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DIY Laundry Basket Dresser!

As a mom of 5 kiddos, there are a few things that I know.  Ok, maybe just a couple.  One of those is LAUNDRY.  I know it, and I don’t love it.  I always smile when I see those pins about missing laundry one day when the kids are grown.   Nope.  I won’t miss it.  I will miss lots of things, but not laundry baby.  So… for now, I try to find ways to dislike it a little bit less! 😉

That leads me to today’s project.  This may be one of my very favorite builds yet!  For years, I have placed a laundry basket in the hall upstairs for my kids to throw their dirty clothes into.  I have stared at that thing for years thinking one day I would come up with a solution that fit our needs and my dislike of dirty piles of laundry.

Let’s build this DIY Laundry Sorter!

Now, before I do get questions… I do realize that it is long for this space, and does cut off that door opening into my son’s room a tiny bit.  I thought about that while I was planning this dresser.  I had the choice to go with two baskets, but I couldn’t pass up that third!  So, I traded few inches of space for another basket.  I found these baskets at Walmart for $7 a piece, or you can find them HERE on Amazon!
.   You can also find them This dresser is designed around the size of this basket, but it may fit others as well.

I’ve added a link to the free plans at the bottom of this post! Now, lets build it!

DIY Laundry Basket Dresser Details

I started by creating the box of the dresser.  This uses hardwood plywood, and I went with Purebond Plywood for this.

PureBond_Pledge

Many of you have heard us talk about Purebond.  It really is an amazing product to work with when you build furniture.  It’s greatest draw is that you get the look of an expensive hardwood for a fraction of the cost.  Not only that, it’s also made in the USA with sustainable resources, and it’s formaldehyde-free making it safe to work with and breathe.  Winner.  You can find it at Home Depot.

I did have Home Depot rip down my plywood to make it easier to get home.  Once I had it home, I made all other cuts on my Ridgid Miter Saw.

DIY Laundry Basket Dresser

I used my Kreg Jig
to make all of my pocket holes.  You can see in the photos below where I placed all of them.  I started by building the side frames.  These are simple!  I used 3/4″ pocket holes and 1.25″ pocket hole screws for this part.  I also used a bit of Gorilla Wood glue on each joint before using my drill to attach them.

Side Frame of Laundry Sorter
wood glue on door

The back of the frame is also Purebond Plywood that is 1/4″ thick.  When attaching thin material like this, it’s a good idea to use staples rather than brad nails.  The nails tend to go right through that thin material, but the staples hold it in place perfect.  I used my Ryobi Airstrike cordless stapler for this part.  The best part?  It uses the same 18v One+ battery that my drill and other tools use.

Ryobi AirStrike Staple Gun
side of laundry sorter

I drilled the pocket holes for the base next.  You can see here how I placed the base into the Kreg Jig to make the holes on each long side.  I am using the same size holes here.

making pocket holes

This is what the base of the dresser looked like after my pocket holes were added.

pocket holes for base

After planking the top, I attached the whole thing.  You can see where all of the pocket holes line up and attach.

laundry dresser dividers
top of laundry dresser
pocket holes on laundry dresser

Once I was done with the box of the dresser, I moved on to the doors/drawers… I couldn’t decide what to call them 🙂

These are a very simple design of attaching two pieces of plywood together with pocket holes.   Each base should look like this below…

bottom of laundry dresser doors

Attach them to the door fronts using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

dresser doors for laundry dresser

To attach the side pieces, I nailed them in place first before attaching with the pocket hole screws.  It made this part lots easier.

assembling the laundry dresser

At this point, my dresser looked like this…

front of laundry dresser

And the back looked like this.

back of laundry dresser

Now for trim!  Now, this is where you get to be the artist.  I wanted my dresser to look like individual drawers, so I made faux drawers from trim.  It did cost more money, but I love the look of it.  You can simply frame around each dresser door.  That would be simple!  When doing the trim, I started flush with the bottom of each door.  All of my cuts are 45 degrees.

how to trim the door

Next, I attached side pieces.

trim for door

Then, I aligned the next ‘drawer’ up flush with the one I just did.  Once finished, the trim should overhang the doors about 1/2″ on the sides and top of each door.

trimming out the door

Now, on my second drawer I decided to speed through it.  I forgot the old saying ‘measure twice, cut once’, and I ended up removing every piece of trim I added.  There were choice words used on this part as well. 😉  Just be sure to measure each piece, or you will end of with a handful of nails like me!

pulling out nails

After trimming each door, my dresser looked like this and was ready for a little paint.

Building a laundry dresser

I filled all of my nail holes with this before painting.  I also caulked some of my less than perfect seams… There may have been a few. 😉

patch and primer for holes

The color I used on this dresser is Sherwin-Williams Anonymous (SW-7046)

Sherwin-Williams Anonymous

Once that dried, I used my Corner Cat sander to distress it a bit before adding my hinges.  I used these hinges from the Home Depot.

