Raised Washer and Dryer: The Genius Hack No One Tells You About.

Today we’re sharing all about our raised washer and dryer!


Remember this old laundry room? With the worst washer and dryer layout ever?

You’re all, “How could I forget? It’s burned into my memory now, Jess.”

Well, prepare to breathe a sigh of sweet relief with me, because that old laundry passage is no more.

laundry room, washer and dryer removed, empty floor and walls

Look at it now! It’s so pretty! Sometimes, just getting the ugly out makes it 8,000x better.

I should really let Matt write this now to explain what he did here. In Jess Language, I can tell you he

  • ripped out the upper cabinets
  • demo’d the old sink and cabinet that were in that back corner
  • filled in the holes with drywall
  • patched areas that needed it

I know there must be more. There must be more about pipes and drains and things in the wall that went into the garage, but I know nothing of such things. (That’s what Matt is for; you can always ask him.)

RAISED WASHER AND DRYER:

Starting the process!

Remember this old wall from the downstairs tour (when the prior owners lived in the house)?

laundry room before, guest room office wall with prior owners

It now looks like this:

raised washer and dryer on pedestal stands, unfinished laundry room

You can see our raised washer and dryer on top of the pedestal stands that came with them.

I do NOT plan to leave it this way! This was Phase 1 of our plan. I knew I wanted our washer and dryer elevated somehow. I didn’t want to use those pedestals, I didn’t want a laundry stand box, and I didn’t want just a raised platform. I didn’t know exactly how to build what I wanted in order to raise our washer and dryer, but I knew we could figure it out if we employed our smart “testing” phases!

RAISED WASHER AND DRYER LAYOUT

Phase #1: Test out all the laundry room ideas.

Maybe I need to explain about my “Phases of Layout” that we sometimes employ. (More exact, detailed steps can be found here.)

I like to live with a space a certain way for a period of time, until I figure out how we live with it in real life.

For example, with this laundry room and the raised washer and dryer setup, I first wanted to see how it felt to have the washer and dryer in this 4th bedroom…FOR REALZ.

You can measure all day long, but there is something about actually seeing it in the space that helps. It helps better visualize what it will look like, and it helps you come up with even better ideas.

We could then see

  • How it was having the washer & dryer in that room?
  • What was it like having the raised washer and dryer? Could I get along with the standard pedestal drawers below, or would I want them higher?
  • Do I like having some laundry storage to the side? (see temporary storage cubby as a placeholder to the right)
  • Did I like having hooks to hang clothes on the wall to the left? (pictured above)

So this was Phase 1 (you can see our blue painter’s tape on the floor marking out where we thought the raised washer and dryer would landโ€”but that was before we moved everything into the room):

white LG washer and dryer on pedestal drawer stands, laundry room unfinished

Or should I say Matt moved it into the room.

Speaking of Matt, here he is doing something with electrical wires. (See, I know that much.)

man working on electrical outlet in wall with washer and dryer behind him

He certainly looks happy about it, doesn’t he?

Here you can tell we’ve also patched some drywall, and you can see the hole for the dryer vent back on the left side of that corner, going into the garage.

blank wall with hot and cold water lines showing, hole in corner for dryer vent

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RAISED WASHER AND DRYER LAYOUT

Phase #2: Adjusting the raised washer & dryer.

After Phase 1, I’ve determined the washer and dryer for SURE need to be elevated to where we want them.

So Phase 2 looks like this:

raised washer and dryer on rough wood temporary stand

The washer and dryer have been raised up via a temporary raised platform built by Matt. Do I likey? I likey.

DIY raised washer and dryer on wood stand from the side

RAISED WASHER AND DRYER:

How to determine the perfect height.

We determined the exact height I wanted the raised washer and dryer at by doing some top-secret testing: Matt doing some measurements while I pretended to reach where I wanted to. It was that easy.

I also wanted to have the biggest drawers possible for underneath, but you’ll see all of that (and why!) in the final laundry room reveal!

raised washer and dryer elevated on temporary wood stand

I asked Matt if he’d like to add the technical details about what he did, but his answer was to shrug. He said people will only want to see the photos of the final raised washer and dryer, how the laundry room turned out, and how we got there.

He tells me, “All I did was move the water lines, and do XYZ to the electrical, and…”

This man says it in the unimpressed tone of “That’s easy stuff anyone can do.” (He really believes it is! Do you feel empowered? I do!)

Below is a sneak peak during install. Click through to see our COMPLETED raised washer & dryer!

Click to see the final raised washer and dryer (along with 7 Laundry Room Must Haves!) in our finished laundry room!

UPDATE! Matt spent weeks putting together our Laundry Cabinet Plans for you guys! An ambitious beginner can DIY them, or you can hire someone to build them for you in a weekend if you don’t want to be bothered.๐Ÿ˜†

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This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Teri

    I love it. We planned on doing something similar in a house that we’re building. The laundry room is on the second floor and one thing that worries me is what if the washing machine floods. Hubby wants to put in a floor drain. I’m thinking that with the configuration you have, it might make sense to make the to of the pedestal waterproof and put the drain in there. Maybe towards the back to keep it clear of the drawers. Did you consider doing that?

