Last year we saved up enough money to buy ourselves a new high-efficiency washer and dryer. So, we did a bunch of research on which brands and options were the best for us - keeping our budget in mind, of course. And since getting a deal is an obligation in this family, we store-shopped until we found the best price. We ended up buying two Frigidaire beauties at Sears who price-matched a lower price found at another store, plus gave us an extra 10% off the difference. (We love supporting Sears because of all the material love they give to families in need on Extreme Home Makeover.)
Everything was great until we started looking at a couple of pedestals to add to the bunch. Okay...$400 for two metal boxes with a drawer...I don't think so. If we had the money in our budget...maybe. But, we didn't. However, we were told by an unnamed person (the great salesman) that it's pretty easy to build your own if you can't afford to shell out the cash for the pre-made ones. With the D.I.Y. bell ringing in our ears, we stashed that idea into our brains for later use and made off with our new cleaning machines. Well it's later and we haven't had the time to build our pedestals yet but I thought I'd write about doing it anyway in case anyone out there wants to try it.
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This instructables.com web page gives pretty detailed instructions on how to build two pedestals. They're open in the front but with a drawer hardware kit and some more lumber, you'd probably be able to put in a drawer pretty easily. You could also buy a small tension rod and snazzy up your laundry room with a little custom-made curtain to cover the opening. Of course, you really wouldn't need anything at all and it could just be left open. Whatever floats your boat!
This eHow article also gives some instructions but with less pictures.
Click here if you're a visual person and you'd like to see a video at www.washerdryerpedestal.net on how to make a pedestal.
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If you've found another way to put your machines up on pedestals, let us know! Once we get to that project (a.k.a. once Anthony is done studying for his Masters') we'd love to have ideas on how to make ours from experienced pedestal builders!
(P.S. If you want a little chuckle and a lesson, read about my detergent deluge.)