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The 8 Best Laundry Hampers For Small Spaces

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If you have tight bedroom, narrow closet, or teeny tiny bathroom, having a space-efficient laundry hamper comes in clutch. With narrow frames but deep baskets, the best laundry hampers for small spaces can fit nearly anywhere, but they’ll have plenty of room for your dirty laundry. And from hampers on wheels to options that hang over the door, you’ll find there are a myriad of picks to help you make the most of what you’re working with.

If you’re dealing with very limited room, you might not want to sacrifice any floor space at all to your hamper. In that case, keep an eye out for hanging models. Outfitted with hooks, these can be hung over your door, on a doorknob, or on your closet rod. Some hampers even come with adhesive hooks that you can mount to a wall. On the other hand, if you have some floor space, you can get a traditional hamper with a slim profile. Fabric hampers are a popular choice, as they’re the most forgiving in terms of squeezing them into narrow spots. If you have the room to accommodate a more rigid hamper, though, a plastic or wire version with perforations throughout is helpful for keeping odors from getting locked in.

Beyond that, you there are hampers with wheels that make it easy to roll your clothes to the laundry room, as well as double hamper sets that allow you to separate your darks from your lights, which can help eliminate the possibility of your red sweatshirt getting thrown in the wash with your favorite crisp white button-down. With that said, take a look below at the best laundry hampers for small spaces you can buy.

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A Basic Hamper That Does The Job

At 15.2 inches wide and 8.5 inches deep, slim laundry hamper is skinny enough to fit into the narrowest of spaces and is made from durable Oxford cloth. In addition, it can be collapsed flat when you're not using it, but even though it can be compactly stored, it's not flimsy, thanks to its cardboard bottom insert and rods that keep it standing upright. Boasting a 4.6-star overall rating after more than 3,000 reviews, it's available in five colors and features sturdy carrying handles to make it easier to tote from place to place.

Helpful review: “I have been using a large and circled laundry hamper for the past few years, but recently I have moved to a smaller apartment so I needed a smaller size bag to fit into the room. Browsed for a few other products and decided to purchase this one because it is cheap and classic. It turns out it fits just right and does not occupy too much of a space. It was easy to set up and carry around.”

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This Cheap Hamper That Hangs From A Door Or Wall

This over-the-door laundry hamper takes up zero floor space and comes with universal hooks to hang it. Don’t want to hang it over the door? It also comes with adhesive hooks, so you can hang it from the wall in the bathroom or inside your closet. Measuring a generous 20-by-30 inches, the hamper boasts an extra-large capacity, but the durable Oxford fabric and double-reinforced stitching can stand up to heavy loads. There’s a separate pocket on front that’s perfect for storing a few delicates, and the zipper on the back makes it easy to transfer the clothes to your washing machine.

Helpful review: “I have a tiny apartment and I looove saving space where I can [...] I wanted to free up floor space and make it more convenient to put laundry away... I came accross this! I now have it hanging it off my closet door and no more laundry basket taking up space! I got the XL bag because I also don't have a washer and dryer so I wait a while to go to the laundromat. The bag can hold a sizeable amount of clothes (about a week and half worths for me which consists of a couple of leggings, sweatshirts, some tshirts, socks, towels or two with dish rags which the outside pocket is nice for). It's worth the buy if you're looking to save space! Plus, when it's time to do laundry the zipper at the bottom of the bag comes undone for easy dumping.”

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The Editor’s Pick: A Wire Basket With Wooden Handles

Bustle Commerce editor Jen Fiegel recommends this chic and minimalist wire basket with wooden handles that flip up for carrying. She says, "I've had this for 3 years now, and it's still going strong. The wire construction helps any damp laundry dry and the smaller size is easy to squeeze in around furniture. Plus, it's really aesthetically pleasing so it doesn't have to be hidden away into a closet where it'll create musty smells." The Scandinavian-inspired basket weighs just 2.4 pounds and measures 12-by-16.3-inches at the base.

Helpful review: “Love, love, love this basket! I’ve now bought another one for my mom- it’s small enough for easy carrying especially if you have flights of stairs to climb with laundry. Probably not big enough for a big family basket but one of these could easily tick into each room.”

