Ikea Laundry Hamper Hack.
From laundry to logs.


Knock knock.

Who’s there?


Laundry who?

Laundry sucks, and it’s made even more annoying by the fact that I don’t have an actual laundry room, but a mere laundry closet.  That’s maybe less of a joke than you were expecting, but really all knock knock jokes are bad so this little let down can’t come as much of a surprise to you.

You may wonder why I continue to fix my 16 year old stackable washer and dryer.  Well for one thing, it’s fairly easy to do.  And for another, sometimes I wake up in a cold sweat at night, my hands clutching the nearest pillow as I wake from one of two recurring nightmares I have.  My washer/dryer is unfixable and I can’t find another one to fit in my laundry closet. I wake up screaming, I tell you.

I’m terrified I will never find another washer and dryer to fit in my laundry closet.   That’s my biggest fear in life if you don’t count going blind, losing a limb, having a stroke, losing my home, getting grey pubic hair, running out of toilet paper, vomitting in public,  or running out of pepperoni.

So a few weeks ago I decided one way to get a little extra space in my laundry room would be to see if I could find a laundry hamper that was long and narrow as opposed to the big squarish Ikea one I had.  Turns out, Ikea had one.  Because Ikea has everything because it’s the happiest place on earth next to that other famous “Happiest Place on Earth” … The Dollar Store.

In case you’re getting the wrong impression of me, trust me, if I had wads of cash, I’d kick Dollarama to the curb and Hermes would quickly become my happiest place on earth.  Just so we’re clear.

After a quick trip to Ikea I left with the 2 narrow laundry hampers I went for.   Along with an orchid, 3 wicker baskets, enough candles to fill a medium sized airplane hanger, 7 mugs and a fistful of hotdogs.  The Ikea hotdog is my spirit animal.

I got the hampers home and they were perfect.  They took up WAY less space, immediately feeling like my laundry closet had doubled inside.  I had a double closet.  It was great, but I had no idea what to do with my old hampers but I knew there was potential and I shouldn’t just throw them out.

Then it CAME to me.  I knew exactly what I was going to do with them, and had dragged them outside to do just that when Pink Tool Belt happened by and said what she’d do with them.  I loved her idea.  Her idea was great.  But so was mine.

I had a horrible moment of indecision when I realized I had 2 hampers and I could do both things.

HER idea was to take this hamper from the laundry pile to the wood pile.





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You can see the hamper is just a nylon bag that hangs over a metal frame.  It isn’t even sewn on.  It’s just attached with velcro.  You can also see how much room my hamper took up in my laundry closet.




All you have to do is remove the laundry bag to get down the the heart of the matter.  The metal frame with that weird, ugly powder coated fake aluminum colour.  This strange sort of fake silver metal colour seems to be a thing for Ikea.  They make everything out of it.  I hate it.  But when it was in my laundry closet it didn’t matter.  I hate everything once it was in my laundry closet.  It’s 6 square feet of negative energy.





The hamper came with castors which I had removed but saved, so I threw those back on it.




Then I dragged it outside and gave it a couple of coats of spray paint.






I had about 20 half used cans of black spray paint to choose from in my basement so I went for one from Krylon that claimed to need no sanding or priming.  We’ll see about that. I once bought some nail polish that claimed it would last without chipping for two weeks.

The Ikea hamper is perfect as a log holder.  It keeps exactly enough wood for a couple of nights of fires close to the back door.   If I had a bit more space in my living room, I’d keep it right beside my fireplace to hold my wood. I love the look of stacked wood inside a house.




With a beautiful, and free, log holder like this it will be sweet dreams every night.  No more nightmares. Oh!  And that second recurring nightmare?  It involves flying to a classroom naked  to take an exam I haven’t studied for.  That’s not the scary part.  The scary part is if I don’t get the exam finished in time, I’ll miss the grand opening of the new Dollar Hermes store.


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  1. Laura says:

    Yay! Thanks the post even though it’s a holiday — and happy thanksgiving. But what was the second idea???

  2. Becky says:

    is there a part 2 to this story? what was the other idea?

