Say Goodbye to Laundry Room Chaos: DIY Laundry Basket Station

Julien K., Hometalk Team
by Julien K., Hometalk Team
8 Materials
1 Hour

Doing laundry is already such a hassle, and tripping over those laundry baskets filled with clothes doesn't make it any more enjoyable. To make things a little easier, I transformed an old bookshelf into a DIY laundry basket station. Hello, organization!

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Bookshelf before transformation

My old boring bookshelf. I'm so glad I had this lying around and out of use. However, if you need to purchase one, this one on Amazon is similar in size.

Remove shelves from bookshelf

1. Remove Shelves and Hardware

The first step in this laundry basket station project is to dismantle the bookshelf by removing its shelves and hardware. Create a clean canvas for your upcoming laundry organization masterpiece!

Mark the first level on the bookshelf frame

2. Measure & Mark the First Level

Take your laundry basket's height into consideration and leave about 3 inches from the top of the frame to allow for easy access. Mark this point on both sides of the frame, ensuring they are aligned and level with each other.

Mark the second level for optimal laundry basket placement

3. Measure & Mark the Second Level

Once you determine the height of your laundry basket, add an extra 3 inches for easy access. From the first mark made in the previous step, measure downward and repeat on the other side of the frame. Ensure that both markings are aligned and level with each other.

Glue the wood dowels onto the bookshelf frame

4. Glue Your Dowels

Cut four wood dowels to match the depth of your bookshelf frame. Using a hot glue gun or appropriate wood glue, attach the first wood dowel to the first-level markings on both sides of the frame.

Sturdy support with dowels

Repeat the process and attach the remaining three wood dowels to the second-level markings on both sides of the frame.

Attach dowels on both sides of the frame

Ensure that all the dowels are level with each other.

Personal touch - paint the frame

6. Paint Your Frame

If you want to add a personal touch, consider painting your frame. I opted for the beautiful 'Tahoe Blue' from BEHR paint to match our laundry room decor. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly overnight.

lide laundry baskets along the wood dowels for a snug fit

7. Insert Laundry Baskets

Now comes the satisfying part! Slide your laundry baskets, like these Sterilite ones, along the wood dowels inside the frame. They should hang snugly on these pieces, creating a neat and efficient DIY laundry basket station.

For added organization, label each bin accordingly.

More Laundry Station Projects

Here is another great idea for turning an old old dresser into a laundry station

DIY laundry basket station

And there you have it – your very own DIY laundry basket station, ready to tackle your laundry challenges!

Place your laundry and stain removal essentials on the top shelf, and if you have extra room at the bottom, utilize it for more baskets and storage.

This station is versatile and can be made taller to accommodate even more laundry baskets; all you need is a taller bookshelf.

Before and after laundry organization project

So, go ahead and give this laundry basket station project a try. Say goodbye to laundry room chaos and embrace the joy of a well-organized space.

We'd love to hear about your experience and any creative twists you added to the project.

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  • Bobbie Bobbie on Jun 02, 2018

    What did you use to stabilize it to keep it from collapsing ?

  • Paul Lorentz Paul Lorentz on Feb 24, 2020

    Agree with those talking about cross supports. Also, I don't think the glued on dowels will hold past the first fill. Why not leave the shelves and adjust them to set the baskets on?

  • Delores Newton-Kerlin Delores Newton-Kerlin on Feb 25, 2021

    I think it’s beautiful and a great idea. Why all the criticism? If you don’t like it, don’t make it.

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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Feb 25, 2021

    I have hamppers in my bathroom for the laundry. One for clothes and the other for dirty towels.

  • J Kim Davis J Kim Davis on Oct 28, 2021

    I love your idea‼️ Ignore the negative nellies. As long as your “load is centered” you shouldn’t have any toppling problems with your baskets. I bought a laundry sorter that was kind of expensive & I hate it! Never use it. The bags are hard to uncouple from the stand & they are flimsy. This is a much better idea for me & I already have the supplies on hand. 👍🏼