Open Frame Laundry Basket Organizer - Universal Plan

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DIY Laundry basket organizer made from 2x4 boards - this universal plan helps you design and build just the right size organizer for your laundry baskets.  Free step by step plans from

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Alter size to fit your laundry baskets


Shopping List
  • 2x4 boards
  • 1x4 or 1x6 boards for top
  • 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws
  • 1-3/4" self tapping wood screws
  • wood glue
  • Laundry baskets (recommend the sterilize bushel series)


Cut List

Figure the cuts based off of the dimensions of your laundry basket.

  • 4 - 2x4 LEGS = [Number of Baskets X (Height of Baskets + 2")] + 2-4" additional clearance as desired
  • 2x4 RUNNERS = Depth of Baskets, 2 per basket
  • 4 - 2x4 SUPPORTS = Width of baskets under the lip + 3"
  • 1x4 or 1x6 TOP = Depth of Baskets, quantity depending on top size




Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw


Step 1

Figure the length of the legs and cut four legs from 2x4s.

Figure the length of the supports and cut four from 2x4s.

Attach together with the supports inside the legs with 2-1/2" screws.

Build two identical frames.

Step 2

Measure and mark out the location of the runners.

The bottom runner will be spaced the overall height of the laundry basket (including the lip) to the top edge of the runner.

ALL other runners will be spaced above the bottom runner by the overall height of the laundry basket plus 2".

Attach with 2-1/2" screws and glue.

Step 3

The top can be 1x4, 1x6, or other tabletop material. Leaving space in between will allow for air flow and could be used as a drying surface.

Evenly space the boards and attach with 1-3/4" self tapping screws.

Step 4

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.