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DIY Washer and Dryer Platform with Drawer

Stop breaking your back to do laundry with a washer and dryer platform.

Laundry has never been my favorite task. And when we got our front loading washer it became worse. Bending over so far to search for socks stuck to the inside of the drum is the worst!

So I partnered with Kreg Tools to make an easy DIY washer dryer platform that brings the washer and dryer up 16″. No more bending over for laundry.

And this washer pedestal is super sturdy thanks to the power of the pocket holes. Plus, I couldn’t help myself and added lots of storage to the space underneath.

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White washer and dryer on a blue painted DIY platform with storage.

Washing Machine Pedestal

Why would you want a laundry pedestal? The drum of the front loader washer is only a few inches off the floor. So you have to bend over and reach very low to get everything from the inside.

But if you raise it up 16″, you now have easy access to everything inside! And it brings the controls for your washing machine right to eye level.

Straight on view of the navy blue washer platform holding the washer and dryer.

A washing machine pedestal will not work for a top loader or washer with controls on the back. If you have those machines, check out these amazing laundry basket storage shelves instead.

But for a standard front loader washer, a washer and dryer platform may make you fall in love with laundry again 😉

Sturdy 2×4 Base

The base of the washer and dryer platform is made from 2×4 lumber. It makes the base less expensive and super sturdy!

The platform is built just like a wall in your home, but with the 2x4s even closer together. This creates plenty of strength to hold a filled-to-the-top washing machine.

Plus is it shake proof during the spin cycle.

Laundry room with washer and dryer sitting on a blue painted platform with laundry basket shelves and a drawer.

Pocket holes are used to easily assemble the 2×4 base. No framing experience necessary.

Then the 2x4s are hidden behind 1/4″ plywood or MDF (or you could even use beadboard for a cottage look).

And finally the base is completely covered with a simple face frame of 1×3 boards. This completely hides the 2x4s and gives the washer and dryer platform the look of a beautiful cabinet.

Washer and dryer platform with a drawer and shelves for storage.

Large Drawer and Laundry Basket Storage

If you life your washing machine up off the floor, you can now make use of the space underneath it!

The 16″ tall platform leaves 12″ of usable storage space. I split the space into 3 sections. For added strength in base.

The two outer sections are sized to hold an 18″ wide laundry basket. Keep your sorted laundry out of the walkway and easily ready for washing.

Two laundry baskets and a drawer in the washing machine pedestal.

And that leaves room for a large drawer in the center section.

The 10″ wide x 10″ tall x 24″ deep drawer is perfect for storing extra laundry supplies or cleaning supplies. Learn how to build easy DIY drawers here.

I used 1/2″ plywood for the base of the drawer to make it strong enough for storing heavy items (like laundry soap). And all the drawer box pieces can be cut from one 2×4 sheet of plywood.

Large drawer in the center of the washer and dryer platform opened up looking inside it.

How to Build a Laundry Platform

Tools & Materials

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  • Wood products
    • (7) 2×4 boards, 8′ long
    • (3) 1×3 boards, 8′ long
    • (1) 3/4″ plywood, 4×8 sheet
    • (1) 1/4″ plywood or MDF, 4×4 sheet
    • (1) 1/2″ plywood, 2×4 sheet
  • 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1″ pocket hole screws
  • 5/8″ brad nails
  • 1 1/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • (1 pair) 22″ ball-bearing drawer slides
  • (1) drawer pull

Overall Dimensions

3D Sketch of the washer and dryer platform with dimensions.

Cut List

Cut out the pieces according to the build plans on

I used a miter saw to cut the 2×4 boards for the frame and 1×3 boards for the face and drawer front.

Cutting 2x4 boards on a miter saw.

To cut the plywood, I recommend using a circular saw with a guide track. Learn my tips for easily cutting plywood with a circular saw here.

Cutting plywood with a circular saw using a straight edge guide.

STEP 1- Assemble the 2×4 base

Set your Kreg pocket hole jig for 1 ½” thick material. Drill 2 pocket holes in each end of the platform joist boards.

Drilling pocket holes with the Kreg pocket hole jig.

Attach the joist boards between the platform front/back boards with 2 ½” pocket hole screws so that the outside board is flush with the ends of the boards and the inside boards are 14” in from the edge.

Make sure to leave a 12” gap in the center for the drawer section. 

Repeat to have 2 identical pieces.

Building the base for the laundry platform.

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With the pocket hole jig still set to 1 ½” thick material, drill 2 pocket holes in each end of the leg pieces.

Attach 3 of the legs to the far edge of one of the assembled base top/bottom pieces with 2 ½” pocket hole screws.

Then attach 3 to the other end and finish with the other 6 along the 2 joists in the center.

Make sure to leave a 12” space between them for the drawer box.

Attaching the center uprights for the frame.

Then attach the other assembled piece to the top with the screws on the other side of all the leg boards.

Attaching the top to the washer and dryer platform frame.

STEP 2- Cover the base

Attach the ¼” material to the inside of the shelf areas. Use ⅝” brad nails and wood glue to attach it to the inside of the 2×4 legs.

Attaching 1/4" MDF to cover the inside of the 2x4 base.

Set your pocket hole jig for ¾” thick material. Drill 2 pocket holes on each end of the face frame side pieces.

Attach them between the face frame top/bottom pieces with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Attach the sides so they are flush with the edges of the top/bottom board and the 2 center piece leave a 12” gap in the center for the drawer box.

Building the face frame to cover the front of the 2x4 base.