    I love IKEA, I just wish there was one closer to me. Its a 90 minute drive, on a good day… on a bad day, it can take hours

  3. Amanda says:

    Wait. You don’t have any gray pubic hair yet? I, um, spotted a few when I was in my 30s and complained to my pal/stepmother about it. She asked, “Are you sure they aren’t cobwebs?”

  4. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Clever, very clever!

  5. Karen says:

    Yes, well I’m still in my very, very early 20’s soooo. ~ karen!

  6. Karen says:

    Can’t tell ya! That information I’m saving for my second Ikea hack post. 🙂 ~ karen!

  7. Karen says:

    Now that I think of it, I’m actually closer to 18 I think. I’m pretty sure. ~ karen!

  8. sakina says:

    I think the second idea is a tea cart? 🙂

  9. Cathy says:

    …”after a quick trip to IKEA….”

    I hate you.

  10. TucsonPatty says:

    When I complained about my first – um – gray hairs, my older sister told be to be glad – it could be worse. How?!! ” You could go bald!” Gaaahhhhh!
    Love the wood holder…simple is great.

  11. Cynthia says:

    I get lost in Ikea, which I believe is part of their master plan. But, maybe that’s a thought due to the need to increase my meds.

    By the way, those leaves were not random-scattered, I reckon they were carefully placed with your design aesthetic eyeballs in control. You can’t fool me, you and IKEA.

    If your washer/dryer ever does cark it, check out the BEKO brand. I love BEKO. I have a freezer which is the berry best freezer I have ever had. So dry and frost free and beautifully appointed. I am now saving for a washer/dryer combo.

    It’s the brand of fridge/freezers they use on Australian Masterchef, which I know you love. Such high quality in design and features.

    PS why doesn’t someone make a two-pack black nail polish? An epoxy one that would be really hard. It makes sense, but maybe it would stain the nail?

  12. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    Question about your stackable set: Do your sheets turn into a big tangled ball in the dryer? I have a stackable set, and blankets, sheets, towels, etc., all turn into this mass of fabric that’s still completely wet in the center but dry on the outside. Am I just lucky that way or do you experience this, too?

  13. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  14. Su says:

    nice. Cool. good re-use and recyle

  15. Mary says:

    Clever girl. Nice hack.

  16. Donna says:

    Love your posts, do you use that floor polisher??

  17. Mary Kay says:

    Great idea – but what about when winter dumps a crap load of snow on you – you won’t be able to wheel that cute little thing from your BIG wood pile to your backdoor! Maybe laundry hamper #2 will join #1 so you have twice as much by your back door. Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope you have a wonderful meal with your family!

  18. Laura Bee says:

    “The Ikea hotdog is my spirit animal.” may be the funniest sentence I have ever read.

  19. Sue says:

    Pubic hairs go grey?!?!?

  20. Shannon says:

    Could we please see a pic of the new,narrow hamper? We have the same situation….thanks!

  21. Kat says:

    That broom is awesome and so perfect for a witches broom!

  22. Ev Wilcox says:

    Great. Now I’ll have sleepless nights wondering about the other great idea. Pink Tool Belt’s idea was very good, but now here we all are, waiting and wondering. Sigh….

  23. patti says:

    YES !!!! :{

  24. Another fantastic Ikea hack! Looking forward to part two!

  25. Ruth says:

    Yes… but if you shave them off (carefully!), no one will ever know.

  26. P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

  27. Ruth says:

    “HER idea was to take this hamper from the laundry pile to the wood pile.”

    …. and your idea was….? I have a strange feeling that you will need another hamper for the laundry room, because these 2 have been commissioned to ‘higher’ service. 🙂

  28. Kathline says:

    I also refer to IKEA as the second happiest place on earth. Unfortunately, the first happiest place is actually closer to me than my nearest IKEA. Or fortunately, depending finances – I think I spend more at IKEA!

  29. Danielle says:

    RIGHT? I did a snort-laugh-cough-chortle-cackle-wheeze when I read that. (It was funny, hence the snort-laugh, but the resulting wheezing was actually not due to Karen’s humour: it was brought on by allergies.)

