Let me introduce you to my new favorite room.washer and he agreed to let me get it. (Who'd ever thought I'd be excited over a washer?!) That was two weeks before Thanksgiving. It arrived the day after Valentine's Day. I didn't care. It came and it was an incredible deal (we also used a 10% off coupon from the moving packets at the post office). It was a week before I was planning on it coming so I didn't get the riser built before they delivered it. I'm not complaining. :)
I first saw this riser at Sweet Pickins Furniture and decided I wanted to do that. My husband began looking online when he found the directions on Ana White. Then he found one on Stories of a House with good instructions too and a few things we liked better. So we went with that one for the most part but did our own dimensions and changed a couple of things. I took pictures along the way and will give you some of the dimensions that we cut everything but I will advise you to do your own measuring to make sure it's what you want.
Here is a list of what we used:
1 - 4x4x8 post,
4 - 2x2x8
3 - 1x4x8
5 (or so) - 2x3x8
most of a 20 pack of 1 1/2 inch angle brackets
1", 2", 3" screws
3/4" mdf panel
3/8" particle board
primer and paint
2 pack of 18" full extension ball bearing drawer slides (plus 3/4" screws according to directions)
We first measured how big we wanted the riser to be. I liked the idea of the 3 laundry baskets underneath but ours were bigger than the ones in the tutorials. I also wanted a shelf/rack in the middle to put detergent on but wanted to be able to pull it out. In comes the shelf on drawer slides from Stories of a House (SH). I'll show you that later but for now, just know it caused our riser to be wider than the others. We decided to have our riser 68" wide (plus the 1x4 trim piece).
We cut the 4x4 post into four 18 3/8" pieces (1.5" 2x2 + 3/8" particle board + 13" basket space + 3.5" for the 1x4 trim). We wanted them to go all the way to the floor like in SH. We cut our 2x2s down so the entire size, including posts, was 68" wide and 28" deep. (We cut them 61" and 21".) *Measure your posts (and all other wood) because they are not actually 4" by 4" or whatever their stated dimension is. You don't want to end up short! We attached the 2x2s with angle brackets and did countersink screws (you can see one on the left one) to help make it stronger. I would recommend squaring everything off before you do the countersinks. We found out ours was a little off but it worked out ok (the top part helped straighten it a little).
Next we built the frame for the top with the 2x3s. I cut them the same length as the 2x2s on the bottom (61" and 21"). We attached them with the angle brackets, one for each post since we didn't have enough for 2 and didn't want to run clear across town for a few more brackets. To strengthen them, we, meaning my husband, did 3 countersink screws on each end - one on top, one on bottom, one on the side (you can see two of them on each of the 2x3s in the picture).We made the top of the 2x3s flush with the corner posts so the mdf will rest on the posts which sit in the floor (idea from SH we liked that would be stronger and more stable).
Final product (before painting).
these drawer slides from Home Depot. I would not recommend the ones that you can see the wheel on (the other option instead of ball bearing) because they may not work on their sides like these. The full extension is nice but I would not pull it out without hanging onto it - it's probably more of a load than it's supposed to have and they're not on the sides like on drawers.
Make sure the weatherstripping completely closes off the bottom so stuff can't get in there (notice the primer?).laundry baskets perfectly along with the shelf. The shelf ended up being smaller than we thought (we should have measured first) but it actually fits our detergents perfectly. We go between Gain, Tide, and Kirkland Signature brands (whichever Costco has a coupon for when we need some) but they all fit good on the ends to dispense (like the white one on the middle shelf). The dryer sheets fit perfectly on the bottom and we keep the Downy and Clorox behind the detergents.
To help pull the shelf out we'll be adding a drawer handle to the front of the shelf. Since it's little compared to the one on SH and loaded a little more, this will be helpful when pulling it out.
Next for the laundry room - some cabinets and a bench to put shoes under and for sitting to put shoes on.