I know my laundry room set up, with it’s ONE tiny shelf –too high above and far behind the washer and dryer to even reach is not unusual. I heard from many of you that you have a similar situation and don’t know what to do with it. I wanted to share more details on how I created and secured the platform that I build above my waher and dryer.
The reason I built a platform was to give my upper cabinets some extra support because they are so deep. I’m not wasting any space behind them so they are 36″ deep. I’ve never hung 36″ deep cabinets directly on the wall. I’d be scared to. I was scared to — which is why I build a platform.
First I had to move everything out of the way. Unhook the washer and dryer and remove the useless wire shelf.
I measured my wall and cut two 2×4′s the length of the back wall. The width of the two 2x4s is 3″ so subtract that from 36″ which is the total depth I wanted and nail and screw it together With 33″ studs on the ends and as spacers in between the two long ones.
I marked where all the studs were in the walls behind and on both sides of where the platform was join. I penciled a line all the way around with a level. Then had Madison help me hold the platform while I secured it into the wall.
I made sure to secure it into every single stud I could because I wanted to make sure it was up there REALLY well.
Then I tested it out to make sure it would hold some weight and was sturdy and secure.
I decided that it was and proceeded with my Laundry room makeover.
Tags: DIY, Laundry Room