How to Build a Table for Laundry

By Adam King
your laundry room, it, a simple and sturdy table
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The laundry room can seem to be the most disorganized room in the house at times. Space seems tight, and where do you put the clothes after you've washed them? Well, consider a small table that takes up very little space, has a lower shelf to store all of your laundry goods and includes an easy-to-clean surface that you can sort and fold laundry on. Thanks to a few simple materials, you can build one of these and make it any size you need to accommodate your laundry room needs.

Build the frame

Cut four 2-by-4's to a length of 28 inches for the table legs. Cut two 2-by-4's to 46 inches long and cut four more to 22 inches in length. Screw the 22-inch pieces in between the 46-inch pieces to form a rectangle with two pieces in the middle as braces. Space the middle pieces about 14 inches apart. Turn them so that they lie flat. Use 2-inch self-tapping screws.

Set the legs in each corner of the rectangle frame and secure them with screws. Measure the distance between the legs on the short sides of the rectangle as well as the long sides. Cut 2-by-4's to these lengths. You will end up with two long pieces and two short pieces. Measure down 6 inches from the top of each leg and mark that location with a combination square and a pencil.

Screw the longer 2-by-4 pieces to the legs to form a lower frame. Measure the distance between the longer lower braces and cut two more 2-by-4's to that length and screw them in the lower frame, spaced evenly.

Build the top and shelf

Cut a sheet of melamine plywood into one piece 24 inches wide by 48 inches long for the top. Lay it down and set the frame and leg assembly on top of it making sure to have an even overhang all the way around. Screw the top to the frame by running the screws through the middle braces into the melamine top. Use 2-inch screws so you don't screw completely through the top.

Measure the lower shelf area of the frame and cut a piece of melamine plywood to fit that space. If you find it too difficult to secure the melamine shelf from underneath the table, simply run screws through the melamine into the frame. Flip the table over upright.

Cut pieces of hardwood the length and width of the table top and secure them to the table top with nails and wood glue. This makes a nicer and safer edge to your top than just having the plywood edge.

About the Author

Adam King has been a writer, artist and educator for more than a decade. As an entrepreneur, his writing experience has covered many areas, ranging from small business topics, self-help, personal growth and technology. He currently writes online from the intersection of the digital lifestyle and business, and is the co-founder of the micro-business education company, Kick Start Labs.