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Topic: Industrial Laundry Hampers (a little pic heavy and overly verbose)  (Read 1427 times)
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« on: March 01, 2009 02:32:16 PM »

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
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2009 02:51:10 PM »

that's so awesome! I would totally make one of those.

now if only there was a way to make it climb a flight of stairs. lol. Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009 08:02:14 PM »

That would be pretty sweet, though the main reason for the wheels being metal was so they could bang up against metal and concrete without busting.
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2009 06:58:54 AM »

That looks great - nice, roomy and practical. And to top to all off its pretty! Great.
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2009 05:11:48 PM »

this is pretty sweet. i just bought one of the wheeled hampers from bed bath about 2 months ago and it's already dying.  maybe i should try this while i'm home for break.
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2009 10:35:41 PM »

That's where my roomate got hers.  I think the 18" round is the closest to matching the size of the original hamper
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