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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


  1. I'm so jealous of this! We don't have a nook in our laundry room. We are going to try to build a pedestal for our washer and dryer that will fit laundry baskets underneath!

  2. I love this idea. We will have the same nook in our Avalon laundry room on the first floor. I cannot wait to try this out! I plan on labeling the baskets with my kids' names and putting "just washed" clothes in it for them to take upstairs and put away!

  3. Great IDEA!!! Great use of space for laundry!!

  4. What a great idea. I was thinking about shelves, but laundry baskets would be so much more useful!