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

Dana (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 03:24

I really, really, REALLY love this idea!! I just need to figure out where it could fit near my laundry room.....

Valerie Stayton (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 03:26

GREAT IDEA! Instead of clothes hampers they can each have their own basket and since they are 2 to a room I could make it 2 high. Oh I think you are on to something here. :-D

Julie (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 03:31

Ana, I LOVE this idea. I want to build it right away...just a quick question though. Is it 26" on top? In some pictures the 26" cut is on top and on others it is on the bottom. Which is the best way to build this? Thanks so much for all you do. I love your designs and can't wait to get started on this.

Jeannine (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 03:32

I love this idea too! I saw on another site where someone did something similar but did 3 baskets wide and 2 high and used it as a base for their new front load washer and dryer instead of paying the $200-$300 each for the bases for the units. I think they were constructed with more "robust" wood to accommodate the weight of the washer and dryer but same basic system. I have kept this in the back of my mind for when we replace our washer and dryer and can hopefully go to a front load system. Thanks for sharing you plans!

Michelle (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 03:43

I have a confession to make...I have been wanting something like this for a long time but not for the laundry room. My kids are ... well... I have 4 teenage kids and the laundry situation at my house is just outta control. And not in the laundry room but in the kids bedroom. I often thought if there was a way to make them dressers that were laundry baskets, they could just throw their clothes in them and that would be that, after all that's what they try to do with their dressers anyway but the drawers are not deep enough and they just stuff and stuff until the bottom falls out, literally! So I have been wanting to figure out something clever but all I kept coming up with was a book shelf and put the baskets in that. This is just so great!! THANKS SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart :D

Amanda H. (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 03:45

This is great. Tons of uses besides laundry too! Toy storage, Shoe storage and the list goes on! You could also put a piece of fabric on the front to hang down to "hide" it when you have company. Thanks Ana (and sisters)!

Patricia Christie (not verified)

Sat, 09/08/2012 - 10:48

I live in a high dust area (depleted top soil, high wind = lots of dust), and I don't have a lot of tools. I love the "dresser" with the doors, but I'm not confident enough that I could pull that off. I was thinking the fabric panels would be a good idea, too! I could attach the fuzzy tape to the front edge of the wood case, and sew the hook tape onto fabric panels, and voila! If I want to change out the panels, or just wash them, it would be easy-peasy!

Kate (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 03:46

I'm so excited! My husband and I were just "discussing" our overflowing laundry problem the other day. These plans will work perfectly!