Laundry is not a task that many of us look forward to, but it is one that has to be done nonetheless, so why not make it less arduous by getting yourself a good laundry basket? Having somewhere to store your dirty clothes will make your home cleaner and more efficient; just what you need to make this chore a little more appealing.
Perhaps you are looking for something with different compartments and lids for a large family, or maybe you just want something simple and stylish for a small space. Whatever you're looking for, we've searched Argos, Amazon, John Lewis and eBay for the options that will suit you.
Just because they are used to store dirty clothes, there's no reason that laundry baskets can't be nice-looking pieces of furniture that add to a room, as well as being extremely practical. Here's how to get the best of both.
The material of your laundry basket will affect a few different things. Not only will it impact the look of the basket, but it will also affect how easy it is to clean and whether you can fold it away.
Whilst not the most attractive of materials, plastic is great if you want a cheap and light option. It is incredibly simple to wipe a cloth around to clean them up if they get a bit dirty and they won't absorb any moisture from sweaty clothes.
They do, however, run the risk of breaking – particularly if a more brittle plastic is used.
Metal laundry bins are less common than the other options, but still have plenty of advantages. They're sturdy and, like plastic, they're easy to clean. Whilst other laundry baskets aren't as suited to the moisture, metal baskets can be stored in bathrooms without a problem.
Metal is heavier, though, and harder to manoeuvre. They also don't tend to have the ability to fold away like some other softer materials do.
Fabric laundry baskets are a popular choice with good reason. They're light and easy to move around thanks to their malleability and foldability, which makes them a good choice for anyone with limited space. In addition to this, they're much cheaper than the metal alternatives on the market.
The main drawback for this sort of laundry basket is that fabric does run the risk of absorbing some of the odours and moisture from your dirty clothes.
Natural wood and plant materials have been woven into a wicker design to make baskets for hundreds of years. This method creates a lasting product, but one that has a more natural look and feel than metal, plastic and fabric.
Popular materials for this style of basket are rattan and reed, which are strong and solid. Whilst its sturdiness may appeal, these baskets aren't usually foldable and can be more difficult to move around once piled up with a week's worth of washing.
Capacity for laundry baskets is measure in litres or, if not, you can work out the rough capacity from the dimensions. If you have a large household, look at larger capacities of 70 litres and above to avoid overflows.
It is also important to consider the dimensions of a basket, and not just because of the capacity. You probably don't want to have your laundry as the centre of attention in a room, so make sure the basket can fit into a space where it won't intrude.
As well as having enough space to store everything, you might want to go one step further and have a laundry basket that contains a few different compartments within it. This will save you time down the line as you can pre-separate your lights, darks and your colours or whichever system you choose to go for.
These baskets are often larger, though, so make sure you have enough space to store them.
One problem with finding somewhere to store dirty clothing until you're ready to put a wash on is by covering up the sight and smells; having dirty washing strewn all over the place is not a good look.
The best way to sort out both of these issues is finding a laundry basket that has a lid. This will not only make your room look much neater but it will also stop the aromas coming off your smelly socks in their tracks!
Once your laundry basket is full, it can be a challenge emptying it all out and taking it to the washing machine. To make this process as smooth as possible, go for a design with handles so you can carry your basket around.
This means you can take your basket from your room or bathroom straight to the washing machine, without losing any stray socks along the way.
Finding your next storage solution for your dirty clothing doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, to make it even simpler, we've compiled ten options made from different materials and with different attributes to appeal to everyone.
|Dimensions||54 x 75 x 31 cm|
|Dimensions||45 x 32 x 59 cm|
|Dimensions||54 x 70 x 8 cm|
|Capacity||Around 57 litres|
|Dimensions||33 x 33 x 53 cm|
|Material||Fabric (100% cotton rope)|
|Dimensions||40 x 38 x 38 cm|
|Dimensions||48 x 63 x 31 cm|
|Dimensions||50 x 40 x 40 cm|
|Dimensions||63 x 45 x 29 cm|
|Lid||Yes, not full coverage|
|Dimensions||60 x 40 x 30 cm|
|Capacity||Around 87 litres|
|Dimensions||50 x 53 x 33 cm|
La Jolie Muse
2 Compartment Laundry Basket
Stripe Laundry Hamper
Selector Laundry Bin
Moroccan Lattice Laundry Hamper
Bright Laundry Sorter
Woven Laundry Basket
Modern Tapered Laundry Basket
Overdoor Laundry Hamper
Large White Wicker Laundry Basket
Dinosaur Seagrass Laundry Basket
A Foldable Laundry Basket With All the Extras
Hide Your Laundry Away Behind Colourful Stripes
A Sleek Way of Storing Your Laundry
A Basket That Will Bring a Splash of Colour
Separating Your Washing Has Never Been So Simple
A Traditional-Looking Basket for a Classy Look
A Versatile Tall Basket for Any Room
The Perfect Space-Saver for Uni or College Bedrooms
A Simple, Eco-Friendly Laundry Basket
A Fun Laundry Basket for Kids
|Material||Fabric||Fabric (canvas)||Steel, plastic||Fabric||Fabric||Fabric (100% cotton rope)||Plastic, metal||Fabric||Rattan (wicker)||Seagrass (wicker)|
|Capacity||Around 87 litres||72 litres||55 litres||63 litres||94 litres||-||Around 57 litres||8 kg||85 litres||93 litres|
|Dimensions||50 x 53 x 33 cm||60 x 40 x 30 cm||63 x 45 x 29 cm||50 x 40 x 40 cm||48 x 63 x 31 cm||40 x 38 x 38 cm||33 x 33 x 53 cm||54 x 70 x 8 cm||45 x 32 x 59 cm||54 x 75 x 31 cm|
|Lid||Yes||Yes||Yes, not full coverage||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
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Being tidy and organised can be a struggle, but hopefully these laundry baskets will help you keep your clothes off your bedroom floor. Anything that makes this chore a bit less of a bore is well worth having, and a good laundry basket will do just that.
Author: Emma Cramp
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