Stacking a dryer on top of a front-load washer is a great way to save space without compromising the capacity of your laundry machines. Other compact laundry solutions, like laundry centers and all-in-one washer and dryers, can't hold as many clothes as most full-sized units. By stacking two standalone models together, you get the best of both worlds: big machines that don't take up a lot of space.
Stacking your washer and dryer is a little more complicated than just putting one on top of the other, though. You have to make sure to secure your machines so the vibrations don't cause them to fall over. Follow these steps to save space by safely stacking your washer and dryer.
Measure your space
Before you go through all the trouble of stacking your appliances, make sure they will fit in your desired space. Remember to leave a few inches on each side for venting, wiring and heat clearance. If you're planning to put your stacked laundry appliances in a closet, ensure there will be enough space for the closet door to close and for the washer and dryer doors to open.
Double-check that you can reach
When you stack a dryer on top of a washer, the dryer's control panel might be difficult to reach if you're a bit shorter. Make sure you'll be comfortable using the controls.
Ditch the pedestal
Manufacturers recommend putting only one unit on a laundry pedestal. Trying to stack both laundry appliances on top of a pedestal can put your dryer too high to reach and can make the arrangement potentially unstable.
Make sure you have compatible appliances
Just because a washer and dryer are stackable doesn't mean they will stack with each other. Check the owner's guide or the web to see which models stack compatibly; they should at least be made by the same manufacturer. Your best bet is probably to get matching units that are designed specifically to fit together.
Get a stacking kit
A stacking kit consists of a few screws and latches to hold your machines tightly together. Different models can stack in different ways, so make sure you get the right stacking kit for your washer and dryer. Keep in mind, using a homemade stacking kit might void your warranty. Follow the stacking directions to prep your machines; for instance, you may need to remove the feet on the bottom of your dryer.
Stack them up
Remember, the dryer always goes on top of the washer, because it's lighter. Enlist a strong friend or two to help you lift. Once your appliances are in position, secure them together using the stacking kit. Attach the gas hose and vent to your dryer, and the drain hose to your washer. Finally, plug in your laundry machines and scoot them into place.
Test your setup
Before you declare this operation a success, run a test cycle and watch what happens. If your setup sways or appears unsteady, you may need to adjust it. Otherwise, congratulations! You just successfully stacked your washer and dryer.