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

AshleyB8 (not verified)

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 19:31

We recently made this project following all measurements EXACTLY!

However, the baskets measure 25 1/4 inches but the width of the inside of the shelf is only 24 1/2.

Anyone else have this problem? We purchased the exact baskets that are shown. I'm guessing Sterilite no longer makes these baskets. I'm just looking for a little help!!
Help or a little forewarning for others that make this project and can't find baskets.

Diana Clyne (not verified)

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:43

I cannot say anything better than the others above me, but I love this project and I am just about to surf your site, so I am sure I will be pinning. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

katalog stron (not verified)

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 01:30

Suknie wieczorowe w Los Angeles to mają, panie, życie! Nie tylko osiągają miliony dolarów w wętylowanych wieżowcach firm finansowych, atoli jeszcze suknie slubne mogą sobie zajrzeć. Aby to jeszcze były prezentacje, jak u nas, ale nie: w zachwycającym

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Metropolitan Museum of Art i w wybitnym Museum of the City of New York uwidoczniają sukienki wieczorowe. W pewnej mierze niedużo męskie? Oryginalny pan zwiedza takie wystawy ze swoją znamienitą połowicą!

katalog stron (not verified)

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 01:32

Suknie wieczorowe w Los Angeles to mają, panie, życie! Nie tylko osiągają miliony dolarów w wętylowanych wieżowcach firm finansowych, atoli jeszcze suknie slubne mogą sobie zajrzeć. Aby to jeszcze były prezentacje, jak u nas, ale nie: w zachwycającym

moderowany katalog stron

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Metropolitan Museum of Art i w wybitnym Museum of the City of New York uwidoczniają sukienki wieczorowe. W pewnej mierze niedużo męskie? Oryginalny pan zwiedza takie wystawy ze swoją znamienitą połowicą!

KristiL (not verified)

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 13:45

I couldn't find the same baskets Ana used, I could only find the Sterilite Ultra which measures at 25 3/4 L x 18 W x 10 3/4 H Could someone please help me figure out a new cut list? This is my first project and I'm not really sure what I'm doing or what I'm looking for.

Katie B (not verified)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 10:21

I've been eyeing this project up for a while now. My husband and I are thinking of doing this (or something similar) for our recycling in the basement. We may do full shelves instead of something for the lip to rest on. Can anyone share the dimensions of the baskets? I'm curious how much we'd have to deviate from the plan for the baskets we currently have. I'm also thinking of making this for my son's bedroom that won't fit a dresser along with his other stuff, but this in his closet would work brilliantly I think.

Barb from Winn… (not verified)

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 09:06

These are a great idea! The only thing I would change is that I would put some short feet or a tiny platform below the shelves. It only takes one flood in the utility room to ruin anything that is standing flat on the floor.