Decorative Baskets + Bins

Every home benefits from good organizational aids to improve the functionality of the space and reduce clutter. Decorative baskets and bins from west elm are a simple solution for all your storage needs, providing a convenient spot for everything from laundry to magazines. With just a few fabric baskets in the laundry room, some woven baskets in the living room and some office accessories in the study, it is possible to enhance your home’s warm and welcoming ambience while providing a place for everything.

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home, where everyone gathers to eat and talk about their day. Maintaining an organized space makes the room more inviting, and also makes it safer for young children who might otherwise have access to electrical equipment and sharp implements on the countertops. Small handwoven baskets are versatile options, providing plenty of space for towels, table linen, herbs and spices, flatware and anything else you need frequently but don’t want on display. Sturdy, square or rectangular baskets are easy to stack or line up on a shelf, making efficient use of your space, and square storage bins with lids are useful for organizing cramped kitchen cupboards.

When guests come calling, your entryway is the first thing they see, so consider adding a few baskets and bins to control clutter and make the room as warm and inviting as possible. Lined baskets serve as receptacles for the kids’ muddy shoes, so they don’t just kick them off in the hallway on their way to the fridge for a snack. Small trays or caddies on a console provide somewhere to store keys and incoming mail, and a plastic bin is ideal for keeping soggy dog toys and walking boots. Find a space for seasonal gear by storing it in baskets and then placing the baskets in the back of the closet or on a high shelf.

The best storage options for you depend on what you are storing, and the space you have available. Underbed baskets are an excellent space-saving solution for smaller homes, providing an efficient way to pack away your shoes and bedtime reading. If you have limited space in your laundry room, a collapsible hamper may be the solution, or a sturdy laundry basket with a tall, thin design to minimize its footprint. You may be able to find baskets that are the right depth and width to create an organized system on your existing shelves, or you could add wooden crates and label them to make it easier to find what you need quickly.

Decorative baskets and bins are more than functional solutions to an everyday problem; they are an opportunity to express your personality, or add creativity and flair to your home decor. Felt baskets provide storage for your living room that feels like an extension of your soft furnishings, creating a comfortable, warm environment. Braided console baskets have a traditional style that never goes out of fashion. Want to add some color to a predominantly white bathroom suite without going to the expense of redecorating? Simple: Introduce some cool blue or vibrant orange containers. Alternatively, consider brightening up your living space with some authentic Indian handwoven baskets featuring geometric patterns that match your floor rug. Or, introduce wire-mesh caddies that are versatile enough to enhance a modern industrial apartment or a rustic farmhouse. Stainless-steel products are a good choice for outside areas, bathrooms and wet rooms, as the steel doesn’t go rusty; and if you are using wicker baskets, think about adding some bright gingham liners to keep things feeling fresh or to tie the baskets to other elements of your home decor.

With a few well-chosen decorative baskets and bins, you have the ability to transform the appearance and usefulness of any space. Create a homey environment, add pops of color, improve the efficiency and functionality of smaller spaces or clear away clutter to create a minimalist style. The choice is yours, and the options are endless.

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