  30. mia pratt says:

    It might be appropriate, Karen, to educate the younger women amongst us on the nightmarish hell we can expect for our vajayjays when we get older. Silver pubic hair appearing…lost lipstick tubes from Disco nights suddenly appearing down there along with that Christmas sock your husband lost in 1987. And sagging. There is supposed to be sagging. Yikes, never mind.

  31. Karen says:

    Yeah I’m pretty lucky. It’s only 15 minutes away. Hate you too! 🙂 ~ karen

  32. Karen says:

    I’ve always always loved the refrigerators on Masterchef Australia. They’re tall and narrow. I remember freezing the picture so I could look at the brand. We don’t carry it here. 🙁 At least we didn’t at the time ~ karen!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Adrienne – That can definitely happen. To help stop this when I put the sheets in I feed them in one at a time sort of folding them into the machine one at a time, as opposed to putting in a big ball of them. This seems to help stop the whole big ball of wet centre thing. ~ karen!

  34. Karen says:

    I do indeed! I bought it at the beginning of the year at an antique show and I use it about once a month. ~ karen!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Mary Kay ! I’ll probably actually move it to the front porch where it’ll be covered. Dinner was great but in half an hour I have to go back downstairs and finish cleaning up the disaster of a kitchen. ~ karen!

  36. Karen says:

    And the truest. ~ karen

  37. Karen says:

    Yup. Learned all about that from Samantha on Sex and the City. ~ karen!

  38. Karen says:

    You’ll actually catch a quick glimpse of it in Friday’s post Shannon. ~ karen!

  39. Pam says:

    Hotdog as spirit animal, so funny!! IKEA is four hours away for me, but I make a plan and drive the van!

  40. Hope says:

    whoop! I can’t wait for the second idea…tell pink toolbelt this one was brilliant. Not to encourage sibling rivalry. What I love about this idea is how it encourages me to look at things differently. Recently had a HUGE change in income. Now when I have a problem area I shop the house and the garage…and the thrift shop. And it’s good for my brain as I consider the options possible. And it’s great for my wallet. I was going to say pocketbook but I don’t have one of those!

  41. Jake says:

    I think that is Karen’s new winter beater. 🙂

  42. Mary Kay says:

    Geez – no one volunteered to be your maid for a day??? That is the only drawback of having the holidays at your house – the clean up – UGH!

  43. chris aka monkey says:

    okay cool hack…hope your thanksgiving was all that you wanted it to be…what about the tree on the wall did i miss it? we don’t have a fireplace wish we did … wilbur is so big now if he crawled on my hand i would scream like a girl i think he is one of the cats that take 7-9 months to morph..he thinks he lives in the ritz xx

  44. Cheryl says:

    I just had my very first IKEA experience this past week!!! Living in the Maritimes means we have to travel far, far away to experience the joy hat is a DIYer/hacker’s dream! So while on a trip to Calgary, I strolled the aisles for hours. I brought back what I could in my suitcase, but that was (obviously) not enough!
    I just got a coupon code for free shipping today–guess which website I am heading to next? 🙂 We use bronze ice buckets for our wood storage inside-I think your hack could be a new solution.

  45. Lynn Johannson says:

    You know….. if you chose to not clean house and polish your floors you would have time for 5 post a week. Of course you would have nothing to take pics of so you would have to come to MY house and do your projects. But then I would have to clean first so…. never mind

  46. Angela N says:

    FANTASTIC!! I have a hamper and the bag is toast! I was trying to think of ways to repurpose it. This is awesome! Although mine has solid sides made out of mdf. I thought about throwing a piece of wood on the top to make it a plant stand. I like this better though. Any other ideas for repurposing??

  47. Eric H says:


  48. Chrissy says:

    Did you retile your laundry room when you did the kitchen? I see some chipping there… I hope that is not new tile!

  49. Karen says:

    Hi Chrissy – No, no. That’s realllyyy old stick down tile. I put it down when I first moved into the house. 🙂 ~ karen!

  50. Great IKEA hack! I don’t like that “IKEA silver” either.


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