Portable Laundry Room Storage Unit

Turn regular plastic storage bins into laundry room storage units and portable clothes baskets. When clothes are clean, folded and in their proper bin, simply slide out the container and unload fresh laundry in its designated room.
By: Ana White
Laundry Room Tote Bin Storage Unit

Laundry Room Tote Bin Storage Unit

Turn regular plastic storage bins into laundry room storage units and portable clothes baskets. When clothes are clean, folded and in their proper bin, simply slide out the container and unload fresh laundry in its designated room.

Optional: The materials and instructions create one storage unit for three baskets. Double the materials to create another unit, then stack them on top of each other for additional storage. Use the plastic bins to temporarily hold clean or dirty clothes or to organize cleaning supplies.

Materials Needed:

  • 3 stacking plastic totes, approximately 11" deep x 16" wide
  • 8' 1x12 pine boards (2)
  • 8' 1x2 pine board
  • 2" screws (12)
  • 1 1/4" wood screws (18)
  • wood glue
  • measuring tape
  • square
  • saw
  • drill
  • countersink screw bit

Measure Totes

Measure the height, width and length of the plastic totes. Write down measurements. Multiply the overall height by 3 and add 7 inches. Cut two 1x12 pine boards to this length. Measure the overall width of plastic totes. Add 1/2" and cut two 1x12 pine boards to this length. Length of totes should match 1x12 widths at 11 1/2" wide. If your totes are a different width, use a matching width board.

Measure Laundry Room Storage Tote Diagram

Measure Laundry Room Storage Tote Diagram

Measure the height, width and length of the plastic totes. Write down measurements. Multiply the overall height by 3 and add 7 inches. Cut two 1x12 pine boards to this length. Measure the overall width of plastic totes. Add 1/2" and cut two 1x12 pine boards to this length. Length of totes should match 1x12 widths at 11 1/2" wide. If your totes are a different width, use a matching width board.

Add Cleats

Cut six 1x2 pine boards 11 1/2" long. Mark side boards as shown in the diagram, positioning 1x2 cleats on marks. Test fit with plastic totes. Attach cleats to the sides with 1 1/4" screws and glue.

Laundry Room Tote Bin Storage Unit Side Diagram

Laundry Room Tote Bin Storage Unit Side Diagram

Cut six 1x2 pine boards 11 1/2" long. Mark side boards as shown in the diagram, positioning 1x2 cleats on marks. Test fit with plastic totes. Attach cleats to the sides with 1 1/4" screws and glue.

Assemble the Unit

Attach sides to top and bottom by predrilling holes with countersink bit. Use 2" screws and glue to attach sides to top and bottom.

Assemble Portable Laundry Room Storage Unite

Assemble Portable Laundry Room Storage Unite

Attach sides to top and bottom by pre-drilling holes with countersink bit. Use 2" screws and glue to attach sides to top and bottom.

Slide Totes Into Place

Slide totes into wood box and check fit. Remove totes and paint wood box as desired.

Laundry Room Tote Bin Storage Diagram

Laundry Room Tote Bin Storage Diagram

Slide totes into wood box and check fit. Remove totes and paint wood box as desired.

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