Drill pocket holes set for ¾” material in the top front of the platform base and the shelf sections (I used the 300 series pocket hole jig for this).

Drilling pocket holes in the front of the platform base to attach the face.

Attach the face frame with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws so it is flush with the sides and bottom of the platform.

The top of the face frame should stick up 1” from the top.

Attaching the front of the laundry platform with pocket hole screws.

Place the shelf bottoms on top of the bottom base in the shelf cubbies. Attach with wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails.

Repeat for the plywood top on the very top of the pedestal.

Attaching the plywood to the top of the pedestal and inside the shelves.

STEP 3- Build the drawer

This drawer box is a thicker bottom to help hold heavier things (like extra laundry soap).

Drill pocket holes set for ½” thick material in the sides of drawer box front/back pieces and all edges of the drawer box bottom piece.

Attach the front/back pieces to the bottom pieces with 1” pocket hole screws and wood glue using the pocket holes on the bottom piece.

Then attach the drawer box sides to the bottom and front back with wood glue and 1” pocket hole screws.

Building a drawer from 1/2" plywood with pocket holes.

To build the drawer front, router a ¼” deep by ¼” wide groove in the drawer front rails.

On the drawer front stiles, measure 2” from each end and draw a line. Router a ¼” x ¼” groove in one side of the board between these lines.

Set your pocket hole jig for ¾” thick material. Drill 2 pocket holes in the back side of the drawer front rail pieces.

Place the drawer front panel inside the grooves. And secure the rails to the stiles with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Click here for more details, or for instruction on how to build a drawer front without a router.

Building a drawer front with pocket holes.

Install the drawer slides so they are set back ¾” from the front of the completed pedestal (flush with the inside of the face frame) and flush with the front of the drawer box.

Attach the drawer front to the front and add a drawer pull.

Learn my trick for installing your drawer fronts here.

STEP 4- Install

Paint/stain your new laundry pedestal. I painted mine NYPD by Behr.

Painting the completed laundry platform blue.

Using a second (and maybe third) set of hands, move yoru washer dryer platform to your laundry room and place it where your machines go.

Mine is set in a nook so I didn’t have to finish the sides. But I did have to remove the baseboards inside the nook.

I recommend attaching it to the walls into studs for extra sturdiness.

Kati from Houseful of Handmade sitting next to the completed DIY washer and dryer platform.

And watch the full YouTube video for more tips as you get ready to build!

YouTube Thumbnail for the Washer and Dryer pedestal build plans.

Happy Building!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Sunday 31st of December 2023

Thanks for the great plans for the washer and dryer pedestal with storage. Built one for my wife last week and installed it on Friday. Except for a little confusion on the material list about the materials for the face frame and drawer front everything else was spot on and went together perfectly, and for the price of under $200 for all the materials it is a great value. My wife is in her 70’s now and having problems with arthritis in her legs was having a hard time doing the laundry, now with this new base and the washer and dryer being up like it is now she isn’t struggling to get the wash done like before. And it looks great besides.


Monday 20th of November 2023

Thanks for the detailed plan. I'm a noob but would love to try this project.

Question for you: Can this be adjusted so that i can add a pull-out shelf above the basket area? If so, any suggestions would be appreciated.


Friday 27th of October 2023

Oh the comments, some people are exhausting. Nice job on the plans and project. I had to modify dimensions a little to fit in our space, but your post was a big time saver for me. I installed it this morning and it looks great.

Cheers, Greg


Sunday 28th of May 2023

Thank you for this well-put-together comprehensive plan. When I first started doing woodwork I realized that the wood in the store is not to spec due to tolerances.


Friday 28th of April 2023

Hi Kat, Thanks for putting out this DIY. Looks like the perfect project, however your cut list of materials is atrocious. I looked on Lowes and Home Depot for items such as "Platform Front/Back , 1 ½” X 3 ½” X 60”" and I get nothing that resembles wood. Additionally there is no such thing as a 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 cut of wood in any type. I think you really have done a disservice in not having more attention to detail in your description of cuts. Accurate sizes and also the type of wood. How is one to decipher "Legs , 1 ½” X 3 ½” X 13”?" What kind of wood is that? Never seen a measurement of wood in any type like this. I could go on but I think you should be able to get the point here. I really would have liked to build this but I am gonna move on to another plan that is more detailed. Thanks again for sharing this and I hope you clean this up for those who look at it in the future. Nice project, great idea, bad instructions


Friday 29th of December 2023

@Kati Farrer, Hi Kati, Excellent response to Steve. Excellent plans + video on YouTube, and beautiful outcome, as well. Thank you for sharing your gift!


Thursday 31st of August 2023

@Steve, Steve, you know nothing. 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 is a 2x4 I don't believe that you are qualified to build anything. Kevin


Thursday 22nd of June 2023

This is one of the best examples of mansplaining that I've personally witnessed, I yearn to have Steve's confidence in life 😂😂


Tuesday 16th of May 2023

Hi, Kati Its unfortunate that Steve missed out on this project, your measurements and instructions were spot on. Everything fit perfectly. The only issue I had was using the accu cut. I have an old circular saw dull blade. My cuts came out a little off, but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a little wood filler and sanding. I can't seem to find the plans or video on how to put the draw on. Please help. Thank you Eddie Garcia

Kati Farrer

Friday 28th of April 2023

There is a difference between dimensional lumber and nominal lumber. For instance, a "2x4" that you buy from a big box store is actually 1 1/2" by 3 1/2". Your comment leads me to believe you are new to building, Check out this beginners guide to buying lumber that will help you get well on your way to building lots of projects.

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