Maytag® washer and dryer on pedestals

How to Install Washer & Dryer Pedestals

Laundry pedestals can make loading and unloading laundry easier while providing extra space to store laundry supplies. Laundry pedestals are only recommended for front-load models and are installed underneath your washer and dryer, so check that you have enough open space above your units. Installing them is simple, but you'll need the written installation instructions that came with your product and a second person to help lift and position the appliances.

Why do you need a laundry pedestal?

A laundry pedestal, like these models from Maytag brand, is not necessary for your washer and dryer to function properly, but it offers convenience. It lifts your front-load machines 10 to 16 inches off the floor, minimizing the amount of bending needed to load and unload items. Some pedestals include built-in storage or compartments.

When shopping for a laundry pedestal, it’s best to try matching it to the brand of your washer and dryer. You may find that some laundry pedestals are universal, but things such as the pedestal's dimensions, color/finish, weight limit and features can vary from brand to brand.

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How to Install Washer or Dryer Pedestals Step-by-Step

Follow these steps for your washer and dryer pedestal DIY installation. Please note that these steps are only intended to supplement the written installation that accompanies your product, not to replace the instructions. For best results, have your installation manual with you as you install your laundry pedestal. The steps below reflect the typical process for installing Maytag brand pedestals but installation may vary by make and model. If you prefer to leave the installation to the professionals, installation service is available for most major appliances, depending on your location. Add it during checkout and we’ll install your appliance at the time of delivery.

What You’ll Need

Before you begin, check that you have all the tools and parts along with an extra person to help you install your laundry pedestal. This will help your installation go as smoothly as possible. Set aside approximately 15 to 20 minutes to install a pedestal.

Tools Needed

  • Utility knife

  • Level

  • Pliers or slip-joint pliers

  • 1/4" hex-head ratchet or open-end wrench

  • 9/16" open-end wrench

  • 1/4" nut driver 

  • 5/16" hex-head ratchet or nut driver

Materials Needed

  • Bucket 

  • Towel

  • Sponge

PARTS NEEDED

  • Four #12 x 3/4" hex-head sheet metal screws

  • Drawer divider 

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Step 1. Prepare the pedestal

  1. Unpack the pedestal. Remove the pedestal from the shipping box and set the box aside to use during installation. Open the pedestal drawer and take the parts out. You will find the drawer divider and a package with four #12 x 3/4" hex-head sheet metal screws.

     

  2. Locate spacer pads. The four spacer pads are on the tops of the pedestal. These pads reduce vibration between the pedestal and the machine.

     

  3. Remove the pedestal drawer. Using a 1/4" nut driver, remove the hex-head screws from both drawer slides and save the screws. Remove the drawer from the slides and set it aside. Push the slides back into the pedestal.

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Step 2. Uninstall your washer

  1. Turn off the hot and cold water faucets. 

     

  2. Unplug the power supply cord. 

     

  3. Slowly loosen the fill hoses at the faucets to relieve the water pressure. Use a sponge or towel to absorb the released water. 

     

  4. Remove the “HOT” and “COLD” fill hoses from the back of the washer. Drain the water from the hoses into a bucket. 

     

  5. Remove the drain hose from the standpipe or laundry tub and drain any water remaining in the hose into a bucket. 

     

  6. Pull the washer away from the wall so that you will have enough space for the installation.

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Step 3. Uninstall your dryer

Follow these steps for an electric dryer:

  1. Unplug the power supply cord or disconnect wiring if the dryer is direct wired. 

     

  2. Pull the dryer away from the wall enough to loosen the vent clamp. Loosen the clamp and gently remove the exhaust vent from the dryer exhaust outlet. 

     

  3. Pull the dryer away from the wall so that you will have enough space for the installation.

     

Follow these steps for a gas dryer:

  1. Unplug the power supply cord. 

     

  2. Turn off the gas supply. 

     

  3. Pull the dryer away from the wall enough to loosen the vent clamp. Loosen the clamp and gently remove the exhaust vent from the dryer exhaust outlet. 

     

  4. Disconnect the flexible gas supply line from the dryer. Put a piece of tape over the open ends of the gas line connection fittings.

     

  5. Pull the dryer away from the wall so that you will have enough space for the installation.

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Step 4. Install the pedestal on your washer

  1. Confirm transport bolts are in place. Locate the transport bolts on the rear of the washer if your machine is new. Transport bolts must remain in the washer before the pedestal can be installed.

