What are the best affordable baskets to cover up those large indoor plant pots?
If you have a lot of plant friends out growing their plastic pots you may be asking yourself this too. The fast growing plants I got a year ago need to be re-potted ASAP. Of course that means finding a larger planter too, because if you’re like me you have a thing about hiding those ugly plastic pots!
I’ve been searching IKEA online for indoor plant basket ideas that won’t break the budget. Spending money on a gorgeous fiddle leaf fig is one thing, but the basket has to be affordable. But finding large baskets for your indoor plants can get expensive.
Which is why I’ve been scrolling through the IKEA website looking for plant basket hacks and budget subs.
This is what I found. The best double duty plant baskets you can use for plants and a bunch of other uses. You know when your plant goes to plant heaven or you need to put it in an even bigger planter because it’s growing like crazy.
Not all of these are meant to be a planter, but why not get creative? Especially if it means getting a bargain. Without messing around, here’s what I found.
Try these Versatile IKEA Large Indoor Planters
14 1/4″ dia x 14 1/4″ high – inside dia 12 1/2”
Technically this is a brand new gardening bag complete with waterproof liner from IKEAs Botanisk collection of handmade items. Use it to haul around plants or soil in your indoor or outdoor garden. I’m always looking for places to store potting soil and this would work perfectly under a potting bench. Plus it’s handmade by a social enterprise which supports women in India, which is a bonus.
HACK: The Botanisk can also double as a soft sided plant basket.
17”high x 10 3/4” diameter
This boho styled rattan plant stand goes with the new Buskbo rattan chair. Got a hanging plant that needs a little room to spread out? Pop it in here either on the floor, on a side table or beside your tub. Rattan is such a versatile material, I can see this anywhere you want to add a little warmth and character.
HACK: Although this is clearly a plant stand, I could see using it to stack towels on in the bathroom. Great storage for rolled up washcloths or soaps too. Pop a fake plant in here to make it look real!
13 1/2” tall x 18 1/2” diam
A beautifully natural looking woven rattan basket with handles, the Borstad is perfect for those tall plants like a fiddle leaf or palm. Something with an exposed trunk like a braided ficus would look amazing. Love that the natural material blends in with so many home decor styles, like country, farmhouse and boho.
HACK: If you ever get tired of using it for plants, the Borstad is ready to do double duty as a laundry basket!
19 3/4” dia x 11 3/4”
Another beautifully woven basket, the Tjillevips is constructed by craftsmen from banana fibers and will add warmth and texture to your room. It’s wider than it is tall so a good choice for a plant that likes to spread out. Try a Boston fern or Peace Lily in this basket.
HACK: You can never have too many baskets in my world. I’d use this one to store magazines, kids toys or snack packs in the pantry.
11″ x 11″ x 9″ high
The Pudda isn’t as big as some of the other baskets, but it’s a great price for a medium to large planter. The fact that its super lightweight is a bonus, because let’s face it, plants get heavy. This soft fuzzy felt would look great in a kids room or on a bookshelf with a trailing ivy in it.
HACK: When the Pudda isn’t putting up a plant baby, you can use it in the bathroom, closet or drawer to stash socks, toys, belts or toiletries. In other words, just about anything!
11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ x 13 3/4″ high
Another basket from the strange sounding Tjillevips family, this square shaped one is made from soft woven jute with a folded edge. Another great lightweight solution for stashing a plant that will hide the ugly plastic pot. A small ficus tree would look beautiful in this basket, but it’s so versatile. Try one of your large plants in it and see what I mean.
HACK: When it’s not cozying up to your plant friends, this square basket is designed to fit into the KALLAX shelving unit. You can use it as a wastebasket in the bedroom or as a place to store your magazine habit.
9 7/8” dia x 12 5/8” high
Fladis is the new darling of the IKEA basket world. She’s so boho isn’t she? Fladis has a nice floppy shape that could sit on the floor, a dresser or counter top and be equally at home anywhere you put her. She’ll take a small tree or a spreading fern, she’s not fussy. You can roll her top edge down or just let the handles hang out.
HACK: When she’s not flirting with your ferns, use Fladis to store craft supplies like wool and knitting in a decorative “Aren’t I cute” kind of way.
13″w x 15″d x 13″h
Okay now I’m really thinking outside the box with Dröna, but I couldn’t resist. It’s a super versatile little lightweight open top box that comes in multiple colors. Did you see the price?? You could even use Dröna as a blank and paint it, hot glue it with something or just keep it clean and simple. Obvs it goes better with modern decor but once you dress it up, it can be whatever you want it to be.
HACK: Ok it’s meant to be a storage box, but you figured that out already. This baby fits the KALLAX storage shelving to perfection, but you can plop it on any bookcase, media cabinet and hide all those toys, cords and what have you once it’s finished with plant duty.
12 1/2″ w x 13 3/4″ l x 13″h
Are you seeing a theme here? The Bullig is a new woven bamboo box from IKEA and it’s gorgeous. Your plant babies will feel like they’ve gone to jungle heaven. No it’s not round, but I don’t think that changes a thing. This is maximum style at a very affordable price for such a beautiful natural material.
HACK: Oh and it fits nicely on any KALLAX shelving unit, but you can use it anywhere. How about as wastebasket in your office or to stack books or magazines?
12 5/8” high x 13 3/8” diameter
I first met Knodd in an Airbnb doing duty as a trash can. This 4 gallon tin with lid comes in white, blue and gray galvanized powdercoated steel and I love the farmhouse style. Take the lid off and you have a stylish planter for very little money. For those fast growing trees, Knodd is also available in a larger 11 gallon size for $19.99.
HACK: You know what I’m going to say. This metal can is super versatile and well worth its price tag. Not only can it be used as a trash can, but how about a stylish recycling bin? Keep the dog biscuits or bird seed in it. Use it on the patio for storing charcoal, wood or potting soil. You get the idea.
I love items that can do double duty because I feel like I’m really getting my moneys worth. Plus I like knowing that if I get tired of looking at something I can change it up by changing how I use it. Win!