  2. P Palm

    Jess, your laundry room transformation is truly impressive! I’m especially intrigued by the sleek washer and dryer pedestal stand you’ve created. It not only adds an elegant touch to the room but also appears to provide easy access for machine servicing, which is essential. Great job!

  3. Brooke

    How did Matt determine how high to make the drain standpipe?

    1. Jess

      Hi Brooke! It was already in the wall so we left it the standard height it was already at!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ™Œ

      – Matt & Jess

    2. Jess

      Hi Brooke! It was already in the wall so we left it the standard height it was already at!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ™Œ

      – Matt & Jess

  4. Jennifer

    did you know that one of your pictures is used on Amazon?

    EZ Laundry 29″ Universal Fit Laundry Pedestal for Washer & Dryer – with Drain Pan/Storage Shelf – Made with Strong Steel up to 29 Inches Wide Elevates by 13.3 Inches (White) https://a.co/d/j5y2big

    1. Jess

      Whoa! Amazing eye, Jennifer! How on earth did you find that?

  5. Fred M.

    I love the raised washer dryer unit. It is perfect for my client. Wanted to know if you make these and install them. I am in Illinois. Just wandered before I ask another cabinet maker or do you know where I can buy this in the Chicagoland area.
    Fred M

    1. Jess

      Hi Fred! We see you purchased our Laundry Cabinet Plans and thatโ€™s perfect. Happy building!๐Ÿ˜„

      Jess and Matt

  6. Michele

    Hi Jess! I really love how your laundry room turned out. I was wondering how difficult it might be to service the machines if the need comes up. How do you pull them out? I had been thinking about building just a platform and putting it on locking wheels or something. Sounds clunky though. Your solution is so nice and clean.

    1. Jess

      Hi Michele, thatโ€™s a very common question we address in our main laundry room post HERE!๐Ÿ˜„

      Jess

  7. Tom

    I just bought the plans, Any way to edit them to rotate the right cabinet?

    1. Jess

      Hi Tom! Just reply to your order confirmation and we can help you with any questions you have on customizing your plans!

      – Jess and Matt

  8. Isabel

    I do worry about a fully loaded washing machine e in spin cycle.
    Donโ€™t you need a super strong material to hold it securely?

    1. Jess

      Our Laundry Cabinet is built well and we’ve had zero issues with any movement during spin cycles. ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Jess & Matt

  9. Renee

    I do not see the large bottles of laundry detergent, sanitizer, fabric softener, etc. in the finished photo. Where are they?

    1. Jess

      Hi Renee! If you click through to the final post, you can see all the final photos and placements!

  10. Nicole

    How high is your drain box from the floor? I want to do this but my plumber said I might have drain issues if the box is too low.

  11. Lisa

    I was considering this and talked myself out of it. I’m concerned with needing to pull the washer and dryer out for anything-maintenance, dryer vent cleaning, etc. Any thoughts on that since you’ve had this a while?

    1. Jess

      Hi Lisa, that’s a common concern we address HERE! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hundreds of people have now used our plans and not had any problems! We’ve had it this way for eight plus years and literally zero problems, so only happy thoughts here! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Jess & Matt

  12. Alyssa

    Hi! Iโ€™ve been considering a similar idea for our upcoming renovations. My only question is how sturdy has this been, especially when the washer is on the spin cycle and can shake a bit?

    Thank you!

    1. Jess

      Hi Alyssa! This has been super sturdy and we’ve had literally zero issues with spin cycle/shaking. A common question but really, our design plans are super solid! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Matt & Jess

  13. Dominique

    How did you lift the washer and dryer each time they were moved to and from the pedestals during the phases?

    1. Jess

      Hi Dominique! The dryer is lighter so Matt just moved it himself. The washer we did together!

      – Jess

  14. Paul

    Great concepts here, I am currently remodeling our laundry room. What was the final height of your pedesatal? I determined 24″ based on the comfortable reach height for our design.

    1. Jess

      Hi Paul! Yes, 24″ is what ours is.

      1. Phil Hurren

        Just downloaded your detailed plans and had some questions on the inches.

        1. Jess

          Hi Phil! Just reply to your order confirmation and we can help you with any questions you have on the plans!๐Ÿ˜„

          – Jess and Matt

    2. Jess

      Hi Paul! The plans are now live HERE!

      – Jess & Matt

  15. Sonja

    I really need the technical specs. Did you custom order the drawers? Did you build them yourselves? What do you call the pull out platform? Everything I’ve seen has a lip. Did you reinforce the base cabinets? How is the temporary base constructed?

    1. Jess

      Hi Sonja! UPDATE: The plans are now live HERE!

      They’re HIGHLY detailed and illustrated with 3D images and easy for even an ambitious beginner to use! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Jess & Matt

  16. Allison S.

    Love how it’s raised! Well done!

    1. Jess

      Thanks Allison! We love using it every time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Anna

    This is so inspiring!!!

    1. Jess

      Well! We always love hearing THAT! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for letting us know, Anna!

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