The dimensions of your hamper tower will depend on the size and number of hampers you need to accommodate. For this design the hampers must have a lip around the upper edge so they can be supported by cleats on either side.

In this case, the hampers are 10-1/4 inches high so we can house three of them in a cabinet that’s about 36 inches tall. The depth of the cabinet should also accommodate the depth of the hampers.

  1. Once you determine the overall dimensions, cut the sides of the unit from 5/8-inch plywood.
  2. The cleats that will support the hampers are made from 1x2s positioned at equal intervals up and down each side. Secure the cleats with screws.
  3. Paint and prime the sides.
  4. Connect the two sides along the back and top with more 1x2s. This dimension will depend upon the width of your hampers.
  5. Move the unit into position in the laundry room. Screw to the studs in the walls through the 1x2s along the back.
  6. Use a piece of laminate countertop or a piece of plywood to cover the tower.

When it’s complete the hampers can slide in and out of the tower.

Also, check out Chelsea’s post Laundry Sorter How-To for a tutorial on building a sorter that looks like a dresser.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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