Laundry Basket Dresser

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

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 20:08

I was wondering if the cut list is enough materials for one or two laundry dressers? I am going to head out tomorrow hopefully and buy the materials and have the wood cut for me..I don't have the tools... and need to know if I should double it or not.

Thanks for this idea, it is great

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claydowling

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 06:18

Don't let the lumber dealer do your cuts for you. They can't make cuts suitable for cabinets. All you'll be doing is making scrap wood.

You can buy an inexpensive circular saw at most home centers (I even found one last night at Meijer, a regional chain that looks like what a Super Walmart wants to be when it grows up). It will cost more than just the plywood, but it won't cost more than two sheets of plywood, which is what you'll be buying if you have the store cut it.

You'll also need to do a bit of research on a plywood cutting jig and build one of those. You should be able to find plans and videos online. I built something called a track saw, and I love it. Unfortunately it requires some tools you don't have, and I see I don't have pictures anywhere.

If you absolutely will never build anything else, I recommend finding a friend with a circular saw and a cutting jig.

But don't let the hacks at a home center touch your plywood. They may be well intentioned, but that does not mean they will be capable of doing the right thing.

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 03:15

I would like to have the crates too. My husband made the storage bin, but I modified it to fit out needs. I need the crates as shelves to put the detergent on. Do you know where I can get these? I love all of the ideas you have, but I am not sure my husband does. His honey-do list gets longer by the minute.

Christina M (not verified)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:04

Hi there...I built one of these following your measurements...but I used MDF. It is a little wobbly. Do you have any suggestions as to what I did wrong? Or maybe how I could reinforce it so it does not wiggle?

Thanks so much!
Christina

KathyinFL (not verified)

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 21:03

I know Im a little late but here are a couple of suggestions... get a pack or two of L brackers and put two on each side of upper left and right. Make sure is it square first.Second get a piece of luan cut to fit and nail to the back side of piece. Hope this helps.

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 01/22/2012 - 06:39

What a fantastic idea. Many thanks for the awesome tutorial.!

guest (not verified)

Wed, 02/15/2012 - 10:35

Hi, new to building. Just curious what type of plywood you used for this. Our places here have cheaper stuff and then expensive stuff. Just wondering which way to go.

kimskitchensink (not verified)

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 16:15

I have officially added this to my "get on it, Kim" to-do list! We have one of those 3-compartment laundry sorters (in addition to a separate bin for delicates and stinky hockey gear), and transfer one load at a time into a plastic hamper like this to carry downstairs to our basement laundry room. This would pre-sort into removable baskets that I could carry down when full...and look a lot nicer, too!