10 Great Uses for Wire and Wicker Baskets
It’s time to celebrate the unsung heroes of the storage world in this short series. First, splendid ways to use wire and wicker baskets
Log storage is the classic job for a woven basket. And why not? Wicker baskets are strong enough to hold a mountain of logs while looking neat and natural, too. Source one that has a sturdy handle, like this, to make bringing in the fuel easy.
When is a basket not a basket? When it’s a coffee table. This magical transformation is achieved by simply flipping the basket over and using its base as a handy surface. Simple and versatile.
Storage designed for offices is often horribly functional, made from plastic in serious shades such as black and grey. So this office looks fantastically fresh and original, with its wall of baskets holding essential office kit, from envelopes to printer cartridges.
There’s something wrong about storing teddies in a cupboard or drawer – it’s almost as though they need to breathe. That’s why baskets make great soft toy storage. Available with painted finishes, they can also add a cheery shot of colour to a child’s room.
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With their tough structure and organic feel, baskets make ideal homes for shoes and boots. Wicker baskets laugh in the face of mud and can easily swallow up a size 13 wellie, while small baskets are the ideal home for all those easily lost outdoor items: gloves, hats, sunglasses, dog leads…
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Baskets are available in a huge range of sizes, so you should be able to find one to suit almost any storage job. Here, the concept of storing rolls of wrapping paper in a basket is taken to the max, with a giant basket serving as a sturdy home for bolts of fabric.
Jars, sauces and bottles can easily clutter up a worktop, but tuck them inside a wire basket and suddenly they look great and stay tidy, too. Choose a wire design for foodstuffs, so you can wipe it clean when necessary.
Any fruit and veg that doesn’t need to be stored in a fridge will do well in a basket. It will keep these necessary ingredients to hand, and turn the humble onion or apple into a pleasing display.
Toilet paper is bulky but vital and needs to be kept close to hand. This makes the humble basket the perfect vessel for holding a roll or six!
Baskets hung from the rafters make a textural and original display. Not only do they look good, they can be unhooked for use and, by storing them overhead, floor space is kept clear and uncluttered.
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