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A Larger-Capacity Skinny Basket With A Lid

Although it's only 10 inches deep, this slim, space-saving laundry hamper can actually hold a great deal of laundry because of its tall 23.6-inch height and long 18-inch base. Beyond the ample volume, this hamper also boasts a lid, cutout handles for carrying it, and a ventilated woven design that lets those inevitable dirty laundry odors air out. Because it's plastic, it's also lightweight — about 3 pounds — and comes in five colors, like pink, gray, and ivory. The sturdy plastic walls also make it a good container for wet clothes and towels which might otherwise ruin a fabric liner if left unattended for too long.

Helpful review: “I have a small space in my bathroom and based on the dimensions, I knew this would fit but was not confident that something this space efficient would be effective as well. Boy, was I was wrong! It holds quite a bit of laundry and the plastic is strong enough to stand up to everyday use.”

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The Best Space-Saving Wicker Basket

If wicker is more your style, this Whitmor Rattique laundry hamper is both an attractive and functional choice. At 17.3 inches wide and 12.6 inches deep, it's larger and more expensive than the previous pick, but it has several features that may make it worth it if you have the space: a hinged lid, a removable and machine-washable liner bag, and lightweight plastic and metal wire construction that's sturdy but still easy to lift and move closer to your washer.

Available in espresso and gray shades, the hamper looks like it's made from real split rattan and contains a lid to keep your laundry tucked away. In other words, this is one hamper you won't mind keeping out in plain view.

Helpful review: “It looks like real wicker, I can't believe it's plastic. I have a small bathroom and my other hamper took up too much space, this one is perfect! The color is like the picture, it's very pretty. I'll NEVER buy a natural material hamper again. I had a real wicker hamper and one too many bugs and spiders set up house in it. This is very well made and stands solidly and straight. I like that I can remove the liner and wash it.”

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The Double Laundry Hamper Set For Separating Clothes

This set comes with two slim but tall hampers that are perfect for separating your lights from your darks. The genius part? You can set them side by side, or — if space is too tight — place them in different areas to maximize storage. The hampers measure 15-by-10 inches at the base, but offer lots of capacity, thanks to the 25-inch height. Made from sturdy Oxford cloth, they feature handles for easy transport and rods to support the frames. That being said, they can be conveniently collapsed when not in use. Choose from light gray, dark gray, cream, or a color combo.

Helpful review: “First off the packaging is great came so compact and literally took 4 minutes or less to put this together, secondly this is extremely sturdy compared to others I have had in the past, also what I like alot about It is having the dark and white outside the baskets makes my laundry room look so much neater. To conclude great buy if you want to be organized and have a stylish looking laundry room at the same time.”

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A Slim Laundry Hamper With Wheels

Having wheels on a laundry hamper is a big plus since you're able to move it directly to the washing machine with little effort. That's why this slim rolling laundry hamper is a great option. It has both a rolling design and a skinny footprint that's only 15.4 inches wide and 7.3 inches deep. Plus, it's made with a waterproof Oxford fabric and has a safety brake so you don't have to worry about the hamper rolling away unexpectedly. The bag is also collapsible, which is a nice touch, and contains removable poles to give it shape when it's in use.

Helpful review: "This is the perfect little hamper for my bathroom. I’m guessing it will easily hold 3 days worth of clothes. Quite easy to assemble. Rolls very well. Is it indestructible and the sturdiest hamper ever? No, but unless you literally throw and drag it around, it should be fine and maintain it’s shape. Definitely a good value for the money!"

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A Hamper You Can Hang Anywhere

When you have no floor space whatsoever for a laundry hamper, a hanging hamper like this cotton canvas laundry bag may make the most sense. Although this 16.25-inch wide and 6-inch deep bag is on the smaller side, you can hang it almost anywhere — from a door knob to a closet rod or even the side of a changing table. In addition, the bag has a metal rim to keep it open and a zippered back to make taking dirty clothes out easier. Available in black and white, it’s also fully machine-washable.

Helpful review: “We have an older top-loading washer and this bag holds one full load of wash, which is great for saving space since we no longer need to keep a basket out for collection. This bag has been completely filled with jeans, and the metal frame and hook have not bent or warped from the weight, so it will hold up to heavy laundry.”

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