Laundry Basket Dresser

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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!

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Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.
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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

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
level
countersink drill bit
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)

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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.

Summary: 

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.

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.

Comments

Oh my!My heart just started to race this would be sooo good for toys. They can take the basket where ever they want to play and bring it back to the basement when they are done.

I hate laundry too! and mine is usually clean too and has a hard time making it to the dressers! glad to know I'm not the only one in this boat! I love this idea. thanks

Those are great! I used to have a laundry couch before we moved....All the clean laundry would go onto the couch...It was just easier. This storage could have work for me back then. Now it'll work fo me now. thanks Anna.

I love this!! I wish I had the tools, but we still haven't accumulated any since moving here to AK. What a great organizing idea. I'm impressed with you AND your sisters!

Just a thought for you but Home Depot will cut any wood that you by there. I made a complete entertainment center with plywood from their and they cut all of it. I live in an apartment and don't have cool tools either.

What a fantastic tip. Thanks so much for sharing, I never would have known they will do that; now that I know, this project actually seems feasible for me. The laundry dresser may in fact change my life.

Love this idea! I hate laundry and it spends a while down there in my laundry room. This will make the clutter look good!

Cool. I was thinking you could also add wheels, finish the back, and when people come over, you could just flip it around. You could even paint on fake drawers on the back to look like a "real" dresser, haha!

This would be amazing storage for a childs playroom as well. You could substitute laundry hampers for the clear plastic bins. I may have to do this for my child's playroom as well as my laundry room! Thanks for the plans!

It's like you read my mind...I had just this idea in mind for my utility room. I also wanted to have some sort of horizontal system similar to this one for my recycling.

This is an awesome idea! Also something you could use for recycling if you wanted as well. Thanks Ana! And Laurie love the idea of finishing the back and painting on faux drawers!

Love it, but I wonder if the plastic sides of th ebasket might end up caving in with the weight of the laundry eventually?

LOVE Laurie's idea as well about being able to spin them around and hide the insides.

I was wondering as well about the weight limits. How sorry would someone be to adjust this for dollar-store baskets, and then not being able to get the same size later?

Tension rod curtains are golden for closing off the mouth of a cubby.

My husband says THANK YOU. I have begun to refuse to put anyone's clothes away they are all capable of doing it themsleves. This way it does not have sit in boxes in the hall it can have a real home until they come to get thier own laundry. Thank you again.

I had to laugh when I saw this! my husband has used this method for years for his clothes. He normally gets made fun of for it.... he was just ahead of the game!

Love it.

I'm thinking Toys!!! and love the idea of finishing the back and turning them around!! perfect for the living room!!!! this one is a must for us.

I have been using almost this same system for about three years now, and it works beautifully! We had two shelves put in our laundry room directly under the hanging bar. I sized them to hold two laundry baskets each. I fold each person's laundry into their own basket. Everyone in the house is responsible for taking their basket to their room, putting away the clothes, and returning the basket. And if they forget, their pile is out of the way and not my problem. Love it!

I would love to see a picture of your laundry system. My laundry room is small, and using the wall space would help.

This would be perfect for my house- our laundry area is basically a closet in my kitchen. I could sort all my laundry and have it neatly hidden while I was doing it all day. Awesome idea!!

Are you kidding me?!?!! LOOOOVE IT! JUST WHAT I NEED!!! FANTASTIC! What a fantastic idea!!! Keeping it simple and so darn effective!!! And totally affordable! Of course now I'm thinking about smaller scale ones for the kids rooms as well. Your sisters and YOU rock all the way!!! Thank you!

These are AWESOME!! I see myself adding a simple door to the front, my kids could easily put their clothes away in there, or toys, or stuffed animals... my head is spinning with ideas. Thanks Ana!!!

I love it! Love the idea of wheels also. It would be great for fabric storage for sewers/quilters as well and several boxed together would provide a base for a nice sized cutting surface. Can't wait to start building a few!

This is the most brilliant idea EVER!!!! I am so doing this. Our laundry area is the basement floor and it's ridiculously messy. And I hate it. This will solve my problem. THANK YOU!!!

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

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.

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!

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

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)!

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!

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

Oh my Goodness! I totally love this idea!!!! I hate laundry, I can handle washing and drying....but folding and putting away I absolutely despise! I am going to make this! I have the baskets all over my laundry room and this would be perfect to organize it!

I love you Ana White! And apparently your sisters too! Laundry is my worst nightmare! My laundry room is a disaster with the piles spilling out into the hall and our living room itypically has a few baskets of folded laundry and unfolded laundry goes on the "laundry chair"...you know...if its one the chair, its clean, if its on the floor, its dirty. LOL! This is the answer to my laundry prayers! And I've been dying to build lately too. Now I have an excuse!

