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

spiceylg

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 10:00

Hi. I built this for a friend out of MDF. Used 2x2s for the supports but when we try to screw it in (from the inside, going through the wood first) once the screw tries to go into the MDF, it kind of pulls away and leaves a slight gap and the glue just comes dripping out. Used a clamp, however, could only use one from the front since the back was already on. Would it have been better to screw from the outside going through the MDF first? Frustrated. It might seem ok now, but I don't want to find out over time with weight from clothes they supports give way!

Krystal R (not verified)

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 21:41

I was just telling my hubby that i need shelves for my Basket system in our laundry room (the clothes never make it to their rooms here too!) this is a great Idea!

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 20:52

I work in a newly opened AFC Home with 17 residents...This is EXACTLY what we need when it comes to doing all of their laundry! I happen to have this weekend off, and this is def. on my to-do list!

Brustvergrösserung (not verified)

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 10:17

I have already been using nearly the exact method for almost a couple of yrs right now, and also this works wonderfully! All of us experienced a couple of shelves place in our laundry room right beneath the hanging bar. I actually sized those to carry a couple of laundry baskets each. We fold every person's laundry regularly in their personal basket.

Brustvergrösserung

48park

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 18:23

I've tried screwing the sides together with 2" wood screws as suggested, but the screws split the plywood or cause the ply to spread. What am I doing wrong?

Rick (not verified)

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 11:17

I was looking for aluminum angle for a project recently and I found that at the big box stores it is crazy expensive. I couldn't find an "aluminum" distributor locally but I did find an iron supply business. It just so happens that the "iron" supplier deals in all sorts of metals. I got 3 pieces 1.5" x 1.5" x 72", 1/8 thick aluminum angle for $10 each. I couldn't even find pieces that long at the big box stores and their longest pieces were around $30 each!

claydowling

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 13:59

Alro Steel distributes quite a few different extruded products, including aluminum and acrylic, and they sell to the public. I never would have thought of them, but they have a warehouse in Ann Arbor near my favorite hardwood dealer.