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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Lene (not verified)

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 12:53

The wheels are turning in my head!!! I may just have to build these laundry shelves to get my laundry under control! You have amazing ideas!!

trish burns (not verified)

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 11:23

i am in the process of building a new house. i am going to have the cabinet maker make a tower of these in my laundry room. i hate putting away laundry! now everyone can find their basket and do it them selves!

Mary (not verified)

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 12:25

Wow, I was just thinking that I need another dresser for my girls, as the one they share is not nearly enough room for them. This will be perfect, as I too have difficulty in getting the folded laundry into the dresser anyway. I think eventually I will add cute fabric "curtains" to make them look a little more fun in their room.

Mary (not verified)

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 12:30

Hi Stephanie, I'm wondering how tall the 2 basket tall shelves ended up being. Was it 24"? I'm thinking shorter ones would be fantastic in the playroom, as the top could double as a surface to play trains on, color on, etc.

Stephanie (not verified)

Mon, 03/07/2011 - 09:23

Yes, they ended up being 24" high. Ten inches for the baskets and two inches on top of each for the wiggle room. They work wonderfully.

I have two more three basket tall ones that I have just finished making, only to discover that Walmart is out of the baskets.... Here's to hoping they get more in, otherwise I'll have to do something to make the boxes I've already made fit baskets I wasn't planning on!


Fri, 03/18/2011 - 15:33

What a super idea! This is now our "laundry bench".  We made one of these as a bench to fit 2 baskets side-by-side (his & hers) and it sits at the end of our bed.  We put a cushion on top and some feet on the bottom and it turned out so cute!.  Thanks Ana for the inspiration! 

Desiree (not verified)

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 08:38

Ana, I love this idea and plan to use it. My children are old enough to do their own laundry, the problem comes when they leave clothes in the dryer, the next person just tosses the clothes on the counter (where it gets knocked off). I end up washing clean clothes left in the laundry room on the floor, it is an on going mess. I love the idea of making a basket dresser for everyone it will save time.

AmandaN (not verified)

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 03:58

My dad built a system like this for my mother when I was very young.  He made it deeper, so the baskets slid in and out lengthwise, which made the top deep enough to use as a folding table.  If y'all haven't built one of these yet, you absolutely must.  Dead easy, and so much nicer than a giant smelly hamper or piles of laundry.