I’m a DIY enthusiast and a cleaning freak. When I found that our laundry baskets were spread everywhere, I became annoyed and decided to wear my DIY hat and pulled my sleeves up.
If you’re excited to give your laundry baskets a redo and create a laundry basket dresser with actual drawers for your home, then this experiment will leave you elated.
You can stick it into a closet, in the garage or even in the hallway, it will look great and tidy!
Let’s say good bye to dirty laundry everywhere.
- Sterilite 1245 – 1½ Bushel Rectangular Laundry Basket
- 3/4″ Plywood
- 1/4″ Plywood
- 12 feet of 1” x 2”
- 2″ wood screws
- wood glue
- wood filler
- finishing supplies
- casters with screws
- Kreg Jig drill
Note: If you trust your Lowes or Home Depot to cut your boards straight, you can have them make all the plywood cuts. If not, just follow the plans and rip them down yourself with a table saw.
How To Make A Laundry Basket Dresser?
Step 1: Preparation
I remember how scared I was to make this thinking I could never build something.
Well, this little laundry basket dresser started my love for building.
The only problem with Ana’s plans was that I needed my laundry baskets to slide in lengthwise and not widthwise like her plan outlined.
I also was scared of metal angles like Ana did, so I just cut lengths of 1” x 2” down to size with my chop saw and screwed them in.
Step 2: Add casters
I also added casters so I can move the dresser easily and get all the dust bunnies from behind it with the vacuum when I need to.
Luckily, my husband is way smarter than I am and was able to figure out the measurements I would need.
So, in case you have been drooling over these babies, I thought I would offer you the measurements as well for the baskets to slide in lengthwise.
Step 3: Paint it
A coat of primer and a coat of light gray paint that I had in my stash, and we were in business! I had the perfect spot for it right next to the dryer. I am so excited to use it and help keep my laundry contained.
Note: You can change the color of the paint based on your interest. I love things around me in white, and hence, I chose an equivalent color scheme.
Step 4: Get set for laundry day
This is just absolutely perfect for my weekly laundry day.
I simply fold all the clothes, and my kids and hubby grab their baskets and put them away.
If you would like to make your own Laundry Basket Dresser, I have made a Step-By-Step guide for you.
For more laundry room DIY, check out these projects!
How Much Does It Cost To Make A Laundry Basket Dresser?
It costs roughly $200-$250 to make a three-level laundry basket dresser. Based on the color, pattern, number of levels, and material you choose, the cost can vary.
Though my design was similar to Ana’s in many aspects, I went one step ahead to customize some designs, and this increased my expenses by a little over 200 USD.
If you’re looking at cutting costs further, you can look for more ideas for laundry basket dressers on Amazon or Ikea and alter the design.
Tips For Making A Laundry Basket Holder
Making a DIY laundry basket dresser can be fun, but you need to ensure that the outcome is as desired.
- You can go ahead with second-hand plywood if you’re running short of budget.
- Measure the space available and then set the dresser’s dimensions accordingly. Otherwise, it can be tough to fit it in.
- If you’re unsure about leaving it open, you may have to increase plywood numbers and purchase a handle. Perhaps, it takes no time to build a laundry basket dresser with doors or shelves.
What is the difference between a laundry basket and a laundry hamper?
First of all, a laundry hamper is typically a freestanding basket-like container made out of wicker or plastic. It is often square or round in shape and has two handles for carrying it. A laundry basket is also typically made out of wicker or plastic, but it usually comes with an added feature – a lid. This makes it easier to transport the dirty clothes without spilling them everywhere.
Laundry hampers are usually taller than laundry baskets, making them better suited for storing more items at once.
Can you leave wet clothes in hamper?
My kids leave the wet towels every single time 🙁 so you gotta be quick and wash them as quickly as you can.
It is generally not recommended to leave wet clothes in a hamper for an extended period of time. Wet clothes can develop mold and mildew, which can cause them to smell bad and can be difficult to remove.
If your hamper has no holes, leaving wet clothes in it can cause the hamper itself to become moldy. It is best to wash or dry the clothes as soon as possible after they become wet.
Where do most people keep their laundry basket?
Typically, you tend to keep your laundry basket in a convenient location. Mine is next to the washing machine, for example. Most common places are:
- In the bathroom: This is a common location, especially if the bathroom has a designated laundry area.
- In the bedroom: People often keep their laundry basket in their bedroom, either in a closet or near their dresser.
- In the laundry room: For those who have a dedicated laundry room, the laundry basket is often stored in that area.
- In the basement or garage: For people who have limited space in their home, they may choose to keep their laundry basket in the basement or garage.
Ultimately, the location of the laundry basket depends on individual preferences and the layout of the home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that the specifications, if not matching your needs, can be tweaked to help you build your own.
Maybe you need a different size and have more imagination to add accessories in case you place them in a kids room for example.
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