We bought a front load washer and dryer 5 years ago when we built our home. Instead of paying the $600 for washer & dryer pedestals (which are nice for raising the height of the washer and dryer as well as providing storage), I built a raised platform in our laundry room out of left-over building materials I already had. Raising front load washers and dryers makes doing laundry more ergonomic, with less bending over. I recently built a raised laundry platform in another home that improved upon my origional design by adding tile, cubbies for laundry bins below and additional built-in storage shelving.
Laundry Platform #1
Here’s what the laundry platform that I built in my own house looks like:
I framed a small wall at the front that supports a 2×4 platform. The rear and sides of the platform are screwed into the wall studs. The top of the platform is covered with a piece of 3/4″ OSB wafer board. I put a leftover piece of panel board on the front along with a piece of matching baseboard, and then painted it to match the rest of the room.
Laundry Platform #2
The most recent laundry platform I built in another home, improved upon my original design. Here is a photo sequence of the project, starting with a before shot of the laundry room:
Once the laundry room was cleared out, I removed the baseboards in the way and framed the raised platform. I built short walls that were used to support the platform and serve as laundry bin dividers below. I supported the back and sides of the platform by driving a 1/4″ x 4″ Spax lag screw through the perimeter 2×4 into each stud in the wall with a T30 star-shaped drill bit. (I love using these spax lag screws… no pre-drilling needed, they’re very strong, and they have a nice wide truss head).
I doubled up the 2×4 across the front. I went ahead and hung the sheetrock on the small walls below at this point, because I thought it would be harder to do it later. It might have been overkill, but I threw on some Simpson LS24 hangers on the 2×4 platform joists for extra strength. (It is important to make laundry platforms strong and sturdy to hold up to the weight and vibration from the washer & dryer).
I allowed for an opening at the back of the platform to plug in the washer and dryer and to connect the dryer vent. I nailed some scrap 2×4 material flat, at the top of each of the small walls for corner sheetrock backing.
Once the framing was done, I fastened a piece of 3/4″ (or 22/32″) OSB wafer board on top as the sheathing for the raised platform.
Then I hung the rest of the sheetrock and installed cement board on top for the tile.
I installed bull-nose corner bead and then came the messy part… the drywall taping. I put some paper down for this part to catch the drips and protect the existing floor tile.
Then the tile was installed and grouted. The owners were able to use the extra tile in their basement they already had. They also painted the walls green.
After completing the painting and tile work, the washer and dryer were moved back into place and hooked up. Then I installed new baseboards.
There was enough room on the left side of the washer and dryer to add some much needed storage shelving for the laundry room (using MDF shelving material).
There was just enough room to add another small stack of shelves in the corner of the room across from the washer and dryer. Here’s some after shots of how everything turned out:
In one week, this laundry room was converted from ordinary to efficient by adding a raised laundry platform with laundry bin cubbies below, and built-in storage shelving for all the laundry room essentials.
DIY Material Cost Breakdown
- framing materials $100
- sheetrock materials $65
- tile materials $150
- trim and shelving materials $85
- painting materials $75
P.S. I’ve since blogged about another raised laundry platform I built that looks like this:
To see step by step how it was built, click here to view my Raised Laundry Platform post.