“ A storage basket shaped to fit the bottom of your stairs, the idea being that you can pop bits and pieces inside as you go past, ready to take upstairs. Made from honey coloured willow with a rounded edge and evenly balanced weave „
We moved from a house to a bungalow and so things like stairgates became non essential items. One other item that has now become a non essential is this Lakeland Willow Stair Basket which I got quite a lot of use from when we were in our old house. This basket retails in Lakeland and £19.99, and would have been behind outside of my budget, but was bought to us by my mother in law, who had travelled to our nearest Lakeland store, which is quite far away and picked up a lot of what she deemed as 'unusual items'. I had seen these stair baskets in other shops and never been struck on them due to the fact that I don't like anything obstructing stairs.
THis basket is designed to be of extra storage, which of course is always useful when you have a child, but its best use is for putting things in at the bottom of the stairs so you can carry them all up in this basket, saving you running up and down the stairs. THis was my primary use for this item. This basket has been created to sit on stairs, so one half is deeper that the other. There is enough room in this basket to put in toiletries, some small items of clothing such as socks/pants, books or even some small toys etc. There is no doubt that it is a very useful item, and I used it a lot (!) as I hated having to run up and down stairs, opening and closing stairgates, trying to watch a toddler as well, and instead, it meant in the evening when I went to bed, or when I was taking my daughter to bed, I could just bring up this basket and put the stuff away.
My only gripe with this product, and it has nothing to do with Lakeland as such, is that I still think it is ugly. For someone who has a large, wide staircase, it may look better and not as obtrusive, but in my old house, the staircase was fairly narrow and so seemed to obstruct the stairs, especially when a very active toddler was wanting to climb the stairs all the time, and thus got in the way. I also found that if visitors were due round, I would have put it away as the staircase was visible as you walked into the house, and I just didn't think it looked the prettiest household item.
So, all in all, this is a very functional item and I did use it a lot. It saves a lot of running up and down stairs and instead you just need to make one trip with this basket, with all your bits and bobs in it. Unfortunately for me, it just don't look that attractive and I found it obstructed the stairs somewhat.
Lakeland Willow Stair Basket
The Lakeland Willow Basket can be purchased from Lakeland.co.uk for just under £20.00 when we bought it. It has also been on Ebay recently and sold for £5.00.
Quite often, especially with children around, when tidying the downstairs of the house, we find that toys and other bits are piled on the stairs in order to take them to the bedrooms later one, though the problems with this was the constant knocking over of piles when the children ran up and down the stairs, leaving the hallway even more of a mess than before we had even begun tidying!
We had been around a friends house and they had a similar stair basket device which we thought was a brilliant idea and so went online and bought this basket from the above website for the above price. I did think that just under £20.00 was a little too expensive for a basket, though having just had a birthday I had a little money to spend, and although not my first choice (drinks down the pub may have been better!!) it would hopefully make life a little easier (or at least tidier).
The basket sits ideally on either the bottom two steps or the top, though with the size and shape, it is able to sit somewhere in the middle if you really want it to! It is made of wicker and the bottom part (for the lower step) is reasonably deep, though the top part can only really be filled with small items such as paper and tennis balls. It has a handle midway between the two sections.
The basket is made of reasonably strong stuff, though I do find after a while of usage that the wicker begins to fray a little. The handle is also quite strong and easy to grip.
The basket holds a reasonable amount though large toys and games do not really fit, though it is mainly the little odd bits we find everywhere which land themselves in here. The basket itself is quite light and easy to carry, though once off of the stairs, it is very difficult to sit down anywhere else due to its two level shape. Of course, this is a stair basked primarily, so this is something we work around.
I still think that £20.00 is a little too steep for what it really is, though it has done us a world of good with all the small bits that we find downstairs - instead of being all over the stairs and hallway, they neatly fit into the basket, and when it is full we have a rule that it has to be taken upstairs and emptied! My youngest also loves taking it upstairs with her when it is empty and bringing her dolls and other bits back down and luckily, she even likes taking them back up again this way which is a plus!!
The only real downside is the fact that it does not stand alone when not on a staircase, though this is something that we work around.
I acquired one of these stair baskets and I'm not really too sure where it came from, but it is really handy. I have got wooden stairs and there is quite a lot of them so it is quite handy (purely out of laziness) to keep things like polish and dusters in there. I tend to keep it near the top of the stairs, as I find it looks a bit weird if you put it in the middle of the staircase, but at the top or the bottom it looks fine.
