this going to be strong enough to hold the weight with the boards like that?

Thanks

Mike

I am fixin to build one of these. I already got the wood (some poor soul at the local big hardware store had to cut up a small pile of 2x4s).

My thought was that the design as is might be a little wobbly, with the only thing keeping it upright being the screws from the 4x4 posts into the bottom platform. So, I was going to use a modified design where the posts rest inside the 2x4's. But now I'm wondering if the corresponding reduction in vertical strength would be worse! (since now the only thing holding up the upper platform is the plywood/MDF and however many screws and brackets I use to attach 2x4s to the sides of the posts).

I posted my thoughts to another forum and somebody suggested using Simpson Strong-Tie brackets. So I got a half dozen of those for four bits apiece (a.k.a. three bucks total) which should provide the additional vertical strength I desire. Furthermore, I got additional posts for the middle of the platform (though that means I can only fit two laundry baskets), so the feet of the machines will hopefully be resting right on top of the posts.

Hubby is a carpenter, n=but like the shoemaker's children, I often get put on the bottom of the list, but this is definitely going on the frig to spur him on. Since we have a laundry closet I think we will dispense with the bottom shelf and just make one shelf from wall to wall about 18" up!

It increased the washer exactly how 640-553 more we needful in position for the door to readable the tray lip and it did seem to supply with vibrations, though that's never been untold of a problem. One 70-432 advantageous of using the manufacturers pedestals in conjugation with this plinth was that we were competent to run a sharpener over the manufacturers 70-646 pedestal (before attaching w/d) and utilized the strap to bonded the appliances to the pedestal.

Where did you find the drain pan that you show sitting under your washer in the show&tell pictures? What at the dimension? Where can I buy one?

We Loved this idea and built our own and are very pleased with them. However, we're VERY limited to baskets. I had two very standard baskets here and they did not fit. They ware just a bit too big for the opening. The only baskets I can find to fit that are still functional are the plain basic, cheap-o's from walmart. It works but not what was desired. SOOOOO, the only thing I would do is make the columns (legs) 12" instead of 11. Other than that...was a great project! :)

Washer and dryer died so my wife went and bought front end loading machines. We did not want to pay $250 for each base due to it being a complete rip off, so i did a little search and came across this site. Went ahead and built it out in a day with no trouble, but I do have proper tools so made for an easy job. Did make a few changes in the assembly to make a little more rigid but great plans overall. My wife is in love with the pedestal, definately more attractive than the lame bases at the appliance store. Thanks for posting this!

we love our pedestal. i was able to build for next to nothing using materials that were left over from a remodel. we almost used it as a coffee table but it was too long.

I built this pedestal, and the washing machine vibrated way too much! The appliance repair person we asked to come look at it told us it was like building a trampoline or a teeter totter for the machines. You need to have the 4X4s going all the way from the foot of each corner of the washer all the way to the floor, with additional braces. The dryer pedestal needs to be separate. Don't waste your time and money building this thing, even though it looks cool!!!

I didn't like the idea of using brackets either. It seemed that it might not be enough. I used 4 4x4s, one for each corner then I used 2 4x6 posts, one in the middle front and one n the middle back. I ran only 2 joists across the middle along each side of the 4x6s. I also used 1 inch plywood sheet for the top deck. All of the posts go from the floor to the under side of the decking. I just have 2 openings underneath. I am thinking about making 2 drawers next weekend and having them slide in and out from there. I didn't build a lower deck either. I just used 2x4s around the bottom. I also used 6 skid proof feet screwed into the bottom of each leg. I'm going to see if I can post pictures on here. It will make a lot more sense.

Just wanted to pass on a problem I ran into today when I built these in our laundry room. I modified the plan some to accommodate our room. The problem I ran into was my 4 wire power cord wasn't long enough to reach the plug in on top of a 20 inch tall pedestal. I had to go purchase another 4 ft cord and splice them together.

My husband just made the pedestal and two laundry basket dressers for me over the weekend. I implemented my system for the first time today and am in laundry heaven! With a small house and baby#6 on the way this will make our lives so much easier and neater. Prior to this dirty clothes were in baskets on the floor and clean clothes were dumped on our bed to be folded and carried to be put away. Now, all dirty clothes are under the washer and dryer and clean clothes go straight from dryer to the assigned basket, then back to the dresser for the owners to bring to their room.

Only one glitch, I didn't pick out our front loading washer/dryer and the controls are placed in the back as for top loaders. Why LG did this?! Being just under 5'5" I have to stand on my tip toes to reach the controls. Oh well, small sacrifice for such a wonderful improvement. Entering into my 9th month of pregnancy, not bending at all to put clothes into the washer or switch to the dryer is lovely.

This is our 4th Ana White project and each one has allowed us to improve our quality of life on a very small budget. Hanging beds, storage armoire, Christmas gifts for our girls, and now an awesome laundry room! Thank you Ana!!!

