DIY Wire Laundry Hamper

DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
The laundry hamper in our bedroom has been on its last legs for a while.  It’s the one we got when we were newlyweds, so it’s lasted a good 10 years. But over the last year, I can’t count how many times Mike has had to fix something or other on it and finally I had enough. I started looking online for new hampers and loved the look of wire hampers…but not the price tag that came along with them.  While browsing, I stumbled across a DIY for a wire hamper on Apartment Therapy and thought that would probably be our cheapest way to get a wire hamper.  I showed it to Mike, who happened to have a wood round just sitting in the garage and my brother-in-law had a roll of welded wire fencing that he didn’t need.  We also used the laundry bag from our old hamper, so our new hamper ended up only costing us the price of the wheels and some screws & washers!
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
Our process was pretty similar to what they did over on Apartment Therapy, with just a couple minor changes. Mike thought the top of the hamper should be reinforced with extra wire to make it more sturdy so that the edges wouldn’t start folding in with the weight of clothes in the bag pulling it down. We also didn’t stain or polyurethane our wood – just left it natural. This really is a super quick and easy diy. We had it done in under a half hour and that was with taking step photos along the way.
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
What you need:

  • Wood Round
  • Welded Wire*
  • Screws
  • Washers
  • Caster Wheels
  • 10 gage wire (we used wire for hanging drop ceilings) – long enough to wrap around the hamper
  • Laundry Bag
  • Screw Driver
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutter

*Our welded wire has 2″x3″ “squares”, but you can use any size you want…I liked the look of the bigger spaces on the wire, although it did seem like the welded wire rolls with smaller squares were a little cheaper at the home improvement stores – mine was free though, so I took what I could get and was happy it happened to have larger “squares”.
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
How to do it:
Unroll a length of the welded wire and wrap the wire around the wood round to see how much you will need. Cut the length of the wire using the wire cutters, making sure to leave a little a bit of extra that will overlap the opposite side. Make sure the wood round is arranged on the wire so that there is one square length that hangs below the bottom of the wood round (this will get wrapped under the bottom) and wrap the wire securely around the wood, twisting the cut wire around the opposite side, securing the sides together. Snip any extra wire and make sure you don’t have any sharp ends sticking out. Cut the bottom of every other square of the wire that overhangs at the bottom of the wood round, forming little squares that line the bottom of the wood (see photo above).  Wrap the squares down around the wood round.  Screw a washer and screw into the squares. Attach the wheels.  Wrap the 10 gage wire around the top of the hamper, weaving in and out between the squares.  Once all the way around, twist the ends together to secure and snip the wire.  Place your laundry bag inside the hamper and get going on that laundry pile!
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
DIY Wire Laundry Hamper @themerrythought
I’m loving our new hamper and couldn’t be happier to finally have one that isn’t caving in on itself! And now it’s on to redoing the laundry room!:)


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  • Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Michelle @ Full Belly Worn Soles - This DIY is beautiful! Currently, we’re just using our laundry basket as our hamper, but this would be a serious upgrade. Thanks for the inspiration!


  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:32 pm

    Evie {Domestic Whimsy} - Absolutely awesome. I would love a hamper more like this and less like my big white plastic one that I’m using!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:52 am

    colleenpastoor - This is awesome! We’ve had ours since we got married too (5 years) and it was a ‘make do’ until we find something we like… this, I really like.ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 3:12 am

    haber - This is awesome! We've had ours since we got married too (5 years) and it was a 'make do' until we find something we like… this, I really like..ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 2:36 am

    BanyoUK (@BanyoUK) - Done a simply good. Your projects really great. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 9:31 am

    AudreyH - What a great idea! I really like wire, but didn’t think about any useful project before seeing this one =) I moved in my first own studio and can’t wait to find the occasion to make it; thank you for sharing!
    Have a nice dayReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    sarah thompson - i want to make this! where did you get your laundry bag??ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 3:45 pm

      Manda - Sarah – the laundry bag was from my old hamper, I just reused it. But I know they sell similar bags at Target. And I’m sure you could find them online too. Just be sure to get one that has a wide enough opening to fit the size you make your hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Kelsey - Love the rustic style of this! Where are the industrial rope looking mat and tin tub from?ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 9:59 pm

      Manda - Hi Kelsey – they are both antiques that we’ve had for quite awhile. The rug was bought at an estate sale and I think the tub was from my mom.ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Lou Montanez - Great idea…Thank you for the inspiration. I actually made this hamper out of cement mesh wire. It came out very sturdy.ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    Kelsey - I’m going to attempt this project this weekend! Can I ask where you got the wood round and how big it is in diameter? Love how this turned out, thanks for the inspiration!!ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 3:02 pm

      Manda - Hi Kelsey – so glad you’re going to try this out! I’m still loving my hamper and it’s held up really well. My husband happened to have this wood round out in the garage (he’s a carpenter), it’s 17.5″. They sell similar size ones at home improvement stores though – so I would check some place like Home Depot or Lowe’s if you have one of those stores near you.ReplyCancel

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