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Hidden Laundry Hamper in Bedroom



No more dirty clothes on the floor with this functional laundry hamper for the bedroom. All you need is some pieces of wood to create a box, a set of drawer slides and some power tools to turn any unused cabinet into a hidden hamper.

A year ago I gave my son's room a total makeover, creating a built-in unit around the bed out of two old desks. I kept looking for a laundry basket to put inside the lower right part of this unit, but I couldn't find anything to fit in there. So, I built it, let me show you how.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Start by measuring the inside of the cabinet where you want to install the hamper. Those dimensions will determine the size of the box you need to build. Take measurements of the depth, height and the width of the front opening of the cabinet. My box was made 2½" shorter than the total height of the cabinet, ½" shorter than its total width, and 1" shorter than its total depth. I went with under mount hardware for a clean look.

    2. Step: 2

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      You can simply build a wooden box, but I wanted this box with some ventilation for obvious reasons.

    3. Step: 3

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      Cut your material Use the miter saw to cut the 1 x 2 and 1 x 3 material to size. There will be a total of 16 pieces. Cut the box bottom piece out of ¾" Plywood.

    4. Step: 4

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      Make rabbet cuts -Mark one side of all the vertical pieces 1½" from each end and using router with a rabbeting bit rabbet inside those marks. -Make a rabbet cut on one side of all the other horizontal pieces.

    5. Step: 5

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      Drill Pocket holes Using the Kreg jig drill 3/4" pocket holes on both sides of all horizontal pieces and the lower part of the bottom plywood piece.

    6. Step: 6

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      Vertical corners Use wood glue and 1¼" brad nails to put together the vertical corner pieces. Assemble the entire box Use 1.25" pocket hole screws to put together the entire box. Sand Sand your project with a medium to fine grid sand paper. At this point you can also apply the desire finish.

    7. Step: 7

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      Hardware cloth Use gloves and a snip to cut the hardware cloth to size. Staple it onto the rabbeted sides of the box.

    8. Step: 8

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      Attach drawer slides to the under side of the box. Follow the instructions included with the drawer slides.

    9. Step: 9

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      Install slide members inside cabinet. Follow the instructions included with the drawer slides. Remember to leave the extra space for the door.

    10. Step: 10

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      Slide hamper box on to the cabinet slides.

    11. Step: 11

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      Attach cabinet door Clamp cabinet door to hamper box and using 1¼" screws secure them together from the inside of hamper.

    12. Step: 12

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      As a final detail, I added a laundry bag made of drop cloth material. Complete tutorial on my blog right here: http://www.remodelandolacasa.com/2017/07/Ldrbg.html

Comments (4)


  • I need one of these in EVERY room in my house!! Great step by step plans!!
    By Build It Craft It Love It, on August 8, 2017
    • Yes, I want to install one in my room too. :) Thanks!
      By Remodelando la Casa, on September 18, 2017

  • I love these detailed instructions!! The screening for ventilation and laundry bag are so clever, great project!
    By Lisa | Shine Your Light, on September 8, 2017

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Hidden Laundry Hamper in Bedroom

by Remodelando la Casa
Jul 15, 2017
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No more dirty clothes on the floor with this functional laundry hamper for the bedroom. All you need is some pieces of wood to create a box, a set of drawer slides and some power tools to turn any unused cabinet into a hidden hamper. A year ago I gave my son's room a total makeover, creating a built-in unit around the bed out of two old desks. I kept looking for a laundry basket to put inside the lower right part of this unit, but I couldn't find anything to fit in there. So, I built it, let me show you how.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
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    Start by measuring the inside of the cabinet where you want to install the hamper. Those dimensions will determine the size of the box you need to build. Take measurements of the depth, height and the width of the front opening of the cabinet. My box was made 2½" shorter than the total height of the cabinet, ½" shorter than its total width, and 1" shorter than its total depth. I went with under mount hardware for a clean look.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 206c446f 01a5 4056 83d0 c20dc351f0a9

    You can simply build a wooden box, but I wanted this box with some ventilation for obvious reasons.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 4c3421dc 601b 4fdd 8503 50dc82712b84

    Cut your material Use the miter saw to cut the 1 x 2 and 1 x 3 material to size. There will be a total of 16 pieces. Cut the box bottom piece out of ¾" Plywood.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 9eb2103e 3406 4917 a952 f860cbb95db9

    Make rabbet cuts -Mark one side of all the vertical pieces 1½" from each end and using router with a rabbeting bit rabbet inside those marks. -Make a rabbet cut on one side of all the other horizontal pieces.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 3f5bb2ec 8fd2 4819 b2ba 7e107ba10a63

    Drill Pocket holes Using the Kreg jig drill 3/4" pocket holes on both sides of all horizontal pieces and the lower part of the bottom plywood piece.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 6331c613 6857 4320 97a9 d790c323d5ff

    Vertical corners Use wood glue and 1¼" brad nails to put together the vertical corner pieces. Assemble the entire box Use 1.25" pocket hole screws to put together the entire box. Sand Sand your project with a medium to fine grid sand paper. At this point you can also apply the desire finish.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 6abfbc96 704d 4eff bf1f 72240472b485

    Hardware cloth Use gloves and a snip to cut the hardware cloth to size. Staple it onto the rabbeted sides of the box.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 5a1fe733 45b0 4771 8587 04a07d2837e1

    Attach drawer slides to the under side of the box. Follow the instructions included with the drawer slides.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge ade248d3 0b74 4031 a3d4 b95c8091b5dc

    Install slide members inside cabinet. Follow the instructions included with the drawer slides. Remember to leave the extra space for the door.

  10. Step: 10
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    Slide hamper box on to the cabinet slides.

  11. Step: 11
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    Attach cabinet door Clamp cabinet door to hamper box and using 1¼" screws secure them together from the inside of hamper.

  12. Step: 12
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    As a final detail, I added a laundry bag made of drop cloth material. Complete tutorial on my blog right here: http://www.remodelandolacasa.com/2017/07/Ldrbg.html