This is AWESOME! No. Really. What a fabulous idea. Thank you so much (and sisters) for sharing this. I just can't decide where to put it! (Since my laundry room is so small I can't even fit this in there. But I can't fit my laundry in there anytime, so this way my laundry will look good where ever I put it! Wonderful!!)

You rock!

I am so building this for the PLAYROOM! The buckets my kids have in there now are overflowing and the cheap press board shelves they sit on are on their last legs after 2 moves. This will be great for all the dress up clothes, and Barbies!

I AM IN LOVE!!!!! love love love love love love love this!!! I don't think i can say it enough!!! thanks so much for sharing (you and your sisters) amazing ideas:)

O M G !!!! This is the coolest thing EVER!! I have wanted my husband to help me build something for my laundry clean, dirty, and in the bedrooms!! This could just be for way more than dirty or clean clothes!! My couch could finally be cleaned off. I can not wait to see what the genious people come up with for this!! And ANA yo are us simply amazing and your sisters too!!!

Everday I soooo look forward to what you are going to post!!

GENIUS!!! With 5 children this would come in SO handy. I never have enough room for all of the laundry, clean & dirty, because like you...mine doesn't see the dressers often enough :)! Now it won't matter if I can't ever catch up, it'll look like I do. THANKS!!

Ana,
This is beyond amazing!!! I absolutely LOVE this idea. Laundry is one of those things I am a bit OCD about and this will work perfectly to get things sorted properly, efficiently, keep things simple and off the floor. I personally would pay big money for this plan in return for the peace and sanity I know it will bring. You are my hero!!!
P.S. I second the request for more info on the rolling cart.....folding space anyone?

What a great idea. I have a small laundry room too, and have been trying to figure out how to consolidate the baskets to make more room. I also love that the laundry basket was made in the USA! Great choice.

It's so nice to hear someone else gets their laundry washed but hardly ever put away. This sure solves my problem while I wait for more closet storage plans. And afterward, I'm sure... ;)

Ana, could I add a door front, or do the laundry baskets stick out? I'm thinking this would be great in our bathroom, but I'd like for the laundry part to be hidden. ;)

I think I will modify this idea to make something for my garage for the recycle bins to slide in . . . our are just taking up floor space out there! Great plans!

These remind me of the toy tub holders from Ikea. I would love these to store toys in the playroom! The kids could just pull out their tubs dump them and fill them back up easily!

This is brilliant. My only question is how well will the basket handles/lips hold up from always having weight on them. I think I would probably add something for underneath the baskets.

Actually what I would really love is something like this except in laundry size. That way I don't have to convince the men in my house to pull out a drawer, they can just toss it in.:

http://kidsdecorgalore.com/library/2ELR_0100_NO.gi

I love this idea!! And you could label the baskets so each family member could put away their own clothes. I have found it hard to fold AND put away, but when the folding is done, putting away is easy. The reverse is true too (I think) that if you know you won't have to put away all the clothes yourself its not such a chore to fold. I like things that help to teach my kids a bit of personal responsibility and to work together.

This idea is exactly what moms everywhere need! My "laundry room" is actually in my front hallway, so I usually have some ugly hampers literally full of my dirty laundry for all to see. But stashing it it far away from the washer dryer is just too inconvenient.

I have a question, though: I want to hang a little tension cafe rod with some fabric in front so people won't necessarily know what's sitting in our front entryway. Would an inch of clearance make it so the curtain would hang straight? I guess I would need to find a 15" laundry basket rather than trying for a 17" width board? It would be fabulous if I could just find attractive baskets, instead. Any ideas, commenters?

Once again BRILLIANT! I wanted to mention that these are the exact baskets you can get on clearance from Target once the college dorm things go on sale. Just in case anyone decided to do this next year!

Laundry basket dresser where have you been all my life!?! Perfect, this is going in my laundry room ASAP. No more dirty clothes piles on the floor and an extra folding surface... I love it : )

Wow!! This idea would work great for toy storage, too. Especially when the stuffy situation is totally out of control. I'm thinking with a few tweaks I can also use something like this for my husband to store his photography equipment in.
You are amazing.

Love it. I am seeing a cute name tag for each of my kids on the laundry baskets and using it for the folded clean stuff that needs to be put away (drives me crazy that they always leave it sitting on the stairs, couch, etc)

If i principally left a post I have the symptoms of clicked the -Notify me when new feed-back are added- checkbox and from here on when a comment is incorporated I accept several email using the difficult state. www.autoshowpicture.com/ There has to be a fashion it is possible you can pull out me from that by the way work?

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!

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.

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!

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.... :)

Excellent! I just posted an article about laundry room sorting - this is perfect to go along with it. I'm going to link to this! With seven kids still at home - this is a fabulous idea!

Terri "Ta-Dah Mom" Camp

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!

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!!!

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