How to Build a Laundry Pedestal
Layer beadboard and moldings onto a basic frame for a rock-solid surface that elevates the appliances—and the look of your space
A hardworking laundry room centered around a pair of smart, efficient appliances makes life easier, but at a cost. Modern washers and dryers can clean up to 20 pounds of clothing in a single wash—a pain, literally, to load and retrieve. Pedestals raise the machines to a comfortable working height, but those from manufacturers are spendy. We built our basic lumber box with storage for baskets to keep colors sorted, and wrapped it in beadboard and molding to create a furniture look. This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers shows you how to use standard building materials to up your washing and drying game. Disclaimer: This project will not help you find runaway socks.
Appliances: LG Ultra-Large Capacity with Steam Technology washer, from LG Appliances about $1100
Ultra-Large Capacity SteamDryer, from LG Appliances about $1100, both in Wild Cherry Red
Vinyl flooring: Luxe Plank Limed Oak in Chateau Gray, from Armstrong starting at $5 per square foot
Lumber, panels, and molding: from Home Depot
Baskets: Mercado Baskets in Pewter, from Serena & Lily about $30 each
Download and print the cut list.
Laundry-Machine Pedestal Overview
Day 1: Build the pedestal and add beadboard (Steps 2–8).
Day 2: Add the top and moldings (Steps 9-13).
Laundry-Machine Pedestal Cut List
2x4 frame: two @ 53 ¾ inches, four @ 27 ⅝ inches
2x3 frame: two @ 53 ¾ inches, four @ 27 ⅝ inches
2x4 legs: four @ 19 ¾ inches, four @ 25 ¾ inches
plywood top: one @ 56 x 31 ¾ inches
melamine shelf: one @ 56 x 31 ¾ inches
beadboard panels, 1x4s, 1x5s, base molding, shoe molding, panel molding: all cut to fit