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The Many Ways You Can Use Bolga Baskets

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The Many Ways You Can Use Bolga Baskets

Can you relate to becoming a little too obsessed with a decor item? That's me with Bolga baskets! 


My friends tease me about my collection, but I can't help it. They're just so versatile and add such a warm, natural vibe wherever I use them.


These gorgeous handmade artifacts have taken over my home - holding plants, storing bathroom essentials, or simply adding to my decor. I'm constantly discovering new ways to style them around the house. 


My customers share the obsession too! They're always sharing creative basket ideas with me! 


I thought I'd let you in on all the creative ways you can use Bolga baskets. Get ready to be inspired and maybe even catch the addiction yourself!

Different uses of Bolga baskets

Use Bolga baskets in the kitchen

I have some woven baskets in my kitchen that help me stay organized. 


They add such a warm, homey vibe while also being so functional. I use breathable baskets to store potatoes, onions, and other produce - they let the veggies breathe so nothing gets mushy or moldy. 


I group similar items in labeled baskets on my pantry shelves. It makes putting away groceries and finding ingredients so much easier!


Some other kitchen basket ideas - keep kitchen towels or aprons in a basket for easy access. Use a big round basket to hold all your napkins, tablecloths, aprons, placemats, etc. 


You can even use a big basket as a trash can by lining it with a plastic bag! My favorite battered old cookbook even has its little basket home right on the counter. 


These baskets are just so handy for containing kitchen clutter! 

I use Bolga baskets in my bedroom, you should too!

My basket obsession extends to the bedrooms too.


I have a set of nesting baskets on my nightstand keeping all my evening essentials - books, glasses, lotion, you name it - within easy reach but neatly contained. Tuck a few sachets in the baskets and they lend a lovely light fragrance too. 


In the linen closet, I organize extra sheets, blankets, and towels in baskets. So much prettier and more accessible than shelves!

House your plants

One of my favorite basket hacks is using them as planters


Bolga planters come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate your favorite greenery. The natural material pairs beautifully with earthy potted plants. Simply place the nursery grow pot into the basket planter - no messy repotting required!


You can even use a basket as a planter for your favorite outdoor plants, adding a touch of natural beauty to your garden or patio.


I promise you, they are so much prettier than boring terra cotta pots! 

Organize your home with Bolga baskets

You can get so creative with baskets around the house!


In the living room, I've got a couple of large handled baskets for storing extra throws and pillows. When I need to, I use those big round baskets to keep my living room tidy by storing blankets, pillows, magazines, hobby supplies, or even children's toys.


You can even use the wall basket as a stylish catch-all for keys, mail, and other small essentials in your entryway. 


These baskets can also be used as an attractive and functional way to organize cords and cables. No more tangled messes!


The options are endless.

Woven laundry baskets are the rave

Laundry doesn’t have to be a chore when you use a Bolga laundry basket. 


These baskets are large and sturdy enough to handle loads of clothes while adding a touch of elegance to your laundry room. The handles make them easy to carry, and their beautiful design means you won’t have to hide them away.


For years, I've had this really beautiful oversize African basket to hold our dirty clothes. It's so much prettier than a plain hamper. Then I use smaller ones to sort out delicates and colours, and orphan socks until their mates can be reunited. 

Functional decor pieces

Bolga baskets can double as decor items.


Hang smaller baskets on the wall to create a unique and colorful art display. You can also use them as centerpiece bowls on your dining table or kitchen counter. Fill them with fruits, decorative balls, or seasonal items like pine cones or ornaments.

For bathroom organization

Bathrooms are another basket hotspot for me. 


I think they are an absolute must for small spaces like bathrooms to keep things looking neat and organized. They wrangle all those toiletries and makeup products so well. 


I keep towels rolled in a tall basket, toilet paper stashed in a small one, and feminine products, medications, and first aid supplies tucked discreetly in a lidded option. 


In the guest bath, a gift basket holds travel-sized amenities for visitors. Spa night, anyone?

Office and workspace organization

Bolga baskets are also handy in a home office or workspace. You should use small baskets to organize your desk supplies like pens, notebooks, and cables


Larger baskets can hold files or work-related materials, helping you maintain a clean and efficient workspace.

They are perfect for picnics and the beach!

Heading to the beach or planning a picnic?


Bolga baskets are your perfect companion. Their sturdy construction and ample space make them ideal for carrying beach towels, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks. Pack your picnic essentials in a round or tote basket and enjoy a day out in style.


Plus, the natural material won’t get sandy, so you won't have to worry about lugging a sandy beach bag back home. 

Fashionable straw bags

Bolga baskets aren’t just for home use—they can be a trendy addition to your wardrobe too. 

African summer straw bags are perfect for beach outings, casual summer days, or even as a unique handbag. Their natural materials and vibrant patterns make them a standout accessory that’s both functional and fashionable.


Bolga baskets can be useful for kids, too!

Keep your kids’ rooms neat with the help of Bolga baskets. You should use a small Bolga basket as a toy bin to keep toys organized, or consider using a Bolga basket to store your kids’ arts and crafts supplies


You can also use them to store toys, books, or clothes. The baskets’ bright colors and fun designs can add a playful touch to the room while keeping everything in order.


These sturdy baskets can also be perfect for kids' snacks and small items for playdates and road trips. 

Your pets can benefit as well

Yes, even your furry friends can benefit from Bolga baskets! 


There are some dog baskets that you can use to store your pet. Plus, the natural material is pet-friendly and won't harm your pets if they decide to chew on the basket (which they probably will, let's be honest).


My absolute favorite client basket idea has to be using a large one as a dog bed! Line it with a soft cushion or blanket and your furry friend has the perfect rustic, snuggly spot to curl up. 


Just look at that cute pup lounging in her cozy Bolga beds - I mean, could you ask for anything more adorable?

Get authentic Bolga Baskets from Rufina Designs

So those are just some of the countless ways you can put beautiful Bolga baskets to use in your home! 


As you can see, I'm pretty much obsessed with them. But honestly, what's not to love? They're beautiful, useful, ethically made, and so versatile. From storage solutions to decor pieces, these versatile baskets can do it all.


And the best part? You can get your hands on authentic, ethically-made Bolga baskets right from my website, Rufina Designs. I've cultivated amazing relationships with the talented weavers in Ghana to bring you the highest quality baskets in every shape, size, and vibrant pattern imaginable.


Whether you need a sturdy shopper tote, a cute catchall for your coffee table, oversize baskets for blanket storage, hanging wall baskets for plants, or kitchen baskets, tiny ones to organize your desk - I've got options galore!


Head to the website to browse the full collection. I'm constantly updating it with fresh shapes and styles direct from the basket weavers.


So take a look and stock up on as many bolga baskets as you can use. I'm always just a click away to help with sizing, styling tips, or any other questions. 

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