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If You Need a Laundry Riser, Don't Buy It—DIY It

Laundry risers are useful—and darn cute to boot. But boy are they pricey.

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A laundry riser, in case you weren't aware, is a platform that lifts washing machines and dryers off the floor. It's especially great for front loaders, as it raises the drum to allow for easier access—perfect for the elderly and pregnant. As an added bonus, it can also provide handy storage space below the platform. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Well, it turns out that convenience can cost you. Manufacturers charge anywhere from $130 to $290 for matching risers sold with new washers and dryers. Yep, you can pay upwards of $300 for... a box! What's worse, these risers are only compatible with specific models. So, if you upgrade to a newer washer, you'll probably have to buy a new riser, too. A great man once said, "People who buy things are suckers." In the case of laundry risers, at least, we tend to agree.

If you follow our Reviewed.com Home Twitter account, you know that we're a little crazy about DIY projects. (And if you aren't following, you really should be!) So we scoured the net and found what is—in our opinion—the absolute best DIY laundry riser guide around.

Ana White's guide is easy to follow, but some DIY experience is necessary.

Ana White's guide is easy to follow, but some DIY experience is necessary.

This how-to from Ana White has downloadable .PDF plans and clear directions that can help anyone build their own charming riser. Of course, you will need access to lumber and a bit of woodworking experience, but any seasoned DIY expert should have no trouble with this project.

You can find the laundry riser guide at Ana White's website. Good luck and happy DIYing!

Image: Ana White

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