Many home appliance makers offer optional utility pedestals matched to their lines of washers and dryers; the pedestals take up the same floor space as the laundry appliances, raising them up to more than a foot and providing storage space beneath. The pedestals often have drawers or cabinets on the bottom. Washer pedestals are sold separately from the washers. When moving an automatic washer, you must first remove the washer from the pedestal.

Pedestals are often available in designs and colors to match washers and dryers.

Step 1

Turn off the water supply valves on the wall behind the washer and unplug the washer's power cable.

Step 2

Open the bottom drawer of the pedestal and remove all of the contents.

Step 3

Remove the drawer from the pedestal by pulling the drawer all the way out until the slides are fully extended. Remove the bolts on the slides or press the tabs in on the sides of the slides, then pull out the drawer.

Step 4

Disconnect the washer inlet lines from the rear of the washer using an adjustable wrench.

Step 5

Squeeze the tabs on the clamp holding the drain hose, using pliers, and slide off the hose.

Step 6

Tip the washer onto its back with the help of one or two strong, able-bodied partners.

Step 7

Remove the four bolts from the inside of the top of the pedestal that secure the pedestal to the washer and pull the pedestal away from the washer.

Step 8

Set the washer back to its upright position.