How to install a stackable washer and dryer in a tight space

A washer and dryer do not have to occupy so much space in your small apartment. If you have these appliances, you should find out how you can fit them in a tight space and create more room in the home.

  1. You first need to measure the washer, dryer and the space you are going to install them into.
  2. Get a stacking kit, then move the washer into place.
  3. You can now place the dryer on top of the washer then secure both appliances together.
  4. The last step is attaching the hoses, vents, and cords.

Preparation before you begin

The process of stacking a washer and dryer in a tight space does not have to be intimidating. Get all the items to make this an easy task. Some of the items for this DIY project include a stacking kit, a level, measuring tape, and a wrench. You can ask another person in your home to help you with the stacking.

A stacking kit is useful since it can make the two appliances stable. It can also enhance safety since it prevents the dryer from falling, getting damaged, or even causing an injury. The market offers different stacking kits that are designed for particular washer and dryer models. Take your time to find the right stacking kit for this task. Ensure you choose a kit that matches the model and make of your dryer and washer. Look for a stacking kit in a store that sells washers and dryers.

If you don’t have the budget for a stacking kit and have a few skills, you can make one at home. Though a homemade kit can save you some funds, it may not be the best option since it can void the dryer and washer’s warranty. Apart from that, a homemade stacking kit may not offer the same level of safety as one made by experts. Once you have a stacking kit, you can now proceed with installing the stackable washer and dryer.

The steps to installing a dryer and washer in a tight space

Measure the space to make sure it is big enough

The measuring tape can help you figure out the dimensions of the washer and dryer. Start by measuring the height, length, and width of the space and jot it down. Once you do this, you can measure the dryer’s depth, height, and width as well as that of the washer and starting kit. The depth and width of the dryer should be less than that of the washing machine.

Gauge the width and depth of the washer against that of the space to ensure that this machine will fit properly. The washer should always go below the dryer due to the heavy weight of the water. Do not arrange the two appliances differently since this can increase the risk of damage.

Add the height of the washer and dryer and compare the total to the height of the space. Find out if the height of the space will be enough to stack the two machines. As you prepare these measurements, you should leave at least 3 inches on each side due to things such as the hoses and cords. The extra space can also ensure easy placement.

Move the washer

After you have all the measurements ready, you can now move the washing machine into place. Get help moving it since it might be heavy. Ensure that you place it such that you will not struggle to access the back part of the washer. Once you do this, you should place the level on the top part of this appliance. Ensure that you adjust the washer feet such that the bubble is between the lines.

Move the dryer

Once the washer is in place, you can now proceed to move the dryer. Remove the feet on the dryer before you stack it on the washer. Ensure that you store the dryer’s feet in a safe place just in case you need them in the future. With assistance, lift it and place it on top of the washing machine. Ensure that it is firm enough before you move away from these appliances to reduce the risk of the dryer falling.

Secure them together

Running a load test is also important. If you notice any shaking, it indicates that the washer is probably not level. Work on this before you proceed. The stacking kit comes with certain instructions that you need to follow to secure these appliances together. Fasten the brackets and bolts so that you can secure the two appliances together.

Attach the cords

When the washer and dryer are finally stacked, you can now start attaching all the cords. Start by reattaching the drain hose and vent lines into the dryer. If you have just got this machine, you should pay more attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. You should then plug the appliance and secure the connections. Slowly push it into the desired space and leave a small gap at the back part.

What you need
How to stack a washer and dryer in a tight space
Stacking kit
Take all the necessary measurements
Move the washer into the desired location
Measuring tape
Place the dryer on the washer
Secure these appliances together
A helping hand
Attach the vents, hoses, and cords.


If you have a washer and dryer as two separate appliances, you don’t have to spare an entire laundry room for this. They can occupy limited space when you stack them. Follow the steps above to install these appliances in a tight space.


Can I place the dryer below a washer?

No. The washer carries too much weight that makes it unsafe to be placed on the dryer. Placing the dryer on the washing machine is advisable.

Can I install a washer and dryer in a closet?

Yes. The steps are largely the same to install a washer+dryer in a closet as in any tight space.

Where can I get a stacking kit?

Some of the reputable distributors of stacking kits include Menards and Lowes. They often make kits for LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool washers and dryers.

Dennis Vaughn

Dennis Vaughn is a certified plumber and has been offering apprenticeship experiences to most of his employees for the past 12years. Dennis owns and runs an appliance store, and has a team made of different expertise from electricians, appliance repair individuals, and plumbers. According to him dealing with appliances is one thing but the after-sales services are what makes for the loyal clients. Many people don’t know who to call when their appliances break or become faulty, and a good number are not aware of the varieties of appliances in the market tailored to fit their expectations. The above is what necessitated the creation of the extensive excerpts on the washing machine units, which come complete with directions on the simple home repairs.