Front-loading washing machines and clothes dryers make home laundry tasks much easier than their top-loading counterparts, but some are low to the floor and awkward to access. Setting the appliances on a homemade laundry pedestal raises the machines to a more comfortable level and allows homeowners more storage space. Even the simplest custom-built laundry pedestal can add function and convenience to any laundry room.
Design and Materials
The first task in making a homemade laundry pedestal is creating its design. The pedestal should be tall enough to allow storage space below the appliances, and it should have an opening that allows you to access that space easily. The pedestal's material must support the weight of the washer and dryer, and it must be a material you can use easily for the project. Common choices include pine posts and plywood, particle board, hardwood and metal frames.
Putting the pedestal together is typically not difficult. If you use wood to make the pedestal, you can assemble the structure using nails, bolts or other fasteners. Typically, each pedestal is made with four support columns, a platform that sits atop them and decking that attaches below. These parts simply can be nailed together or assembled in varying degrees of complexity. The pedestal could have a cabinetlike appearance, for example, if you attach trim molding to its front face.
Painting or decorating a homemade laundry pedestal makes it visually appealing. Although matching the pedestal's color to the color of the washer and dryer is a natural choice, an alternative is to use a wood stain for a more natural appearance or a color combination. For a simple, one-color paint job, choose a water- and mildew-resistant paint that is appropriate for the kind of construction material you used.
The simplest homemade laundry pedestal raises a washer and dryer to a height that makes them comfortable to use and provides storage space beneath the machines. You may add more complicated features, though, such as wheels that allow you to move the appliances easily or drawers that give a cabinetlike structure to the platform. Comparing commercial laundry pedestals' features will let you see what is available.
- Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images