Living Room

Seen Any Cute Baskets Lately?

Eleanor is starting to accumulate a lot of toys, and with Christmas coming she’ll be getting more. Since our home doesn’t have a family room or den, we spend most of our time together in the living room and we keep some toys there. I’ve been looking for a couple of baskets to fit under the side tables for storage, but I haven’t had much luck. I keep stupidly bringing baskets home that don’t actually fit… See, I hadn’t actually measured the openings until today. That might have helped, eh?


So far I’ve tried the LIDAN basket from IKEA, and the Underbed Storage basket from west elm. The IKEA basket was too tall so we’re using it as a toy bin next to a chair in the living room. I like that it collapses and sort of looks like it was knitted, but Brandon thinks it look old ladyish. He hates it! The west elm basket is really nice (and I think Brandon likes it), but it’s too wide. I stuck one under the coffee table for now, but I can’t decide if it looks OK under there or if I should just return it.

I need something no bigger than 13.5″W x 10″H x 24″D, and not too country/casual. Any suggestions?

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    December 15, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Container Store is always my go-to place for baskets…

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    In Honor Of Design
    December 15, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Hobby Lobby has some fantastic ones….and the last time I was there they were 50% off!

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    December 16, 2009 at 7:43 am

    We use plastic beverage bins from Target. They are easy to clean, have no sharp edges and can stack when not in use or even if they are not all the way full. I am not sure if they are the right size for that paticular space, but they are also wonderful for dragging toys from inside out to the yard or porch.

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    December 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I found some more cuteness:

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    December 19, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    […] you for all of your cute basket suggestions! I went with plastic lace baskets for toy storage. I had completely forgotten about them, but they […]

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