11 Clever Laundry Room Basket Ideas

When it comes to doing the laundry, Americans seem to either love it or hate it. Laundry is on the top of the list of favorite and least favorite household chores. Sometimes the key to making a chore more enjoyable is acquiring some tools and organization. When it comes to laundry, the first step is sorting the clothes. This can be done with laundry baskets. 

You might think, "Okay, but I have laundry baskets, and I still hate doing the laundry." This might be true, but have you considered how your laundry baskets are stored in your laundry room? You should. Changing the way you store or organize your baskets can be a game-changer in the laundry world. 

Whether doing laundry is not your favorite and you're looking for a way to make it a little more enjoyable, or whether you love it and want some laundry basket inspiration, you've come to the right place. We've compiled a list of 11 clever ideas to help bring some organization and maybe a little more fun to your laundry room. 

A small laundry basket placed on the side, 11 Clever Laundry Room Basket Ideas

1. Built-In & Tall

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Built-in tall shelf designed to house multiple laundry baskets. Labeled baskets showing separation by laundry type

Built specifically to house laundry baskets, this built-in shelf and laundry basket rack is a huge space saver. Granted you might need a step ladder to reach those higher baskets, but you could always custom build your own to your ideal height.

Many laundry baskets have a lip around the edge, making them easy to slide in and out of the shelves. Also, in this example, each basket is labeled, so each pile of laundry is separated by type. Separating your laundry as you send it to the laundry room is a great way to stay on top of your chore. 

2. Pull-Out Hamper

Under-counter pull-out hamper, similar to hidden trash can storage. Tilt-out design with a single laundry basket inside

Laundry baskets can be unsightly, so if you're looking for a more inconspicuous way to store your laundry, this example might be for you! You've probably seen how some trash cans are stored under counters. Well, you can also do that with your laundry basket.

It saves floor space and keeps your dirty laundry out of view. If you're the handy type, you can DIY it and build a tilt-out cabinet for your basket. If not, and you'd rather let someone else do the work, well, you can purchase them already built, too!

Click here to see this tilt-out hamper on Amazon.

3. Stylish & Modern

modern laundry basket storage using wire baskets. Frame that can be custom built, painted or stained dark brown or black

Check out this stylish and modern laundry basket storage design. In lieu of plastic laundry baskets, wire ones are used instead. The frame can be custom built with some general woodworking knowledge, and then it can be painted to suit your interior decor.

For a more industrial style, you could opt for a dark brown or black stain for the wood instead of white! You could also add fabric liners if you are concerned you might lose a sock or two on the way to the washer. 

Click here to see these wire baskets on Amazon.

4. Woven Baskets On Shelves

shelf storing multiple woven or wicker laundry baskets with fabric lining

Here's another plastic-free option. Store your laundry in woven baskets with fabric lining. Not only are they more stylish and chic but there are also a number of reasons why woven or wicker baskets are better than plastic.

They can help with odor control and are more eco-friendly! The storage method in this example is similar to that of our first example, but simple shelves can be built to give these baskets a home and display. 

Click here to see this woven basket on Amazon.

5. Laundry Basket Dresser

shelf storing multiple woven or wicker laundry baskets with fabric lining. real estate listing style

Not a fan of the laundry baskets to the ceiling? Why not put them side by side and create a laundry basket dresser instead? The dresser style can also create an extra countertop which you could use as a folding area or extra storage space.

This example uses a number of 2x4s to create the design, however, if you're not a fan of the gaps between the pieces of wood, you could enclose them with plywood. Don't be afraid to modify these ideas to fit your home and space. 

6. Canvas Totes On Hooks

Canvas laundry totes hung on wall hooks. Suitable for carrying and easy storage

Here's another great space-saving example. Ditch the bulky, awkward laundry baskets for totes instead. They are much easier to carry and even easier to store. Hanging the totes on hooks gives them a home in an easy-to-reach spot which is especially helpful if you have kids.

Additionally, they are easy to clean too. Most can be thrown into the washer with your laundry. Just be sure to check the washing and drying label on the totes you choose. 

7. More Totes On Hooks

rectangular-opening canvas totes hung on hooks

And here's another way to hang totes on hooks! These totes have more of a rectangular opening and are on hooks on their own, leaving more space to add your clothes.

Also, in this example, the totes are labeled for easy sorting. Totes on hooks are ideal if you don't have a lot of storage space for laundry baskets. They can be hung on the wall like we've shown here or even behind a door for a more inconspicuous spot.  

8. Rolling Carts

large rolling laundry cart stored under individual drawers with fabric linings

We've given you a few space-saving examples, but this article wasn't just for that. Take a look at this example which gives you an idea of what you can do if you have ample room.

Large rolling laundry carts fit perfectly under individual drawers. Fabric linings hide the contents of the cart, leaving a neat and tidy look. Assign one to each person in your home or by lights, darks, and colors for even more organization. 

Click here to see this rolling laundry cart on Amazon.

9. Metal Shelving

Laundry room with simple metal shelving holding multiple laundry baskets for organizational purposes

If you don't have the ability to custom build your own storage for your laundry baskets, there are plenty of ways to repurpose other types of shelving. For example, in this home, simple metal shelving has added a level of organization to the laundry room that might not have been there before.

You also don't have to blow your budget to get creative and solve your laundry room mess. This type of shelving is relatively affordable and can be a good place to start in organizing your space. 

Click here to see these metal shelves on Amazon.

10. Canvas In Cages

large canvas laundry bags placed inside large wire baskets

This example is a fun combination of some of the other examples we've shown you. Large canvas laundry bags are placed in large wire baskets and in combination with the wooden countertop, they finish off the modern farmhouse look.

Wheels could also be added to help them move easier over the floor. These laundry baskets are great for those who have large families or just large loads of laundry. 

11. Collapsible Wall Unit

Check out these fun collapsible wall baskets. These also don't require much DIY on your part other than mounting them to the wall. There are lots of these styles available online, but be sure to check how much weight they can hold.

If you overload them and they fall off the wall, they could create a bigger headache than a disorganized laundry room. Still, they look adorable and could make a great hamper for kids. 

Click here to see this wall laundry basket on Amazon.

Feeling Inspired Yet?

A small laundry basket placed on the side

Hopefully, our 11 examples have given you some inspiration for your laundry room. As you can see, there are many different types of laundry baskets in a variety of materials. From plastic to fabric to woven, there's a large number of materials to choose from. 

And, just as there are many different types, there are just as many ways you can store and place them. You can stack them on shelves or racks, place them under the counter, or mount them on hooks or on the walls. 

Bohemian inspired room with a wicker laundry basket on the side

Many of the ideas are also adaptable for your needs, so even if you didn't like any of the ideas individually, we hope you've at least found some bits and pieces you can combine to make your laundry room work best for you. If sorting laundry is at the bottom of your list of favorite chores, maybe implementing some of these laundry basket ideas will help change that! Good luck!

If you're interested in even more laundry room inspiration, you're in luck. We have several other posts on the topic. Check out some of them below:

11 Things You Need To Have In The Laundry Room [Complete Items Checklist!]

7 Great Laundry Room Hanging Ideas

5 Places To Store Hangers In Laundry Room

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