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

Anna (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 06:30

my only concern is the weight of the laundry pulling on the basket handles. Have you used it to see yet? I was thinking you could put the two side by side and have one top across to fold on??? Would the height work? I also like the idea of having casters on it to move it around if need be. What a great idea!

Treva (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 06:30

My laundry room is only the size of a small closet, so I don't have the floor space for this. I think it might work though if we attach it as cabinets on the wall above the washing machine and dryer. This would solve the mountain of laundry that ends up in my master bedroom. Thanks so much, Ana.

KaraHart (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 07:18

I DEFINITELY have a laundry problem and could so use this!!! I'm adding this to my KOW to-build list. It's only about 10 pages long...you seem like a miracle worker...could you make time stand still so I can do all of these projects on my to-do list please?! Thanks for the great plans, as always!

mary johnson (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 07:21

I actually thought of this same idea myself and was looking to patent it. However when I called the patent office they showed me how to do an extensive search, and sure enough someone already patented the idea. I was so upset because I thought I had something here. Now the people that own the patent have done nothing to market this, which is unfortunate as I would purchase one immediately. I actually found this site when I was searching to see if someone put this to market yet. Guess I'll have to get my husband to build me some....

Thanks for the specs, this will make it easier for him.... :)

Tressa Willson (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 07:33

I love this idea of using it for shoes and toys! The baskets can be taken out and about the house collecting the stray items.

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 07:41

Just wanted to comment that laundry baskets by nature have reinforced lips for carrying large loads, and most laundry baskets break first in the actual basket and not the handle. In other words, laundry baskets are designed to be held by the rim, thus I expect the baskets to hold up. Thank you everyone for liking and commenting, I myself and just as excited to put my laundry away!

Kirsten (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 08:00

I seriously cannot believe how genius this idea is!!!! I used to have one of those 3-compartment rolling ones, but in my tiny space it was so cumbersome. But to go UP!!! YAY!!!