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Vintage Storage and Organization Ideas

Vintage Storage Ideas

When it comes to storage ideas with a vintage style, some things to look for are pieces made out of metal (galvanized or with a porcelain enamel), wicker, or glass.

The Elegance of Glass Pieces

Storing anything in glass jars really recreates that vintage look and feel as seen in picture (2) – this is because we all use inexpensive plastic containers these days. In our vintage kitchen storage post we talked about how you can put your own vintage labels on these glass jars and containers to keep everything organized. Perfume bottles, mason jars, and milks bottles are some other glass storage containers that will look great up on a shelf.

The Porcelain Enamel Look

Metal containers with a porcelain enamel are good looking storage pieces to have too – just like the kitchen containers in picture (3). Galvanized buckets and tins as seen in picture (4) can be used to house plants, as trash cans, or just to group items.

Storing in Wicker Baskets and Trunks

Wicker and wire baskets (5) are great to have. Having a number of them side by side creates a decorative feature in the room. These baskets can be lined with a vintage patterned fabric or with a fabric that has a laced edge. Other unique vintage storage ideas include hat boxes as seen in picture (6).

Vintage Storage Ideas

In our vintage bedroom decor post we showed a picture of a birdcage being used to store books. These cages can also be used in the bathroom to house toilet paper rolls, in the living to house small plants, or again in the bedroom as a hanger for jewelry (7).

Wicker hampers and trunks are ideal for storing larger items like toys, pillows, laundry, or towels (9) (10). A good thing about them is that they are lightweight. In picture (11) a weathered painted trunk is being used as a side table. Trunks and crates can also be used as side tables, coffee tables, even shelving (12), or storage containers (13). Another storage idea for keeping large items like jackets in the foyer, shoes, or gardening equipment is a locker.

Vintage Storage Shopping Guide

1. Suitcases: $83.30 Wayfair   |   2. Pail: $72.33 Wayfair   |   3. Wire Basket: $64.51 Wayfair

4. Set of 3 Crates: $26 Amazon   |   5. Set of 4 Trunks: $248 Wayfair

6. Set of 3 Wire Baskets: $216 Wayfair   |   7. Wicker Basket: $35.99 Amazon

8. Set of 3 Planters: $120 Wayfair   |   9. Keepsake: $75 Wayfair   |   10. Set of 3 Buckets: $62 Wayfair

11. Bowl: $40 Wayfair   |   12. Enamel: $9.99 Amazon   |   13. Jar: $16.50 Amazon

14. Bottle: $4.25 Amazon

Vintage Storage Ideas: Wicker Baskets

Hubsch is a great Danish shop where you can buy vintage looking wicker baskets, wire baskets, bird cages, watering cans, and glass jars. The picture of the shelved wicker baskets above is from their Home Interior and Design catalogue.


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12 Responses to Vintage Storage and Organization Ideas

  1. Sarah December 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    What are the bins in picture #8 called?

    • Jacob December 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      Hi Sarah, I know them as tool bins. Hope that helps.

    • Nissa December 17, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

      I am pretty sure they are from an old Hardware store. they would have held screws and nails etc. I am pretty sure I have seen them back in the 70’s

  2. Tracey May 21, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    Love this site

  3. Tiffany H July 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    I love all of this because it’s what I want to do to my bathroom. Do you have any ideas where to buy some large square baskets with lids? And some metal or wooden drawers to put bathroom stuff in? I have a spot under my sinks that would be showcased (no doors or cabinets hiding plastic bins). So I wanted it to look nice. Any ideas would really help!? Thanks!

    • Jacob July 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Tiffany, for large baskets and drawers I would look to Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters (though no lids), or The Container Store. You can also check my new feature page The Deli which shows a collection of vintage styled decor items available online. Hope that helps.

  4. shannon October 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Where did you find the bins pictured in #8?

  5. trisha cook March 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    do you have a catalog? and can I be added to your mailing list thank you

  6. marivete July 21, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Muito bom ver estas coisas lindas

  7. Rebecc January 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    In photo 11 where is the blanket from? Or a pattern to make it?!

  8. Jess February 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    What lovely ideas! I love vintage decor but unfortunately it wouldn’t go anywhere in my home currently. I’ve actually linked this as part of a resource post it’s so good! Keep up the good work.

  9. Rosemary April 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi, Jacob, where did the wire basket come from in the #5 box in the very first collage at the top of the page? It looks like it is holding linens or throw pillows..? Thank you so much!