Hinge from Home Depot

It’s helpful to have a second pair of hands on this part to hold the doors… Just a heads up.  I first attached each hinge to the box of the dresser.  Please ignore my botched paint job.  I only paint what eyes can see.

drill attaching hinge

So, each opening had two hinges like this.

how to attach a hinge

Now, fold the hinges together like this.

hinge on door

Set each door into place on top of the hinges.  Now from the back of the dresser, open up each door and attach the base of the door to the hinge.  There is probably an easier way to do this, but it totally worked for me.

attach hinge with drill
hinge'

And for my very last step… hardware!  I found these cute cup pulls at Home Depot.  Again, buying 9 of them did drive the cost up, but you can stick with 3 and keep it lower.  The doors will fold open to the floor, but you can add small stop chains if you want.  That will keep it from opening all of the way.  I am adding them to keep the littles from opening the doors and playing inside of this thing. 🙂

cup pull from home depot

And here she is all finished up.  Oh.  I love it.

DIY Laundry Dresser
Laundry Basket Console Table
Laundry Hamper Dresser DIY
DIY Laundry Hamper Console Table
Laundry Sorter Dresser
DIY Laundry Basket Dresser

What do you think??  Would it make you love laundry any more than you do now??

Let’s talk cost.  I did spend a bit more on this piece.  It is large, and the hardware and trim I went with did drive up the cost of the project.  I spent around $100 for the wood before my trim and pulls.  My trim and hardware added another $100 to the cost, making the project around $200.  You can easily simplify the trim and cut down on your pulls to stay under a smaller budget if you need to though!  But really, I would have paid a lot more for it because I LOVE it! 😉

To download and print the free plans, CLICK HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share and PIN this project with all of your friends!

Thanks so much guys!

Whitney

62 Comments

  1. ImTheNana on April 22, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Great idea, but the baskets on Amazon are $58.68 now!! I’ll have to check Walmart instead.

  2. Dani Dillig on March 5, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hubby and I have already decided we’re going to build the DIY king bed, and DIY side tables! I love how this dresser looks, but we would definitely need the drawers. He’s pretty handy with wood working, so I think he can take these plans and make sliding drawers!

  3. Taylor Made Originals on February 11, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Ladies, can you tell me the height of the sorter? I’m considering using these plans to hold rolls of vinyl and the top for cutter. Thanks.

  4. Laura Newberry on January 9, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Is it possible for you to list or tell me the finished dimensions of this project please? I love it! And need it in my life. Thank you thank you

  5. JW on October 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Beautiful idea and results. Could the hampers be turned long way to place 2 in each slot? Would they still be easily removed?

  6. Felicia Fournier on September 20, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I see a few people have asked about the wall color but I can’t find an answer anywhere. I’d reeeeally like to know what it is! Thanks!

  7. Angela Prindle Crider on May 21, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Beautiful project! Where did you get the little plants? Are they real or silk?

    • Felicia Fournier on October 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      I have the same ones. They’re from Ikea! So are the metal pots.

  8. Kathy on May 8, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Love this so much! What are the finished dimensions? (sorry, I’m not patient enough to try and figure it out myself). Many thanks.

  9. Bethann Yeatman on April 15, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Do you think I could add a back to it? The back would be visible on my patio and that would not look good. Any thoughts?

  10. Carly Piercy on April 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Could you share what wall color this is? 🙂

  11. myclue4u on February 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I love everything about the picture …. Project, decor, colors. However, I can not find any info on the wall color. Is it posted and I can not find it? I’m terrible in matching colors!! Thanks!

  12. Helen F Gaffney on January 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I wonder if I can save a lot of money if I redesign a old real wood dresser from goodwill

  13. Helen F Gaffney on January 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Love the idea, I have a odd question. I notice when your showing the basket the cabinet is in front of the intake wall vent where the filter goes for your ac, wont that burn your unit up since it cant get air ?

  14. Syndei on November 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This is an amazing project. Functionality has never seem so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Ann Murphy on November 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Genius! Dirty clothes hidden in plain sight! My laundry room is so small that I have to sort everyone’s clothes in the (highly visible) small hallway between my kitchen and powder room and pray that I can get it all done before someone stops by. Lol.

  16. Shelly on October 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Love this piece. But I noticed in the picture of the first door pulled down, that it is covering your return vent for you ac unit. That’s not good to cover that, it will make your unit work harder and possibly burn a motor if it doesn’t get enough air in it. Just thought I’d tell you if you didn’t already know.

  17. Carolyn Smith on September 14, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Beautiful project!! Like some of the others – would you please share your wall color. We are getting ready to repaint the interior of our home and I need a soft color like this. Thanks in advance.

  18. Lm Mackin on September 4, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Great plans, I want to build this with just one bin. Just a wish, though, I would like to see the parts labeled on the PDF plans, what each cutout piece is used for, like you see on most of Ana White’s plans.

  19. Mary Petty on August 28, 2014 at 6:33 am

    What a great idea! I think I might just have to make one of these!

  20. Angie B on August 26, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I’m totally in love with this idea and will be making one for my laundry room. Thanks for the great idea and free plans!

    Would you please share your wall color also? I’m a dork and just spent 30 minutes searching your site and could not find it. :/

    You guys inspire me to do stuff on my own without waiting on my sweet husband to help out. I’m sure he appreciates you even more than I do!

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