If you’ve ever had to lug your laundry bag down five flights of stairs and then walk two blocks to the nearest laundromat, you know that having a laundry room is a huge convenience.
The problem is that laundries are often the smallest room in the house (if you’re even lucky enough to have a dedicated laundry room). Every bit of space counts and should be properly utilized.
A pedestal or stand for your dryer or washer is a perfect way to create storage space, and allow you to easily access front-loading washing machines and dryers. However, most of the stronger pedestals you’ll find in the market today tend to be quite expensive.
This pedestal project will bring your machines up to a more ergonomic height while creating storage space underneath for washing baskets or other necessities. And it’s a project that won’t break the bank.
It’s a DIY project that you can accomplish easily in a day. The materials needed are inexpensive. It’s a project that will return great value from the time and effort you invest in building one.
Isn’t this a great project for the weekend?
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You’ll need these materials:
- 3/4″ or thicker Plywood
- 2×4″ Wood
- Glossy Paint
And these tools:
Steps on how to make a DIY Pedestal for your washing machine and dryer
1. Make measurements around the base of your washer and dryer. My measurement was 27″ around, a perfect square. Mark this measurement on the plywood. This will serve as the top panel where the washer and dryer would sit. 27″ x 27″.
2. Make measurements for the height of your pedestal. Here, the height of my pedestal was 15″. Most pedestals are around this height range.
3. Mark your measurement for height on the plywood and also your length. These will serve as the side panels. In this case two 15″ x 27″. (again, have Home Depot cut it)
4. Measure and mark the 2″ x 4″s. Two 25″ for the length and four 13″ for the height. The four 13″ would serve as the leg support.
*note* 25″ is the length because the plywood was about an inch thick. Depending on the thickness of your plywood, you just have to make the necessary adjustments. You don’t want the side panels protruding on the side. We want to seamlessly connect the woods together.
To do this, just subtract the thickness of the 2 side panels from the main length of the base of your washer or dryer. That will be the length of your 2x4s. Hope that made sense.
1. Cut the plywood — Top Panel and Side panels.
2. Cut the 2″ x4″s.
3. Connect the one 25″ with the two 13″. You can use nails or screws whichever you feel comfortable with. I use screws this way I prevent the wood from cracking. Also, I drilled a hole before I screwed it in.
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