Fab Basket Shelving

Posted by Dani on January 21, 2014

storage basket shelving wall
Like everyone else this time of year, I have storage and organization on my mind. And not just any storage. Pretty storage. Because that’s the kind of thing that gets me psyched. Psyched enough to stay on this organization bandwagon I’m on.

And you know what will help you stay on your own organization bandwagon? Winning our giveaway for a $150 HomeSense gift card so you can bring home some of their pretty and practical organizing products! You’ll want to read through to the end and enter.

wire basket shelving

When HomeSense approached us recently to take a creative look at organizing an area of the house, I knew right away what I wanted to do. Have you been in any of their stores lately? They have a fab collection of baskets in all shapes and sizes, all at a reasonable price. I decided the Billy bookcases in my daughter’s room had to go, and I’d replace them with an eclectic mix of wire and wicker baskets.

baskets used as shelving

My oldest is a real book lover, and has also inherited our collection of LPs which she plays regularly. Her room is a fun mish mash of vintage finds and retro inspired odds and ends. It’s colourful, quirky, and totally her. The only thing that didn’t fit in with her look were the 2 Ikea bookcases. Practical – yes. Personal? Not so much.

Here is the before picture. Definitely in need of a makeover, right?

messy bookcases

I knew I’d find the solution at my favourite decorating hangout, HomeSense. As usual, they did not disappoint. There was a huge selection of baskets in all shapes and sizes, including many great choices with a vintage vibe that I knew would suit Olivia’s room perfectly.

I decided to mix it up, and filled up the car with a great selection of coloured wire, wood, and wicker baskets. One of the things I especially love about HomeSense is their generous return policy (30 days for loyalty card holders), which is perfect for a project like this. I find the best way is to buy a few more than you need, and then play with the different combinations until you find a look that works.

Here’s a trick I used to design the layout. I knew how much wall space I had to fill with baskets, based on the size of the bookcases. I set up templates for the size I wanted with masking tape on the floor, and then placed the baskets in different configurations until I got it right. I marked off the locations of the baskets on the tape itself, and then transferred the entire taped rectangle to the wall with my hubbys help. That gave him a drilling template right on the wall where he needed it. This made installing the basket wall super easy. He used screws and washers right through the back of the baskets, and they feel pretty solid on the wall.

how to layout a basket storage wall

how to lay out basket shelving

This is the basket wall, before being filled. The cabinet is the bottom half of a dining room hutch that I found at Value Village. I removed the doors and painted it yellow – perfect for her collection of records.

basket shelving storage wall

Below are some close-up shots of the baskets. You can see how cute they look filled up with her books and favourite objects. She even had room for a collection of vintage children’s books that belonged to me. These baskets hold a surprising amount of stuff – I had no problem fitting in everything she wanted. And there’s room to spare!

I think this basket storage wall adds a lot of personality to her room. It’s unique, pretty, and functional at the same time. It’s straightforward to install. And I think it makes the contents look more special. I’d love it if all my furniture worked this hard for me!

And now for the fun part. Want some cute baskets of your own? Or maybe some beautiful boxes and trays to organize your jewelry and accessories? How about some colourful new hangers and baskets to give your closet a makeover? All this and more is available at your nearest HomeSense, and we are giving one lucky reader $150 to spend! Just enter below.

I’d love it if you could spread the word by sharing on twitter or facebook, too. Spread the giveaway love, I always say!

Special thanks to our friends at HomeSense for offering the fab giveaway prize!


wire basket bookshelf

vintage childrens books

wire basket bookshelf

storage basket bookshelves

wooden crate as a bookshelf

wire and wicker baskets as a bookshelf

208 Responses to “Fab Basket Shelving”

  1. Love this idea! I think you’ve just helped me solve a storage problem in my daughter’s room. Thanks!

  2. valerie darsigny says:

    I love to shop everything at HomeSense lol I am probably the biggest fan and the better ambassador that Homesense can have as I recommend it to everyone. They have everything for the home passing my decoration and organizing.

  3. okay i am officially in LOVE with this idea!!! <3
    beautiful job

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    I love all of the home decor and organization ideas!

  5. angela m says:

    I love shopping at HomeSense because of the beautiful products they for every room in your house, and the great deals.

  6. Erika E says:

    I love the variety of items they have there. I can spend hours just strolling around looking at all the great stuff.

  7. Erin W says:

    I love HomeSense because it always has so many great new things every time I go! I love these baskets, this would look great in my living room!

