How to Build a Versatile Laundry Room Storage Container

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch

Sometimes, there's nothing more aggravating than not having a proper place for your laundry soap and other essentials.

That's why I've come up with a DIY hack for creating a laundry room storage container that will keep everything organized.

Using a half-inch sheet of plywood and a few tools, you can make a practical and stylish storage container for your laundry room.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

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Tools and Materials:

  • Half-inch sheet of plywood
  • Painter's tape
  • Ruler
  • One-inch paddle bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Forstner bit (1.5 inches)
  • Wood stain
  • Wood glue
  • Pin nails and nailer
  • Hinges
  • Level or straight edge

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Steps to build a laundry room storage container

1. Mark and Tape the Plywood

First, lay out the half-inch sheet of plywood and apply painter's tape to it.

Marking and taping plywood

Use a ruler to mark a straight line down the middle of the tape. The painter's tape will help create a clean edge when cutting.

Cutting plywood with a jigsaw

2. Cut the Plywood

Using a jigsaw, cut along the marked lines.

Step-by-step plywood cutting for storage container

The painter's tape will help prevent splinters, ensuring a smooth edge.

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Pull away the tape after cutting to reveal clean, splinter-free edges.

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Repeat this process to cut pieces for the top, bottom, and sides of the laundry room organization container.

Plywood storage container project

3. Create a Slot

On one of the side pieces, pre-drill holes using a one-inch paddle bit.

Drill holes in one of the side panels

These holes should be about an inch from the edge. This will make it easier to assemble the container later on.

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Take a straight edge and mark 2 parallel lines between the tops of each pre-drilled hole.

Cut from one hole to the next creating a slot

Use the jigsaw to cut through these marks. This step helps create an opening that will be a useful part of the container's structure.

Easy woodworking project

After cutting, sand the edges slightly to smooth them out. This is important for both the appearance and the functionality of your storage container.

Build a custom laundry room organization box

4. Create the Organizers Base

Using a 1.5-inch Forstner bit, drill into the piece that will be used for the bottom of the box.

DIY container, perfect for keeping your laundry space organized and efficient

This will be where the soap dispenser lid or other items can be placed securely.

Staining wood panels

5. Stain the Wood

Before assembling the container, stain all the pieces. This ensures that you get an even finish on all sides.

Adding a color contrast with oak stain

Let the stain dry for about an hour or two.

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6. Assemble the Container

Apply wood glue to the edges of the pieces.

Using glue and pin nails for strong wood joints

Use pin nails to hold them together while the glue dries.

Assembling the laundry room storage container

After about two hours, the glue will be strong enough to handle.

Attaching the bottom piece and hinges to complete the organizer

7. Attach the Bottom and Hinges

Turn the assembled pieces over and glue all four sides to the bottom piece.

Nail the base into the box

Use the pin nailer to secure them. Wipe off any excess glue.

Attaching hinges for storage container lid

Attach hinges to the top lid to complete the structure.

Store dryer sheets

8. Final Touches

Place your fabric sheet box inside, making it look like a Kleenex tissue box.

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Position the soap dispenser on top, with a slight bevel to ensure it drains towards the front.

This will keep your washing machine clean from drips.

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There is even enough room to collect lint to make your own fire starters!

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Building a multi-functional storage box is a simple and effective way to keep your laundry room organized.

This project not only adds functionality but also a touch of custom style to your space.

Multi-purpose laundry room storage container

If you found this guide helpful, please comment below and share your thoughts.

Happy building!

Frequently asked questions
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  • Pat Pat on Jun 24, 2024
    Won't the vibration from the spin cycle cause the battle to shift?
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  • For those who don’t have access to all the tools you used, there is a cup holder/drip tray available on Amazon for $2.89.
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  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 27, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your project. I would drill 4 holes, 2 on each side of the container platform and insert dowels to fit to keep the container from falling over.