This is my first DIY project in quite some time. I bought the materials about 6 months ago, and it was meant to be a winter project, but…life happened, you know? We have a really ugly black hamper that we’ve been sharing for nearly 3 years now, and I was ready to have my own. I really wanted to have two hampers so we could keep our clothes separate, and since we don’t have much closet space, wanted something that would look nice if it was sitting out in the room.
During my search for a new hamper, I came across this DIY laundry hamper, and realized that it could be a much cheaper alternative than the ones I liked from stores like West Elm. I really liked the idea that it could roll, since at our last house the laundry was in our kitchen, and it would be really convenient to roll it. Now, our laundry is in the basement, but I already had the casters, so I used them anyway. However, now the bag will be really useful – I can just lift the bag out of the hamper and bring it down to the basement, and dump the contents into the wash. Plus, I can easily wash the bag which will be really nice.
So, this post isn’t really a tutorial, but more of a look what I made! Honestly, I did kind of a hack job with this hamper. It turned out well but I hit a few road bumps. The wood circle I ordered for the base is much thinner than I expected, so I had to glue some chunks of wood it to screw in the wire and casters. My sewing skills are mediocre, and I didn’t follow a tutorial for it, so I suggest looking up how to sew a laundry bag.
I mainly followed this tutorial from The Merrythought. Their directions are really great, so I’ll just add a few notes of things I came across during my experience building this.
+ Shop around for the wire. I went to Home Depot only, and was only able to get the 1/2″ square wire in my budget. It turned out well, but I wanted a larger square. A couple weeks ago I was at ACE and found the 2″ wire for a good price, so just look around at a few hardware stores for the wire mesh.
+ I spray painted my wire mesh. Originally planned to spray it copper, which would have looked nice, but since we moved and my idea for our bedroom design has shifted, I opted for black. I really like the look of it, and since I had a smaller wire square, it helps it look a little less like fencing ;)
+ The handles on the laundry bag are ribbons that were tied around our West Elm rug when it was delivered.
+ Double check your casters. At Home Depot I just bought casters out of the little buckets individually. Unfortunately someone had mixed them up, so I got 2 rotating and 1 fixed caster, so it can’t roll around as easy. Since I won’t be rolling it around much it’s not a big deal, but if you plan on it, just double check that they’re the rotating kind.