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).
For an easy tutorial on how to create posts with 2x4s, click here.
- 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 )
- 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
Click on the drawings to for a larger view!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Originally posted 2012-12-03 08:00:15.