How to DIY: A Laundry Room Waterfall Counter

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$200
1 Day
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Building a waterfall counter to enclose our washer and dryer was a stylish and practical choice.

After far too long struggling with stacked machines in a sad, frumpy, dark, and tiny laundry room (but a laundry room nonetheless which I hugely appreciate), it was time to tackle this room.


Here's before above in a 9'x5' room with a 7' ceiling.

Finally the machines came apart and it was party time. For real, I did a happy dance for several days.


What's a waterfall counter? One that has the same material across the top going down the sides as one continuous-looking unit.


To build this, and be frugal where I could, I picked up four sheets of 4'x8' by 3/4" thick plywood, two sheets of swanky maple and two less fancy regular plywood.


My plan? Build a 1 1/2" thick counter with exposed edges so I was sandwiching two pieces of plywood together to reach that thickness.


Considering pretty well only the edges of the inside piece of plywood would be seen, that's where I saved money by using the regular, not expensive stuff. Tip: to hide it even further, paint it black!

Key to the success here was screwing the pieces of plywood together before cutting. And keeping them screwed together so everything aligned.


Here I'm screwing through the blah plywood into the good stuff so the screws aren't seen, after which I cut 30" straight pieces along the 8' length, aka the depth of the counter.

I tried to step it up for myself, cutting the plywood at 45° angles where the joints would abut. Go slow and quadruple check yourself about which way the angles need to be cut.

Back down in the basement, it was assembly time. Because the room is so small, I had to assemble around the machines rather than assemble then install.


Based on my machines and my goals for this counter, I went with 62 1/2" wide by 30" deep by 40" tall. The width was based on having a 4" gap between the machines for storage.


I slid the countertop onto the machines then the struggle became real.


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Things weren't lining up well, or they were flopping around, or I didn't have enough hands, or enough room to wiggle around, or....you get the picture, I had a hard time here.


This corner clamp helped, gave me a breather.

For the one side seen above, I had tried pocket holes but that just did not want to pan out. Instead I picked up some simple corner brackets and attached the side to the top that way from underneath where they're not seen.

Oh, quick backtrack, sorry -- to prop the wood of the leg pieces up off the floor a hair in case of water and for other reasons, I popped in some Teflon glides.

I slid the other side over the counter, dropped it down, pushed it up into place and since that side isn't seen, screwed it together from the outside. Simple to disassemble if needed.


And voila! Tada! Woo hoo!

In hindsight, I could have used some of the trimmed off extra maple plywood, made some strips and cut the plywood underneath shorter in depth, then glued in the strips to make the edges perfectly all maple, but, I wasn't thinking. My freebie tip for your counter build!


Sealed this puppy up with some paste wax after lots of hand sanding and it's terrific, I absolutely love it.


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  • Jer49568634 Jer49568634 on Aug 22, 2021

    This is really good looking. However, I'm wondering why the excessive amount of wood? After 2020 the price of wood skyrocketed beyond what many could afford. Way too much wood was used unnecessarily. That must weigh several hundred pounds. What will you be folding? The iron curtain? Nice walls and an A+ for effort!

  • Lynn Wolf Lynn Wolf on Aug 23, 2021

    I think it looks great and love the fun blue wall treatment. My question is can you still get to the back of the machines to clean the dryer vent hose or any plumbing for the washer? I know you're in a very tight space.

  • Azb51232568 Azb51232568 on Sep 19, 2021

    Hi,

    Great idea! I have an issue with space in my too tiny laundry room and I wondered if you think I could make the opposite of what you built work for me? In otherwords, build the single cover over the washer and stack the dryer on top instead of having to purchase the stacker from the maker. What do you think could be used as something to secure the dryer? Thank you!😃

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  • Sissy Sissy on Aug 22, 2021

    he still put counters ontop as his wife is over 6 feet tall . .I have the drawers i both with my front loaders and still have a counter on top and I am only 5 feet 2 inchs tall . I bought the shallow drawers

    • I’m not much taller than you so good to know drawers under would still be reachable on top. Counters sure do make a huge difference!

  • Sissy Sissy on Aug 23, 2021

    It all depends on what brand washer and dryer . Mine are whirlpool and came with 2 different size drawers when I bought my units .The drawer units in bought are 12 inch's deep and the other ones which were 18 inchs deep , made the units to high for me .I also bought the center drawer unit they offered . Not all units come with different size drawer depths . Advantage i have is the size of my laundry room . it is 10x14 , I designed my modular home and wanted it bigger .

    • True, there are a lot of factors and indeed, everyone’s space and machines are different. This idea will work for some, not others, or can be adapted. Thanks!

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