     

  2. Place washer on its side. Before you begin, make sure to enlist the help of at least one other person. To avoid floor damage and ease installation and handling, unfold the empty pedestal box flat and place it next to the washer. Position the drawer divider so that it will be near the top of the washer. Gently tip the washer on its side so the washer is resting on the drawer divider. 

     

  3. Prepare the washer. Partially install two of the #12 x 3/4" hex-head sheet metal screws in the indicated holes. Leave a space of about 3/8" (10 mm) between the screw head and the bottom of the washer. If your washer has leveling feet installed, remove them. 

     

  4. Attach pedestal to washer. Move the pedestal against the washer bottom. The front of the pedestal cabinet should align with the front of the washer cabinet. Slide the pedestal’s keyhole slots over the lower two partially installed screws.

     

  5. Secure pedestal to washer. Position the pedestal toward the front of the washer and install the two remaining hex-head sheet metal screws. Do not tighten completely. Now proceed to Step 6 “Complete the pedestal installation.”
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Step 5. Install the pedestal on your dryer

  1. Place dryer on its side. Before you begin, make sure to enlist the help of at least one other person. To avoid floor damage and ease installation and handling, unfold the empty pedestal box flat and place it next to the dryer. Position the drawer divider so that it will be near the top of the dryer. Gently tip the dryer on its side so the dryer is resting on the drawer divider. 

     

  2. Prepare the dryer. Partially install two of the #12 x 3/4" hex-head sheet metal screws in the indicated holes. Leave a space of about 3/8" (10 mm) between the screw head and the bottom of the dryer. If your dryer has leveling feet installed, remove them. Do not install the feet that came with the new dryer. 

     

  3. Attach pedestal to dryer. Move the pedestal against the dryer bottom. The front of the pedestal cabinet should align with the front of the dryer cabinet. Slide the pedestal’s keyhole slots over the lower two partially installed screws. 

     

  4. Secure pedestal to dryer. Position the pedestal toward the front of the dryer and install the two remaining hex-head sheet metal screws. Do not tighten completely. 

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Step 6. Complete the pedestal installation

  1. Align sides of pedestal. Align the sides of the pedestal so that they are even with the sides of the washer/dryer. Reach inside the pedestal opening and securely tighten all four pedestal screws. 

     

  2. Prepare pedestal feet. Using a 1/4" hex head ratchet or open-end wrench, lower the feet approximately 1" (25 mm) away from the bottom of the pedestal. 

     

  3. Stand the washer/dryer upright. With help from another person, tip the washer/dryer back to its upright position. Remove any remaining packaging material. Set the pedestal box aside for use if installing another pedestal. Once both the washer and dryer have been installed, dispose of/recycle all packaging material.

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Step 7. Level the washer/dryer

  1. Move your washer/dryer close to the final location. Follow the installation instructions that came with your model to finish installing or reinstalling your washer/dryer (i.e., hoses, vents, etc.). Be sure to remove the transport bolts from the back of the washer. 

     

  2. Check levelness of washer/dryer. Place a level on the top edges of the washer/dryer, checking each side and front. Rock washer/dryer back and forth to make sure all four feet make solid contact with the floor. If not level, adjust pedestal feet up or down, repeating as necessary.

     

  3. Adjust the pedestal feet. Locate the 1/4" hex-head screws on the top of each pedestal foot. Reach inside the pedestal and use a 1/4" hex-head ratchet or open-end wrench to adjust the feet up or down as needed, to level the washer/dryer. Make sure all four pedestal feet are in solid contact with the floor. 

     

  4. Securely tighten jam nuts. When the washer/dryer is level, use a 9/16" open-end wrench to securely tighten all four jam nuts against the pedestal. The jam nuts must be tightened to avoid vibration. 

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Step 8. Reinstall pedestal drawer

  1. Reassemble pedestal drawer. Pull both drawer slides out and reassemble the drawer to the drawer slides with the two hex-head screws. 

     

  2. Place drawer divider in drawer. Remove the shipping film from the drawer. Place the divider in the drawer at the desired location. Close the drawer. Use of the divider is optional.

Shop Maytag® Washer & Dryer Pedestals

Explore pedestals to level up laundry day, giving a boost to your washer and dryer with extra height, comfort and storage without giving up valuable space. Maytag brand offers a variety of sizes and colors to match your front-load washer and dryer.

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