Shelf for mismatched washer/dryer

At our house small bits of laundry like socks and washcloths seem to always fall behind the washer and dryer, and for awhile I’ve been wanting to install a shelf something like the photo on the left above the washer and dryer to block that space so that fewer things would fall off the cliff.

The problem is that our washer and dryer are not a matched set.  Our front-load washer has a flat top with the control panel at the front of the machine.  Our dryer has an upraised control panel at the back.  So I’ve been puzzling as to how we could implement this cool idea.

Yesterday we had the repairman come help us unclog the trap of the washing machine  (something that’s needed doing several times on our Whirlpool Duet).  In the process of working on it, once again we discovered lots of things that had fallen behind the machine.  (Don’t you just hate it when appliance-moving reveals you to be a less-than-stellar housekeeper?  Or maybe that’s just me…)

My wonderful husband decided now was the time to solve this problem, and here’s what he came up with:  a two level shelf custom fitted for our mismatched washer-dryer pair.  Bonus: now we have a perfect place to set the pencil sharpener.

Here’s the view of the washer-top. I don’t think we’ll be losing socks back there any more!

And here’s the shelf again from the other side of the room. I love small fixes like this –ones that make the most of what you have, instead of leaving you pining for what you don’t have.

I’m thinking about staining all the wood in this room a darker color, but that’s a project for another day! Here’s another post about our laundry room if you want more details.  It’s not always the neatest room in our house, but over the years I’ve been able to figure out how to make the most of the space, which is important when you’re doing three loads of laundry a day like we do.

Go here to see what other folks have been doing during our October Focus and Refresh Challenge. And tomorrow I’m hoping to show you fairy costumes!

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  1. Angela Mayer says:

    Genius! Love the shelf! I’m laughing about your “less than stellar” housekeeping comment because I SO relate. One time I had to call the natural gas company out to check about a leak on our stove/oven. I pulled the oven out and cleaned like crazy before he came. What did he do? HE LIFTED THE COOKTOP! It was so yucky under there! And he never even saw my shiny floor underneath. Ha!

  2. I’m sure there’s a fantastic reason why the pencil sharpener goes in the laundry room above the dryer, but I’m struggling to find what it might be. I went back to read the other laundry post just to make sure there was nothing about storing school supplies, but I didn’t see anything about that. Inquiring minds want to know?

    • It’s because all the school supplies are kept in the laundry room and several of the kids do their math on the computer that’s also there in the laundry room. (I think it wasn’t there in that old laundry room post?) Even more puzzling, perhaps, is that we also have a pencil sharpener mounted in the garage, where no one works. The only explanation I have for that is that when it was mounted in the kitchen I got tired of pencil shavings falling into my potato basket. So the garage was the next closest location where shavings would not offend. 🙂

  3. Nice! We have a mismatched set too but ours are separated by the utility sink. One of the projects I would do if we owned this house is move some things around so that they could sit next to each other. Alas, we’re renters so I’m just daily thankful we have a laundry room at all.

  4. This is a really good idea. And you’re right about working with what you have…

  5. I have the Whirlpool Duet Sport washer. We’ve had the drain clog up several times on it and the washer will stop and show an error code. When it happened the first time we absolutely didn’t have money for a repair man. I searched the error code online, and found not only what the code meant, but how to clear it myself quite simply. Well, not so simply. It required lots of towels, a garbage bag to catch all the water, and over an hour of work, but I did it!