DIY Washer Pedestal

Build your own laundry pedestal and save hundreds of dollars

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Introduction

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

Tools Required

  1. Circular saw
  2. Cordless drill
  3. Countersink drill bit
  4. Framing square
  5. Level
  6. Safety glasses

Materials Required

  1. 1-5/8-in. screws
  2. 1/2-in. plywood
  3. 2 x 10 or 2 x 12
  4. 3-in. screws
  5. Construction adhesive

Building the Washer and Dryer Stand Base

The key to the laundry pedestal 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.

Project step-by-step (4)

Step 1

Laundry Pedestal Plan

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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.

Step 2

Build Laundry Pedestal Frame

Build the pedestal out of 2x10 or 2x12 lumber. Fasten the frame together with 3-in. screws. Attach a joist in the middle.

Want to learn more about joists? Check this out. 

Step 3

Silence the Squeak

Apply construction adhesive to eliminate squeaks, then fasten 1/2-in. plywood over the top with 1-5/8-in. screws.

If this isn't the only annoying sound in your home, silence the squeak with a little construction adhesive.

Step 4

Laundry Pedestal Finish

Feel free to add an attractive finish. Use shims to level the pedestal before you set the appliance on it. Try out these 20 small space laundry room organization tips, too.