Easily add extra storage to any small space with a DIY rolling storage cart. This simple laundry storage cart DIY project uses common tools and is perfect for a beginner DIYer.
While I was remodeling my laundry room, one thing I really needed was storage for the laundry soap, dryer sheets, bleach, and other household cleaners.
I had a 12″ gap left where the washer and dryer set so I decided to design a DIY laundry roller cart to hold all of the necessary supplies. Since I’m not really that handy, it needed to be easy.
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How to build a rolling storage cart
To build this laundry storage cart you’ll need a few supplies and a little bit of time. I used a miter and jigsaw to cut the wood. I used a pocket hole jig, a drill, and a sander. Those were the only power tools I used for this project.
You can use a hand saw and it’s not necessary to use pocket holes. I find this makes wood projects more sturdy.
I’ve put together downloadable plans so you can make this on your own. Click the image below to download the free plans.
The supplies you’ll need:
- 1 1/2″ finishing nails
- Saw (hand or miter and jig)
- Tape measure
- Eyes and ears safety equipment
- 2’x4′ 1/2″ plywood
- 4 wheels
- Washers and screws
- Cupboard hardware
- White paint
- Kreg jig
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- Wood glue
To build this DIY rolling storage cart take the following steps:
Make all necessary cuts:
- 2 1×10 @ 36″
- 6 1×3 @ 17″
- 3-1/2″ Plywood @ 16″x10″
Next step: Attach the front and back pieces
It’s time build the outside of the rolling cart. Attach the front and back pieces (1×10’s) to the top and bottom (16″x10″ plywood pieces) making a large box.
Make sure it is level and secured it into place with some wood glue and pocket hole screws.
Next step attach the shelf
The next step is to attach the last 16″x10″ piece of plywood. This is the shelf. Mark your halfway point and use wood glue and pocket hole screws to attach the shelf.
Next step attach side guards
Once the shelf was attached to the rolling storage cart it was time to attach the side 1×3’s this was so things wouldn’t fall off the side. I attached these with 1 1/2″ finishing nails.
Next step attach wheels
Now it was time to attach the wheels to this rolling cart. I recommend using nuts and screws so the wheels are completely secure.
I chose to not get wheels that went in every direction since I knew that the cart would only be pulled out and back in. This was a little cheaper and I thought made it easier for the cart to stay in place.
Next step sand the rolling storage cart
Once the wheels were in place it was time to give this laundry storage cart a really good sanding. I didn’t want any splinters or super rough edges so I grabbed my electric sander and sanded down the entire cart.
Next step paint the storage cart
Finally it was time to paint. I chose to paint the cart white.
I allowed the paint to dry for about 2 hours then I attached the hardware. This made it easy to pull the cart in and out of its space. I measured down a little further so I would cause the cart to fall forward when I pulled it out.
Make sure to drill pilot holes before attaching the hardware. This makes the process so much easier.
Once the hardware was in, I was able to add all of our laundry essentials to the cart freeing up the top of the washer and dryer.
I’m so thrilled that I built this laundry storage cart. This cart allows me to utilize space that was just wasted before. I was able to remove some of the clutter allowing our laundry room to look a lot more organized.
The great thing about this laundry storage cart on wheels is it’s completely customizable to fit your laundry room storage needs. If you have more or less than 12″ you can adjust the dimensions to fit your needs.
What do you think? Is this something you’d like to create for your laundry room? I created a full workbook with all of the measurements, supply list, and step by step instructions that you can print off allowing you to build this yourself.