Try This: Hanging Baskets for Bathroom Storage

Hanging wire baskets for vertical storage is such a cute way to organize your bathroom! Click through for styling tips and hanging directions.Hi everyone! It’s Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest. When I was pregnant and putting together my daughter’s nursery, I found these wire basket crates at TJ Maxx and thought they would be the perfect containers for her beautiful stuffed animals and wooden toys. I envisioned them sitting prettily on our bookshelves after our daughter dutifully put all of her toys away after playing with them. Oh, the naivete of those days! These baskets soon became stuffed full of plastic toys in bright colors, and I wasn’t too happy with how cluttered our living room looked all of the time, even when the toys were put away!

I gave up on using these industrial baskets for toy storage, but I thought they would make perfect shelves for our bathroom. After adding a bit of inexpensive hardware, our bathroom became much more organized and homier looking. We’re so happy that our tiny bathroom has clean counters and a bit of personality now. I’ll show you what I did with the toys another day, but for now, read on to learn how you can easily hang wire baskets on your bathroom walls to make your life a bit more organized and beautiful!

Hanging wire baskets for vertical storage is such a cute way to organize your bathroom! Click through for styling tips and hanging directions.You will need:

  • Wire Baskets- Even round ones will do if you stack TP sideways or stuff rolled towels in them.
  • 4 heavy duty screws
  • 4 drywall anchors sized to fit the screws
  • 4 washers
  • Power drill
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Hammer

Hanging wire baskets for vertical storage is such a cute way to organize your bathroom! Click through for styling tips and hanging directions.Step One: Hold your basket up to the wall with the bottom of it against the wall. Lay a level on top to make sure the basket is straight, then mark along an opening of the basket on either side so you know where to drill the holes.

Step Two: Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the wall anchors and drill into the holes you marked in step one.

Step Three: Hammer the wall anchors into the hole you drilled in step two.

Step Four: Put the basket back up to the wall where you measured in step one, and drill the screws into place with the washer behind the screw but in front of the basket. Keep them loose until you make sure the basket is level, then you can tighten it into place if you’d like.

Hanging wire baskets for vertical storage is such a cute way to organize your bathroom! Click through for styling tips and hanging directions. Hanging wire baskets for vertical storage is such a cute way to organize your bathroom! Click through for styling tips and hanging directions.My baskets aren’t exactly flat on the sides, so I was concerned about using them as shelves. Perpendicular sides would have been ideal, but because the sides of my wire baskets were only slightly angled, they worked out just fine! I had a 12×12″ frame with a matted photograph that I used in the back of the top basket for decoration, and then placed my homemade skincare products in front of the frame. I’ll probably add other lotions and things next to them as time goes on.

The top of the upper basket was perfect for stacking hand towels, and the top of the lower basket was great for holding a tea caddy filled with tea cups I’ve used to organize little things like bobby pins, eye cream, cotton balls, and cotton swabs. Toilet paper is easily within reach on the bottom basket, with my cosmetics bag chillin’ out alongside them.

Hanging wire baskets for vertical storage is such a cute way to organize your bathroom! Click through for styling tips and hanging directions.Our bathroom looks so nice and organized now, I’m so pleased! I think this system will be easy to maintain because everything is in sight and easy to grab. Now I won’t have to do a mad dash to straighten up out bathroom when guests stop by!

Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson

  • Thank you so much for The idea. Especially mounting the baskets. I’ve been searching for a decent way to mount baskets and yours is the only thing I found. Hard. To believe. I will probably paint the washers and screws bronze because the baskets are bronze.
    Thank you so much!!

  • Thanks for this i love it. I am planning to do this and also try using wicker baskets too. may i ask what size baskets they are and where you got them too thanks so much! Jen

  • Great idea! Where did you get the baskets? I can’t seem to find any like that.

  • This is the best idea I’ve ever seen for towel storage (and I’ve looked everywhere online). Wish I’d seen it before I put up a dumb shelf that just does not work for this purpose. Shelf out, basket in!

  • I love this idea, possibly put toilet paper in the baskets if you have small space? Those mint walls are perfect!

    xx
    Alex

    http://freshhealthynatural.blogspot.com 🙂

  • Looks like a great idea. I’m tired of my traditional over the lavatory shelving. Going to look into options for my bathroom now. Thanks for the inspiration. Xoxox, Jax come visit me at www.BlondiBeach.com and www.JaxCouture.com

  • What a great idea!
    Living in a flat in london I am always in constant need of new storage ideas.. and my bathroom definitely needs some rethinking.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • I love these! I’ve been looking for some storage in our bathroom and these are adorable. Thanks!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • Ohhh I really like this idea. Our bathroom is tiny and has so little storage, I’ve been trying to figure out a better solution and something like this would be great.

  • love this! my bathroom needs some organizing like crazy! I rent still, so instead of screws I’m going to use those Command hooks.

  • Bathrooms can be a tough room to find storage in… I’m feeling for Nina!! Any way you can add a bit of space is a great idea. A narrow basket – like the one you show only shorter – can also go in over the doorframe (for those in a very tight space)…

  • I was looking to do something in our tiny bathroom and it might just be it. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • I’ve been looking for a unique idea like this…it would be great with wooden crates too, for a different sort of look. Happy 2014!

  • Love this simple and practical idea. I’ve been thinking of doing something like this to organize my makeup products (yeah… I’m quite a collector). I love the industrial look, and I want my collection to be organized, and yet still part of the decor. Thanks for the inspiration! I’m off to find some sweet, rusted/industrial looking baskets!

  • I love this idea! I actually did a similar thing in my kitchen to store my fruit and save counter space.

    http://voilalovely.com/2013/12/30/ode-to-oj-2/

  • Cuuuuuute idea! I have a somewhat small apartment with the tiny bathroom and an idea like this could really save space!

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  • This is a great idea! I never would have thought to use old baskets this way, but I have a few that could use new homes, too. Thanks, Mandi!

  • Ahhh so fresh! Perfect!

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • Really cool….different but so simple to do. x

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hanging baskets are really handy!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/best-of-beauty-sales.html

  • That really does look organized….being more organized is definitly resolution for 2014!

    the other big one is this:
    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2014/01/hello-new-year.html

    Love

    Bambi

  • I absolutely love this! It sounds absolutely perfect for our small bathroom in our apartment that has absolutely no counter space. Now, I just need to find some of these baskets.

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