Modified washer/dryer pedestal

Submitted by KaraBoo on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:32

I loved the idea of building a washer and dryer pedestal for extra laundry basket storage underneath! Sashua's is beautiful so I took her idea and modified it a bit to work for me. My washer is very, very heavy and I was worried that if there was no support under the weight in the middle, it would start to bow and sag. The original plan also put the washer too high for me to have been able to use without a step stool. So in my modification I screwed cleats into the 2X4 frame of the laundry room wall, placed the 3/4" plywood on top of it and screwed it in. In the front, I used 4X4's as the two corner leg supports and then added two 1X6 supports in the front center, creating three laundry basket bays. I placed it directly onto the floor as opposed to building the bottom base. This saved me money since I was able to buy half the lumber and also allowed me to lower the height of the platform while leaving enough space for my baskets. The top of my platform is approximately 14 1/2" high, which is just low enough so that I can see into the soap filling compartment at the top of the washer. Being that I'm only 5'2" I would have needed to use a step stool to use my washer at the original 19 1/2" plan height. I framed the top edge of the platform with 2X2's, to ensure that my washer or dryer never walked off the edge. Finally, I added some trim along the front edge and around the legs and that's it!

Estimated Cost
$60
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
pine
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Comments

Codding58

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 12:25

I REALLY like this modified version, I think it looks GREAT!    when you say you screwed cleats to the back wall, are you talking a 2x4 across the back fastened to the studs, or what did you use?    I think my wife would love this version, and I may just have to get started on one myself.   yes