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Remember this space?  I finished this client’s family room last month.  Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share helpful hints from this design that you can use in your own home.   Today, let’s talk about one of my client’s favorite additions to the room.


Can you guess what it is?  Well, I guess the title of the post kind of gives it away.  It’s the rolling baskets under the coffee table.  This is a family room, so we wanted this to work for each member of the family.  The kids love to play in the space to be near mom and dad.  The only problem is the crazy amount of toys that end up taking over every open space.  Imagine this same space with legos and polly pockets on every surface. My solution was to add the rolling baskets.  At the end of the day, the kids can roll out the baskets and quickly clean up all the toys.  Another bonus is that it’s easy for them to do all by themselves and that’s good for them and for the rest of the family.


Baskets can be an economical way to add stylish storage to your home.  Let’s look at a few other ways to use baskets for storage.

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The entry.  Baskets with lids can be a lifesaver.  They can hold all the things that you don’t to be seen by everyone entering your home.



More lidded baskets.  These could be perfect in a playroom or little boys room.  Baskets are a great replacement for big bulky toy boxes.


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Use baskets in your office to hold unusually sized items or for trash bins.


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Baskets under your bed are the perfect place to store blankets, off season clothing and toys.


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These baskets are a colorful option for towels and magazines next to the pool.  Remember that there are basket options in outdoor weaves just like indoor/outdoor rugs.  They can soften your outdoor space and make it feel more like a extension of your home.


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Don’t forget your plants.  When your baskets aren’t holding your books, throws or toys, they can be used to create a beautiful centerpiece with flowers and plants.


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Finally, small baskets can be used to hold bathroom items, jewelry or other accessories.


How do you use baskets in your home?  Send me your basket photos and I’ll share them with my next post in the series.

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12 Responses

  1. I LOVE the baskets you chose for our FR! They look like a custom fit under the coffee table. They are large enough for ALL the toys, are sturdy enough for the kids and my favorite part….they are on wheels!! So clever of you to use baskets with wheels that won’t snag on the new rug!

  2. Hahahaha.. I meant,they are sturdy enough for the kids to use and not break. I do not put the kids in them! LOL!

    1. Thanks Shauna. It’s funny how what seems to be a little thing often becomes such a game changer in a design plan. I also love the texture the baskets add to a space.

      Take care!

  3. My name is Laura and yes…I too am addicted to baskets! 🙂 I am positive I have used every lovely example you show in this post. I love the idea of baskets on wheels…did you attach the wheels yourself or find some with them already on?

    1. Love it! I did not attach the wheels on these baskets, but that is a great idea, Laura. You could take just about any basket, crate or box and attach wheels to it. I may be using that idea in the future!!!

  4. We’ve got lots of baskets too, but the baskets on wheels is such a great idea. I’m going to have to keep this in mind. One of my favorite baskets is actually a basket/tray that i had gotten at Home Goods a while ago – I’m actually just using it to hide a cable outlet in our master for the time being but it can go anywhere – I’m so glad I picked that up. I’ll send you a photo 🙂 Great idea for a post Lori. I also notice your clients have a leather couch in their family room that I really like. We’re going to be getting a new couch soon and I might actually consider leather even though I hadn’t considered it up until this point.