I am currently working with a client who brought up a design issue I have been trying to solve for myself for a while now.  Living in an older home with little closet space often makes it necessary for a hamper to  be out in the open in a bedroom or even bathroom, but finding an attractive hamper is not an easy task.  I love the idea of repurposing something (an old basket of some sort?) but finding one large enough is a bit difficult as well.  Here are some options I found while searching recently:

An African woven basket:


An antique basket on Etsy:


This one from West Elm is probably too small:


I do like this wicker chest from Ballard:


This woven seagrass basket from Wisteria might be tall enough:


And these are pretty good from World Market but I worry they wouldn’t be sturdy enough:


This is the one I currently have from Crate and Barrel and it’s fine but I just think there has got to be something prettier out there:


Any ideas or suggestions?  What do you use for this necessary but not always attractive item?

9 thoughts on “Hampered

  1. I use a wicker basket that my parents brought back from a trip to Africa over 40 years ago for “take to dry-cleaning” and I use a cloth hamper for the every day stuff. I recently saw a rolling hamper at Restoration Hardware that I like – sort of industrial looking.

    My main problem with wicker is it can sometimes snag knits. I never thought of lining it with cloth, I think that’s a great solution.

    • Your African basket sounds perfect! I think lining it would be a great solution. You could make one yourself or buy an inexpensive laundry bag at Target or Walmart. I’m going to check out the rolling one at RH…

  2. I’m excited about this pretty big wire basket that I found at a thrift store. It kinda reminds me of the Frenchy-looking one from Pottery Barn. I just have to have a liner made for it though. (I’m thinking ticking!)

  3. There are a lot of variations of the Ballard steamer trunk. If you attached, maybe velcroed (so it wouldn’t have to be removed to open it) a cushion to the top, it could act as a bench at the bottom of the bed.

    My problem with anything wicker is that cats think it’s a scratching post. It gets shredded.

  4. I love the basket look. My preference is for it to be covered if it’s sitting out, but these are pretty enough even when they don’t have a lid! :) I’m a big believer in making everything pretty – especially those functional things we use every day – why not??!!! :)

  5. Ah, the challenge of older homes and the lack of closet space – one of the biggest negatives that we find in our current home. Have you seen the Home Goods variation of the African basket that you showed first above? They have a few different variations. I actually thought about picking one up for Sheila’s next room (they had one with pink through it) but I didn’t. It was under $30 which I thought was a steal – the S&L version is much more $$.

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