Laundry Basket Dresser

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 11/15/2010 - 22:12
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The Laundry Basket Dresser has taken my laundry room from the messiest room in my home to the tidiest. It's so easy to pull laundry out and put it directly into baskets. I then can take each basket to it's respective room and fold and put laundry away. For any busy home, these are a must.

dresser for laundry baskets

laundry-basket-dresser-2 This really wasn't my idea.  I have some smart sisters.  They looked at the piles of laundry in my tiny laundry room, and said, Ana, what if . . .

All your laundry baskets could be like drawers in a dresser . . .

And we didn't have to see your dirty - and clean - laundry every time we visit.

In my defense, most of the piles of laundry in my home are clean.  They just rarely make it to the dresser.

But this is one dresser that I can work with.

I can deal with stacks of laundry with this system!  Do you have a laundry problem?

That's your sticker.  For each of these laundry basket dressers, you will need three of these baskets.  Way up here in Alaska, each basket was $3.50.  Should be less for you.

PS - If you are interested in a slightly different size/configuration, check out these plans as well!

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Laundry Basket Dresser

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Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

3/4″ Plywood cut into 15 1/2″ wide x 8 feet long strips (referred to as 1x16s) 1/4″ Plywood for the backs 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ metal angle (ask for it at Blue or Orange) 2″ wood screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws 3/4″ wood screws (to screw the metal angle to the insides of the boxes) 1 1/4″ wood screws wood glue wood filler finishing supplies

Cut List

2 – 1×16 @ 35 1/4″ (Sides) 1 – 1×16 @ 24 1/2″ (Bottom) 1 – 1×16 @ 26″ (Top) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 36″ x 25 3/4″ (Back) 6 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Metal Angle 15 1/2″ long (ask hardware store to cut or cut with a hack saw)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Build the Box

I used pocket holes, but you can also use 2″ wood screws countersunk and screwed together to build the box.

NOTE: Top Measurement should be 26″

Step 2


Adjust for square then screw the back on with 1 1/4″ screws and glue. I finished mine at this stage by filling all holes with wood filler, all plywood edges, and any imperfections in the plywood. I then sanded with coarse sandpaper because the plywood was builder grade cheapo stuff, the finished with medium sandpaper. Finally, I primed and painted with ooops paint in semigloss from Valspar.

Step 3

Metal Angle

If you are intimidated by metal angle, you can always use 2x2s glued and screwed here. Cut the metal angle with a hack saw and predrill holes (three per slide). Mark locations with a square and screw metal angle to the sides. TIP: Screw at a very slight downward angle to keep the baskets to the back of the box instead of sliding forward.

If you choose to stack, make sure you secure the top laundry basket dress to a stud in the wall.


AmyALotsaMom (not verified)

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 15:48

My husband and I are thinking of making this to hold our kids crayons, coloring books and other craft stuff they have stacked up in the dining room. To "hide" the plastic bins, I think I will put some coordinating fabric over the openings.

Erin (not verified)

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 04:11

I am definitely making this one! Laundry is my nemesis and I never get around to putting the stuff away. I was just telling my husband the other day that we need to buy new baskets for everyone in the family so we each have our own. This is the perfect solution!

Cami (not verified)

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 12:23

When I saw these I HAD to make them! I have four children five and under and never have time to sort, fold and put away laundry. I would manage to get them sorted and folded (sometimes) and then the baskets would sit at the foot of our bed and as everyone pawed through the baskets for clothes, they would inevitably fall all over the floor so we had mountains of clothes and baskets all over the floor. Not anymore! Now I sort directly from the dryer (we all have our own baskets) and put them away if I have time. If not, well at least they are no longer falling all over the floor! And since we all have our own baskets it is much easier for daddy (or anyone else) to find the right sizes (we have 3 boys very close in age, as well as a girl). Thank you so much Ana for this great idea! Now I am going to make some for our closets for dirty laundry!

ShannonG (not verified)

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 18:30

I've been looking for ways to make my recycling easier to deal with, and this might be the key! Don't know if I have the guts to tackle it - its been a long time since I've used a saw - but I'm definitely going to keep it in mind.

Gerri (not verified)

Sun, 01/09/2011 - 07:37

Hey Ana, Looking at "whipping up" a couple of these for my next project (In process of finishing that doll bed that I converted from the lydia daybed.) Question for ya-in the photo it looks like the baskets hang out of the front just a bit and I'm curious if that is correct. I'm thinking of making the opening on the narrow end and just trying to figure if I need to adjust all sides or if I can just make the adjustment for that part-Thanks so much for all of your help-you are truly amazing!

Gerri Milkovie, Michigan

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