  8. I love it! Those wire baskets are A-MAZE-ing and what a fabulous way to use them, hanging on the wall. I LOVE Home Sense too… and am seriously crossing my fingers to win the draw. I just might get some of those gorgeous baskets Daniela, I have been coveting them for my last several trips there!!

  9. Hannah says:

    I love this idea. Especially comparing it to the ikea bookcases before that. You have my head spinning with how I could do this in my living room. The simplicity of planning it out on the floor beforehand is awesome.

    Hannah from The Lemon Hive

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Hannah! It looks great and actually fits a lot of things too! And the floor/tape thing really helped. Otherwise I think it would have been torture to try and figure this out on the wall!

  10. Linda says:

    Wow, this is such a unique idea! I’d love to try this on my room wall that is completely bare as the moment. Time for some basket shopping! 😉

  11. That looks SO cool – love your wall!! Now, what I like about HomeSense: I like all the unique items there and visiting the store is always a treat, so many beautiful goodies! Thanks for the chance to win and fingers crossed!!

  12. This is a crazy great idea! Love your idea for arranging them, I would have struggled with a tape measure and ended up with unwanted holes! Looks awesome!

    • Dani says:

      I SHUDDER to think about what it would have looked like if my husband and I had tried to figure it out on the wall! Bad. Marital. Idea.

  13. Piroska says:

    I love the Homesense has such a wide variety of stuff, and I can be sure to find something unique there. Great prices, too.

  14. Fariha says:

    Very neat idea. I hadn’t seen this before. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Cate Moore says:

    Love the way you organized them on the floor first…so brilliant!

  16. Ashley says:

    The one of a kind stuff you always seem to find there!

  17. You are a DIY genius! I never would have thought of hanging baskets on the wall for storage but it looks fabulous. I love the way you taped the floor to get your layout right. What a great alternative to book shelves!

  18. Brandy says:

    Wow! This is a fantastic idea. I love it. I wish I was creative like this. What a great and unique way to add storage to a room.

  19. wow, you did an amazing job! love that blue colour too! I love homesense, they always have stuff you just don’t see anywhere else!

  20. SS_Summer says:

    I love the variety, how the selection always changes rather than stocking all the same items.

  21. Tara says:

    I love Homesense!

    My favourite things from there would be their home decor/knick-knack stuff, and their lighting. I love love love it there!

    Great giveaway!

  22. Shauna Oberg says:

    Very creative! Love the variety of items at HomeSense and that they’re all pretty much a bargain!

  23. Glogirl says:

    I love the variety of products and that they are on trend.

  24. Andrea says:

    What’s not to love about HomeSense…I could spend $150 before walking through the second set of doors! Love their baskets. I have lots but never thought to use them on the wall like this. Genius. Other favourites are lighting and mirrors, but I don’t think I ever walk out empty-handed!

  25. Michelle L says:

    Homesense has all the stuff a home needs and make it pretty. My moms favorite store.

  26. seham merzib says:

    how organized they are

  27. Alex says:

    Baskets? Storage? Our tiny home? Yes please! 🙂

  28. Vanessa says:

    I love the variety of stuff at HomeSense! You never know what you’re going to find 🙂

  29. mrdisco says:

    i love their great selection of products!

  30. Jenn says:

    What a great job! Not only is it functional but it is also fashionable!

  31. Mei says:

    The wide selection of items at reasonable prices is what attracts me.

  32. Angela Mitchell says:

    Love the look, what a fun project!

    I don’t get to shop at HomeSense that often because there isn’t one where I live but when I go away I often visit. I like the variety and reasonable prices.

  33. Chi says:

    the experience of seeing new things 🙂 <3

  34. Jen r says:

    I love that I can buy so many items for my home here. One stop shop.

  35. I think you’ve done an amazing job mixing it up with these baskets! That’s what I love about HomeSense – they always have a ton of baskets in so many sizes and styles!!

  36. Elva Roberts says:

    I have never shopped at Home Sense but I would love to do so. I love their products.

  37. Avery says:

    I am obsessed with homesense.
    I love all the great ideas they give me with their displays. Especially around the holidays or any change in the seasons. Excited for spring!! Bright new table clothes, vases and glass wear!

  38. Jo-Anna says:

    What a great way to use baskets!! I love it! And thank you for the chance to win – I love HomeSense!

  39. I love shopping at HomeSense they have a great selection for every room of the house – bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and even stuff for the kids!

  40. Pat B says:

    I love the selection, the latest styles, and the element of surprise at HomeSense

  41. Jane Hammill Gray says:

    Don’t get me started I’m a Homesense addict! In fact I am reluctant to shop elsewhere now. I love the luxury for less and the great choice and wonderful staff.

