Asked on Apr 09, 2017

Can pedestals for washers and dryers have wheels to move?

by Cindy
I want to build a pedestal for my washer and dryer, but it would be covering up the panel to turn the water off, should the need arise. I thought putting wheels under it might solve that problem. Is that possible?
  5 answers
  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Apr 09, 2017

    Have you seen one with wheels before? I'm thinking that if your washer and/or dryer have any real motion during their cycles, that could be problematic, but I'm not sure. As far as the panel - can you instead build a pedastal that has some open space, like this one, and then you can reach behind to access the water?

  • Catabisis Catabisis on Apr 09, 2017

    Get big rubber wheels with a lever on the to lock the wheels

  • William William on Apr 09, 2017

    Washers and dryers need a solid base to operate properly. They need to be level side to side and back to back or they will bounce around. Wheels on the pedestals will just allow them to move around. Even locking wheels will make them off balance.

  • John Grimley John Grimley on Apr 10, 2017

    I've had a few washing machines with solid (plastic?) wheels at the rear & adjustable feet at the front - maybe that's an idea which you can investigate?

    Depends how deep the pedestal is - but you can buy adjustable legs for kitchen units.

    Alternatively, does the machine HAVE to live right in front of the water shut off valve?

    Not quite the same I know but in my house, the rising main comes in right in the far corner & the valve was at ground level, was never used, so it couldn't be closed. I prepared a length of pipe with a valve attached, put plenty of old towels down then quickly removed the old pipe coming out of the original valve. My new valve is now behind a panel above the worktop in my kitchen so it's a doddle to access. Ergonomics.

  • Linda Harnish Linda Harnish on Apr 10, 2017

    My husband and I use those flat disk sliders to move big bulky furniture around. Keep some on hand and slide them underneath your pedestal when you need to move the unit. They work great! Easy as pie. But don't leave them under there. As some others have said, washers and dryers need a solid base.