Laundry basket buying guide

Laundry basket buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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An essential item in your bathroom or laundry room, laundry baskets keep hold of your dirty washing until wash day. In addition to limiting bacterial growth, these baskets can also add a decorative aspect to your space. Here are a few key points to consider before choosing your laundry basket.

Important features

  • Material
  • Style
  • Volume
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Laundry basket materials

Plastic laundry baskets

Available in a range of colours, plastic laundry baskets can blend in with the existing decor of your bathroom. In addition, they're easy to clean and maintain.

Steel laundry basket

Usually equipped with a lid, these laundry baskets allow you to conceal your washing discreetly and avoid unpleasant odours. What's more, a stainless steel laundry basketadds a sleek, modern twist to your bathroom.

Fabric laundry basket

Often flexible and collapsible, this type of laundry basket offers a practical solution for saving space when your basket isn't in use. Often combined with a wooden supporting structure, fabric has the key advantage of being very lightweight.

Bamboo or wicker laundry basket

Thanks to its moisture resistance, this type of laundry basket is particularly well-suited to use in the bathroom.

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To make your job of transferring washing from basket to washing machine a little easier, some baskets are fitted with wheels. Others have strong handles to facilitate their movement between rooms.


To help you sort your laundry, some baskets have separate compartments: one for whites and another for colours. Some even have a third compartment for delicate fabrics.


Standard models have a capacity of 50 litres and are suitable for a three-person household. Other models, with smaller or larger capacities as appropriate, can be found to suit single professionals or larger families.

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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