Second Lives: 10 Surprising New Uses for Old Baskets

Second Lives: 10 Surprising New Uses for Old Baskets

Katie Holdefehr
Jan 10, 2017

Sure, they're pretty good at storing your socks, and they're a great place to stash blankets, but it turns out that baskets can do a lot more than just those obvious tasks. These 10 unexpected uses for the humble basket prove once and for all that it's the hardest-working accessory around the house.

Above: A mini garden of plants fill woven baskets and pieces of pottery in this scene shot by Tessa Neustadt for Amber Interiors.

As a planter: Woven baskets make stylish and functional planters. Just be sure to line the inside with a plastic bag or keep the plant in its nursery pot.

(Image credit: Fastighetsbyran)

As vertical storage: With just a few screws to attach wire baskets to a wall, you can use them to store everything from linens to houseplants, as Fastighetsyran demos above.

(Image credit: Rebecca U.)

As wall art: Woven baskets with colorful, decorative patterns are perfect candidates for unexpected wall art. The pretty finds above were collected from garage sales, thrift stores and eBay.

(Image credit: I SPY DIY)

As a side table: Flip a wire basket upside down to use it as a makeshift side table. I SPY DIY topped theirs with a painted round of wood, but you can leave the top off if you plan to use the table for piling books or papers.

(Image credit: Jenna Sue Design Co. )

As a bedside table: Take a tip from blogger Jenna Sue and secure a rectangular basket to the wall to hold your bedside reading. This is such a smart solution if your room is too tight for a nightstand.

(Image credit: Smile and Wave)

As a jewelry organizer: When hung backwards on the wall, a wire basket turns into a necklace holder. Smile and Wave used tiny hooks to suspend each piece.

(Image credit: Emily Henderson)

As shelves: In this bathroom by Emily Henderson, baskets are shown two ways: Hung on the wall to act as open shelving, and stacked on the floor for towel storage.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

As a tray: A shallow seagrass basket can be used to corral small plants or an assortment of spices on the kitchen counter. BHG collected herb plants in the basket above to make it easy to relocate the collection to a windowsill whenever the plants need some sunlight.

(Image credit: Hooray Hurrah)

As a pet bed: As Ilana at Hoory Hurrah found out, round woven baskets can moonlight as cozy cat beds. You can try picking out the perfect basket for Fluffy, but most likely she'll let you know when she's found one she likes.

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