How to Install a Washer With a Pedestal

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Pedestals are drawers placed below the washer or dryer for extra storage. Pedestal drawers are typically an option that can be purchased with newer washers and dryers such as the Whirlpool Duet series, KitchenAid Ensemble series, Kenmore Elite series and some Maytag models. Washing machine pedestals lift up the washer to make front loaders easier to access and reduce bending over. The pedestals are easy to install and provide storage of washing powder, fabric softener, an iron and other laundry supplies.

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Things you need

  • Washer
  • Pedestal
  • Pedestal attachment hardware (included with pedestal)
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers
  • Level

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  1. 1

    Unscrew and remove the feet from the washing machine. The feet will not be needed if mounting washer onto pedestals. This is best accomplished by tipping the washing machine on its back for easy access to the bottom.

  2. 2

    Remove the drawer from the pedestal, then check the top surface of the pedestal to be sure the spacers have been attached.

  3. 3

    Tip the pedestal on its back and line up holes on the washing machine with slots on the pedestal.

  4. 4

    Screw the attachment screws up through the pedestal into the washing machine holes.

  5. 5

    Turn the pedestal and washing machine upright. Lifting the appliance will require more than one person to avoid injury.

  6. 6

    Tighten all screws with a wrench.

  7. 7

    Reinstall the pedestal drawer.

  8. 8

    Adjust the feet on the pedestal to level the washing machine and pedestal. It will be easier to reach the rear feet for adjustment if the pedestal drawer is open.

  9. 9

    Tighten the locking nut on each of the feet to prevent the pedestal from becoming unlevel during the washer's spin cycle.

  10. 10

    Install the washing machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • Appliances are heavy. The installation of the washing machine onto the pedestal will require at least two people to prevent injury.

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