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Published on September 17th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


BRANAS kitchen trash can


Materials: (1) BRANAS rattan laundry basket, (2) BUMERANG skirt hangers, (1) 11 gallon trash bag

Description: I wanted an aesthetically pleasing trash can for our kitchen; the BRANAS rattan laundry basket turned out to be quite perfect.

Step 1: I setup up the BRANAS rattan laundry basket as specified (including the cloth liner which prevents the plastic garbage bag from snagging on the rattan material.


Step 2: Then I used two BUMERANG skirt hangers to clip the 11 gallon trash bag on either side. This trick holds the bag completely open, and to change the bag just lift both hangers out!

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to BRANAS kitchen trash can

  1. KIM says:

    Great idea! To all who doubted this hack: The liner is washable in cold water and hang to dry.

  2. FL Mom says:

    Looks nice, but I’m not crazy about the gap between the trash bag and the cloth liner either. Too easy for stray bits to fall onto the cloth deep in the bin. I guess if it gets washed every week, that could make it even cleaner than most trash cans that get hosed out less frequently. If not, ew.

  3. jerry says:

    Nice hack but I agree with the 2 previous comments. Let’s see in 6 months how things have evolved then…

  4. heidi says:

    My first thought, Clawed, was the same. I’d replace the fabric with black at the very least. This would not be appropriate in a house with kids, but may work with careful adults.

    The other commenter, I believe, knew there was a plastic bag, however the cloth is exposed. That makes for a bit of a cleaning challege potentially. If you compost all food scraps and wash/recycle messy food wrappers, this may actually stay a bit cleaner…

  5. Clawed says:

    In a kitchen trash? I can only imagine what that cloth liner is going to smell like after a week or two!

    • Der says:

      …there is a plastic bag inside, Clawd. geeze

      • Ostracon says:

        The plastic bag doesn’t cover the cloth liner, so anything that goes in the trash can has a potential for smearing onto the fabric liner on its way to the bag. That is going to turn into a petri dish in no time at all.

        Suggestion: I’d use a 13 gallon bag, omit the pants hangers, and fold the top of the bag over the top lip of the hamper. Of course, I don’t like a “two handed” trash can, so this setup wouldn’t work for me anyway.

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