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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 at 27″ (26″ if using 4×4 posts) – 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.

free plans to build a pedestal for a washer and dryer_Shelf 1

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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.

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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.

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

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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