Laundry Basket Station

8 Materials
$25
1 Hour
Easy
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 laundry basket station. Hello, organization!


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








Step 1: Remove Shelves and hardware from bookshelf frame.










Step 2: Measure & mark the first level.

Measure the height of your laundry basket. You need to leave about 3" from the top of the frame to allow your hand to reach in without issue. Mark this point on your bookshelf frame. Mark the same spot (3" down) on the left side of the frame. Make sure both markings are aligned and level with eachother.










Step 3: Measure & mark the second level.

Once you know the height of your laundry basket add 3" (for your hand). Measure this amount downwards, starting at the first mark you made in step 2. Repeat on the other other side of the frame. Make sure both markings are aligned and level with eachother.










Step 4: Glue your dowels.

Your four wood dowels should be cut to the same depth of your bookshelf frame. I used a simple hack saw to cut mine. Using a hot glue gun, apply a strip of glue to your first wood dowel. You can also use proper wood glue if it will adhere to the material your bookshelf is made out of.










Step 5: Apply your dowels.

Glue each dowel to the first-level markings you drew on your frame. Ensure the dowels are level with eachother on both the right and left side of the frame.










Step 5: Apply your dowels (again).

Glue each dowel to the second-level markings you drew on your frame. Ensure the dowels are level with eachother on both the right and left side of the frame.











Step 6: Paint your frame.

This step is optional, but I painted it a pretty blue color from BEHR paint called 'Tahoe Blue' to match our laundry room decor. Let dry thoroughly overnight.










Step 7: Insert Laundry Baskets.

One at a time, slide your laundry baskets (I love these Sterilite ones) along the wood dowels inside the frame. They should hang snugly off these pieces. I chose to place labels on each bin for extra organization.










There you have it! The finished product in all of it's laundry glory. Place your own laundry and stain removal essentials along the top shelf. If you have extra room along the bottom, you can place baskets underneath for extra organization. This station can also be made taller to hold even more laundry baskets! All you need is a taller bookshelf.










FROM THIS ---> TO THIS! Magical.

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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. 👍🏼

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