The Importance of Quality Wicker Baskets

October 05, 2020

When it comes to storage and organization, wicker baskets offer functional beauty for any home, office, or school space. Whether you’re organizing work and expense files or storing clothing and household supplies, ensuring your wicker baskets' quality is crucial. Each basket's ability to withstand the weight, environment, and day to day wear and tear are essential points to consider as you shop for your wicker baskets. And that’s why our selection of baskets rate far above the rest. No matter what your basket needs may be, consider quality before all else. Your baskets should be able to pass quality assessments, including:

  • Sustainability and eco-friendliness
  • Providing flexible materials for added strength and durability
  • Supportive frames and sturdy bottoms to support weight
  • Stunning weaves offering additional overall support
  • Custom basket options for all your needs

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Wicker Baskets

You can feel great about your basket choices when you buy wicker baskets that are not only built for durability but are also environmentally sustainable and utilize all-natural materials. The economic value can help protect forestland by supplying a quality alternative to many loggers who choose to harvest rattan canes over timber. Rattan requires simpler tools to harvest and is much more efficient to transport. It also grows quicker than most tropical woods, offering an abundance of quality material. And if that isn’t impressive enough, our Wicker Trash Baskets, for example, are made with metal liners rather than plastic. Utilizing tin liners from recyclable materials in place of standard petroleum-based plastic is another way we take quality to a new level.

Rattan Wicker Baskets

Our wicker baskets are expertly hand-woven by artisans in Indonesia. Each basket offers precision and skill from the highest quality materials and rattan available. So, what makes rattan the superior choice when making quality wicker baskets? Rattan comes from climbing palm vines of reed-like wood, which is completely solid all the way through. The flexibility and strength of rattan are incredibly beneficial when making baskets and furniture that can withstand weight and wear of daily use. More accessible to harvest than wood, rattan supplies the flexibility to weave the most beautiful, intricate pieces that will last for years to come.

Our wicker baskets consist of two types of rattan: Core and Kubu. Core rattan offers more accessible dying capabilities. Its appearance is skinless; it is without its outer layer. At The Basket Lady, all our Core rattan products, like the multi-use Pole Handle Wicker Storage Basket and our stunning Wicker Storage Trunks, use beautiful water-based dyes in a variety of tones and offer extra protection with a coat of water-based polyurethane.

Kubu rattan is a much thicker species, still consisting of its skin. This material goes through a ritual of burying in mud for several weeks, giving the rattan an earthy gray color. Our Kubu baskets also receive a coat of clear, water-based polyurethane to preserve its beauty. We have to warn you - Kubu rattan baskets are in high demand, so keep your eye on our stock of Deep Kubu Wicker Storage Trunks and Kubu Wicker French Laundry Baskets, as they go fast!

Sizes to Fit Your Needs

We wouldn’t be doing you justice if we didn’t meet your needs with a variety of sizing options. You’ll find most of our beauties in sizes that work for your storage and organizational needs. Our Wicker Kitchen Cabinet Baskets’ full-pole framing and intricate two-by-two weave give you maximum sturdiness for storing your baking necessities, pots, and pans. Choose from three generous sizes, and feel free to load them up! They each offer plenty of depth and two easy to carry cut-in handles for convenience. 

Supporting Frames and Durable Bottoms

Our wicker baskets come in a variety of different weave styles, all adding to the remarkable durability and décor. Baskets, such as our Lift Off Lid Wicker Storage Baskets, offer a sturdy pole frame construction with a durable, supportive wood bottom. Pack any of our wicker baskets full of your students’ books or art supplies, or your kitchen cabinet bakeware stash. When you select a superior quality basket, you know it’s built to sustain all your work and household items.

Custom Baskets for Brand Needs

Our expertise extends to all your brand’s needs. We supply custom basket options for your retail store, spa, restaurant, hotel, and fitness club needs. Our dependable custom baskets provide appeal, longevity, and serve as multipurpose additions to help your business thrive. We strive to work with you to design custom baskets that will forever be your go-to source for unique, superior quality wicker baskets.

Sustaining Your Basket’s Strength Through Proper Care

Properly caring for your wicker baskets will ensure its longevity. You can help sustain the durability and beauty of your baskets by protecting them from excess moisture. If careful protection from water is not given, rattan may lose its shape or develop mold and mildew. Baskets in use outside should be kept from excessive exposure to rain, while indoor placement of your baskets should guard against standing water or too much moisture. Such areas may include bathrooms, counters near the kitchen sink, and laundry rooms. Ensure your baskets are kept as dry as possible as soon as contact with water is apparent.

Baskets are woven with the material wet so they are flexible enough to manipulate. Thanks to the finishing coat of water-based polyurethane on our baskets, they can be washed in the sink or outside with a garden hose for larger pieces. You will want to ensure that the basket is completely dry before you use it again. You can also clean your rattan, with a dry brush to remove dirt and dust. Some wicker weave patterns can be trickier than others, so really get in there and clean between those spaces to make sure you remove all grime and dirt with a suitable brush.

If you are going to be using your wicker basket outside, keep in mind that this is ok, but like any other piece of furniture made from natural material (think wood patio furniture), it will weather over time. You can help maintain that new look on the baskets by applying a new coat of water-based polyurethane.

With over twenty-five years of experience in rattan and wicker basket design and import, The Basket Lady is your premier source of decorative storage and organizational wicker and custom baskets. Find quality wicker baskets to fit your style and needs for school cubbies, home office clutter, or brand and corporate demands today.





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