Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Recycle Bin Dresser

Materials: RETUR Recycling bins, Lack Shelf, Wall Anchors, Screws, Cordless Drill, Table or Circular Saw, Spray Paint

Description: I soooooo hate folding clothes. I used to have two piles of clothes on the floor, one for dirty clothes and one for clean.

I wanted to create something that didn’t take up any valuable floor space. While visiting IKEA I had an inspiration.

Using the two different sizes of IKEA Recycle Bins (this and this) and a Lack Shelf I was able to come up with a nice contemporary looking wall dresser.

The storage bins come in white but they were not white enough (my bedroom is painted bright white) so I spray painted them in my garage.

To mount them to the wall, all it took was a few plastic wall anchors, screws and about 20 minutes of time.

To finish it off and make it look like it is a piece of furniture I took a Birch finish Lack Shelf, ripped it down to just 8-inches wide (The depth of the Recycle Bins) and cut it to a length of 59-inches (the width of the 5 Recycle Bins). I then attached it to the very top using a few screws from underneath the top recycle bins.

And just like that, I have a great wall dresser that I can just drop my clean underwear, socks, t-shirts, etc into with absolutely no folding whatsoever!

Someone may ask why I used the smaller Recycle bins as well as the larger ones. I chose to use four of the smaller Recycle Bins to keep my different kinds of ankle socks and sports jocks separated instead of dropping them all into one of the bigger Recycle bins. It just makes it a little bit easier when I want to find one or the other.

Over all it took about 3 hours to build when you take into account the drying time of the spray paint and cutting of the Lack Shelf.

~ Daniel P Poling, Miamisburg, Ohio

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Recycle Bin Dresser

  1. Anonymous says:

    Genious!! I wanted to use it for the kids room.
    Too bad IKEA doesn’t sell the RETUR Recycling bins any more :-(

  2. Petri says:

    Dónde puedo encontrar los cubos de reciclaje Retur? En Ikea ya no hay

  3. Shawn says:

    I extremely hate folding too! Because of its double step job which is having to arrange inside the individual closets after folding. I have few piles of clean clothes in my room which I’ll eventually fold once a month. Your idea is a must-have furniture in everyone’s room who loathes folding as much as we do. It organises the clothes and keeps the mess in while saving time and effort! Brilliant and thanks so much!

  4. uftheta84 says:

    Great and so practical! I would like to know if you used any primer on the RETUR before painting? And what kind of spray paint did you use? How is it holding up?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love the looks of this. Have thought of something similar myself BUT, the very flat finish of the plastic picks up fingerprints and smudges and will look quickly really grungy. This flat finish also makes the boxes very hard to clean.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a great hack, I love that you looked beyond the standard dresser/armoire for unconventional storage.

    I was wondering for practical purposes how you remember what you have in each drawer?

    • Daniel Poling says:

      It is not hard at all to remember. After a while I just get used to what goes where. From top left to right it is Black Underwear, Multi-colored underwear, gray socks, black socks, white t-shirts. From bottom left to right it is, Black t-shirts, black t-shirts, multi-colored t-shirts, little bins, then lastly random shirts.

  7. Steve says:

    Great idea, will be doing this in many of my rooms!!!

  8. Eesha Muneeb says:

    This is a very simple but great idea, not just as a hack but for people looking for organizing tips as well!

  9. Cii says:

    love this. soo manly:D

  10. Ullevidsdal says:

    This is a great thing for almost every room. Bathroom, kids room, kitchen, garage you name it.
    I probably copy this :-)

    Thanks for the hack!


  11. Anonymous says:

    Very clever. I could definitely see a whole low wall of these in a kids room, too, as a toy and clothing solution, with pictures on the front.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great Idea!!!!!!!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome! Great aesthetic too! Could be used for all kinds of storage all over the house.

  14. Miriam says:

    That’s brilliant. It’d be excellent for children’s clothing (which is small and harder to fold and keep folded, as kids rifle through drawers, unfolding everything.)

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