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Published on November 14th, 2007 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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a ramberg laundry hamper





joan sends in her version of a large capacity laundry hamper, made from a ramberg chest.

she writes, “i started with a ramberg chest with 3 drawers. picture 1 is the final result, picture 2 is opened hamper.

wooden laundry hamperoversized laundry hamperthe idea was to gut the interior to make a presentable, large hamper. (picture 3 is interior, picture 4 is the back support for the lid)

large laundry hamper insidelarge laundry binnone of the interior drawer parts were used. the extra parts are:

  • some 1″ by 1″ boards to support the front sides
  • a 1″ by 2″ by 34″ board to support the hinge for the top
  • a 1″ by 2″ by 34″ board to support the hinge for the bottom front
  • a slab of masonite to fill the bottom (the drawer parts were too narrow)
  • and of course a 30″ piano hinge

we still haven’t figured out how to readily open it: we currently squeeze our fingers below the top panel. we are thinking of screwing in a fake vase or an ash tray onto the lid as a handle.”

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11 Responses to a ramberg laundry hamper

  1. Anonymous says:

    As a suggestion to opening the top, I’d rework the design so that the topmost “drawer” front was actually part of the lid.

    You’d only lose an inch or so in internal storage space and it would be much easier to open.

    Good Hack!

    - Mike Buckbee

  2. To open it, what if you were to take the top drawer and attach it to the lid instead of to the front. The lid would then be “L” shaped and you could use the knobs on the top drawer to easily open it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You should get those magnetic hinges where you press and they pop out. I see them on entertainment center doors a lot, the ones with glass cabinet doors with no handles. A fake vase would be pretty hilarious too, though you’d wouldn’t be able to open the lid flat against a wall.

  4. Maybe instead of attaching the top drawer to the dresser as it is now, you attach the top “hatch” to the top drawer, and use the existing hardware on the drawer to lift the entire hatch open. The top drawer becomes the “handle”. You get my drift?

  5. Dean says:

    Use a Magnetic Touch Latch to fix your open and close problems. It has a spring inside, so it’ll pop open when you push on it and close flush, when you push it again. They’re less than $5 USD.

  6. Blandwagon says:

    we still haven’t figured out how to readily open it: we currently squeeze our fingers below the top panel. we are thinking of screwing in a fake vase or an ash tray onto the lid as a handle.”

    Well that’s easy. Make the top “drawer” part of the lid, and you can open it using the handles. Just make sure you reinforce the join between the front and the top.

  7. mackie says:

    LOL people, read what the others before you have written, then there wouldn’t be the same suggestion again and again … :-D

    actually, i find the ideo of a vase or ashtray as “handle” very cool, and much less of a bother.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I like it. The only thing I would add is a divider so that darks/whites can be kept separate.

  9. publicus says:

    @ Anonymous – that’s illegal. Goddamn laundry segregationists… makes me ill.

  10. H says:

    You can actually pick up the magnetic latch as a spare part at IKEA.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Verrry clever idea!
    My suggestion to make the lid easier to open is move the top forward a bit so that it overhangs the front of the dresser.
    OR
    Get 1 of the long u-shaped IKEA kitcken cabinet door handles (Lansa) & install it across the top front of the dresser as a pull(lift).

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