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Laundry Cart

Hide the clutter with this easy-to-build laundry cart that conceals and organizes dirty clothes in style.

Pull-out laundry cart

Project Overview

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Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials

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A few simple straight cuts along with some glue and nails make this project a quick build. Add the paint and drawer pull of your choice to customize it.

Make the Cart

Step 1

Use a spacer to align the sides of the laundry

From 1 x 6 boards, cut the side rails (A) and end rails (B) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Also, cut a scrap board 14-1/4 inches long. Sand each part with 150-grit sandpaper. Apply glue to each end of the end rails and nail the assembly together (Project Diagram, Drawing 1) with a scrap between the sides to help keep the parts aligned. Repeat for the other rail assembly.

Step 2

From 2 x 3 boards, cut the stiles (C) and bottom rails (D) to length. Nail and glue the stiles to the ends of the rails to form two side assemblies.

Step 3

Align the sides flush with the edge of the bottom

Cut the bottom (E) and front (F) to length from a 3/4-in x 15 1/4-in x 60-in pine edge-glued panel using a circular saw and a straightedge. Glue the bottom edges of the lower rail assembly and place the cart bottom on the rail assembly so the edges are flush. Nail the cart bottom to the back rail first. Then adjust the side rails to make them flush with the cart bottom edges and nail in place.

Step 4

Add the side frame to the cart bottom

Apply glue inside the bottom assembly and slip a side frame into the bottom of the cart. Secure the frame to the bottom with nails (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Repeat for the other side frame.

Step 5

Glue and nail the upper rail assembly so its top is even with the tops of the side stiles.

Step 6

Measure the bottom overhang

Apply glue to the ends of the sides, the front stiles, and the bottom, and position the front (F). The front should hang below the bottom by 1 inch.

Paint and Label the Cart

Step 1

Apply a primer and two coats of paint (Poolside shown) to the project following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2

When the paint has dried, drill the holes for the drawer pull to center it on the width of the front (2 inches from the top). Install the hardware. Flip the cart over and add the casters using the screws provided. Each caster should be located near a corner of the bottom, about 1/2 inch away from the edges.

Step 3

Create a laundry symbol decal using a pattern (Laundry Sorting Patterns) and adhesive-backed shelf liner. Print out a pattern and cut a piece of liner slightly larger than the pattern.

Step 4

Cut out the laundry cart symbol

Tape the pattern to the face of the contact paper with painter’s tape, and cut out the symbol using a utility knife or crafts knife.

Step 5

Add the laundry pattern to the front of the cart

Peel the backing from the pattern and place on the front of the cart.