Standard Washer and Dryer Measurements

Front loading machines can be stacked for optimum space-saving capabilities and style. Photo from decorati.com

When purchasing a new washer or dryer for your home, it’s crucial to measure your space (similar to buying a new piece of furniture). Getting the right measurements will save you a ton of time in returns, phone calls and overall general headaches.

Below, we’ll go over the steps on how to take measurements and make installation plans for your new washer and dryer.

First, here are a few things you should know about standard washer and dryer measurements:

  • Compact washers are 24” wide and can handle 48 lbs. of laundry.
  • Conventional washers are 27” wide and can handle 8 lbs. of laundry.
  • Large capacity washers, mostly front-load machines, are 27” wide and can handle 812 lbs of laundry.
  • Matching dryers are almost always the same width as the washing machine.
  • Front loading units can be stacked to save space, if the ceiling allows.
  • Pedestals can be purchased for front-loading units, if units are not stacked, for extra height and added extra storage space.
Here are a few things you should do double check in your home before you shop:
  • Measure all doorways and hallways leading to your laundry room so the washer and dryer can be moved easily.
  • Find a location that supports a dryer exhaust. Check if dryer hookups are gas or electric.
  • Make sure your floor is level with little to no slope.
  • Find your hot and cold water lines. Make sure they’re at least three feet from where you plan on placing your washer.
  • Keep in mind to allow at least 2–3 feet of space in front of frontloading units for easier access.

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