Fold-down laundry tables help save space in small laundry areas. They provide a space for folding and sorting clothes, and can be folded up against a wall when not in use. Laundry tables like this are often simple in their construction, do not require much time to install and have a low material cost to build. Pine boards and plywood are adequate for fold-down laundry tables. These building materials are easy to work with and will make for a long lasting laundry table.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Stud finder
- 2 pine boards, 1-by-1-by-33-inches
- Plywood, 3/4-inch, 33-by-33-inches
- Screw gun
- 7 wood screws, 3-inch
- 2 hinges, 2-inch, w/screws
- Pine board, 1/2-by-1-by-3-inches
- 4 eye-hooks, 1-inch
- 2 nylon strings, 50-inches
Locate studs in the wall where you wish to mount your laundry table. Position a 33-inch board horizontally against the wall and over the studs. Use your level to ensure it is horizontal. It should be at a comfortable height for you on which to fold clothes. Many tables are around 34 inches high for this. Screw three screws through this board so each screw enters a stud.
Screw the second 33-inch board 33-inches above the first. The ends of the boards should be aligned. Use your level to ensure this board is horizontal and screw it to the studs just as the first board was fastened to the wall.
Position the plywood flat against the wall and between the boards. The two vertical edges of the plywood should be flush with the ends of the boards. Screw the two hinges to the plywood and the bottom board. The hinges should each be 4 inches away from the ends of the board and should allow the plywood to fold 180 degrees down from the wall.
Screw the 3-inch board to the top 33-inch board using one screw. Screw through the 1 1/2-inch center of the 3-inch board and into the 16 1/2-inch center of the top board. The edges of both boards should be flush. Fold the plywood up and against the wall. Rotate the 3-inch board 90-degrees to hold the plywood.
Screw two eye-hooks to the top 33-inch board. The hooks should be 1 inch from each end and on the 1/2-inch center of the board. Screw two eye-hooks into each of the top two corners of the plywood. They should each be 1 inch away from each edge plywood, 1 inch away horizontally and 1 inch away vertically.
Rotate the 3-inch board to release the plywood and hold it so it is perpendicular to the wall. Use your level to ensure it is horizontal. Tie the strings around the eye-hooks so there is one on each side of the table and so they will hold the table in this position. Fold the table up and rotate the 3-inch board 90-degrees when it is not in use.
- Rockler Woodworking and Hardware: Understanding Hinges
- "Step by Step Basic Carpentry"; Ben Allen; 1997
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