Pedestals for front-loading washing machines and dryers can cost hundreds. Save your money—you can build your own bases from standard lumber in an hour
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:March 2008
Fasten the frame together with 3-in. screws. Attach a joist in the middle. Apply
construction adhesive to eliminate squeaks, then fasten 1/2-in. plywood over
the top with 1-5/8-in. screws.
The key to the project is to make the
pedestal sturdy, especially for front-loading washers, since they have a tendency
to move around if they're not on a solid, level surface.
To start, measure the length and width of your washer and dryer. That's your
minimum size for the pedestals. You can make them longer and wider if you want
the extra space to stand on to reach overhead shelving or to set the laundry baskets on. Or you can make one long pedestal to fit under both the washer and the dryer (see illustration).
Build the pedestal out of 2x10 or 2x12 lumber. Feel free to add an attractive finish. Use shims to level the pedestal before you set the appliance on it.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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