My husband and I tend to tinker around the house pretty much every weekend really. We are home improvement junkies and there have been a few projects we have done that really made a remarkable difference. You know those little projects that get buried on the to do list and once you do them, you kick yourself for not doing it sooner?
Well this is another one of those projects! If you have front load machines and you don’t have the little pedestals for underneath, I can’t even begin to tell you what a difference it makes. We bought HE machines a few years ago and when it came time to shell out the $350 per pedestal to elevate the washer and dryer we decided to skip it. Really that just seemed ridiculous to me to spend so much and I have never found a super great deal on pedestals that match our washer and dryer.
So I wanted to build a pedestal because crouching over to do laundry is just annoying. Also we have a plastic sheet thing under the washer to protect the floors in case of a leak. That thing gets so dirty with the dog door right next to it and the garage door goes into the laundry room- so it is a super high traffic area in our home. The laundry room is actually the first thing you see when you come in through the garage so I wanted to finally get this project done.
Now my husband is pretty handy and this was such a fast project. The actual construction of this project took about 2 hours or so and then there is a little lag time for painting. And the cost breakdown worked out to be about $80 in materials. So $80 for a nice finished look vs. $700 for the normal pedestals. #YesPlease
Here is what we did. We started with some basic plans from Family Handyman.
We made a few adjustments to the plan- first we made the pedestal several inches longer then the dryer and washer because we also have a trash can in the laundry room and I thought it would look cleaner and nicer elevated. Plus I like the idea of the pedestal running straight into the wall to make cleaning the floors easier.
You can see below the corner of the trash can- depending on your space, you might also make yours long enough to accommodate your pet food containers or laundry baskets or totes to hold supplies etc…
I have seen plans to make a pedestal with storage underneath – either sliding drawers or baskets. We decided not to do this because as I mentioned, it is a high traffic room and those little cubbies under the washer and dryer seem like they would be a nightmare to clean. I can just imagine myself on my hands and knees with the Dustbuster trying to get into the corners and behind baskets. So this pedestal is completely enclosed.
Now the washer has the little plastic tray thing under to protect just in case it ever leaks. And then the dryer is elevated just a tiny bit on extra wood pieces just to protect the pedestal from getting all scratched up. From this angle you can see those things but from a normal standing view you don’t see them at all.
So you can get the measurements and basic instructions from Family Handyman above, but let me walk you through the modifications we made.
We started assembling the base in the laundry room. This thing is pretty big so rather then building it in the garage and trying to move it into the laundry room, we just built almost the entire thing in the laundry room.
Family Handyman calls for 1/2″ plywood for the top of the box but we used 3/4″ MDF instead. Our MDF was an extra inch on all sides and then we used a router to shape the edges. This is just decorative and a step that can be easily skipped if you want just a plain box. Another option would be to buy decorative trim and use that all around the top edge. Here is a close up of what the top looked like before we painted it.
Oh and one important note when you are building the box, Family Handyman recommends using one joist in the center of the pedestal. We actually did two joists in the center of ours so that it would be super stable.
Once the box was built we added some decorative trim as you can see above. Then we painted the entire thing white with three coats of paint + primer.
And that was it! Not too difficult and really my husband had this done before I could even get the camera out to snap some pictures.
We have had this up and running for a few weeks now and it is sturdy and stable and awesome! The washer and dryer don’t move at all and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to come in the door now.
Before I would see the washer and dryer plunked down on the ground and the floor always seemed dirty to me and the plastic thingy (seriously I hate that thing!) always looked gross… Now the white pedestal makes the room feel so airy and clean and fresh and open. It really is a dramatic difference.
If you have any questions or need clarification on how to make your own pedestal, please feel free to ask below. I will do my best to help!
And here are a few other projects you might want to check out:
Easy DIY Spray Painted Doorknobs— we changed ours from the tacky brass to a bronze color and I love it.
How to Paint Star Railings- again I loved this project. The stairs went from builder grade oak to a fresh and clean white.
Upgrade your garage door in just a few minutes. Super simple project that makes a big difference.