How To Choose A Baby & Kid Hamper

It's easy to forget about humble laundry hampers when planning the perfect nursery or kid's bedroom. However, we can guarantee that you'll immediately regret overlooking them as soon as the closest chair starts disappearing underneath a pile of dirty clothes.

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Let's spare you – and that chair – from this impractical and messy scenario! Here's how to choose a baby & kid hamper that will make your life easier without looking out of place.

What's the Right Type of Hamper for Me?

These laundry hampers come in all sorts of shapes and designs, so it won't be hard to find the right one for your needs once you know exactly what to look for. We believe that the most important things to consider before buying a baby & kid hamper are:

  • Where you're planning on placing it: measure that space so that you know how big your new hamper can be; if it's underneath a cupboard, check the height limit too!
  • Where and how far you need to move it to: will you be able to carry it once full or it will become too heavy? Will you need to squeeze it into your car or would wheels be more helpful in your case?
  • How often you do the laundry: there's no point in sacrificing precious playing space in favor of a bulky hamper if you're planning on washing its content twice a week.

Bearing in mind that some baby & kid hampers can fall within more than one category, consider these main options:

  • Freestanding: these standard hampers will become a semi-permanent feature of the room's décor;
Three Piece Nursery Organization Set
Bamboo Rectangular Laundry Hamper
Chouteau Monster Kids Laundry Bag
Kids Llama Laundry Hamper
Collapsible Laundry Hamper
Unicorn Kids Hamper
  • Collapsible: if you're tight on space, you'll be glad to chuck these collapsible hampers under the bed whenever you're not using them;
Collegiate Pop Up Hamper Florida
Fly by Collapsible Laundry Hamper
Collapsible Laundry Hamper With Floral Pattern
Peppy Collapsible Laundry Hamper
Pop Up Collapsible Laundry Hamper
  • Foldable: another magical space-saving option, these hampers usually include a wooden frame and a removable fabric bag; they're rather handy if you've got a narrow corner to squeeze them in;
Nautical Pattern Laundry Hamper
Cactus Floral Laundry Hamper
Colorful Pattern Foldable Laundry Hamper
Watercolor Floral Foldable Laundry Hamper
  • With wheels: they can make your hamper effortless to move around especially if it's particularly heavy, but we only recommend this design if your nursery and washing machine are on the same floor;
  • With handles: if they're on different floors, you're planning on driving to the laundromat or you'd simply prefer carrying them rather than pushing them, hampers with handles will be the most practical choice for you;
Deer Laundry Hamper With Handles
Kids Storage Adventure Hamper With Handles
Simple Laundry Hamper With Handles
Collapsible Laundry Hamper With Handles
Polka Dots Laundry Hamper With Handles
  • With lid: look for one of these if keeping the room tidy and clutter-free is one of your priorities.
Simple Collapsible Hamper With Lid
Happy Laundry Hamper With Lid
Kids Lion Pop Up Hamper With Lid
Nursery Laundry Hamper With Lid
Laundry Hamper With Lid
Foldable Laundry Hamper With Lid

What Is the Best Material for a Kid's Hamper?

Since it will be in your little one's room, you should look for materials that, while ensuring practicality and functionality, are also safe. We recommend avoiding metal options and, instead, choosing a baby & kid hamper in one (or two) of these materials:

  • Plastic: these hampers are particularly easy to clean and, because they usually include holes, they ensure plenty of ventilation for sweaty or wet clothes; they're rather cheap and, while they focus on functionality rather than style, they can easily match the room's palette (they're usually monochrome);
  • Fabric or cloth: these are extremely versatile, light, and easy to move around; they're available in lots of different designs, including the most adorable patterns and prints of their favorite characters;
  • Wood: a blend of functionality and tradition, these hampers are perfect to give your little one's room a cozy, old-style feel; they usually follow foldable designs and, since the majority of them includes a fabric element, they'll still leave you plenty of choices when it comes to prints and patterns;
  • Wicker and rattan: a rarer but interesting eco-friendly option, these hampers can give the room a natural and traditional look, just like wood; however, toddlers could easily try and pull their woven strips, so we only recommend them for older kids.

What's the Right Style for My Baby Hamper?

In order to find the right design for you and your little ones, think of the style and feeling that you're trying to convey in their nursery or bedroom so that you can find a baby & kid hamper that complements it:

  • Identify the room's palette and pick a laundry hamper in one of its three main colors to keep it cohesive;
  • Another way to ensure consistency is to pick a pattern that matches the room's theme: for example, if you've decorated it with lots of elephants, look for a wooden frame with an elephant pattern onto its fabric body;
  • The material can also help you convey a specific feeling: hampers with wooden or wickerelements can keep it traditional, fabric can add a warm and cozy feel, whereas plastic or other freestanding monochrome models can be a great addition to more modern and contemporary rooms.

Quick Tips

Let's recap the most important points to make sure you choose a baby & kid hamper that makes your life easier and looks beautiful in their room:

  • In order to find the right design and size, consider where you're planning on placing it, how far you'll need to carry it to, and how often you do the laundry
  • Collapsible and foldable designs will be your best choice if you're tight on space, whereas those with wheels or handles will make it easier to carry them to the washing machine or laundromat
  • Look for safe materials that also work well with the room's décor
  • To ensure a cohesive look, pick a color from the room's palette or a pattern that matches its theme.