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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback: DIY Laundry Basket Nook

In the Ravenna we have a small nook in our laundry area that is meant to house a laundry sink as an option but then you have nowhere to store dirty clothes, some owners have even removed the nook altogether in favor of a larger master closet. If you dont get the sink, that area is too small to fit a 30" vanity cabinet that could be used for a decent folding station.

So after being inspired by a solution I found on the net, I was able to convert this area to house 3 laundry baskets to hold dirty clothes. Above them is a ventilated shelf above that for hanging things. Future plans include some sort of flat surface for folding.

To build you will need:
- (3) 2-bushel size Sterilite laundry baskets. I got them from Walmart for $8 each.
- (3) 1x2x8 pine cut into (8) 19" pieces for the side supports + (1) 24" piece for the rear support of the countertop
- 3" wood screws

A height of 13" in between each support works well.

For some finishing,
- Add a strip of felt fabric for each support to help making sliding easier,
- Dowels inserted two-thirds towards the back of the side support strips to create mild "stops" for the pulling out of the baskets
- Shoe molding or something for the front edges for a more polished look
- Curtain or some decorative window panel to hide them if you like leaving your laundry door open

I re-purposed some wood strips I had left over from another project

Its a really simple way to achieve a load of convenience...dirty clothing optional