French laundry Inspired Hamper

The inspiration for this item came from www.apartmenttherapy.com. Since renovating our laundry room recently, I decided that I needed a couple of these to hold the mounds of laundry generated by my people on a daily basis. When we were done, Ron decided that we needed about six more, but two will have to do for now. Here is how we made these hampers…

We purchased the round wood bases at Lowes for about $7 each. The caster wheels also came from Lowes and they are only $1.50 or so each depending on the size you select. We first attached the caster wheels to the base

Next we purchased fencing on the roll at Lowes. This was the expensive part of the project and your have several types to choose from. Next time I would purchase a smaller, tighter design, but this one worked fine also. The price depends on the size of the roll you purchase. We rolled out a section and cut it to fit the diameter of the wood round with about a two inch overlap.

Overlap the two ends and wrap one end through the other to secure. For safety sake I would recommend tucking in the raw wire edges and maybe even wrapping them with fabric or ribbon. Since I’m the only one in the house (besides the sitter) that uses these hampers I just take care not to poke myself. After the sides are secured, we wrapped the bottom edge under the wood round and secure with washers and screws. I would suggest about six screws around the bottom to make it sturdy.

The last step is to hang the canvas bag inside. I found this one at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10.

I love the finished project and it works well for what I wanted in that room.

Someday I’ll finish the flooring in this room and post the before and after! Happy DIY..

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