Laundry Cart

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Blog, Our First House | 0 comments

Laundry Cart

Hello!

Wow, so much has happened since my last post: We had a baby boy! Mommy life has been lots of early morning snuggles, cute little babbles as he is finding his voice, and the constant challenge of capturing a smile on camera!  I think he enjoys watching us try so hard;)

Another thing that comes with mommy life is more laundry, and lots of it! I needed a way to keep the space in front of my washing machine a little more tidy.

Have you seen those adorable vintage laundry sorting carts? I saw this one at World Market:

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I liked it… but I wanted to tweak it to make it work better for our space. For starters I really only needed two separate bins: Lights and Darks. I don’t get fancier then that when it comes to laundry.

 

The other thing I wanted to tweak was to add a way to attach a laundry basket, so that when you are folding, the basket does not take up any space on the folding counter. So here is my version of the laundry cart:

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I used black pipe, Pine wood, and little wheels to make this cart.

Here’s a closer look of the little “hooks” for the laundry basket:

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For the hooks: I used 3/4″ pipe, so I got a reducing “T” from 3/4″ to 1/2″, then used a 1/2″ elbow fitting, and couplings to fit it all together. I also added square end caps, which are probably not necessary, but I liked the finished look.

I wanted the folding counter height to be around elbow height on me, so I went with 29″ long pipe for the longest length, then all the other fittings and the wheels added the rest of the height that I needed.

To make each leg the same length, you may need to fine tune the pipe fittings by tightening or loosening  the pipe to match. Don’t worry if some of the legs have looser fittings, they won’t move once you secure the flanges in place.

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I finished the wood with a Dark walnut Danish Oil. First sanding all the way up to 220 grit sand paper, then one coat of the oil.

 

I love the functionality this cart brings to our laundry room! Now to just make something to do the washing and the folding…

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Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear if you end up making one, post a picture below!

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