How Tall And How Wide Are Laundry Baskets

It might be a dreaded household chore, but imagine how much more strenuous doing laundry would be if we didn't have those handy baskets to carry our clothes and linens to and from. We know we need these handy transport items, but which one is best for your family? In this post we will examine the dimensions of various models of laundry baskets, so you know how tall and wide they are. Knowing this piece of information will help you select the right one for your home.

The most common types of laundry baskets are between 12 and 24 inches tall and 14 and 18 inches wide. The exact dimensions will of course depend on which model you're considering. The shapes also vary, from longer 1.5 bushel "traditional" laundry baskets to the more upright, taller versions.

Now that you have a general idea of what the dimensions of laundry baskets can be, it's time to look at them in more detail. What are the exact dimensions of popular models? How do you best choose the laundry basket that works with your home? Where should you store your laundry basket? For the answers to these questions, keep reading this post.

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Dimensions Of Popular Laundry Basket Models

Selecting the right size basket for your household and the space you have available is made easier with this section. Here, we break down the dimensions of multiple brand models of laundry baskets, so that you can choose the one that is the best fit for your home.

Tribe Signs Extra Tall Laundry Basket

This laundry basket is one of the biggest on the market today. It's billed as a 96-liter capacity and is perfect for someone that has to carry larger than normal loads to the laundry room. It is 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide.

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Dokehom Wheeled Laundry Basket

Dokehom's model is slightly smaller than the Tribe Signs laundry basket, being 22 inches tall and 15 inches wide. This basket is on wheels, making trips to and from the laundry room that much more convenient.

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Jomarto collapsible laundry basket

The Jomafto laundry basket is also on wheels. This basket is 17 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It collapses for easy storage.

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Rubbermaid 2 Bushel laundry basket

The Rubbermaid model is the smallest and lightest weight model we've included in this post. This version is more of a traditional style laundry basket and is 10 inches tall and 23 inches wide.

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How do you choose a laundry basket?

Several factors will weigh in on how you choose the best laundry basket. When selecting the proper one, you should make a decision that goes beyond just being aware of the dimensions themselves.

Household Size

Household size is probably the primary consideration. If you're a home of one, you probably don't need a laundry basket that's too large. And it's safe to say that you won't most likely need more than one laundry basket. But if you've got multiple people in your home, you would probably want to consider multiple baskets, and select larger sizes.

House Size

The amount of space your home allows for laundry basket storage is also important. If you've got a cramped laundry room, you'll want styles of laundry baskets that are easily stackable, so that they take up minimal space.

Washer And Dryer Location

Your decision on which model laundry basket you choose should also be based on whether or not you have a washer and dryer in your home. If you have to transport your laundry to a laundromat, you'll want a laundry basket and hamper that hold more clothing but are easy to handle and transport. You may also want to consider a basket with a top covering, so that if you're transferring freshly clean clothes in the rain or snow that they don't get soiled on the way back from the laundromat.

Style And Material

Laundry baskets are available in many different styles and materials. This allows you to pick something out that reflects your style. While there are lots of plastic laundry baskets to choose from, there are also fabric, jute, and other material options. So, if your laundry basket is out in the open, think about picking a more attractive style than plastic. 

Where should you put a laundry basket in your house?

The answer to this question is going to be based on exactly how you do your laundry and whether or not you utilize a clothes hamper or a laundry shoot. 

If your home is equipped with a shoot, then the dirty clothes are all immediately transported to the laundry room. No hamper is needed in this case. And you'll probably only need laundry baskets in the laundry room so that you can load your clean clothes into them prior to taking them to the bedrooms and closets.

Some people do not have the convenience of a laundry shoot, so they are forced to decide whether or not they want to use a hamper. If you have a hamper in each bedroom, you'll still only need laundry baskets in your laundry room.

But some find value in forgoing laundry hampers altogether and simply using baskets for clean clothes and soiled clothes and linens. If the hamper is something you would rather avoid, it's advised to keep a clothes basket in each bedroom closet for dirty clothes. These baskets need to be cleaned after every use but are much easier and faster to clean than hampers. And they don't trap in the odors of the dirty clothes and linens that a hamper would.

How many pounds is a basket of laundry?

Calculating how much weight will be in a full basket of laundry will depend on the size of the basket and what you're putting inside the basket. A full basket of socks will weigh far less than a full basket of jeans, right?

A basic 1.5-bushel basket of mixed household laundry will weigh between 15 and 20 pounds. These baskets are great for that reason; it's hard to load them to the point that you'll strain yourself from lifting them, even when they're filled to capacity.

If you've got a larger laundry basket and are curious about how much it might weigh, consider how much each individual piece of clothing will weigh first. Upper Crust Maids put together a guide of what 15, 20, and 40 pounds of laundry may consist of here

laundry basket full of differernt colored soiled clothes

In Closing

There was probably a lot more to consider about which laundry basket is best for your household than you might have imagined. Knowing how many different styles and available dimensions are available is helpful, but even more so is understanding how you need to store your baskets and whether or not you want to have clothes hampers. Hopefully, this post answered your questions about which laundry basket is worthy of your consideration.

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