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

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 08:12

You should change the dimensions to be correct. I built this and the width of the unit is not big enough to have the tracks be 16". The width should be 16 1/2" not 15 1/2".

Becky S. (not verified)

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 13:02

This is awesome! My husband just helped me make it but we are using it for toy storage in my 4 year old daughter's playroom. She was so excited to pick the color to paint it with. I can't wait to make more of these and try more of your plans. Thank you so much for doing such incredible work with all of your plans!! You are truly amazing.

Shoshannah May (not verified)

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 05:50

My mom made an adapted version of the laundry dresser for me. She made it for my round baskets, but it also holds square ones. She put a door on it and used chalkboard paint on the front since we have it in our school room. I love it. Here's a link to a couple of pictures I took after my mom made it for me. http://shospace.blogspot.com/2011/03/look-what-my-mom-made-me.html

Shoshannah May (not verified)

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 05:52

My mom made an adapted version of the laundry dresser for me. She made it for my round baskets, but it also holds square ones. She put a door on it and used chalkboard paint on the front since we have it in our school room. I love it. Here's a link to a couple of pictures I took after my mom made it for me. http://shospace.blogspot.com/2011/03/look-what-my-mom-made-me.html

Whysaywhat (not verified)

Sat, 04/07/2012 - 19:28

I love this idea! I was looking for Nursery ideas today and stumbled across this project page. There is no way this would ever fit in my laundry room, but I can see a few of these in our nursery playing double/triple duty to hold clothes, diapers, essentials, and later on toys! All while playing double duty as the "changing station" with a nice, smooth board on top! I may give these plans to my FIL and ask for his help in making them though, just to make sure they turn out straight and all (I can't cut a straight line to save my life).

Meme (not verified)

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 08:59

Hampers are meant to hold heavy loads by the handles :) and if it does break after a year or more of using it, well, it's only a couple bucks to replace it for new :) this is an awesome idea! Mostly I'm just happy that everyone else battles the laundry monster hah.

Richelle (not verified)

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 00:25

Great idea! I will add this to the next Honey-do list. I'm also thinking to have a laundry basket for each family member, so I can just swap out the baskets.