  42. Brandee H says:

    I love the variety I can find under one roof. Great one-stop store!

  43. Rajbinder Kaur says:

    We are always able to find affordable trendy items at HomeSense. They have the best discounted sales and also items with the red tag! Love it! cheers

  44. Amy C says:

    I love the selection.

  45. Monica says:

    Amazing deals and a wide variety!

  46. Belinda McNabb says:

    I love the variety they offer and the great prices! they have awesome things for ever single room in my home

  47. DebH says:

    I love the variety of stuff at Homesense and I love the prices too!

  48. Colleen K says:

    … I Love Everything About HOMESENSE…Great Variety And Great Prices !!!!

  49. Amy Heffernan says:

    I love the styles. So many to choose from and easy to match! 🙂

  50. Lori Jackson says:

    Great styles, and not even gonna lie, my Home Sense also has a Winners attatched!

  51. Tracey MacDonald MacEwen says:

    Love this idea have 2 little girls in 1 room so this will give them some separation of personal items.

  52. Becky Best says:

    I love the variety of home décor that they have. Different things that you don’t find at every other store! 🙂

  53. ameirah says:

    these look awesome, love Homesense, can find all great home items, like a thrift shop but new

  54. nicolthepickle says:

    I like that you can find such unique things at Home Sense. I’m especially fond of all the lovely vases.
    I like your basket wall. You did a wonderful job!

  55. Brenda Penton says:

    I like that they have so many different styles and designs available.

  56. Christine says:

    LOVE the shelving!! Wow so pretty!!!

    I love shopping at HomeSense because they have tons and tons of beautiful decor pieces. One piece can start the adventure to a beautifully decorated room.

  57. Jenna Em says:

    I like Homesense because they always have very unique pieces, and great prices.

  58. I knew we had a lot in common! I love Home Sense! Also love your photography in this post! Well done! ~Thea

  59. Florence C says:

    I love Homesense. I can always find difference items and they don’t cost a whole lot. Never looked at using basket like that before.

  60. kristy e says:

    I love the variety of items they have!

  61. kristy e says:

    I love the variety of items they have

  62. kathy downey says:

    Love this idea!!! This idea with be great in my grandson s room

  63. Maria P says:

    looks beautiful and less cluttered…I love HomeSense.

  64. Very nice! This looks so cool 🙂 Still not sure I can pull it off, but I think I might give it a whirl.

  65. amy lovell says:

    I love how homesense has soo many reat items for a affordable price

  66. melissa says:

    I haven’t shopped there yet but from checking out the site it looks like they have a great assortment of ideas and color choices!

  67. Courtney says:

    The prices and the variety!

  68. Susan Spidle says:

    I like to shop for kitchen stuff at HomeSense.

  69. KellyAnne says:

    This may be the answer to a display dilemma in my husband’s “man cave” to show off his vast collection of toys & stuff…. Awesome idea indeed….

  70. Kelly Colby says:

    New items everytime you shop

  71. Julie bolduc says:

    I love all there vase and chairs!!!!!!!

  72. Shari G says:

    The great product selection!

  73. Toby says:

    They have such uniques stuff, and get new things all the time!

  74. Homesense is my favorite store. I love the selection and there is always something I’m looking for.

  75. Mahalia C says:

    I love shopping at home sense because there is such a great variety and the prices are great!

  76. Radhika Khan says:

    So organized

  77. What a genius idea!!! 🙂 Love this. I always look for PRICES.

  78. LOVE LOVE LOVE HOMESENSE.Im addicted to browsing the isles for unique items for my home.

  79. Monique L. S. says:

    I like that HomeSense has many unique products that I would not find elsewhere.

  80. Dawn Rader says:

    I love that they have beautiful stuff for affordable prices!

  81. Cheryl Grandy says:

    I like shopping at HomeSense because they have so many different products. I get wonderful ideas for my home when I go there.

  82. Laurie B says:

    I love shopping at Home Sense because they have unique items that are bright, vibrant and modern.

  83. M Thompson says:

    Love the variety of products to check out

  84. @copperjane Janie N says:

    What do you love about shopping at HomeSense? The variety. You can find the best gifts for friends. And is in style stuff at a great price

  85. kelly oinonen says:

    I love the creative and diverse pieces of artwork.. decor.. pillows.. It truly lets me make my home different from any one elses!

  86. Emily Chui says:

    I love all their cute decor and knick knacky things available! It really spices up a room!

  87. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love the fact that there is a huge variety of marvellous items for every room, I can usually find something really good there.

