HOW TO BUILD A LAUNDRY BASKET DRESSER

12 Materials
$150
1 Day
Easy

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.

Ready for makeover!

Let's get started!

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.

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!

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!!

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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  • Brenda Black Brenda Black on Jan 29, 2019

    You said these cans were for dirty laundry right? My question is how is that go to stop the clean clothes to not smell?

  • Kim Meyers Breaux Kim Meyers Breaux on Jan 30, 2019

    Where is the video?

  • MS MS on Apr 15, 2021

    I don't get this...how is it a dresser? Half the comments assume it's for dirty clothing, half assume it's for clean. Picture of it being used would be helpful.

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  • Cheti Vail Cheti Vail on Apr 14, 2022

    I think this is a good idea but I would vent holes and placed drawers as part of the base.

  • Darla Bass Darla Bass on Apr 14, 2022

    Thank you for taking so much time to show how you did this. I think this is a great idea that could be used for many things. Since it is covered from dust, etc. it would be great to store your clean sheets, blankets, etc. It looks lovely. You could also store valuables because no one would think of looking there! Great job!

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