How to build a cabinet to conceal a washer and dryer

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How to build a cabinet to conceal a washer and dryer
Front-loading washers and dryers can be concealed in a cabinet. (laundry image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Washers and dryers that are used in a home need to be placed where they can be easily accessed. One place that is used to hide these units is a cupboard. However, if your home has limited cupboard space and no basement, another alternative is needed. One option is to build a custom cabinet that will hide the units from view. You will first need to determine where the cabinet is going to be located.

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Things you need

  • Front-loading washer and dryer
  • Tape measure
  • Paper and pencil
  • 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) birch plywood
  • Circular saw
  • 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) "two-by-four" boards
  • Nail gun
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • Power drill

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the width of both front-loading units as they sit side by side. Measure their depth and then add three inches to the measurement. Make a note of these measurements on a piece of paper.

  2. 2

    Measure a sheet of birch plywood to the measurement for the depth and make a cut mark with the pencil. Cut the plywood on the cut mark with the circular saw. Repeat this step on another sheet of plywood. These pieces will form the sides of the cabinet.

  3. 3

    Measure another sheet of plywood to the measurement for the width and make a cut mark with the pencil. Cut the plywood on the mark with the circular saw. This will form the top of the cabinet.

  4. 4

    Measure a "two-by-four" board to the measurement for the width and then subtract 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches). Make a cut mark with the pencil. Cut on the mark with the circular saw. Repeat this step for three more "two-by-four" boards.

  5. 5

    Set the two side pieces so they are parallel to each other. Place a pair of "two-by-four" boards at the bottom edge of the front and back of the plywood. Secure the plywood to the "two-by-four" boards with the nail gun.

  6. 6

    Place one of the "two-by-four" boards at the top edge on the back of the plywood. Secure the board to the plywood with the nail gun. Place the remaining "two-by-four" board at the top edge on the front of the plywood and secure it with the nail gun.

  7. 7

    Apply a bead of wood glue around the perimeter of the cabinet frame. Place the plywood sheet that was cut for the top onto the top of the cabinet frame. Secure the plywood to the frame with the nail gun.

  8. 8

    Measure the width and height of the cabinet and cut another sheet of plywood to these measurements. Measure the sheet of plywood and mark the centre. Cut the board along the mark. The cut pieces will be the doors for the cabinet.

  9. 9

    Lift the completed cabinet up and set it over the washer and dryer units.

  10. 10

    Attach hinges to the left and right edges of the plywood that was cut for the doors with screws, using the power drill.

  11. 11

    Set the doors in place and secure the hinges to the cabinet with the screws. Attach handles to the doors to complete the project.

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