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A completed laundry basket dresser with four marked laundry baskets

Overview

Keep your clothes and all your other laundry off the floor with a D.I.Y. laundry basket dresser.

Steps

1Have the plywood pre-cut

Once you've worked out how big you want your laundry basket dresser to be, you can take your plans to a Bunnings store and get the plywood for your frame and shelves pre-cut

For our laundry basket, we had our 2 pieces of 2250mm x 600mm x 30mm ply cut into:

  • 1325mm x 2
  • 800mm x 2

 

We then had our 2 pieces of 2400mm x 1200mm x 17mm ply cut into:

  • 1325mm x 2
  • 353mm x 2
The tools and materials necessary for making a laundry basket dresser

2Assemble the frame

Put the four pieces of plywood that make up your rectangular frame together. This includes the two 800mm x 30mm pieces and the two 1325mm x 30mm pieces. Make sure the edges are square. Put on your safety equipment. Use the cordless drill to drill three countersunk holes between the side of the frame and the top or bottom of the dresser. Use the 50mm screws to secure. Repeat this for the other three corners.

The completed frame for a laundry basket dresser

3Build the shelves

Measure the length of the piece of plywood that will run across the middle of your laundry basket dresser. In our case, this will be the two 1325mm x 17mm pieces. Mark the midpoint. Line-up the piece of plywood that will be the divider in your dresser. For our dividers, we used the 353mm pieces. Use the drill and screws to attach the divider to the other piece of plywood. Repeat this process to build the second shelf. Use the 50mm screws to screw from the bottom and use the 30mm screws to screw from the top down into the divider.

A pencil and tape measure being used to mark a panel of wood

4Install the bottom shelf

Place the first shelf inside the laundry basket frame. Make sure it is square. Secure the shelf to the sides of the frame by countersinking and screwing them together. Repeat this for the other side of the frame.

Inner shelves for a laundry basket dresser being positioned inside the frame

5Attach the divider to the frame

To make the dresser more stable attach the central divider to the base of the dresser. Use the cordless drill and the 30mm screws to secure the divider to the base.

A hole being drilled into a laundry basket dresser frame

6Install the top shelf

Place the top shelf inside the frame, so that it's on top of the bottom shelf. Secure the top shelf with the drill and screws to the underside of the bottom shelf. If you drill on the bottom shelf the screws won't be visible.

The inner shelves of a laundry basket dresser being secured in place with a drill

7Attach the castor wheels

Use the drill and screws to fix the four castor wheels to each corner on the underside of the laundry basket dresser. This will allow you to easily move your dresser around.

Castor wheels being secured to the bottom of a laundry basket dresser

8Secure the top of the divider

To make the dresser more secure, turn it over so that it's on its wheels. Use the drill and 30mm screws to attach the central divider to the top of the dresser.

Person drilling timber together.

9Paint the dresser

Use the colour of your choice, that matches your laundry décor, to paint the laundry basket dresser. Once it's dry move it into place and insert the laundry baskets into the shelves.
A completed laundry basket dresser with four marked laundry baskets

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.