Farmhouse Washer Dryer Pedestals Bases

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:39
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build your own washer and dryer pedestal bases to bring your laundry up in height.  Also includes storage for baskets.  You'll love the step by step diagrams and cut list.  

farmhouse laundry room washer dryer pedestal base

 

 

laundry room pedestal bases

Special thanks to Sausha for letting us create this tutorial from her laundry room bases.

Dimensions
dimensions diagram for the laundry base
Dimensions shown above. Measure your laundry machines and adjust to fit. Also note the size under the bases can be adjusted for laundry basket heights by simply changing the cuts of the 4x4 legs.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 2 – sheet of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood
  • 5 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 4×4 post @ 4 feet long (you can also use 2x4s laminated together – just add another 2×4 to your list)
  • 1 – stick of base cap moulding like this @ 6 feet long and 1" brad nails for attaching
  • 4 – Angle Brackets (like these)
  • 3″ self tapping wood screws
  • 2″ self tapping wood screws

 

Cut List
  • 10 – 2×4 @ 25″ (Joists)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 60″ (Sides of Floor)
  • 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 28″ x 60″ (Decking)
  • 4 – 4×4 Posts (or 8 2x4s) @ 11″ (Posts)
  • Moulding cut to fit
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Floors

You are basically going to build two mini floors for this project. The top floor need to be built as shown above.

The bottom floor you can skip the center joists (minimal weight on bottom shelf)

Use glue and 3″ self tapping screws to build the framing.  You can also use pocket holes if you have a Kreg Jig, on the 1-1/2" setting with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Decking

Screw the plywood to the top of the 2x4s with glue.

Step 3

Corner Angles

This step is just because I have an old school washer and dryer that stomps out of the laundry room whenever I overloaded it. But the angles are cheap and will make your life easier. Screw down with 2″ screws.

Step 4

Attach Legs

Attach the legs to the top (the floor with the center supports) and screw down. If you can, add a few screws at an angle in as well.

Step 5

Place the second "floor" on the 4x4s and screw through the 3/4" plywood into the undersides of the 4x4 legs.  At least three screws per leg is recommended.

Step 6

Trim

Cut trim to fit and attach around legs to fancy up the base (optional)

Step 7

Additional Bracing

If you find your base needs more support here are a few quick fixes -

  • Cover the entire back in 3/4" plywood or MDF scraps from the build, glue and screw every 4" approximately to the 4x4 legs and the 2x4 framing with 3" self tapping screws.
  • Attach the 2x4s framing to studs in the walls
Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
Sausha trimmed everything out with another layer of MDF. If you are good with a table saw this can really give you that finished look. Otherwise, I recommend patience, and a whole tub of wood filler. More details on Sausha’s finish here.

Thanks Sausha!

Comments

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 16:19

I adore this pedestal and am dying to build it, but I already have the pedestal underneath the front loaders. After measuring, the top of the washing machine/dryer will be 75 1/2" tall. I really need storage for my laudry baskets!!! My ceilings are vaulted, so I was wondering if it would be better to build something like this to go over the front loaders? Any ideas? I know we can think of something brilliant...

nikohb

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 13:52

I only have a little over 15 inches of space to work with in my laudry room because I have cabinets above my washer and dryer. My plan was to shorten the legs, the 4x4 support beams to 6.5 to accommodate for the height difference, then fill the space with those under the bed tote boxes that store blankets, decor, etc. Not sure if this will create issues with support or not. Would it be more viable and/or still work with 2x2s instead of 2x4s to get extra space for the supports? Not sure which is better,
Shorter legs, different dimension of wood...
Any thoughts?
Any help is appreciated!

luann (not verified)

Thu, 06/30/2011 - 09:50

I am in the final stages of building the pedestals and I was wondering if you could tell me how these were painted. If it is paint what kind-gloss,flat,satin?

John Yeh (not verified)

Sat, 07/02/2011 - 08:09

What can you do when you currently have a drain pan under your washer. How will the pedestal work in that scenario?

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 20:14

Thanks for this post. These have inspired me to change up my laundry room. It's TINY and doubles as the shop, as I bought a house without a basement or a garage in order to afford it in the area of town I wanted to move into. So, I will put the dryer on one of these pedestals to get more storage space. Right now it's on a wooden box - poor use of the space. And I'll also change the storage cabinet so that it's a pedestal with two levels. The bottom will be laundry storage. The middle shelf will have cupboard doors which I will retrofit from the cabinet that's in the space now. The top will be my work surface - again, I'll try to use a piece of the formica that covers the current storage cabinet. I'll send pics when all is done. So glad I discovered this site. I've wanted to do many of these projects for a couple years but have been afraid. These projects are helping me get "unstuck."

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 07:15

Just a note. Please make sure that your Peds are solid. Front loaders spin up to 1400 RPMs. If the Peds are not solid w/out give, your front loader could walk right off a handmade ped. and you would have a very expensive bill on your hands.
Also note. Someone mentioned to make sure your washer is level. Please follow their advice...lol Walking happens when the washer is not properly levelled and does not have a solid floor/ped to support it.
Happy Washing! Sausha...you're laundry room is a dream! ;)

OH PS! Check your washer's manual...non-manufactured peds void the warrenty on SOME models.

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 07:16

Just a note. Please make sure that your Peds are solid. Front loaders spin up to 1400 RPMs. If the Peds are not solid w/out give, your front loader could walk right off a handmade ped. and you would have a very expensive bill on your hands.
Also note. Someone mentioned to make sure your washer is level. Please follow their advice...lol Walking happens when the washer is not properly levelled and does not have a solid floor/ped to support it.
Happy Washing! Sausha...you're laundry room is a dream! ;)

OH PS! Check your washer's manual...non-manufactured peds void the warrenty on SOME models.

kboarderchick85

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 13:33

We have the sport model so they are stacked, but we have very high ceilings, can you use this with them stacked or would it be unsafe? i know I could modify it to be shorter so the weight would be supported under each side but it would make them pretty tall. I love Sausha's laundry room, ours is not that big but I can imagine ours looking as beautiful!

Janean (not verified)

Mon, 09/05/2011 - 19:17

Love this idea...wish I had seen it before we shelled out all the money for the drawer ones that we NEVER use! but I needed the height!

Ok...this may sound very cheesy, but I wanted to mention how appreciative I am that in your list of necessary items, you include HEARING PROTECTION! As an audiologist who also likes to build and use power tools, I can't stress enough the importance of protecting the hearing! Thanks so much! Maybe one less person who will have to wear hearing aids :)