DIY built in washer + dryer

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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:

  • 2x2's for supports
  • 1x6's for front side facings (can use smaller or wider pieces depending on your needs)
  • 1x2 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)
  • level
STEP ONE:  Attach your 2x2 support pieces to the wall.  Two pieces (one for each side) will go horizontally on the sides to hold the table top and two pieces (one for each side) will go vertically so the side facing will have something to attach to.  Screw them into studs or use anchors if you don't meet up with studs.  Make sure you are level!


STEP TWO:  Attach your 1x6 (or smaller/larger depending on your needs) facing pieces to the front side supports with wood glue and finishing nails.  You'll notice at the bottom of my piece I had to notch out an area to accommodate the baseboard.  This was later filled in with wood putty, sanded, and caulked.


STEP THREE:  Attach the 1x2 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.


STEP FOUR:  Depending on your situation, you may not need this step.  Since I was unable to have the top of my table rest on the back wall support (due to the hookups and electrical being placed high) I added a large L bracket I found at the home improvement store's closet department.  I attached it to the back of the wall into studs so that it would support the center of the table top.



STEP FIVE:  Attach the table top.  I used two pine panels for my table top.  One piece remained 20" deep and the second was cut down to 6" deep to fill in the space towards the back of the wall.  The 20" deep piece was glued and nailed into place up front with a 1" overhang.  The shallow 6" deep piece was placed but left unattached so that it could be removed to access electrical and hookups. 

I realized after the fact that I didn't take photos of the smaller unattached back piece at this point so disregard the finished state ;)  Here it is without the back piece.


And with the unattached 6" deep back piece.  It is supported mostly by the back L bracket and then also the side supports.


STEP SIX:  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.



This gif shows how the unattached pieces come together.


STEP SEVEN:  Finishing work!  Fill holes with wood filler, sand it all down, caulk the side pieces where it meets with the walls and floor to give it a finished built in look, and then paint and stain.


Now you can rejoice in no more socks getting lost between the cracks!  And, you've just gained a huge amount of counter space to fold laundry on.  Or stash more junk.  I don't judge.



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10 comments :

  1. i love this idea! we have a top loading washing machine, but in the future....

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  2. It turned out great. I'm gonna have a real laundry room like yours when I grow up.

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  3. Looks awesome, Shelly. This is in my to-do list. The wood is already and waiting in the garage, just need to find some time to get to it. It turned out beautiful.

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  4. God your good. So jealous. I need you to move into my house for like a month. I'll take care of your children and make sure you have plenty of margaritas.

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  5. This is such a perfect solution. I have the same problem in my laundry room with the hose box and outlets showing. I will have to take a look to see if I can do something like this. I do have a sink next to mine so I will have to work that in some how. Great tutorial!
    Shelley

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    1. You will LOVE it!!! Nothing drove me more crazy than loosing a sock or something to the abyss behind or in between the machines. There's just so much workable space now too. It keeps me from having to drag all the unfolded laundry to my bedroom for folding. I think you can totally make this work with a sink nearby!

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  6. Where did you get the pine panels for the countertop?

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    1. I picked them up from Lowes, but I'm sure most larger home improvement stores have something similar.

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  7. how much space did you leave between the machines and counter top. Thanks

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    1. There's about an inch from the top of the machines to where the counter begins.

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