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Stackable Laundry Basket Storage

Organize your laundry room with this stackable laundry basket storage.

Storage is so important in a laundry room. A stackable laundry basket storage is a great way to save on space but add tons of storage and functionality to a small laundry room or closet. This easy to build shelf unit is the perfect laundry basket organizer so you can keep your dirty laundry hidden.

This quick to build shelf holds 4 laundry baskets so you can sort and store all your dirty clothes. And bonus, it is made out of 1 sheet of plywood so it is very budget friendly.

Stackable laundry basket storage with three shelves.

I cannot believe it is already week 3 of the $100 laundry room makeover.

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This week I was hoping to have so much done, but unfortunately I came down with bronchitis right after last week’s update. I have never had bronchitis before and it put me down for 5 days!

Missing 5 days from a month long room makeover is a bit scary. There are only 14 days left and I have completed 2 of the tasks on my long list. This week will be a lot of work trying to get caught up!

Laundry room with stackable laundry basket storage.

But enough about how behind I am, let’s talk about this amazing stackable laundry basket storage!

Since I had room on either side of our washer and dryer, I knew I wanted to utilize it. I thought about adding a broom cupboard for storing cleaning supplies and such.

But then I would have to go downstairs and retrieve my broom every day when I was sweeping up the kitchen (not going to happen).

Close up of diy laundry basket storage shelves.

Then I realized there was enough space to add a laundry basket organizer.

Right now our laundry baskets are just laid out in the hallway whenever I am doing laundry. The kids have to run the gauntlet of clothes piles and baskets on the way to their bedrooms (but I don’t think they really care). But it drives me crazy!

So I decided to turn the extra space into a stackable laundry basket storage where all the clothes can be sorted and stored while waiting for their turn in the wash.

Stackable laundry basket organizer shown on side of washing machine.

After making my decision of what to use the extra room for, it was time to go to the drawing board. I needed a way to add the glorious stackable laundry basket storage without breaking my $100 budget!

If you remember from last week, I already spent $19 on the beautifully stenciled floor and there are still many more projects I want to accomplish in the space.

I decided to sacrifice enough room in the budget for 1 sheet of plywood to create the perfect laundry sorting shelves. Now all I had to do was create the perfect plans for it!

Stackable laundry basket storage shown in laundry room.

The laundry basket storage shelf does take a tiny bit more wood than the 1 sheet of plywood I planned for. It also used 2, 4″ strips of plywood for a toe kick and back brace (so I can attach it to the wall).

Luckily I had a couple scraps of plywood in my stash to take care of this. If you want to make your own stackable laundry basket storage and do not have scraps of plywood laying around, you can also use a 1×4 board for these two pieces. Easy peasy!

Cost to Build a Stackable Laundry Basket Storage

Before I share the build plans for the laundry basket storage,  let’s talk budget! With only $100 to spend on the entire room, every little bit counts.

I am happy to report that paired with some scraps from my garage and thanks to my extensive screw collection (I never toss one, ever), I was able to create the perfect stackable laundry basket shelves for only $35!

Laundry Basket Storage:
  • Plywood $35
  • Other wood $0 (used a few scraps to finish things off)
  • Screws, nails, glue $0 (had on hand)

GRAND TOTAL: $35

$100 Laundry Room Makeover Budget

And that is all that was spent this week because I was down for the count most of the time. But there is still a huge list of things to do for the complete laundry room makeover! With $45 left, I may be getting a little nervous about the list. Wish me luck!

  • Stencil laundry room floor $19
  • Stackable laundry basket storage $35
  • Patch holes and touch up wall paint
  • Lower cabinets and install a new light so I can have all the doors working
  • Build new doors for the cabinets
  • Paint cabinets
  • Find creative way to cover the dryer exhaust tube
  • Build shelf behind washer & dryer
  • Tile shelf backsplash
  • Add lots of pretty stuff!

How to Make Stackable Laundry Basket Storage

Tools needed:

  • Circular Saw
    • I pair my circular saw with the Kreg AccuCut and RipCut to easily rip down sheets of plywood with amazing accuracy all by myself (something I could never do with my table saw).
  • Kreg Jig
  • Finishing Nail Gun
  • Drill
  • Measuring Tape
  • Clamps

Supplies:

  • (1) sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • (1) 4′ 1×4 board
  • (36) 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • (4) 1 1/4″ finishing nails
  • wood glue
  • 23″ x 19″ x 10″ laundry baskets
  • Optional: 1/4″ thick strips of wood or edge tape to finish off the edges of the plywood.

Cut the plywood according to the diagram below.

Make a stackable laundry basket storage until out of a sheet of plywood. Housefulofhandmade.com

Drill 4 pocket holes into each side of all the shelf board.

Set the Kreg jig for 3/4″ thick material and use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws for all the joining.

Use Kreg pocket holes to easily attach the shelves of the stackable laundry basket storage. Housefulofhandmade.com

Attach the shelves to one of the side boards with pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Secure them so they are 12″ apart. The bottom shelf will be flush with the top of the toe kick. The top shelf will be flush with the top of the angled part of the side.

Step 2 for the stackable laundry basket storage build plans. Housefulofhandmade.com

Attach the other side piece with the pocket holes on the other side of the shelves. Make sure to correctly space the shelves on this side as well to ensure square and level shelves.

Step 3 for the stackable laundry basket storage build plans. Housefulofhandmade.com

Cut the 1×4 board for the toe kick and back support. Attach the toe kick with wood glue and finishing nails.

Attach the back support with two pocket holes on either side so it is flush with the back of the shelf unit.

Step 4 for the stackable laundry basket storage build plans. Housefulofhandmade.com

You can leave the shelves as it or finish the edges.

I finished the edges with 1/4″ thick strips of pine wood (I ripped them down with my table saw but you can also do it with the AccuCut and circular saw if you support the AccuCut with scraps of wood). Attach the strips to the front of all the plywood with wood glue and finishing nails.

Or you can finish the edges of the plywood with edge tape.

However, finishing the edges of the plywood is not necessary. I didn’t do it in these plywood closet organizers and love the industrial look of the unfinished plywood.

Finish the edges of the plywood laundry basket storage with 1/4" strips of scrap wood. Housefulofhandmade.com

Now sand and stain or paint the finished stackable laundry basket organizer.

This weekend I plan to get mine painted as well as the ugly 80s cabinets. I can’t wait to see the transformation after the paint is done!

Turn the empty space next to your washing machine into useable space with this stackable laundry basket storage! Housefulofhandmade.com
Organize your laundry room with this stackable laundry basket storage. This easy to build shelf unit is the perfect laundry basket organizer so you can keep your dirty laundry hidden. Get the build plans from Housefulofhandmade.com.

Stackable Laundry Basket Storage

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 hour
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $35

A stackable laundry basket storage is a great way to save on space but add tons of storage and functionality to a small laundry room or closet. This easy to build shelf unit is the perfect laundry basket organizer.

Materials

  • (1) sheet of 3/4" plywood
  • (1) 4' 1x4 board
  • (36) 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
  • (4) 1 1/4" finishing nails
  • wood glue
  • 23" x 19" x 10" laundry baskets
  • Optional: 1/4" thick strips of wood or edge tape to finish off the edges of the plywood.

Tools

  • Circular Saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Finishing Nail Gun
  • Drill
  • Measuring Tape
  • Clamps

Instructions

  1. Cut the plywood according to the diagram.
  2. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4" thick material and use 1 1/4" pocket hole screws for all the joining. Drill 4 pocket holes into each side of all the shelf board.
  3. Attach the shelves to one of the side boards with pocket hole screws and wood glue. Secure them so they are 12" apart. The bottom shelf will be flush with the top of the toe kick. The top shelf will be flush with the top of the angled part of the side.
  4. Attach the other side piece with the pocket holes on the other side of the shelves. Make sure to correctly space the shelves on this side as well to ensure square and level shelves.
  5. Cut the 1x4 board for the toe kick and back support. Attach the toe kick with wood glue and finishing nails. Attach the back support with two pocket holes on either side so it is flush with the back of the shelf unit.
  6. Finish the edges with 1/4" thick strips of pine wood. Attach the strips to the front of all the plywood with wood glue and finishing nails.
  7. Sand and stain or paint the finished stackable laundry basket organizer.

Did you make this project?

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This $100 laundry room makeover is going to be amazing!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Now don’t forget to check out the rest of this month’s $100 Room Makeovers. There are so many rooms to see and so much creativity to enjoy!


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Jody

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

It looks great, very good idea! I was wondering what you are doing above washer and dryer? It looks like you have a project going on above too. I’m looking to do some wide shelves for above my washer and dryer. Maybe taking your idea of the shelf but putting it above but long ways. Any ideas? Thank you!

Kati

Friday 3rd of January 2020

I did the entire laundry room, for only $100. You can see it all done here: Colorful Farmhouse Laundry Room Reveal. If you have a front loader and the buttons on your dryer in front too, a long shelf over the top would be a great place to store laundry baskets. You might need posts in the front to help support them over the washer and dryer.

Erin

Sunday 18th of August 2019

I really like this idea. Can you tell me what the finished dimensions are? Thinking about doing this but want to make sure I have enough room for it.

Kati

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

It is 25 1/2" deep and 21 1/2" wide.

Tina

Friday 2nd of February 2018

What an AWESOME job!! I've wanted to do something like that for so long!! Hopefully now I can get working on it!!

Kati

Monday 5th of February 2018

You will love it! it keeps our laundry so much more organized and off the floor!!!

Maria - House by the Preserve

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Love the laundry basket holder! So pretty!

Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Monday 22nd of January 2018

What can be done with a sheet of plywood (plus a few scraps) is pretty incredible! I LOVE this shelf, and so much better than all the baskets being in the hall! Hope you are feeling better!

Kati

Friday 26th of January 2018

I am kinda a plywood addict if you haven't noticed. I used one sheet in every $100 room challenge!

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