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Build a Pedestal for a Washer & Dryer

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Free Plans to Build a Pedestal for a Washer & Dryer

I did it… I broke down and bought a new washer and dryer. Admittedly, they were on their last legs – the dryer was taking at least two hours to dry a load and the washer, well, while it is still in good shape it had its “moments”!

So I did my research and I didn’t buy the first set I saw. I actually spent the money and bought a super-fancy high efficiency set. With a new washer and dryer set, comes a new set of tasks… One being the organization of the laundry room.

I do not have a garage or a shop to store my tools so they are housed in the laundry room. Believe me, I have stuff spread out everywhere but that is a story for a different day!

The inspiration for my pedestal was from a plan on Ana White’s site. I decided to change it up and create free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer to fit my needs. I can’t get 4×4 posts that are untreated so I created the posts from two 2x4s that were laminated together then ripped on the table saw to 3″ wide. I also ripped all of the 2x4s to 3″ wide so they were nice and square (no rounded edges).

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Free Plans to Build a Pedestal for a Washer & Dryer

For an easy tutorial on how to create posts with 2x4s, click here.

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails OR
  • 1-1/4″ screws

Lumber:

  • 9 – 2×4 at 8′ OR
  • 7 – 2×4 at 8′ AND
  • 1 – 4×4 at 8′
  • Two sheets of 3/4″ plywood (I used Purebond plywood )

Cut List:

  • 4 – Posts (either 3″ from 2x4s or 4×4) at 18-1/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×4 at 24″ (23″ if using 4×4 posts) – Side Frames
  • 4 – 2×4 at 54″ (53″ if using 4×4 posts) – Front and Back Stretchers
  • 8 – 2×4 or 4×4 at 27″ – Supports
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 30″ x 60″ – Shelves

 free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer

Click on the drawings to for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the posts to length. Cut the lower frame pieces and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer_Lower Frame

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the lower supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer_Lower Supports 

Step Three

Cut the piece for the lower shelf and cut the notches using a jigsaw. Attach to the lower frame using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

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Step Four

Cut the pieces for the upper frame and drill pocket holes in each end. Position as shown and attach using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer_Upper Aprons

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the upper supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Position as shown then attach using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Six

Cut the piece for the upper shelf. Attach the top shelf to the upper portion of the frame using glue and 1-1/4 brad nails or countersunk screws.

free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer_TopFinish as desired.

The free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer can be finished any way you choose – stained, painted (like mine!), distressed, etc. It is a very easy and inexpensive build! As usual, if you have a project built from my plans and would like to be featured on DbSC, send me an email at designsbystudioc [at] gmail [dot] com!

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  • Nicki

    Your supports will need to be 27″ regardless of the size of the legs.

    • CherTexter

      Hi, Nicki! If two 2x4s (laminated together) are used as the legs, they will measure 3″ x 3-1/2″ instead of 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ for a 4″ x 4″ post. If the “seam” (the line between the two 2x4s) faces to the side so it will not be visible, it will shorten the side aprons and the supports by 1″, thus making the supports 26″ instead of 27″. Thank you for stopping by!

      • Nicki

        You are correct about the adjustment for the side aprons but not the supports. I cut my lumber according to the plan dimentions without adding up the measurements first and my supports are an inch too short. I didn’t think about the fact that the supports are just going between the 2x4s and the total distance will still need to be 30″. If you take into account that the 2x4s make up a total of 3″ and subtract from 30″ you will still need 27″ supports regardless of the size of the legs.

        • CherTexter

          Hi, Nicki! Ok, I see what you mean – I’ve had coffee and am better able to visualize, lol! I think you are correct and I appreciate you pointing this out. I will change the plan, ASAP! Thanks again!