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.


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!

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.

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Danette (not verified)

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:54

This is a gorgeous idea and so super practical! I was just was wondering what colour you painted it? I love it! Thanks

Mandy (not verified)

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 15:38

I wish I would have seen this a few weeks ago before I went to ikea and bought something similar. This would be great to put like a solid top across and use as a folding table on top

Nicole (not verified)

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 03:56

My daughter does synchronized swimming and the towels are my biggest pain. Love this -- one for clean, one for dirty!

kaycee (not verified)

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 10:32

I am going to make these for my closet and for kids toys but I am going to add wheels on the bottom. :) I can't wait to get started. I have been looking at your site for a year now and FINALLY have a saw. Can't wait! I will post when I am finished (if they turn out ok) haha

Laura (not verified)

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 10:04

Me and my hubby are going to buy the stuff to mkae this TODAY! cannot wait, this will be my first project, I am so excited, and cannot wait to try something else :)

Nancy (not verified)

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 08:16

I can't wait to build these! I was wondering do the metal angles have to be a certain thickness? I'm going to build one of these as part of a launch pad for my family. Can't wait!

christy panzarella (not verified)

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 14:56

Im making this with my scraps from the closet organizer. Perfecto! I would have it done already, but SOMEBODY (huuusband) never put the battery for the drill back on the charger. Boo. This was supposed to be my project to keep busy before starting the new bed tomorrow. I wish I could just "jump" the drill like I could my car lol.

K.Crowley (not verified)

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 11:31

You saved me!! Since I am expecting my 6th boy (!) I knew I had to get my lack of laundry organization under control! I've been looking at all these piles all over my house praying for something to save the day! This is it! My husband will be pleased! We just finished our rather large farmhouse table with 4 benches!
Thanks so much - from a fellow alaskan!

Cheri W. (not verified)

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 09:03

this was my first project. i built 2 of these for my laundry room and what a difference it made in keeping everything clean and organized. my husband didn't think i could do it, but it was easier than i thought. i have to wait until spring to take them outside to sand and paint them, but that's okay! Thanks for the great idea and for the inspiration to do it myself!