Quick And Easy DIY Laundry Counter

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Remember when I did a makeover on my laundry nook? You can find all the details on my blog. Well I told you at that time that I planned to build a countertop over the washer and dryer to make a nice folding surface and some place to hold the detergent within reach.

An added bonus is that it keeps things from falling between and behind the machines which was a constant problem.

For a few reasons I never got around to building the counter and then a couple weeks ago my dryer died and my washer was making sympathetic noises so I had to replace them both. Once I got the pretty new machines all comfy in my little laundry nook, I realized I needed to complete this project once and for all.

Here is how I built it.

I got 4 – 2x4x8, 1 – 1x4x8 and 6 – 1x6x6 from Home Depot. I will supply all the measurements I used at the bottom of this post.

A couple important things to think about when planning to build your countertop.

  • Make sure to leave a little bit of space between the top of the washer and dryer and the bottom of your supports for your countertop. This will allow you to slide the machines in or out as needed.
  • Check to be sure that there are no other things that will determine the height of your countertop. In my case the water line hookups for my washer was at a height that made 43″ from the floor the best height for the top of my support boards. This would clear the water hookup and the space needed on top of the machines.
  • Don’t glue your countertop down. By using screws, the countertop can be removed easily if it’s ever required to access the outlets or water lines for the machines.
  • Don’t make your countertop deeper than necessary or it will make accessing the machines more difficult and you won’t be able to reach things at the back of the countertop anyways.

I cut 2 boards for the side supports and secured them into studs where available.

Where there were no studs available I used drywall anchors to make sure the supports were very solid. I chose this butterfly style to make sure they wouldn’t come loose. These ones are rated for 70 lbs and have very long screws included which allowed the boards to secure very well.

I fit the supports on the back wall on either side of the water line hookup and made sure everything was perfectly level.

Next I built the middle support by making a rectangle. I had to notch the back vertical piece to fit over my baseboard. I secured the middle support in the exact center by driving 2 screws into the back support board.

I cut my 1×6 boards and secured them on either side and in the middle with 2″ screws.

I attached the 1×6 to the front of the supports to cover the frame.

Here is the finished product. I sanded everything really well and then cleaned off all the dust. Now time to make it pretty!

My vision was for dark stain on the countertop to make a nice contrast with the light wallpaper and the light colored open shelves. I used my favorite color of stain – Early American – and applied it thinly with a cheap chippy brush I had laying around.

As is often the case my DIY took a bit of a turn at this point. There is really no way to know what wood grain patterns will come to life when you apply stain and I wasn’t thrilled with how speckled the apron piece turned out and how striped the support leg went so it was time for plan B.

I grabbed my favorite color of white homemade chalk paint (Benjamin Moore White Dove) and painted the apron and support.

Several coats of satin Poly over the stained wood and the painted wood (because I used chalk paint) and it was done!

Or was it?

Overall I was very happy with it but you know me and the details….it was asking for a few pretty touches and I just had to comply.

A quick trip to Home Depot and I was all set.

I bought a piece of trim, cut it to size and nailed it in place with some finish nails. Another coat of paint over the trim and it was much better!

Here is the finished look. Now nothing falls between or behind the machines anymore, I have a large and sturdy counter surface to set laundry baskets, launder detergent, or pretty much anything else I want to set on it. I can use it for folding clothes and it’s so sturdy I can stand on it to dust my open shelves or replace the decor.

Supplies and Measurements

  • 2 – 2×4 cut at 31.5″
  • 1 – 2×4 cut at 11″ (for left of my water faucets. This will vary depending on location)
  • 1 – 2×4 cut at 37″ (for right of my water faucets. This will vary depending on location)
  • 2 – 2×4 cut at 43″ for middle support
  • 2 – 2×4 cut at 27″ for middle support
  • 1 – 1×4 cut at 62″
  • 6 – 1×6 cut at 62″
  • Piece of trim cut at 62″
  • #8 2.5″ screws for securing frame to walls
  • Drywall anchors if unable to attach to wall studs
  • #8 2″ screws for attaching countertop boards
  • Finish nails for attaching trim
  • Wood Stain
  • Interior Paint or Chalk Paint
  • Polyurethane, Satin finish

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Frequently asked questions

 11  questions
  • Suze on Apr 01, 2021


    • I got it from Amazon. It’s called NuWallpaper and it’s the Blue Florentine pattern.

    • Teresa on Dec 22, 2021

      That’s funny… I have the exact same pattern but peel and stick tiles. I did my laundry “closet” floor and a decorator strip on sliding doors I hung over the same type of open shelves as in this article.

  • Kery Stuart on Apr 01, 2021

    Is it possible to stack two units [washer and dryer] together to make use of onlu\y one space?]

    • Valerie on Apr 01, 2021

      Yes, most modern machines can be stacked. There is a "stacking kit" each company makes that you can buy for your machines. I think they run about $40.

    • You have to have machines that are stackable and purchase some hardware to secure them once they are stacked.

    • Pat on Apr 01, 2021

      Careful when stacking. I’m short so when I use the settings I would need to stand on a bench. Some models can be pretty high and have the knobs or buttons way at the top. The new laundry towers have the dryer settings easy access. Oh well some day when these need replaced I will look into them.

