Wondering how to decorate with baskets? Here’s a creative idea to store all those baskets and decorate with them, too.

how to decorate with baskets

Raise your hand if you have baskets?

Oh, good.

Come sit by me and my basket collection.

Somewhere along the line, my baskets started multiplying and turning into generations of baskets. If I lined them up from end to end they might stretch from one side of Texas to another.

I’ve DIY’d baskets before.

I’ve made a wall organizer out of baskets before.

I’ve spray-painted numbers on them.

I’ve added plants to them and tucked books in them and filled them with towels and put them on top of cabinets and draped a throw over the side of them and placed them on a bookshelf and decorated with them in dozens of other ways.

But I’ve never.

Never ever.

Decorated with a basket…..

….like this.

how to decorate with baskets coat rack

How To Decorate With Baskets

Isn’t this the cutest idea?

I took baskets and added them to a wooden coat rack. It’s the perfect way to store baskets and decorate with them in plain sight.

Have you tried it before?

It all started (like most really good ideas do) when I saw an inspiration photo in a magazine. It was a collection of vintage baskets hung on a vintage coat rack. I loved it so much and wanted to recreate the look in the craft room with all my baskets.

The challenge is that I didn’t have a coat rack.

No worries.

I found this one.

how to decorate with baskets wooden coat rack

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I searched on Amazon and found this affordable wooden coat rack that was tall with just the right amount of pegs.

You can see the one I found here.

It came in a small box in individual pieces like this one and I put it together myself. It was so easy that I didn’t even need to look at the instructions.

(total aside: are you a look at the instructions type of person or a try-to put it together yourself without the instructions type of person?)


I avoid instructions at all cost unless absolutely necessary.

Remember? I’m a Venn diagram married to a spreadsheet.

wooden coat rack for baskets

peg on wooden coat rack

After I put it all together, the coat rack looked like this. You probably even have a coat rack like this in a closet or in the attic or garage.

I put it in the corner of the craft room and added a few baskets to it.

Then I loved the look so much that I added a few more.

And now?

how to decorate with baskets on coat rack

It looks like this.

All the baskets are organized and in one place. I love organizing anything where you can see it, so you know exactly what you have when you want to use something. It’s inspired me so much that I’m going to look for a few more baskets at yard sales this spring and summer to add to my basket collection.

Because you know that’s exactly what I need around here.

A few more baskets. 🙂

PS If you need a little more organizing inspiration?

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  1. Image for Alene Pettus Alene Pettus

    What a great idea. So simple and so inexpensive. I’m definitely ordering the coat rack Love that piece of furniture next to it. Was that a yard sale/ thrift find or was it ordered new?

  2. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Such a great idea! I'm going to do this in my craft room. Do you have any ideas for storing faux flowers and plants? Right now I store them in plastic bins but I don't like how they sometimes get crushed. I'm kind of thinking of using your coat rack idea with long wall pocket baskets but I don't know if they would hold many florals.

  3. Image for Suzi Wollman Suzi Wollman

    What an adorable idea! And I just HAD to read the Venn diagram post. Yep. I'm a Venn diagram, too. But my husband thinks like a Venn diagram and then puts it in a spreadsheet. Crazy. But somehow, it works.

  4. Image for Suzi Wollman Suzi Wollman

    Love the cute basket idea. And of course I just had to read the Venn diagram post. Yep. I'm a Venn diagram, too. But my husband thinks like a Venn diagram and then puts it in a spreadsheet. Crazy. But somehow, it works.

  5. Image for Michelle Crowley Michelle Crowley

    Haha! Nope - me neither. I only read the instructions AFTER I can't figure the darn thing out! 🤪 Your basket rack is darling! "Ven diagram married to a spread sheet" I love that decryption!

  6. Image for Linda Dismukes Linda Dismukes

    Love it!! It reminds me of a hanging basket rack my MIL gave me years ago! It's wrought iron with a hook you hang from the ceiling like an upside-down coat rack. I used it back in my blue and mauve country decorating period of life. Ha! It's in my barn...just waiting to be dusted off and used again! Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Image for Kris Kris

    OK, I can't resist saying this .... you're such a basket case, KariAnne! 🤣 Seriously, you are featuring everything I love this week. Baskets and shutters--how can you go wrong??

  8. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    This is a wonderful idea..but too late for me...downsized and gave away all my baskets --- this would have been a perfect way for me to have kept most all of them. Tears now.

  9. Image for T Smith T Smith

    I identify, with EVERYTHING you use baskets for, as I use them for the same things. While I like the coat rack idea very much, I used to work at Harry & David, where I learned to make the ever popular, 'Baskets by YOU' where the customer gets to choose, WHAT goes into the gift basket, and then it is put together, by an employee, who works in that department. What an INVALUBLE OPPORTUNITY, that was for ME, to learn a NEW SKILL, that I still put into use, nearly 25 years, later! Over the years, I have accumulated a multitude of baskets AND, rolls of cellophane and ribbon (I LOVE COSTCOS PRICES).The one thing Harry & David had, that I felt worked SO WELL, and allowed for so many MORE BASKETS to be displayed at one time, while also saving valuable SPACE, was, they used a hook inserted into the ceiling, and hung a heavy metal link chain on it, and then used metal 'S' hooks to attach baskets to it. This method, allowed for a wide variety of sizes of baskets to be hung, and took up a minimal amount of space!

  10. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I can’t stand instructions…neat idea..I used to sell LONGABERGER baskets l, so do I ever have baskets, but I’d never ever paint them, went to the plant a couple times and got to make a basket with a weaver..talk about labor of love..LONGABERGER sold a metal black rack like this, I never could afford, but I can afford the one from you link. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas you always share, you are amazing, don’t ever forget that!

  11. Image for Leslie Bell Leslie Bell

    I have over 125 baskets in all shapes and sizes. A few hang on a basket tree similar to the one you have shown, but most of them hang from the open beams in the living room/dining room area of our chalet. And I have others on the top of my kitchen cabinets. Others hold magazines, plants, and the cats' toys. I have a sign in the dining room that says, "Never Enough Baskets".

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