Washer and Dryer Pedestals


This week I took on another man project. Our washer broke after a whole 1 1/2 years of use. Considering we were planning on getting a replacement, I figured it would be a good time to make pedestals for the washer and dryer.

A pedestal elevates a washer or dryer so you don’t have to bend down as far. Yes, we’re that lazy. And tall. And the wifers has a bad back. And apparently the rest of America is in the same boat because you can purchase them at your nearest appliance store for a mere $200 or more per pedestal. No thanks. Instead, I bought a bunch of wood, screws, and paint from Home Depot and made our own. Homemade they cost around $30 per pedestal.

Here’s a tour:

Here’s the material I used for a single pedestal:

  • (1) Top board: 27″ x 27″ x 23/32″ CDX plywood
  • (1) Back board: 27″ x 15″ x 23/32″ CDX plywood
  • (2) Side boards: 26 9/32″ x 15″ x 23/32″ CDX plywood
  • (3) Top supports: 25 18/32″ x 3.5″ x 1.5″ aka two-by-fours
  • (6) Side supports: 13 1/2″ x 3.5″ x 1.5″ aka two-by-fours
  • 3″ and 2″ wood screws
  • 1 liter black paint
  • 3″ paintbrush

When I purchased the wood at Home Depot, they also cut the wood for me for free which was a huge score and saved me a bunch of trouble. I also used my electric sander to make sure the legs and supports were all even and get rid of any slivers. To help protect the floor and cushion any shaking, I glued straps of carpet to the bottom of the pedestal legs using Gorilla Glue.

Overall, we’re really pleased with the outcome. They do a great job holding the weight of the washer and dryer, look great, and saved us a bundle of money.

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08.09.2010 / Derek Christensen said:

They look great! I didn’t know Home Depot would cut the wood for you. Mental note taken.

03.19.2014 / Gabrielle said:

How did you get the washer and dryer to stay on the pedestal I had one built and I came home and my dryer was on the floor how can I secure it so it doesn’t fall off again

03.20.2014 / Aaron Hardy said:

Mine don’t move much, but if I had that problem I’d try a freight tie down. It might help keep them from vibrating so much as well.

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