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wood hamper in a blue bathroom
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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Let's face it: A clothes hamper is not the sexiest piece of furniture you'll ever own. But that's no excuse for using a tired old canvas bag or an open-top basket to stash your dirty duds. We were pleased to find lots of hampers with furniture-like details on the market—so much so that it inspired us to make a hamper similar to the one shown here. The top and sides are simply stock beadboard plywood framed with 1x material. For the hamper's floor, we scrounged up a scrap piece of regular plywood; if you don't have one, just use beadboard instead.

The straightforward design here is very flexible. You can paint or stain the finished product, use plain plywood instead of beadboard for the sides, add a handle to the lid, screw cup hooks inside to hang a laundry bag—the options are limited only by your imagination. Use the cut list at thisoldhouse.com/bonus to help you build it, and when you're done, double-check to make sure no nails are sticking out inside the bin. We'd hate for your new hamper to put snags in your wardrobe.

Pictured: White Finished Hamper RHP0109W by Oceanstar Design Group, about $90; homeclick.com
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw
    • brad nailer
      brad nailer
    • drill
      drill/driver

    Shopping List

    1x2 Get one 8-foot length for the four narrower leg pieces.

    1x3 Get three 8-foot lengths for the four wider leg pieces, crosspieces, floor supports, and lid frame

    -inch beadboard plywood Get half of a 4x8 sheet to make the panels and floor (½-inch plywood can also be used for the floor)2-inch trim-head screws to secure upper crosspieces to the legs.

    -inch brad nails

    Wood glue

    Butt hinge Get two.

    Top hinge Get one.

    Sash handle Get one, if using.