  • Ellen on Apr 01, 2021

    Hi, very pretty. Well done! Love the wallpaper, is it the new removeable kind? Love your washer and dryer, are they regular size?

    • Jhenni on Apr 02, 2021

      This is the exact information am looking to find. My concern is the options for wallcoverings due to the moisture in the area. Would the self sticking kind last in the humidity?

    • Yes it is the peel and stick kind. It was the first time I had tried it but so far I’m very impressed! It hasn’t budged in well over a year. My washer and dryer are brand new Maytag and they are the largest capacity ones that Maytag makes. I have 5 kids and do lots and lots of laundry including large comforters so need the big ones.

  • Marilyn Mullett on Apr 02, 2021

    This is lovely, but how do you get to your water supply connections now? And how do you clean your dryer vent? Looks like you would have to pull out your machines? Also would only be practical with front loading machines.

    • Kelly Meyer on Apr 07, 2021

      That’s a good question...they used screws instead of glueing the boards down for that reason.

    • Emily Owensby on Apr 08, 2021

      there is not a dryer vent on top of Dyer must be like mine inside the dryer door !!

  • Ian Steel on Apr 02, 2021

    Did yo realise your butterflies are round the wrong way in the photo?

    • Richard Hill on Apr 02, 2021

      I noticed the same thing

    • Amy on Apr 02, 2021

      Where are the butterflies? Thank you

    • Ian Steel on Apr 02, 2021

      Third photo. There is a baton of wood, a big bolt through it and a butterfly attached to the bolt.

    • Beverly on Apr 08, 2021

      I believe they are referring to the drywall anchors.

  • Doris Vickers on Apr 05, 2021

    Where do you store your laundry supplies? I have an area like this but mine is full of stuff I would like to hide.

  • Diane Maddox Masters on Apr 08, 2021

    I love this idea, but my washer is top loading. Do you have any ideas similar to this?

    • Elaine on Apr 08, 2021

      I was thinking the same thing. I thought about putting it on a hinge and making it go up and down as needed

    • Trish on Apr 08, 2021

      Same here!

    • Diane on Dec 22, 2021


    • Leslie on Dec 22, 2021

      Hi Diane, I have the same type of washer, BUT, mine is in my cellar so I am thinking of making an open cabinet with 4 legs. The top I will hinge and attach some kind of hook so that when I open the top I can hook it to an eye bolt screwed ingot the beams of my low ceiling. I think I will also add shelves on the side or a sliding storage area for the detergent and laundry supplies. This idea is a good start for me to build on. Good luck :)

  • Susan on Apr 10, 2021

    You just covered up your Water control ( shutoff ) valves. How are you going to get to them in case of an emergency? Beautiful idea and just curious

    • NRgizer Bunny on Apr 14, 2021

      A solid piece of plywood that can be slid forward or lifted and removed to reveal the shut off would be a wiser idea.

    • Shirley on Dec 22, 2021

      the result looks great, but I was thinking the same.

    • Leslie on Dec 22, 2021

      Hi Susan, Good call but those machines might have the kind of feet that allow them to be slid forward like what is on refrigerators and stoves. She has tile floors so sliding them out might be possible. OR after seeing your post she is thinking UH OH. 😳 Otherwise it is a great project. As an afterthought if she does have sliders on the machines, I am hoping the area is large enough to move them out of the cabinet. The other thing I was thinking was she could unscrew the top pieces and use a solid piece of wood faced plywood, hinge it to the back brace and add hooks and screw eyes to the sides which won't be pretty but it will be functional.

    • Cindy on Dec 22, 2021

      Just don't screw down the 1x6 over the shut off. So it can be moved easily. You can get to the shut off quickly without having to move everything.

    • Dmholt4391 on Dec 22, 2021


  • Linda on Dec 22, 2021

    My washer opens at top..top loader. Any way to work around this? I love your finished project! Nice clean look!

  • Ed and Lou Snyder on Dec 22, 2021

    How do you get to the hot and cold on/off faucets in back of the washer?


  • Roy on Apr 08, 2021

    The whole thing is gonna come crashing down when those backwards installed wall anchors pull through.

  • Jennie Gleason on Apr 08, 2021

  • Normand Aumais on Apr 08, 2021

    I see that thé drywall anchors are not in the right way the anchor should screw the other way around so they tighen up while srewing in place

    • Diane on Dec 22, 2021

      Nice Catch!

  • Jackie on Dec 21, 2021

    Really nice job. Looks attractive... I'd have soap, bleach and other cleaners on those shelfs, not books, unless I had a comfy chair to wait on laundry.

  • Mary Coakley on Dec 22, 2021

    Good job.like your wallpaper

  • BeeZee on Dec 22, 2021

    Project was well done and worth the time and effort!


  • Sue-ellen on Dec 22, 2021

    That only works if you have a front loading washer. Do try it if you have a top loading washer.

    • Csh on Dec 22, 2021


  • Csh on Dec 22, 2021

    Great job, sorry I put cabinets up now.👍🏻

  • RebeccaJames on Dec 22, 2021

    I will try this out and I do have a top loading washer but I think I can figure it out see if I can make it work for me

  • Donna A. on Dec 22, 2021

    Looks very nice!