  88. charityk says:

    i love there selection and style

  89. What a cool idea! I love how the baskets make two places to put things 0 the inside and top.

    I love shopping at Homesense becasue it’s ever changing – you can go once a week and there’s always new stuff to pine over 😉

    • Dani says:

      I agree – I always find something to love there! And I was surprised how much the baskets held. You’re so right – lots of room on the top surfaces, too.

  90. April says:

    I like the selection, diverse styles, and sales at HomeSense.

  91. jan says:

    the fact that what is in the store is always a surprise

  92. Andrea Amy says:

    What I love about shopping at HomeSense is that every time I go I find something new, and they always have great ideas that inspire me to be creative.

  93. Nicky says:

    i love Homesense because they always have such pretty stuff, and at great prices!

  94. Jen L says:

    I love finding cute cat bowls and beds for my girls 😉

  95. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    well at least I would know where to find my 3 cats lol love this idea

  96. dawn morgan says:

    I love love love the variety of items at Homesense – I love love love the prices too! 🙂
    Thank you for the opportunity! :0)

  97. Lori Bazan says:

    I love HomeSense because it is so inspiring, unique and affordable!

  98. ginette4 says:

    I love Home Sense because they have some great items and their prices are amazing

  99. Gingermommy says:

    I love their price point, style for less. 🙂

  100. Leah Lucas says:

    I love shopping at Home Sense because they seem to have everything you need! At great prices!!

  101. Doris H. says:

    I love the variety of selections at Homesense. Shopping there is always exciting because they have so much to choose from and unique items.

  102. BlessedTA says:

    The discounted price

  103. Alexandra van der Valk says:

    I love living really close to a Homesense, because they always have adorable decorations and furniture, plus great little gifts for friends. We always pick up their salon shampoo because they sell it cheaper, plus it’s a great last-minute wedding gift location! And their loyalty card shared with Winner, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx gives me an extended return policy if needed 🙂

  104. What a great idea! I love seeing alternative uses for baskets! Figures crossed for your Homesense giveaway 🙂

  105. Jody D says:

    I love HomeSense for the variety of decor items they have. It is so easy to combine things to create a look you are attempting while you are walking around their store!

  106. Lian Wright says:

    I love shopping at Home Sense because you can get so many ideas to improve your home decor in one place! I really enjoy shopping there!

  107. Lindsey says:

    What a great idea and it turned out so well! And fabulous giveaway, I love homesense!

  108. Josh S says:

    I love the quality of there products

  109. Bree says:

    I love the variety and the prices!

  110. Maggie says:

    That looks really cool, Daniela! I like shopping for bedding at HomeSense.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Maggie! Speaking of bedding, I just bought the most amazing fleece sheets there for my girls – crazy soft, and now no one wants to get out of bed!

  111. Colleen says:

    I love the variety of product, the price, and the ever changing stock. Every trip is a new surprise!

  112. Jennifer L. says:

    I love that they have such a great selection of nice products.

  113. Typo says:

    I live in a very tight personal space so storage solutions like this are always a great thing! 🙂

  114. Kristine Ewald says:

    I love that they have beautiful and updated furniture

  115. Donnas says:

    I love shopping at HomeSense for the large selection of products and the ridiculously low prices.

  116. Shannon says:

    They have SO many more options available than I can find at brick and mortar local stores!

  117. Sarai says:

    I love their selection of brand name products and the prices!

  118. Heather says:

    I love HomeSense! I love your template idea – how clever! These basket shelves are so functional and beautiful too – great job! Pinned!

  119. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    I love the variety and unique items you find there! Beautiful as well.

  120. tanyab79 says:

    I love the decor they have and the fact that we don’t have any stores like that in my area so it is a nice treat when we go out of town and shop there.

  121. Brilliant use of baskets. I especially love the wire ones. Absolutely love shopping at Home Sense, they have such a great selection of everything.

  122. Anna W says:

    I love shopping at home sense because they have items from everywhere, whatever mood I am in there is always something there for me to get. It is a very dangerous store though! I never come out of there empty handed =)

  123. Rebby says:

    I love Homesense for the fabulous selection of designer items at great prices!

  124. Wow it looks great! Love the variety of baskets – big improvement over the shelves and looks like this holds more goodies!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Heather! Actually, it is surprising just how much these hold! I was a little nervous, but everything fit back in with room to spare. My daughter is really happy with her little “makeover”!

  125. Wow, does that ever look amazing. Nice job on the display and how awesome to have all that extra storage. I love that you mixed all the textures. Good grief, you’re making me look at my ugly storage and cringe.

