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Laundry! It is one of those facts of life that just never seem to go to away. I know that as my kids have gotten older they have taken on more for chores and finding ways to help them be successful at them is important. My girlfriend has three boys that are getting older, and she has been brainstorming ways to make collecting laundry easier for them to help with. Well, what better way to help them then their own basket to be responsible for and keep all three baskets grouped together?? This is where her plan for a DIY pallet laundry shelf started, she has a smaller bathroom so fitting this in there was perfect solution!! The boys can keep their clothes collected and then put it away after mom runs the laundry, making it a win for everyone.
When we hit up Walmart to find the baskets to base our plans off of we picked up some laundry supplies as well. It’s not much a secret I am a fan of all® Free Clear detergent, and it’s probably not a shocker I am an even bigger fan of all® Free Clear Mighty Pacs®. I mean dropping the pack in with no measuring is an even bigger win for me! With Michaels sensitive skin and his allergies, I also pair up with all® Free Clear fabric softener and all® Free Clear dryer sheets. Washing with all® free clear helps remove 99% of the top everyday and seasonal allergens* Dog and cat dander, dust mite matter, ragweed pollen, grass/tree pollen. You know the saying two great minds think alike?? Probably no shocker that my girlfriend loves the same products, placing these in a basket together like this for when she swoops in for boys laundry makes her life even easier.
DIY Pallet Laundry Shelf Supplies
- Charged drill
- Wood Screws
- Miter saw or other saw
- Tape measure
- 3 hip baskets
DIY Pallet Laundry Shelf Directions
Now this is going to vary greatly depending on your needs and space. First, make sure you decide if you want to make the shelves be wide or deeper. My girlfriend decided that she needed them to be thinner against the wall so we made the shelves wide. Then from there you build around the size of the baskets you pick out. The basic structure will be the same but there won’t be the same measurements due to basket sizing.
The worst part of this is taking the pallets apart, we used a hammer and crow bar to pry ours off of. I suggest taking time to spread that out a bit it was very labor intensive to get it done.
We started with deciding how the side frames would look. We opted to have three panels to make sure it had support and then attached a pallet board cut to the size we wanted to the sides on the top and the bottom. Next came the placing of the baskets. We used the thicker pallet boards for the cross boards on the back. We used the thicker pallet boards for the cross boards on the top and bottom of the sides.
Once we had the sides assembled we stood them to decide on how long we need the back boards to be and where to place a board for the laundry baskets to slid on as well. We used the thicker pallet boards for the cross boards on the back.
This was as easy as cutting to size then drilling the boards in for the baskets to hang on. We opted to have one basket sitting on the shelf with two on rails, you can change yours to have all three sliding but she wanted the shelf a bit shorter so we opted to go this way.
Once you have the sides and the supports assembled next comes the top. We did a cross board on the top to give us a place to attach pallet boards to make a top. The pallets make a beautiful top, we played with how to place imperfections in the wood and then cut them to size. To attach we placed a screw in each end to attach to the shelf, this also makes the shelf less wobbly as well.
Isn’t that an awesome top? I love how this project turned out!! Piecing it and putting it together took less than an hour, the worst part was taking apart the pallets!! So far the boys have loved having their own basket and not sharing a basket with their brothers, it’s the little things in life right??
Head on over -> here to learn more about all® free clear and where to buy!! Have you done any laundry DIY projects before?