A wicker bicycle basket is a wonderful thing, always has been. Hanging on the handlebars, it converts your two-wheeler into a grocery-getter with charm and style. Our latest Styleboard, featuring Nantucket Bicycle Baskets – highlights the high-quality handmade craftsmanship of these East Coast baskets. We’re not sure what we’d do without ours, but we also weren’t sure what else we could do with ours! It turns out good wicker baskets are anything but bicycle-bound. Here are some fun ways we’ve been using Nantucket Bicycle Baskets:
Around the House
Bicycle baskets are, by their nature, hangable, making them ideal for organizational projects and displays around the house. Natural wicker naturally looks great with a wide variety of styles and colors, playing nice by itself or in a bunch of baskets. Hang a basket from the wall around your desk space to keep art and office supplies in order. They can hang from the edge of the table, too, for an easy-to-reach added storage space. Place a larger wicker basket on floor for simple solution to clutter – books, magazines, toys, and more will fit inside while staying easily retrievable.
Don’t let convention tell you where you can and can’t use a basket! We love the idea of using wicker for outdoor hobbies – it’s one of the greenest materials out there, after all. Try setting up a bunch of baskets to hold tools, gloves, and even topsoil. For a more permanent application, you can actually plant your perennials right in a bike basket. Surprise, it hangs neatly just about anywhere!
A hanging basket on the wall or front door is one of the cutest uses we’ve seen. Bike baskets are built to withstand the elements, so yours can hang out year-round and display all kinds of seasonal styles.
Nantucket baskets come in a variety of colors, perfect for color-coded sorting or matching the décor of a room. Open-topped design makes organizing a kids room or playroom simple, where kids can learn where things go and find them easily again when it’s time to play. Think art supplies, toys, books, and more.
The natural look of wicker can be complementary in the garage, too. There are already nails sticking out of the walls – put ‘em to use by hanging a basket! Bike baskets make great sorters for sports equipment and small yard gear and they’re easily movable as your space needs change.
If you keep your baskets out of the sun and rain, clean wicker makes an attractive addition to the laundry room, too. You can get several baskets of similar sizes to create mini laundry baskets for supplies, socks, soaps, and just about anything else!
- John, hayneedle.com editor