Chris's Modified Washer/Dryer Pedestals

Submitted by MxChris on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 18:30

I ended up making three sets of these pedestals this month!

One set was for my In-laws, one for a friend and finally one for us. The two sets I gave away have a 12.5" opening underneath to accomodate two laundry baskets stacked inside each other for a total of six which is pretty good for most households. Our pedestal could only have a 9" opening due to the overhead cabinets in our laundry room so the shelf will not accomodate standard laundry baskets which is kind of a bummer.

I kept one pedestal fairly minimalistic because it's going into a laundry room off an outside patio, I added a bit of quarter round trim all the way around the top edge to act as a guard rail just in case the washer or dryer tries to travel off the platform.

The other two I trimmed out identically they just have different post heights to fit the space they are intended for. I used a little more trim than on the first pedestal, I believe it's window sash trim. Just as on the first pedstal I wanted a guard rail of sorts so I left the window sash trim with about a 1/4" reveal on the three visible sides and used quartter round on the back.

I used a very heavy black rubber runner I found at Home Depot which is sold by the foot on top of each pedestal as an additional water barrier and vibration dampner. I think this finished it off and really works well, I'm very glad I decided to add that.

My version was inspired by Ryans modification of the original plan so thanks to Ryan and Ana for these awesome pedestals, my wife, In-laws and friend love them!


Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pressure Treated Pine and Hardi Plank
Finish Used
Two coats of Kilz primer and two coats of Behr Premium Latex paint + Primer (eggshell color)
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:17

Glad I could help.  Yours turned out great.  I should have thought of creating more than one while I was doing it.  Every time someone sees them, they ask me to make them one.  Ain't nobody got time for THAT!  :)


Sun, 01/29/2017 - 17:29

Thanks for sharing the detailed information of your builds.  It's been a while since you built, have you noticed any sagging?  They look solid!