Need an oversized table for the laundry room? This step by step guide shows how you can build a table to cover your front loaders for under $100. No more lost socks falling behind!
OVERSIZED TABLE FOR THE LAUNDRY ROOM
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We’ve had front loaders for over 10 years now. In fact, this year we bought our second set. I’m not a pedestal person, mainly because I need all the storage on top I can get. It’s just that this set up left me with one issue. Things were always falling in between, behind, and beside the washer or the dryer. We also have a good 10 inches where the washer and dryer are not against the wall. I needed a way to recoup that missing storage space. I’m not the first person in the world with this issue or idea, and Pinterest will show you a million ways of building pedestals, folding tables, and all kinds of storage for the laundry room. I was able to build this table specifically for the laundry room in under $100 in building material. I’m excited to share with you my laundry room progress, but I wanted to assure you that one thing is staying the same. Long time readers know I’m a fan of all® free Clear detergent. I’ve even joined the all® free clear community (You can join too!). My room is getting a makeover, but my detergent is not!
I decided to finally get started on this room. Honestly, the hardest part of this build was figuring out the calculations. You want to be sure to know exactly how tall your machines are, how wide they are, and how deep they are. Next, you need to figure out how close to the legs you want them I gave mine about a 1/2 inch of space. For your table, you need to calculate how long your apron pieces will be, and remember that they need to be positioned ABOVE your machines. For instance, I used a 1×4 board for my apron, so I knew my table legs had to be at least 4 inches taller than my machine. I was lucky and had this guy helping me out:
Going to the lumber/building store is always an adventure with my littlest boy. He has a true curiosity for building and loves to help out. We met a lovely gentleman in the parking lot who was building a tree house. I knew my son was green with envy.
In the laundry room, we measured more than once to ensure our calculations would be correct. I brought the lumber home and cut it with my miter saw, but most big lumber stores will cut it for you if you ask. Some charge a minimal fee, but if you don’t have the large equipment at home, or don’t want to deal with it, I highly encourage you to use this option.
As I mentioned before, I’m not the first to build something like this. When I need building tips, I go to Ana White’s website as well as the Shanty Girls website. Both have FABULOUS youtube videos that will give you all the info you need to build a similar project.
The tutorial I used for the table base can be found here (I used the basics without a drawer, and also factored in that I would have middle legs as well).
She did a wonderful video on building a table top.
For this build, I built the table base first. I knew it wasn’t going to fit into the laundry room, but I wanted to make sure I got everything right. I also went ahead and painted it while it was in an open space. Once the base was finished, I took it apart in a few sections so it would fit through the door. I then arrange the main bottom areas around my washer and dryer. Once that was together, I added in the extra braces for support (I used one in the middle, and one in the middle of each the washer and dryer). I will admit, this is a bit precarious because of the tight space, angles and height.
Once my table top was pieced together, I stained it outside and let it rest so my laundry room wasn’t overwhelmed with the smell.
And then…..just like magic…….we went from this:
I think I love the depth of the table the most. It’s 38 inches! Just over 3 feet of prime storage and folding area.
You can see my black bookshelves to the left that house 4 baskets for laundry and other handy laundry room items.
My bins are painted the same color as the table legs (and yes, that’s real laundry in the baskets)
There is very little gap between the table top and the wall. Know what that means? No more socks falling behind!!!!
I added a bit of artwork to cheer things up. I was surprised at how well the stain matched the existing cabinets. I’ve gone back and forth about painting them. What do you think?
My breakdown for wood materials is as follows:
- 3 white wood boards 1x4x8’s(for the apron) = $14.91
- 7 white wood boards 1x6x8’s (for the table top) = $50.89
- 2 2x4x8 boards (for middle support) = $4.68
- 6 legs $8 total at the Habitat For Humanity Restore (you can substitute 2×4’s and keep your cost down as well)
TOTAL FOR THE BUILDING MATERIALS = $78.48
Other items I did use but had on hand: Paint, screws (along with my kreg jig), and wood glue. The power tools I used were my drill and my miter saw.
The table legs are really unique. They really don’t make legs this long. Instead, this was from the Habit Restore. Maybe you recall in the 80’s / 90’s, a lot of houses had half walls, that then had open bannisters going up to the ceiling. You see them get knocked down a lot on shows like Fixer Upper. I found a fully intact set at the Habitat Restore and purchased them for $8! For 6 “legs” that was an incredible price.
The best part of this project was building it with my little helper. Some people might shy away from having little ones building with them, but if the correct safety precautions are taken, it can be a great bonding experience. My little guy isn’t allowed to use the saw, but he can turn a screwdriver like nobody’s business! We try to let our kids dive into things they enjoy and let them be “Free to Be” with in reason.
If you’ve been a long time reader, you know we are loyal all® free clear detergent fans. My laundry room always has a bottle. I’ve been openly honest about our struggle with eczema and switching laundry detergent was a big part of helping our son. You can see all my tips and tricks here.
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