When we moved into our new house the option to do laundry was available either in the mudroom (and 8’ by 6’ room) or downstairs in the basement. Neither was ideal but I knew for sure the mudroom wasn’t an option. I overhauled that space already and created built-in lockers, which is much more functional for our family. And while I would love to move the laundry room to the top floor that is going to cost thousands. So at this point, the basement it is. The bringing laundry up and down two floors hasn’t been fun but I have gotten used to it. The washer and dryer are behind bi-fold doors and all the pipes are showing behind it. Pair that with some awesome green marble and white stick floor tiles and you have yourself the epitome of ugly. However, right now isn’t the time for TLC to this area. Right now I just need some functionality. So building a slim rolling cart to sit in between the washer and dryer was just what I needed.
2 – 1 x 12 x 8′
2 – 1 x 4 x 8′
casters (2 swivel, 2 none swivel)
3/4″ wood screws for casters
paint and primer or pre-wood conditioner and stain
1. Make all cuts and then drill 2 pocket holes in the (3) 1” x 12” x 25 1/2” on each end.
2. Sand all the boards with 100 grit sandpaper before assembly. You could also paint it now if you wanted. But I get to anxious to assemble.
3. With wood glue and an air nailer attach your side pieces (1 x 4’s) to your 1 x 12 x 25 1/2” pieces. Repeat for for the other two shelves.
4. With wood glue air nail the shelves in place. I did the bottom and top shelf and then the middle shelf.
6. Predrill your holes for the casters. With 3/4” wood screws attach casters. These are the casters I used. The two front wheels swivel and the back wheels don’t. This helps it move in and out with ease while keeping the back stable.
6. Patch all the nail holes with wood filler. If there are any gaps (and you plan to paint it) you can caulk it.
7. Sand wood filler. Paint and prime.
8. Find a wide handle you like and then drill holes and attach.
Yay! Now I have more storage in my laundry area making it way more functional and less cluttered. Plus I have the top of my dryer for folding or sorting socks.
I made some room between the washer and dryer and slid it right in. The swivel front wheels and non-swivel back wheels really help it slide in and out perfectly.
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