If your laundry room needs some folding space like ours did, add our DIY Drop Down Laundry Table to your honey-do list today!
DIY Drop Down Laundry Table
When we moved into our house, we had two children with one on the way. We had a lot of plans for what we wanted to do to the house to make it our home. However, in just five short years, we’ve gone from three children to five! With our family growing, all of our house plans got put on the back burner. One of the plans we had was to update our downstairs laundry room/bathroom. It’s a nice, large space but because it’s the main bathroom that the kids use it’s been hard to keep it fresh and clean for guests too.
Another thing we wanted to do was build a fold down laundry table to make the space more usable. With 3 of the 5 kids being downstairs, I wanted a place where I could fold and hang clothes without having to take them upstairs just to bring them back downstairs to put them away. I had been using a 6 ft folding table, and while I loved the space it gave me for folding it took up a lot of room and was a pain to take down and put up.
Here is a look at the space that we had next to the dryer.
There used to be a big, weird cabinet there that we hated, so it was one of the first things we took out. As you can see, we need to paint badly! We plan on doing that as soon as we can agree on a color! If you have any color suggestions we’d love to hear them in the comments. Remember our laundry room is combined with our basement bathroom so it needs to be a family friendly color.
What you will need to make your own DIY Drop Down Laundry Table
Alright, so let’s get into this project. Here is a list of what you will need to make a DIY Drop Down Laundry Table just like ours…
1 – 3/4″ 2′ x 4′ MDF sheet
2 – 8 ft 2″ x 4″ boards
4 – 3″ screws
5 – door hinges w/screws
Fabric of choice large enough to cover whole surface and wrap around the edges
Paint and brushes
How to assemble your DIY Drop Down Laundry Table
First you need to decide where on your wall you want your table and how high off the ground you want it. I chose to have my table so it’s about 35″ high. Cut one of the 2″ x 4″ boards into two, 4 ft halves. Mount the board to the studs in your wall. Use a level to make sure your board is straight, this makes it so much easier when folding up and down.
Next step is to attach three of your door hinges to the 2′ x 4′ MDF sheet. After that, you’ll mount the other side of the hinges to the 2″ x 4″ board attached to the wall.
Now cut the other 2″ x 4″ to the length you need for the height of your table. For mine, we had to cut two 35 1/4″ lengths. Attach your last two hinges to the table legs.
Attach the other side of the hinges on your legs to the underside of the table. You are going to want to offset them, one lower on the table then the other so when they fold against the underside of the table, it will lay flat against the wall. Do not line them up with each other or they won’t fold down.
Now that your table is set up, you can paint the wood and cover the table with your fabric. You could paint before you put everything together, but I wanted to make sure that everything went together how I had planned before I painted it all.
Cover your DIY drop down laundry table with the fabric of your choice
When you purchase your fabric, make sure you have at least a 3 inch overhang on your fabric. You are going to want to make sure that you have enough fabric to pull it tight and staple it to the underside of the table top. Lay your fabric out on the table so you can see where you need to cut out for the hinges. Once you have those cut out, start at one corner of the table, fold the fabric and staple it. Move to the corner diagonal from the first and fold and staple the fabric there. Make sure as you continue stapling your fabric that the top remains smooth and tight. While I used a regular cotton fabric you can use whatever fabric you would like. Some of you have suggested a vinyl or something else easy to wipe down. That is a great idea and when it comes time to update our fabric I will likely use a fabric like that, thanks for suggesting that!
When you’ve finished painting and covering with fabric, your table is ready to use! I love how it folds down so easily making the room feel so much bigger! Having a folding area that can easily be put away was so important for us with the laundry room and bathroom being combined and this is exactly what we needed.
I’m so excited to continue with our bathroom/laundry room makeover!