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My master bedroom closet is getting a makeover!!! I found an idea online for a laundry basket dresser, which I thought was a brilliant way to hide dirty laundry! I wanted it built in at the back of the closet, somewhat hidden away.

how to build a laundry basket dresser, Ready for makeover
Ready for makeover!

Let's get started!

how to build a laundry basket dresser, First build your base
First build your base

Cut a 1×4 to the width of the closet, and a few center supports going to the back wall. This base was not attached to the wall, just laid out as a foundation. Then cut a piece of plywood to make the bottom of the laundry basket dresser, I used 1/2″ plywood.

how to build a laundry basket dresser, I chose tall baskets
I chose tall baskets.

Place baskets where you want them.

To find the height of cabinet, place the laundry basket where you want it and tip it upward. Mark the highest place the basket will reach when tipped.

Height found, cut 2x4s to that length and attach to wall with 2.5″ screws. 

Cut a plywood top for the laundry basket dresser and attach to each of the braces sticking up and along the wall with brad nailer.  

Build each “laundry basket cubbie” out of plywood to sit underneath the laundry basket and between each support. Don’t attach this to anything!

how to build a laundry basket dresser, Will move as a whole unit without hardware
Will move as a whole unit without hardware!

Cut cabinet fronts and attach to base “cubbie” piece with a bead of glue and nails. You want an “L” shape cabinet built around each laundry basket.  

Cut a short piece of 1×2 with 45 degree angles and attach to each side with glue and nails.

I added a brace piece underneath the top of the laundry basket dresser. 

Cut and attach trim to front panels.

Ready for paint!!

how to build a laundry basket dresser, I just love this
I just love this!!!

I have a video explaining every step here. Also be sure to check out the blog post (link below) for more details and pictures.

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