The 6 Best Pull Out Baskets for Closets – Do You Really Need Them? This Will Help You Decide!

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We all like to be organized. There’s no question about that. As an area that we use multiple times a day, closet spaces should be optimized for functionality and best usage.

Do you really need pull out organizers in your closet though? It may just depend on the type of person you are and if you could really benefit from extra storage accessories.

Pull out baskets, closet rods, belt and tie racks are there to make the space a little bit more functional. Huge brands like California Closets and The Container Store are all dedicated to making your home more useful. And who doesn’t want that.

In this post, I’ll list some helpful, simple-to-add closet basket pull outs that can start you off on the right foot.

Best Pull Out Baskets for Closets

1. Rev-A-Shelf Pull-Out Closet Basket (Best Walk-In Closet Baskets)

These Rev-A-Shelf closet baskets are awesome for new builds or retrofitting. They come different finishes and sizes. You’ll have to measure your opening width and make sure these can function properly.

Top Features

  • 100 lb full extension slides included
  • Assembled dimensions: 18″ Wide x 14″ Deep x 7″ High
  • Screws included
  • Oil rubbed bronze finish
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2. ClosetMaid 11″ Wide Cabinet Organizer (Best Bottom Mount Baskets)

If you have the space for a bottom mounting pull out basket, they can be a great way to access clothes. (These screw to the base of the cabinet or shelf) This ClosetMaid pull out has a deep 20″ basket, so make sure these will fit your space as some closets are just 24″ deep.

Top Features

  • Two finishes: nickel or white
  • Assembled dimensions: 5.25″ High x 11″ Wide x 20″ Deep
  • 3/4 extension slides
  • Comes with all hardware need for install
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3. Easy Track Chrome 24″ Wide Basket (Best Side Mount Basket)

Most baskets for closets will side mount to the cabinets or built-ins. This basket from Easy Track does just that. The left and right slides mount directly to the melamine and glides in and out on ball-bearing slides. 

Top Features

  • Baskets, slides and hardware are included
  • Assembled dimensions: 11″ Deep x 24″ Wide x 13″ High
  • Chrome finish
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4. Easy Track Sliding Canvas Hamper Basket (Best Canvas Basket)

Hampers are an essential part of any closet and bedroom. Why not create a little more space and add a pull out hamper basket. These canvas bag baskets mount to the left and right side of the cabinet walls. You can quickly remove the bag for transport too.

Top Features

  • Assembled dimensions: 13.5” High x 24” Wide x 13” Deep
  • Basket, canvas hamper, slides and hardware are all included
  • Removable with handles
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5. ClosetMaid 6222 Hanging Basket for Wire Shelving (Best Wire Shelf Basket)

These hanging baskets are awesome. Yes, you do need the correct wire shelving systems in your closets, but if extra space is needed for sweatshirts or towels they’re ideal. 

These are also great for pantries or laundry rooms and other areas where ClosetMaid shelving system is used.

Top Features

  • 17″ wide basket
  • Hang multiple on top of one another
  • Epoxy coated steel
  • Easy to clean
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6. elfa Mesh Start-A-Stack Platinum (Best Reach-In Closet Baskets)

For those of us with reach-in style closets, having a stand-alone system may work best. This is 29″ in height, so be sure you don’t have any long coats that may be hanging above it. The four basket system can help organize shirts, socks, towels or even your wallet and keys.

Top Features

  • Assembled dimensions: 18″ Wide x 21″ Deep x 29″ High
  • Smooth-gliding drawers
  • Mesh provides excellent visibility
  • No need for drawer liners
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Types of Closets

Depending on your home, you may have a certain style of closet. Many of you may have the typically reach-in closet with large sliding doors and a closet rod.

Others have walk-in closets that sometimes feature built-in cabinet storage and are geared towards wardrobes (ties, belts, jewelry, shoes).

There are also smaller hallway closets for ironing boards, vacuums, brooms or seasonal coats. 

  • Walk-in Closets
  • Reach-in Closets
  • Hallway Closets

Walk-In Closet

Reach-In Closet

Hallway Closet

How to Organize a Walk in Closet

Compartmentalizing is a great starting point. Sorting and planning your space can make things easier and make the space function properly. Using closet baskets can help act as clear partitions within the walk in closet.

  • Plan out your space
  • Keep or donate items 
  • Allocate space for kept items
  • Sort out by most used to least used
  • Measure closet dimensions
  • Determine if bins, baskets, racks or hooks can be used

What is a Closet Basket?

Closet baskets can take all sorts of different forms. These baskets are usually made of steel and wire. that form the shape of baskets. These slide in and out of the closet using slides that mount to the walls of the cabinet. Typically, pull out baskets are used on custom built-ins, but anyone can install them in the dimensions are appropriate.

Closet Basket Finishes

Closet baskets and storage accessories in general usually have various finishes to choose from. Take a look at what color your wood melamine is. Most likely, you’ll have a white melamine cabinet or a wood finish. I recommend selecting a basket finish that compliments that finish.

  • Chrome
  • Nickel
  • Satin
  • Brass
  • White
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze