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Laundry – the never ending task! Seems like no matter how many times we try to get caught up, the pile of laundry just keeps multiplying! What if you had an area that would keep all your laundry and the supplies organized? And even if you had laundry, there would be a spot to keep it all.

This Mobile Laundry Station keeps your laundry separated, so when you have time, you can tackle the pile that never seems to go away.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Isn’t she a beauty? Doug did a fantastic job on it. But it’s actually not for me – I will have to confess, I don’t do the laundry in our house. Yes, I’m very lucky to have my hubby do our laundry.

As part of the Brilliant HE Clean Ideas Bloggers, we were challenged to create a solution for our Laundry Room. Jenny Komenda shares her top 6 tips for Laundry Room Redesign, like Tip #4 – “A rolling laundry butler can be your best friend, doing triple duty with a hanging bar, a rolling basket and a drying rack.”

We took the rolling laundry butler a step further and created an organizing station that holds laundry baskets and a place on top to hold soap, stain remover and dryer sheets and created a Mobile Laundry Station.

We have lots to show you how to build this Mobile Laundry Station – so let’s get busy…

First let’s gather our supplies –

Mobile Laundry Station Supply List

  • 4 x 8 foot sheet – 3/4 inch plywood
  • 2 – 6 foot  1 x 2 inch pine boards
  • 4 x 4 foot sheet – 1/4 inch plywood
  • 8 foot – 1/2 inch x 3/4 inch shoe molding
  • 2 – 2 inch medium duty swivel casters with brake
  • 2 – 2 inch medium duty rigid casters
  • Deck screws  – 8 gauge by 1  1/4 inch
  • Wood screws – 8 gauge by 3/4 inch
  • Wood Glue
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Shelf Liner

Cut List

The measurements will depend greatly on the size of your laundry basket. We used 1.25 bushel Sterilite brand. It’s best to have the employees at The Home Depot cut the 3/4 inch plywood into 15 1/2 inch width pieces for you.

For the box – 3/4 inch plywood

  • 1 – 15 1/2 inch x 26 inch (bottom) 
  • 1 – 15 1/2 inch x 27 1/2 inch (top)
  • 2 – 15 1/2 inch x 36 inch (sides)

For the back – 1/4 inch plywood

  • 27 3/8 inch x 35 3/4 inch

For the rails – 1×2 inch pine boards – the rails will be attached to each side once the box is built, at 10 inches from the bottom, then 21 inches from the bottom and 32 inches from the bottom. Spacing will depend on the size of your laundry basket.

  • 6 – 15 1/2 inch long

For the top – Shoe Molding (ends cut at 45 degree angles)

  • 2 – 27 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 – 15 1/2 inch pieces

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

The construction is a simple box, with 1×2 inch pieces of wood to hold the laundry baskets. After cutting the pieces of wood, it’s best to apply wood glue to the joints before screwing them together.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Pre-drill the screw holes with a small drill bit and countersink the holes for a clean finish. After glue is set and prior to painting, cover the screw heads with wood putty.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

After you have built the sides of the box and attached the back, make sure to clean up any wood glue that has squeezed out of the joints with a clean wet rag.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Now it’s time to build the rails that will hold the laundry baskets. Attach the rails to the inside of the box, use the supply list as a guide for spacing the rails. Use a clamp to help hold the rails in place while you glue and screw them to the side. Leave the clamps on until the glue has dried.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

After the laundry station has been primed and painted, you can add wheels to the bottom if you like. Space the wheels 1 inch in from the corners.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

And attach them with the 3/4 inch wood screws.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

To make clean up easy, we added shelf liner to the top. This Duck Brand easy liner is sold in a roll and can be cut to fit the top. Secure with staples around the outer edge.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

To finish the top, attach wood trim around the edge with finishing nails. This trim can also be glued, but we chose to nail it so it could be removed if the liner needed to be replaced.

DIY Mobile Laundry Station :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Time to tackle Mount Washmore!

 

Comments

  1. marye jane says

    I love this! Esp since my laundry room is so tiny. Bought a house and they had a stackable washer and dryer, and I just didn’t like them. Seemed smaller than mine. So I sold them and moved mine in, and the room is tight, hence their stackables probably. This would be perfect!! I wish I lived closer, I would be right in line behind Patricia!!

  2. Delora Austin says

    I love this idea and have been wanting to make a couple for our laundry. One comment was to use it for a toy station. With mounted wheels, it can be turned around to hide the baskets. A chalk board can be painted on the back board and peg boards hung on the sides for chalk and eraser bins, hooks and trays for storage. The height of the cart could be adjusted for the height of the child.

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