Friday, November 19, 2010

Easy Washer and Dryer Stand Tutorial

Alrightly folks here is a tutorial on how to build your own washer and dryer stand for way less than those store bought ones. Plus I think this is even better because of the storage underneath and on the side.

Here is what you are building:

 Supplies needed-
Wood- Have store cut plywood for you :)
  • 1 top- plywood- 30 x 60 inches
  • 2 sides- plywood- 18 x 30 inches
  • 1 back- plywood- 18 x 60 inches
  • 10  2x4's cut to 18 inches
  • about 140 inches of trim (we did not trim the side against the wall, adjust yours accordingly)
 Other Supplies:
  • box of screws- 2 1/2 inches
  • primer
  • paint -brushes
  • 2 L brackets
  • wood glue (optional)
  • small nails with no head for trim
  • spackle
  • miter saw to cut 2x4's and trim
  • drill with lots of battery power :)

  1. Ok Have all your 2x 4's and plywood cut to size? Then time to screw your 2x4's into your plywood back. 3 pieces evenly spaced flat along the back- leaving about 3/4 inch, or thickness of plywood, on both ends. (look closely at picture) We did 2 screws on bottom, 2 on top and you can use wood glue if you want.- *Unlike the picture go ahead and screw another 2x4 into the center back 2x4 making it double wide*. :)
  2. Make 2 Sides- only put 2  2x4's flat along the sides leaving one end with out a 2 x4. 
  3. Connect sides to back. The "open" side of side piece then goes at a 90* angle to back piece in the 3/4 inch space you left. See picture.
4. Screw top into place- into the 2x4's. Ohh it's beginning to come together.
 Should look like this... except your center back piece should be double wide. :)

 5.  Using the last 2 pieces, screw and glue them together, then screw them into top, then using your 2 L brackets secure them on the back side to the top.

 
 6. Time to start the trim. Measure twice cut once. Use your nails to hold in place, optional wood glue.

 7. Should look like this. Time to plaster/ putty those gaps with your spackle. Can spackle any plywood pieces that might be a little course as well. But honestly most of it will be covered by the washer and dryer. Let dry.
8. Sand and smooth
9. Prime and prime again, and Paint!


Wah lah you have yourself a beautiful fully functional washer and dryer stand!!!
  

Here's my before: Love all that crap on the top, and the big basket of shoes peeking in the corner?
And After: Ahh Bliss. Clean, organized and funcional. Yay!

 Whatcha think?
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9 comments:

  1. I have been watching for this one! Can't wait to show hubby and maybe he will make me one!

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  2. I will have to show this to my husband! I love it!

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  3. Nicely done! Sure is nice to have that extra area underneath. I have no idea how you gals are getting these lugs on these stands though. Front loaders are cement based for stability. Good grief... who's lifting them?!? LOL

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  4. FANTASTIC! Not only did you eliminate the bending over part of laundry, you made a storage area while you were at it. I'm going to do this, although I won't have to trim mine because it's in the garage.

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  5. Very beautiful and polished, love the results!

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  6. Oh I love this! This is going to be next on my honey do list. Thanks for the fabulous idea!!

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  7. Great tutorial. And I love that you can easily clean beneath the W/D. :)

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  8. Wow, this is exactly what I've been looking for! I just need to convince my husband to make it for me. any suggested bribes?

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  9. Fantastic. Great tutorial. Thank you for this.

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