Lightweight cloth storage baskets and bins are fine for decorative use. However, if you’re storing things long-term in a closet, garage, workshop, or craft room, you’ll need something sturdier that can hold more stuff.
Cloth bins tend to warp quickly, even if you’re just using them to store clothing in a closet. The more you pull them out and cram more stuff into them, the more out of shape they get. Soon, you’ll find that they need to be replaced.
Here are the sturdier materials you’ll want as well as a few options for each.
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- Plastic Bins
- Wooden Bins
Plastic bins offer the most sturdiness and come in a few different varieties. You’ll want to pick the right size for your needs. Some are collapsable, which makes them easy to store or move.
This collection offers up a great choice. Measuring 9-3/4 x 7-1/2 x 4 inches, these nice-looking plastic storage bins are great for storing smaller items. You get nine bins at a great price, three of each in black, gray, and white.
This curved-style basket is both cute and adds some elegance, depending on how you use it. The neutral gray color makes it fit into nearly any room. You can use it for your bathroom overflow items, put it in a kid’s room, or organize your towels in it.
It measures 9.3 x 6.9 x 4.7 inches, so it offers ample space for smaller items and clothing.
If you move a lot or don’t always need all of your bins available to you, collapsible bins are an excellent choice. This selection has solid sides on it so that you can keep smaller items inside and they won’t fall out.
It’s sturdy enough for big items, too, measuring 18.7 x 13.8 x 9.3 inches. When they’re not in use, you can break them down and stash them away.
These are my favorites! I use them for art supplies, clothing, accessories, and DVDs. With the open slots on the sides and bottom, they aren’t ideal for smaller stuff. Still, measuring 20.9 x 14.6 x 2.4 inches, they’ll hold a lot.
They also fold down quite flat and are made of durable plastic.
If you’re looking for the more traditional, basket organizers, there are a few great choices out there that far surpass the sturdiness of cloth bins. Here are a few cute ones that get the job done.
These delightful wicker storage baskets will add some whimsy to your home, even if you’re not into cottage core. They’re 13 x 8.4 x 7.1 inches, offering ample room for whatever you need to organize.
These are also attractive enough to keep on your coffee table for TV remote storage to keep your favorite books within reach.
These lined baskets are a great choice because they add a “neat” look. You can remove and wash the linings, making these great for storing bathroom items or even messy kid stuff.
Plus, these are waterproof! You get three baskets in two different sizes: one measuring 12.6 x 9.4 x 4 inches, and two smaller baskets, measuring 8 x 5.5 x 3.54 inches.
If you’re looking for baskets that are comparable in size and shape to the basic cloth cubes, these cottage-core-worthy wicker baskets are the perfect choice.
Just like the cloth bins, they’re collapsible, and at 12 x 12 x 12 inches, they’ll hold a lot of stuff without bulging like the cloth-style ones.
If you prefer a more rustic look or just want bins that are more like dresser drawers, there are a few fun wooden options. From classic white to rustic, these are sure to help you stay organized.
This white wooden bin offers a classier look, making it great for anyone looking for a crisp look. It’s also lined, which helps keep the inside looking clean—just wash the liner when needed.
The largest bin measures 6.9 x 11 .8 x 15.75 inches, but it’s also available in smaller sizes.
If you like the rustic look and keep forgetting what you put in your bins, these are perfect! They have a chalkboard side so that you can label what’s inside.
They come in several colors, and you get three sizes: 14.17 x 8.66 x 4.72 inches, 4.5 x 12.7 x 7.1 inches, and 4 x 11 x 5.6 inches.
Another rustic option that’s sure to make any cottage core fan jealous, this wooden bin even has rope handles, making it easy to move it from room to room.
It measures 9.8 x 13.6 x 3.9 inches, and it’s great for clothing, crafts, and more.
The right storage bins not only help you stay organized, but they’ll also stand up to regular, long-term use. Cloth bins quickly start to bulge and break down. These wooden, woven, and plastic options will last much longer, and they look nice, too!
You don’t have to stick exclusively with bins, either! There are plenty of other handy organizing solutions, especially for the closet.