If there’s one thing we can never have enough of in our homes, it’s storage space. From sideboards and servers to bookshelves and media consoles, homeowners are always on the hunt for effective ways to curb clutter without spending huge sums of money on a renovation.
Rising up as the unlikely hero: the humble belly basket. This natural woven accent is incredibly versatile, seamlessly integrating into its surroundings no matter what room it’s used in or what the decor scheme is. The best part? Most belly baskets come in at under $100 dollars or less, making it a cost-friendly solution.
In the Bathroom
If there’s a bathroom in your home that lacks dedicated storage space, consider a belly basket as a quick fix for your storage woes. From extra bottles of shampoo to spare toilet paper rolls, the basket can be topped up with just about anything. Tuck it neatly under a floating vanity, or find the perfect corner for display.
In Empire’s Shabby Chic model home in Thorold, Ontario, designer Dominic De Freitas rolled spare towels into a basket and set it next to a freestanding tub for a spa-like look.
In the Bedroom
Who doesn’t love to pile extra throw pillows and blankets on their bed, especially during the colder winter months?
Rather than toss them on the floor when it’s time to sleep, use a basket to store them neatly by the bed.
In the Kids’ Room
As any parent knows, kids and pets toys will eventually find their way onto the floor whether you want them to or not. Welcoming a belly basket into this space will ensure their things can easily be tidied and even increases their chances of staying neatly corralled when not in use.
In the Pantry or Kitchen
If there’s one space in the home where you want to know exactly what you have, it’s the pantry or kitchen. Use smaller woven baskets to keep everything organized, from your spice collection to your boxed goods.
In the Home Gym
Workout equipment like yoga mats may monopolize a lot of floor space when not in use. The good news: these stylish fitness pieces are a breeze to roll up and put away! The mat’s different colours and patterns make for a cool-looking collection when grouped together in a basket.
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