DIY Washer Pedestal

Build your own and save hundreds of dollars

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

Building the base

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Level
  • Framing square
  • Safety glasses

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2 x 10 or 2 x 12
  • 1/2-in. plywood
  • Construction adhesive
  • 1-5/8-in. screws
  • 3-in. screws