My husband built this and two laundry basket dressers for me this weekend. Not only do they look fantastic but I am in laundry heaven! With a small house and baby #6 on the way our laundry system ( or lack of one) had to be revamped. Prior to this the dirty clothes went in baskets on the floor-very messy. Clean clothes were dumped on our bed to be folded and put away. This meant that our bedroom was always full of piles of clothes. Now, dirty clothes are under the washer/dryer and clean clothes are put right into assigned baskets then back in dresser until the owners can put them away. WooHoo!!

These projects have made the saddest room in the house into my favorite. The other side of the laundry/mud room has to wait until spring for the Smiling Mudroom cubbies. One more long winter with just a few hooks for piles of coats, snowpants and other winter gear. I can make it just knowing that the next Ana White project will once again add order and beauty to our home.

Thank you Ana and God Bless you and your family!

I built this pedestal and I have to say that it required some significant fortification to withstand 300 pounds of washer and dryer and a 1200rpm spin cycle. While the top and bottom platforms may be solid, the 4x4s are far from solid. There is only one 4x4 at each corner attached by a single L bracket. The top part of the 4x4 doesn't even sit flush on the plywood, it's resting on the 90 degree angle created by the 2x4s. Long story short: it is seriously lacking in lateral stability. I placed extra 4x4s in the middle and angled some screws in the top and bottom of the 4x4s which provided some improvement.

You answered my question. I don't see how the L bracket system is stable or strong enough to hold the weight. I know how I'm going to modify this. If you make the 4x4's longer and eliminate the L bracket you can put the 4x4 inside the "pedestal" floor and get more stability. (I think). I'm no engineer.

My husband was so excited when I showed him these plans. We had talked about doing something (sort of) like this but he said it was so much easier having all the dimensions right there! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Like some comments posted my husband built the pedestal only to have the machines vibrate so bad that we feared it would damage them after 2 loads of wash. The machines are level, the pedestal is level, the machine feet were adjusted & nothing fixed it. Prior to this they sat on our tile floor and made zero vibration or noise. I loved the pedestal too!! :-( so very sad...wish there was a fix.

i wonder is a hard rubber mat wold help. It seams you issue would be the inflexability of the the platofrm and the heavy vibration from the washer.

floors have give enough that a vibration would be minimal from the floating of the subfloor and the joists. then insert a hard and solidly constructed platform that negates the floors ability to flex and poof, vibration. thats why most engines are mounted with bushings. so get a firm, hard rubber mat place on your pedestal. I'd say shock mount with heavy equipment springs but that more than likely over kill.

I'm having the same vibration issues as above. I absolutely love the pedestal. It has created a real functional laundry room for me and I don't want to move it out. But I've levelled, and levelled and levelled again. I just can't seem to keep it from vibrating. I'll have to do a counter over the top of them or something.

When I saw this I was so excited until I went to measure the space that holds my washer and dryer. The space was wide enough but I have this cabinet that is 6 inches in the way for the height. So I decide I was not giving up. I am going to build 3 different pieces. 1 is the washing machine that will be following this plan but only 36 inches long. I should be able to get 2 basket to fit.Then the dryer will be 30 inch long but only 11 1/2 tall. Not enough room for a basket to fit :(. So I am building a corner pedestal to fit the 3 rd basket. And use the top for the vacuum cleaner and steam cleaner. Will post pictures when done. In the meantime does this sound like a good idea?

So this is the first woodworking project my husband and I have done. We are in the last stages of the pedestal, and now regretting using MDF for fear of it warping from being exposed to moisture/water. We've searched the Internet and have found everyone's "opinion" of what they think would work, we want to know what WILL work. Any suggestions Ana or anyone else?? Thank you in advance!

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I really don't want to buy pedestals for my new front loaders. But im concerned my friend said when she made pedestals it was really shaky and noisy she wound up caving in and buying the ones from the store.

if washer shakes on home made pedestals then it will shake on store bought pedestals from what i read of your post the first problem was that a woman built it

where you wrote about old washer being better because you could fix the old washer are you saying you could not fix a new washer or dryer? if you were able to fix older models you would be able to fix newer models but i do agree the only advantage of a front loader is that it uses 1/3 the water of top loader the only one

In step 4, why are L brackets used to attach the 4x4 to the pedestal? Would it be more sturdy if the 4x4 was sunk into the "platform" into the corner and attached on two sides? I want to make this, but need it to be as sturdy as possible. This seems like the weight of the washer and dryer as well as the platform are resting on 4 L brackets.

I plan on building this as my next project. If I follow the plans it seems a lot of edges of plywood would be exposed, but looking at Sasha's, it looks perfectly trimmed out. Does anyone know if she built it differently than the plans submitted by Ana?

Thanks,

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