Want to add style and function to your laundry room? How about a DIY Laundry Table?
This DIY Laundry Table transformed our laundry room into a functional and beautiful space. There is a serious flaw in the design of washing machines and dryers. I am not claiming I know how to fix this flaw. But one day, someone will figure it out. Until then, we will have to handle it ourselves. What’s the flaw? It’s that huge, laundry-eating, eyesore of a gap behind the machines. It’s an 8-inch deep abyss at my house and it taunted me every time I walked by.
I mean who could ignore this? It gobbled up laundry, pens, and toys left on top of the machine. It gathered dust and daily reminded me of the plumbing and outlets that ruined my attempts at making the laundry room the cute and cozy room I dreamed of. It took me 3 years to find the time, but I had to do something about that gap. Last year, I started work on a laundry room makeover. I painted the cabinets, replaced the counter tops, and converted a section of cabinets into a mudroom. The gap behind the machines was the last big step in the makeover.
I thought about attaching a simple shelf to the wall, but figured that really wouldn’t work. It would be too deep to be safely supported by just a back wall. Plus, I wanted something that could be easily removed when needed. It had to be a table in my situation. A laundry table is a bit of an unusual build. The legs are much longer than a normal table, so you can’t buy standard legs. And the long back and front sections can’t be cross supported because it would block the washer and dryer doors or plumbing and electrics.
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The First Table Design Was a Bit Too Wobbly
I was kind of stumped about how to cross support the first table. I ended up just screwing the legs to the flat tabletop with leg brackets and hoping for the best. This piece looked nice with the rest of the laundry room and worked well enough. It was a bit too wobbly though. The kids were always standing on the bench next to it and leaning on it. I needed to find a way to support it better, but like most things around here, it was put behind a long line of other projects. Busy, busy, busy…
But during the summer of 2016, we did a complete remodel of our kitchen that included new flooring in the laundry room. Since I had to clear everything out of the laundry room, I knew it was time to fix that laundry table. I also decided to change the style a bit, to keep in theme with our new kitchen. The new laundry table build is a lot sturdier, even with a 4-year old leaning on it. And I love the new style. So, let’s get into the build details.
Cost to Make this DIY Laundry Table
I spent around $85 for the lumber and leg hardware for this table. Not a bad price for a custom piece that adds so much function and style to our laundry room.
The instructions below tell you exactly how I built this laundry table. But the specific measurements I used aren’t always mentioned. Laundry tables really need to be specified to your machines and available space. I hope my build details explain how to figure out your measurements and help you build your own laundry table. But, if you have any questions, please comment below and I’ll try to help, if possible.
Build the DIY Laundry Table Top
To create the tabletop, I used 5 boards of various widths to create a 28″ x 60″ top. These measurements were based on my available space and keeping the table small enough to easily carry it into the garage when needed. The laundry table measurements will vary based on machine size and area available for the legs around the machines. I laid the boards top side down on a flat surface and clamped them together. I then laid 2 – 24″ long boards across the long boards at about 22″ away from each end. And 2 more 24″ long boards 6″ away from either end. I pre-drilled for screws into each of the 5 boards on both cross pieces. Then I screwed the cross pieces into each board with my favorite drill.
I decided to frame out the sides and front of the table with 1″ x 2″ lumber. This gives the piece a finished look and hides the leg hardware. I attached the 1″ x 2″ boards to the sides. When I started to attach the piece to the front, I realized I had a problem. The original table top was designed without this trim. If I added a front and back piece to the table, the table would be too wide to carry out through the garage door. Oops. Make sure to account for trim when you build yours. To hide the hardware in the front. I had to notch out a piece of wood around my leg brackets later (see picture below). I won’t go into that because you’re smarter than me and won’t let that happen to you. 😉
Then I used my brad nailer to attach a 1″ x 6″ board along the back of the tabletop This keeps items from falling behind the machines and hides the machine outlets. Double win!
Attach the DIY Laundry Table Legs
I used 4 – 2 x 2’s for the legs. The length of the legs will vary a little for each space. I wanted my table to sit just an inch above the machines. I measured the height of the machines and added 1″ to that for the leg length. I cut my legs, then drilled a hole in the center of the top of each leg to install a 5/16 – 18 Hanger Bolt. Then I attached these plates to each corner of the table top. And screwed the legs into each plate.
Make sure to attach the plates in the right location for your space. Usually, there’s only a couple inches of space available on either side of the machines. So those legs have to fit into those areas. Sorry I can’t be more specific. This is just one of those builds that needs to be custom to your machines and space. I pushed my washer and dryer as close together as possible to get the maximum amount of space for the legs.
Cross Support the DIY Laundry Table Legs
To fix the wobbling, I added a 1×2 about 12″ from the top connecting both legs on each side. Then, I cut a 1″ x 10″ board to fit the gap between the top and the newly added cross support. This gave it a lot more stability. I was ready to give the table a makeover now. I went with a white top (Behr’s Polished Pearl) to match the rest of the trim and molding in my house. I painted the legs, cross supports, and table edges in Sherwin William’s Hale Navy. And since I love stained wood, I stained the 1″ x 10″ board with this stain, my go to color. Of course, everything then got a couple coats of Rust-oleum’s Matte Ultimate Polyurethane.
I love this laundry table. It is so nice to not have to see that gap or the outlets. And we love having a place to drop things when we walk in the door. Hopefully, I won’t decide I need to change it again next year. 🙂
Want to see how I built those custom wood storage bins in the laundry room bench? It’s a quick and simple build that really gives the space style and so much extra shoe storage. Find out how easy it is to build custom storage bins.
The full Laundry Room Tour is up on the blog too. I’d love for you to check it out. 🙂
Feeling inspired? Want to create your own laundry table? Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need from Amazon. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!