In my old flat I used to use it for all sorts of things too, as I didn't have much space for anything. I have kept magazines in there too. I could imagine it would be very useful for people with children to store toys and things in.
If you have a lack of storage space these products are brilliant, and they don't look cumbersome like some storage space savers. I'm not sure where you can buy them from, but they are a great product.
I would recommend one of these if you have a lack of space or if you have wooden stairs and are lazy, its perfect.
I was given a Stair Basket as a present by my Mum, who shops a lot in Lakeland. It wasn't the most exciting present I've ever received, I have to say. Still, she meant well.
The idea is that the basket sits on the bottom two steps of your stairs, and you fill it with all the bits and pieces that you find downstairs but which belong upstairs. Then you can carry it up, empty it, and sit it on the top two steps, ready to fill with all the bits and pieces that you find upstairs.
A great idea I thought. I have 3 small children (and a husband) who abandon their belongings about the place and think that "put something away" means "dump it on the stairs". Also my stairs come straight into my living room so there isn't really room for a normal basket at the foot of the stairs.
So I started to use it, and discovered several flaws.
Firstly, when I am emptying the basket, I carry it around the upstairs rooms putting the contents away where they belong - but you can't put the basket down anywhere! It falls over, because it doesn't have a flat base, obviously. Very annoying, because I never remember that it doesn't have a flat base, and keep putting the wretched thing down, and then it falls over, and all the stuff spills out ... Clearly my fault, not the poor basket's!
Secondly, I need two. One for "going up" and one for "going down". I very quickly ended up with a full basket at the bottom of the stairs, and the usual pile of stuff at the top. Although I suspect that if I had two baskets, I would soon have two full baskets at the bottom of the stairs. I think this basket only works if you are a tidy person.
Thirdly, my family decided that now I had my cute basket, they didn't need to carry stuff up and down stairs anymore. So the basket makes more work for me, somehow.
Consequently, the basket is now in the loft. I couldn't quite bring myself to freecycle it, as part of my brain still thinks it is such a good idea!
It is a lovely basket, nicely made from quality material (hand-woven willow, according to the blurb), and strong enough to cope when full of quite heavy things.
It costs £19.57 from www.lakeland.co.uk.
As some of you will have noticed by my reviews I am a bit of a Lakeland fan, everything I have ever bought in there is totally fantastic and this Willow stair basket is no exception.
What is it ?
It is a basket that is shaped to fit neatly on your bottom or top step, ready to be filled with all the things that need to be brought up or down stairs.
It is made from a gorgeous light coloured willow that has been hand woven to form the basket.
Why do I need it ?
Well you most likely do not 'need' it but it has certainly made my life more easier and kept the house tidier. I generally keep it at the bottom of the stairs as that is where most of the toot accumulates. It gets filled mainly with the kids bits like toys, hair bobbles, books, pens, and the unlimited supply of paper that seems to magically fly down the stairs but cant manage to fly back up. I also use it for things like toilet rolls or bleach etc that has to be taken up to the bathroom.
Then whenever I go upstairs I take it with me and put everything away in one go. My husband has even managed to bring it up a few times without being asked a 1000 times and the kids put bits and bobs in there instead of all over the house.
How much is it and is it worth it ?
The willow stair basket costs £17.61 from Lakeland stores or via their website or mail order. I think this is a great price considering it has been hand woven.
It is definitely worth buying it if you have untidy children, loads of 'bits' around the house and the most important thing stairs !!
It looks good, is practical and is a reasonable price I recommend it 100%
I live in a terraced house with four floors and I seem to spend half my life ferrying things up and down stairs. I take it up and the kids bring it back down, I bring it down and the kids take it up to play with in the bath – aarrrgghh. There is always a pile of things on the stairs waiting to be moved to their rightful homes. I’ve had my eye on these baskets for a while, having seen them in the Great Little Trading Company catalogue at £22.99 but thought that was a bit steep [no pun intended], so when I got my Lakeland catalogue and saw one for £17.95 I was in there. It sits tidily on the step and I can pop things in as I’m tidying up, then transport it all at once, in fact my son likes to carry it up for me. It holds loads – the Lakeland one is actually quite a bit bigger than the GLTC one. It’s much safer than having little toys etc. cluttering up the stairs and looks much tidier, not to mention saving my poor old legs a trip or two.
A storage basket shaped to fit the bottom of your stairs, the idea being that you can pop bits and pieces inside as you go past, ready to take upstairs. Made from honey coloured willow with a rounded edge and evenly balanced weave