I, like many apartment dweller, have to haul my laundry to a laundrymat in order to get it done quickly and efficiently. About 6 months ago, my roommate got a laundry hamper with wheels, which was one of the greatest ideas ever. Unfortunately the casters were just not tough enough to handle the abuse and the nylon fabric was starting to show some wear and tear. So we decided to improve on the concept and go industrial.
First a farewell to the old barely wheeled hamper.
A Picture of one of the completed bags
We used 2 plywood rounds per hamper, all metal casters from the hardware store and canvas from the local fabric store. I measured the circumference of the circle, cut a tube slightly larger than neccessary, sewed the tube, staple gunned it onto the top of one of the plywood rounds, took the other plywood round sandwiched the fabric between the two wood round and screwed in the casters through both pieces of wood. The extra bonus of making these is the fact that we both got to pick out fabric that matches our individual decor. handles were made with the left over fabric from the basic tube shape of the hamper. I put in drawstrings on the top to cinch the tops when full.
here is a shot of the inside of my hamper
Contact paper was put on the top round to keep moisture away from the bare wood.
A shot of the wheels.
If anyone wants more detailed instructions, let me know and I can post something a little more step by step