Bathroom 151_5174_r1

Published on August 29th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


how’s this for a big capacity laundry bin?

diwa turns the ivar storage system into a stylish and huge laundry bin. i like how it lights up, though not such a good idea when full of dirty clothes. another thought i had about this laundry bin would be to probably add another piece of plexiglass inside to divide the bin for whites and colours.
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“i always wanted a good-looking laundry bin, something i wouldn’t mind having in my bedroom. i had some ivar shelving at home and always thought it would make a great frame to build on. a few slats of pine from home depot, some plexiglass, hinges and floor lamps and voila – a laundry bin. i cut a small opening into one of the shelves to serve as a door with hinges on one side.”

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15 Responses to how’s this for a big capacity laundry bin?

  1. zake dogg says:

    Hi, none of the pictures are showing up.

  2. sir jorge says:

    once again, a classic hack

  3. Ren says:

    I love it! I need it! the light problem can be sloved by using led rope lights and putting on the outside doing more of an underlighting i actually like the idea of the lights dual purpose night light and a place to put dirty clothes. How can i get it?

  4. Eryngium says:

    How tall is this hamper? Looks like it might be a bit of a challenge for short people to pick up that last dirty shirt on the bottom…

  5. Diwakar says:

    Here are the instructions to building this unit:

    The basic skeleton is the Ivar shelving system, I used the 12inches X 30 inches. I assembled the unit with a bottom shelf and minus the X-brace.

    Bought 1/2 inch X 1 inch pine at Home Depot, cut to size and attached to the Ivar frame on 3 sides.

    Next, I attached one 1/2 inch X 1 inch at the top, one at the middle and one at the bottom. Over which I screwed plexiglass peices. I made a composition with the panels. However, to keep it simple, one large peice could be used.

    Finally, I attached hinges to a shelf unit and attached it to one side of the Ivar frame.

    I cut a rectangular opening to use as a pull. It might be easier to attach a cabinet pull.

    Hope these instructions are helpful. Good Luck!!


  6. Anonymous says:

    Diwakar said…
    Thanks for your comments guys, yeah, the lights were a total after thought, and I seldom switch them on. As far as the “How-To Instructions”- well, I hoping the images were self-explanatory.

    Hi….your hamper is great I love it. As far as your How-To Instructions along with hoping. Well the images are good and probably self-explanatory to a Carpenter, or a guy(no offense ladies)but I’m just a dumb ol’ girl and need more than pictures.
    Is there a chance that maybe you could ad a few words with the pictures? Please. Thank you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s brilliant and beautiful. i can’t wait to see your other hacks.

  8. Mark R. says:

    I think it might be a good idea to use one or two laundry sacks inside to make to empty out and get the laundry to the wash. It would also help reduce the transparency so your underpants aren’t visible.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think that the lights are a brilliant after thought! Let everyone who visits know that you have no dirty laundry!

  10. Diwakar says:

    Thanks for your comments guys, yeah, the lights were a total after thought, and I seldom switch them on. As far as the “How-To Instructions”- well, I hoping the images were self-explanatory.

  11. e says:

    I’m confused by the lights, but other than that it’s lovely.

    nice job.

  12. Ryan says:

    Ah, this is my favorite IKEA hack yet! I’d lose the lights, but other than that, I think it’s a great idea and has a great look.

  13. antonio says:

    Great job both functional and stylish. I had just bought some shelving. Its hard to find a large hamper as well not so girly one too.Keep up the good work.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This unit looks like it would work really well as an inexpensive bar. Maybe for a backyard party or something. Would look cool with some white or blue xmas lights inside it.

  15. SalGal says:

    Where are the how-to’s??? I need some large laundry storage….

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