  126. rachelcartucci says:

    I have never shopped at Homesense but I would love to! Thanks so much

  127. Kimberly B says:

    Home Sense always has something fun and unique that I want!

  128. I love that the items change so often, and the prices are always amazing!

  129. Sarah says:

    I always find something that is perfect for my home!

  130. I love shopping the deals! I am like a kid in a candy store every time I walk into the store!

  131. I always find deals on goodies for my home! 🙂

  132. Thank you for these shelving ideas. I love how you mapped it out on the floor first!

  133. maria says:

    The great deals and huge selection!

  134. Jo Ann Moffatt says:

    It is lots of fun going to HomeSense. So many great things to look at!

  135. Suzie M says:

    I love the great choices & they always have good deals

  136. Rachel Moir says:

    Great idea. Love it

  137. jrsnicole says:

    I love HomeSense because they have such a wide range of decor, from simple and chic, to bright and fun! I always love to window shop at HomeSense!

  138. craig pratt says:

    i like the variety of things to shop for

  139. Robyn B. says:

    I love shopping there because of the great selection they have for home decoration.

  140. I love the versatility and variety of the products that they offer. And that with their help, you can totally transform a room. Love what you did with it.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  141. kristen says:

    I love that you can get modern looking décor at reasonable prices

  142. Susanne B. says:

    I love the huge selection of items and they have very good prices as well.

  143. kimberly velkovski says:

    i like they always have new items

  144. sarah sar says:

    I love shopping at HomeSense because they have everything for the home from dishes, towels, bedding, home decor and so much more. And great prices too!

  145. stacey h says:

    i love the variety and the price. they have the best selection/price on bakeware ever

  146. Karen Hill says:

    EVERYTHING! I love their selection and their prices!

  147. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    Homesense has so many options for different styles and colours

  148. Isabel Maier says:

    Some of my favourite things have come from HomeSense! I hope I win!

  149. Rick F says:

    Some of the great deals that you can find there.

  150. Karla Sceviour says:

    I have never shopped at Homesense before! But I imagine they have a lot of nice and unique things for my home!

  151. Tina F says:

    I love that they have such unique products and its always interesting to go in and look as they keep getting in new ones regularly

  152. I’m a huge HomeSense fan! I love that they have trendy decor, but it’s not too pricey.

  153. Meredith says:

    I love this idea! The baskets make such cute storage on the walls and I SO wish my mom had made something similar for my room growing up. You have one lucky daughter 😉

  154. jenn erin says:

    I love seeing all the different styles they have, and feeling inspired by them!

  155. loucheryl says:

    I love HomeSense because you can buy awesome products at a fraction of the price than at another store. I love their baby/kids department. I find awesome things that are just as cute as Pottery Barn Kids but cost about 80% less!

  156. Soozle says:

    I love the unique items they carry!

  157. Tia says:

    How clever are these shelves! I love the variety of colour and texture. (I’m also envious of your hardwood floors! Lovely!!)

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Tia! We love those hardwood floors too. They are holding up pretty well considering they take quite a beating from us!

  158. tony says:

    organized and has lots of home decor products to choose from

  159. jackie reid says:

    I actully haven’t shopped her yet, but would love to

  160. suzi says:

    I love that there are so many unique options! I hate going to store after store and seeing the same thing over and over. With Homesense that never happens!

  161. Andrew P says:

    I love the great selection of products!

  162. jessica s says:

    I love shopping at homesense because they have good quality products for good prices!

  163. I love the layout of the store and the great prices!

  164. Tracy K. says:

    love that you can get a below MSRP on products i love!

  165. Shannon says:

    The price and selection. I am loving your wall!! I my have to try this with my growing collection of baskets

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Shannon! Everyone has lots of baskets floating around, and I think this would look cute on a small scale, too. In a bathroom maybe?

  166. Jana L. says:

    I love the selection of items that they have. you never know what treasure you might find!

  167. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    I like the variety and the prices.

  168. Linda says:

    The selection & markdowns…:)

  169. Kim Kiely says:

    Thank You for the lovely, functional, reasonable basket storage idea and tutorial!

    Storage has ALWAYS been a real problem for me, and I am off to Marshalls today to get some quirky baskets!

  170. Barbie says:

    I just redid my bathroom and used baskets for my towels on one wall. Then I used a couple on another wall along with mirrors to hold other necessities…. Baskets are AMAZING! They are not only cute, but super strong. I love how u used these in your daughters room. I recently added a couple of shelves on the side of my cabinets iin my kitchen and ended up using baskets on the shelves.

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