If you’re an interiors enthusiast, chances are you’ll have noticed that seagrass is becoming more and more common in decor. A light and natural material, it fits in with almost any scheme and won’t become dated.
Seagrass is super-versatile and can be used in all sorts of ways around the home – it can even be woven into wallpaper or carpets – but seagrass storage baskets are among the most popular uses of this durable, natural fibre.
Although it may look similar to rattan and wicker, seagrass is different in that it grows entirely underwater in ‘meadows’ on the ocean floor around Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Naturally waterproof and usually un-dyed, seagrass storage baskets are an eco-friendly option for your home.
Seagrass baskets are a fab option for storing all kinds of items around your home. They are strong but ultra lightweight, which makes them a convenient option for heavy laundry loads, storing spare blankets or bedding, or even holding a load of firewood by the heath. A smaller seagrass basket makes a fab magazine holder or storage for crafting materials.
You can find baskets in styles to fit all purposes, including large seagrass baskets with lids, lined laundry baskets and stylish ‘belly baskets’ for smaller storage needs.
Read on for our pick of the best seagrass baskets on the market in the UK right now. You’re bound to find a style to suit you!
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Stylish seagrass baskets for your home
Havana Seagrass Laundry Basket, Made.com, £79
Best for: household laundry
Made’s Havana seagrass laundry basket is ideal for a busy household. At 54cm tall (without lid) and 41cm wide, it will easily hold a full load ready for the washing machine.
A lidded storage basket is always a great option for laundry, making sure your dirty clothes stay out of sight for any unexpected visitors and preventing your room from looking cluttered. But what really makes the Havana stand out is its super-stylish look – handwoven in natural seagrass with black and white detailing and an eye-catching rope effect around the lid handle.
Natural Seagrass Hanging Planter, Oliver Bonas, £17.50
Best for: showing off your plant life
Perfect for a boho decor scheme, this rope-basket style seagrass planter from Oliver Bonas can be used to display any kind of greenery around your home, but we think trailing foliage would look particularly special! Oliver Bonas also sells a smaller pail-style planter made of water hyacinth – part of the seagrass family – for any dainty plants you want to show off.
As we mentioned earlier, seagrass is naturally waterproof and therefore makes a hardy home for plant life – just make sure you dry off any watering can spillages to keep the material looking its best.
Round Seagrass Basket with Lid, Zara Home, £19.99
Best for: out of sight storage
Seagrass baskets with lids are perfect for keeping bits and bobs all in one place. This rustic-look lidded basket from Zara Home is the ideal size for storing crafting items like balls of wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks, and means you can keep your supplies close at hand without cluttering up the room.
Zara Home also sells a slightly smaller version that’s a great size for storing living room odds and ends like spare keys, matchboxes and batteries.
Bloomingville Mini Mushroom Seagrass Storage Basket, John Lewis, £100
Best for: storing toys
It’s so easy for toys and games to end up strewn all over the floor, but a seagrass storage basket is a really easy way to keep toys tidy – plus, it’s so lightweight it can easily be taken from room to room.
Not only is this seagrass basket from John Lewis the perfect size for getting toy cars, Lego bricks, books and dolls tidied away in a heartbeat, the adorable mushroom design is bound to brighten up a bedroom or playroom. Super-cute rocket and penguin storage baskets are also available, for a similar playful look.
Kino Foldaway Trunk in Seagrass, La Redoute, £70
Best for: stockpiling blankets
This large seagrass storage basket – a roomy 60cm long and 40cm wide – is an ideal size for piling up a couple of your favourite chunky blankets. Place it by the sofa or next to the fireplace for easy access on those cold winter evenings when you need to snuggle down! For a relaxed coastal chic look, you can even style a few books or display candles on top.
A storage basket with a lid is especially convenient for items like blankets that won’t be used during the warmer months, as it will prevent them from gathering dust while not in use. La Redoute’s Kino trunk can also be folded flat when empty, so it will never take up an inch of unnecessary space!
Seagrass Belly Basket, Wayfair, £28.99
Best for: all-round storage
Belly baskets – so called for their distinctive ridged and rounded middle – are a super versatile storage option.
Their flexible round structure means that a belly basket can be used to hold anything, from books to bedding – you can even take it to the shop and fill with groceries. If you’re lucky enough to have a fire, you could pile up some wood inside and place it alongside the hearth.
This version by World Menagerie, available through Wayfair, comes in a striking black weave with an eye-catching white pom-pom trim. Strong undyed seagrass handles mean it can hold