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I Tried West Elm’s Wall-Mounted Laundry Hamper — and I’m Obsessed


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First of all: Wall mounting, especially if you’re a renter, can be pretty daunting. While not necessarily skilled, I do have experience drilling, nailing, hanging, and mounting in my apartment over my years of product testing, so I feel comfortable saying this is one of the easier installations I’ve done. That said, it’s imperative to mount (anything, really) to a wall with a solid foundation, such as concrete, brick, or studs (wood panels) — i.e. not drywall. If you follow West Elm’s directions, use screw anchors, and keep a positive attitude, wall-mounting success and personal pride will come.

You’ll also get to reap the benefits of this hamper’s innovative design. I can throw damp hand towels or washcloths over the lower bar to dry — then they go right into the hamper, which pulls out to reveal a deceptively spacious interior. I have a housemate as well, and the hamper offers us enough space to hold all the bathroom linens we both use in a week — about two bath towels, a hand towel, and a few washcloths. Plus, bamboo and polyester resist mildew and mold, and they are easy to wipe clean or rinse and dry as needed.

We’ve even used the hamper for storage when we have guests. We roll clean bath towels and layer them inside the hamper, so it’s super convenient to grab one as they need, drape it over the bar to dry, and reuse. And because the hamper is a true display piece, it serves beautifully as a simple hand towel holder. It’s constantly earning compliments and prompting “where did you get that?!”-s, so I have to thank West Elm… yet again.


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