Laundry Basket Dresser

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 11/15/2010 - 22:12
Difficulty
Beginner
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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.

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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
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

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)

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

Instructions

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

Back

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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Comments

emmarosemc

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 05:34

After the whining of the husband this week I decided to use some of the MDF from our desks that Im building to build this dresser. Built it - got the hampers at walmart, i guess ill sand, fill and paint tomorrow. Not sure what color I want it though.
Pretty straightforward build though, didnt even need the plan really, just memorized a couple things and got to it!

Edit: The other incentive to get this one done was that my 8 fosterkittens keep finding underwear in our dirty laundry pile to sleep on/in - GROSS!

Edit2: It fell apart when I was painting, hadnt put the back on it yet since i didnt have a piece of MDF big enough. Going to try to salvage what i can

erin.a.adkins

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 21:27

I'm thinking two sets stacked two high (that'd be 12 baskets total for clean, dirty, whatever)... then space them apart far enough to mount a hanger rod between them so you have a place to immediately hang up things like dresses, slacks, etc., as you are pulling them out of the dryer. I'm going to rip all the USELESS cabinetry out of my laundry room and do this I think.

Ashley M. (not verified)

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 13:08

This is really great and my husband is out in the garage building it right now...but it would probably be a good idea to change the measurement on "Step 1" from 25 1/4 to 26 on the diagram. I realize you have it written as a "note" down at the bottom, but for people who are visual learners (such as myself) it would be really helpful. I went to the hardware store and got my plywood cut to 25 1/4 because that's what the "Dimensions" diagram said. I got a not so great surprise when I got home.

GrannyD (not verified)

Thu, 06/30/2011 - 12:07

Only suggestion I have is to use Rubbermaid (R) laundry baskets - of course I might be *slightly* biased!

organizingwithe (not verified)

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 05:04

I have something similar. My husband retrofitted a closet in the basement right next to the laundry area.. He made the sliding rails out of wood, and when it's not in use, we just close the door. It's been there for over 10 years, and the handles of the baskets have never broken!