An ideal option when you’re looking for small parts storage, wire baskets can be used in a number of ways without taking up a lot of space. Wire storage baskets can be used to declutter your home, organise a range of different items and, if you decide to decorate them or go for a rustic feel in your home, you don’t need to be restricted to using them in your shed or garage.
From utilising these clever space-shaving items in your bathroom for holding grooming items and cosmetics to helping to organise a cluttered kitchen pantry, wire storage baskets can be used all over the home, typically fixed to walls or pieces of furniture to provide much needed additional storage without unnecessarily taking up space.
How to hang baskets on a wall for storage
By using wire baskets, you’re choosing an item that can be presented and utilised in a number of different ways depending on your needs. Not only does this mean that they can be attached to hooks and pre-installed nails in your home, but if you want easier access to the items in your basket, you could hang baskets sideways, so the items rest on one of the inside walls of the basket. This pigeonhole style of storage is particularly popular in more rural interiors.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a preexisting area to hang your wire baskets or simply want to hang them in a new spot, you’ll need to go to extra lengths.
Instructions for hanging wire baskets on a wall are as follows:
- Work out exactly where you want your basket to go, using it as a ruler to mark two equally spaced dots with a pencil at the top of where you want it to sit.
- Before doing anything else, use a spirit level to check that it’s level and a live wire detector to ensure that the wall you’ll be drilling into is safe.
- After removing the basket and any other obstructions, begin to carefully drill holes into the dots using an electric drill.
- Insert wall anchors into the holes for extra grip and gently tap them with a hammer until they’re completely flat.
- Hold up the basket over the two holes in the wall, checking that they’re showing through the holes in the basket that you’d originally planned for.
- Attach the basket to the wall by twisting screws into the holes, keeping a metal washer in between for extra support between the basket and the wall.
- Although this should be enough to hold the basket off, you can choose to repeat this process at the bottom of the basket if you want it to be more secure.
What to put in storage baskets
Traditionally, wire baskets have been used in garages, sheds and workshops to store a variety of different tools and accessories. People who often use DIY accessories have also tended to rely on them as a helpful resource for housing items that could be easy to lose, such as screws and nails. However, as previously mentioned, wire baskets don’t need to be used solely in your garage for keeping stock of hammers, saws, screwdrivers and other similar equipment. This is still something you can choose to do but, depending on the design and style of your home, you could use wire baskets as an accessory and storage solution in any room.
Examples of how you could use wire baskets for storage around your home include:
It can’t be stressed enough how frustrating it can be to constantly lose the remote control. By introducing a wire basket, this could be a thing of the past, and if you’re able to get a large enough basket that doesn’t clash with your decor, you could even find one that fits a few magazines too.
There are more items in your bathroom than you might even recognise, so finding a suitable storage solution is key. As long as it suits your planned interior design, wire baskets could be put to use to store shampoo bottles, creams, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hairbrushes and skincare products.
For small items that could be easily lost otherwise in the bedroom, you may look at wire baskets, as you’re able to strike a balance between storing small items on mass and choosing the ideal place for your basket to go. If you have children, wire baskets are an appropriate solution for storing toys, crayons, action figures and items used for learning. You could even colour code your wire baskets and hang them in areas of their bedroom that suit the design and their usual activities.