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Project

Mobile Storage Table

This movable end table hides clutter and can be wheeled off to wherever it's needed or stored away when it's not.

Materials

  • Sturdy-lidded basket
  • Four 1-by-2s
  • Latex satin-finish paint
  • Six 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Four casters and screws

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Paint the basket and lid.

  2. Step 2

    Position two 1-by-2s, cut 2 inches shorter than basket's length, inside basket, 1 inch from each side. Align with second pair -- cut the same length, mitered at a 45-degree angle, and painted -- placed on the underside. From inside basket, join three layers with wood screws.

  3. Step 3

    Screw casters to supports on bottom of basket. If you plan to put heavy books or plants on top of the lid, it's a good idea to insert a strong plastic- or wooden-lidded box inside the basket, flush with the rim, for additional support.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 118 September 2003

Reviews (4)

  • cweeks5355 31 Jan, 2012

    I love this idea. I have a large basket that looks just like this one. My Mother use to keep all of my toys in it when I was a child (I'm 58 now). I had no idea how to use it other than to store stuff in it in the basement. Thanks so much for the idea.

  • Marthafan4years 8 Jan, 2011

    This idea also works very well on a laundry basket or hamper to make it easier to move around to the laundry room or to put the clean washing away...just add a liner to the hamper to keep the clothes from being snagged..or lay a towel in the bottom

  • fXT 24 May, 2010

    Use two pieces of 3/8" or thicker plywood instead of 1x2. Adjust length of screws. Adds rigidity to base and distributes weight of load better. Miter or round edges.

  • Starlett 19 Feb, 2008

    This is an excellent Idea! I just removed casters from a storage organizer that now sits on a shelf. Now to find an appropriate basket and make it match my craft room.