I’ve been meaning to share with you guys how I built in the washer and dryer for a few weeks now. Summer is good for many things. Being a productive blogger it is not. I don’t know if I should call this project a built in washer and dryer or a washer and dryer folding table. I guess it’s both.
This has been such an awesome addition to our laundry room makeover. One of my constant battles with doing laundry was having something rattle off the top of the machines and fall into the abyss on the sides, in between, or behind. Yes, I could have not put things on top, but it was my catch all and that’s just the way it was. I also had problems with the pedestal Mike and I built several years back. While it was easier pulling things out of the machines while they were raised, I couldn’t lean over them to get to the cabinet above without pulling out a step stool. And I’m not short. So to the curb the pedestal went and I’ve never been happier!
Since every laundry room is different and the heights of machines vary, I’ll just tell you guys the sizes of wood pieces I used to build mine but will spare you measurements.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 2×2’s for supports
- 1×6’s for front side facings (can use smaller or wider pieces depending on your needs)
- 1×2 for front top facing
- Pine panels for table top
- large L bracket (may not need, explained below)
- wood glue
- wood screws
- finishing nails (I used a nail gun)
Attach the 1×2 across the top of the side facing pieces with wood glue and finishing nails. If needed, you can also attach another support piece to the back wall to support the table top. You’ll notice my back support sits up higher than the side supports. This is to support a removable shelf I made to hide the hook ups. If you’re outlets and hookups sit below where your top table piece will hit, then you won’t need this to be placed higher. It will sit at the same height as your side supports.
And with the unattached 6″ deep back piece. It is supported mostly by the back L bracket and then also the side supports.
To hide the hook ups and electrical outlets I made a T-shaped ledge out of the remaining panel. It is also not attached to the wall so that it can be removed if need be. The top of the ledge sits on top of the support piece on the back wall.