Open Frame Laundry Basket Organizer

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DIY Laundry basket organizer made from 1x boards - easy to cut and lightweight, and inexpensive.  Can also be built using pallet wood.  Free step by step plans from

So ALOT of you have been requesting diagrams for Pallirondack's Pallet Wood Reclaimed Laundry Dresser Organzier.

Laundry Dresser made from Pallets

I can see why.  So much storage greatness, and the goodness of using reclaimed wood!!

This project was built by Pallirondack, you can check out more of his awesome projects here.  Yeah, that Adirondack settee made from pallets is pure awesomeness.

I've put together plan diagrams below inspired by this project, so you can build your own Laundry Basket dresser, inspired by this one!

laundry basket organizer
Alter size to fit your laundry baskets


Shopping List
  • 5 - 1x4 boards, 8 feet long or 15 1x4 pallet boards (4 must be 3 feet long and the rest must be at least 25" long)
  • 2 - 1x2 boards, 8 feet long


Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
Cut List


  • 4 - 1x4 @ 35-1/4"
  • 10 - 1x2 @ 17-1/2"

Top/Bottom and Back

  • 11 - 1x4 @ 25-1/4"



Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Begin building the legs by attaching 1x2s to the tops and bottoms of the legs.  Check and adjust for square.  Build 2.

Step 2

Add the rails for the laundry baskets.  Make sure you measure your baskets and adjust to fit.

Step 3

Add bottoms and tops with screws.

Step 4

Adjust the entire project for square, and add the back boards.  Also screw the bottom back board to the bottom 1x4 board.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Sun, 12/28/2014 - 19:41

Saw this and made it tonight in roughly 3 hrs. Very simple directions and this was a lot of fun to build for my first project!


Sat, 08/14/2021 - 15:22

Be careful when making these plans as the laundry baskets shown are 26 and 3/8inches long, while the inside deminsions shown are 23 and 3/8inches. And they don't make laundry baskets that will fit inside the current plans demensions, that I can fond anyways. So you will need to adjust the plans accordingly.