Last Updated on February 28, 2020 by Ecorf
Is your laundry taking up too much space? Would you like to have more room in your home and your laundry in a more convenient area? Have you heard about stacking kits but just aren’t sure of how to use them?
The day I stacked my washer and dryer was the day I stopped dreading doing my laundry. I was able to move the machines to be in a tight space in my closet, which made it so convenient to place dirty clothes directly in the washer and put my clothes away, straight out of the dryer. So, if you own a front-loading washer and dryer, you too can stack them to create more floor space by fitting them in a smaller space.
Though it can be intimidating trying to figure out how to install a stackable washer and dryers in a tight space, but, you’ll only need to follow these simple instructions. As long as you have the right equipment and take the time to prepare correctly, installation will be a breeze. In fact, you can accomplish this transformation in less than half a day!
What You Will Need to Stack a Washer and Dryer in a Tight Space
- Measuring tape
- Approved stacking kit
- Another person capable of helping to lift a machine
- Adjustable wrench
Without a stacking kit, your washer and dryer will become unstable, and could fall over and cause an injury. According to Goedeckers, a home appliance store, stacking kits are designed to fit specific models. Meaning, you should be able to find a kit that matches the make and model of your washer and dryer. Stacking kits are typically available anywhere you can buy a washer and dryer!
While jerry-rigging a kit will save you money initially, it may end up costing you in the long run. No matter how close you can get the pieces to fit, at the end of the day, it may turn out to have detrimental effects on your machines. Using a homemade kit, can lead to voiding your warranty for the washer and dryer, and even go an extra length of creating a safety hazard in your home.
How to Install a Stackable Washer and Dryer in a Tight Space
1. Purchase a Stacking Kit
As discussed before, you should purchase a stacking kit that was created specifically for your machines in order to prevent voiding your warranty and ensure safety in your house. Distributors such as Lowes, Home Depot and Menards have stacking kit for mainstream brands like Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, GE, Bocsh and more, and you can always go directly to the manufacturer for the product.
2. Preparation Your Measurements
Using the measuring tape, record the width, length and height of the space you want to install your stacked washer and dryer. Then, measure the width, depth and height of your washer, dryer and stacking kit. Be sure the width and depth of your dryer are smaller than that of your washer.
Compare the depth and width of your machines against the depth and width of the space to ensure a good fit. Once that is done, add the measurement of the machine heights together and compare it against the height of the space. Be sure to leave at least 2-3 inches on all sides for easy placement and room for cords and hoses.
3. Move Washer into Place
With the help of another able-bodied person, move the washer to the front of the space you would like to be, but far enough out for you to easily access the back. Then, place your level on top of your washer. If the top is leveled, the bubble will be between the two lines. If it is not, adjust the feet of the washer until the bubble is in place.
4. Move the Dryer into Place
If your dryer has feet, carefully remove them and store in a safe place. Again, with the assistance of another person, lift the dryer and place it on top of the washer. Make sure it is firmly on top of the washer before moving away from the machines.
5. Secure Appliances Together
Follow the instructions that come with your stacking kit. It typically involves a bracket and bolts, which are attached to both the washer and dryer. You may need a wrench to fasten the brackets.
6. Attach All Cords, Vents and Hoses
Reattach the water, drain hoses into the washer, and vent lines into the dryer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Plug your appliance into an outlet and make sure all connections are secure. Push your appliance carefully into the space and remember to leave at least 2 inches in the back.
- THE DRYER SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON TOP. I cannot emphasize this enough. The weight from the water in the washer is too heavy to sit on a dryer and can cause damage to the machines
- Make sure that wherever you want to install your stacked washer and dryer has a water tap or an accessible water line. If one is not in place, you will not be able to attach your washer.
- Immediately run a load test. If there is any shaking or rocking, the washer may not be level. It is better to find out right away than when you go to do your first load!
Brand New Space, Brand New You!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to install a stackable washer and dryer in a tight space. I love how easy of a chore laundry has become, and I am excited for you to have the same opportunity.
Always remember that stacking your washer and dryer creates so much more space and gives you so many more options on where to do your laundry. Let me know if you have any pro-tips of your own or any questions about the tutorial in the comments below, and be sure to share this out to let all your friends know how easily they can transform their space!