Taters & Onions Storage Wall Bins

7 Materials
2 Hours

This has been the summer of potatoes and onions so I needed a space to put them where they'd last longer.

Luckily we always seem to have scrap wood on hand but I'd think this should cost under $5 if you need to purchase some wood.

Choose your location

Cool and dark is best and I do have a door in my kitchen that goes to the basement. Since it's very nearly the same temp on the steps if the door is shut as it is in the basement I decided to have some wall bins added on the right side at the top of the stairway.

Cut the end pieces

You'll need two end pieces per wall bin so once you determine the shape you'll cut them your table saw or a circular saw will work also.

Cut your slats

Cut 5 to 6 slats per bin. This part is easy but be sure you put them close enough together that your veggies won't fall through. Ours were a tiny bit too wide for the smaller potatoes with 5 slats.

Clamp the pieces together

Once you clamp the slats/end pieces you can use the brad nailer to attach them.

Nail it

Use enough nails that it is sturdy so go ahead and add more. This part is kinda fun

Attach bins to the wall

Our basement landing walls are plaster so we screwed vertical wood slats to the existing baseboard and a piece of wood midway up then attached the bins to that. Lucky us.

Most people don't have to deal with plaster like we have so you probably just use wall anchors to attach your wood bins.

Potatoes & Onions

It doesn't hurt to use a layer of newspaper in the bottom of the bins but make sure airflow is still good. Since our bins are 24" wide there's plenty of room to space things out.

Onions emit Ethylene gas which is a little heavy and I believe will drop so putting them below Ethylene sensitive potatoes makes more sense to me. What are your thoughts on this, does the gas rise or fall?

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  • Cheri Tanner
    Cheri Tanner
    on Jul 26, 2020

    Is that dry cat food or dog food under the onions? Wouldn't the fumes of the onions get into their food? Is it safe there???

  • T
    on Jul 26, 2020

    I would move the animals food bowl under these binds. As onions are very toxic to dogs and cats alike. The onion skins can flake off and end up in the food bowl, NOT GOOD!! Potatoes are not good for them either. Other than that the binds look great!!

    • Kelly-n-Tony
      on Jul 28, 2020

      Thanks for the tip. it;s always better to be safe then sorry!

  • Carol
    on Sep 15, 2020

    I'm wondering g how this would look on a ceiling? I love how it looks on the wall

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  • Joanie
    on Oct 12, 2020

    Great project!! I want my basement back in my other house. I miss it......it is cool for these bins. They should be cool and in a dark area. I have my 2 bins in my laundry room, which is cool and I have an old apron covering them, so it is dark, but they can breathe and have air thru the sides of the bins. The rules of storing, once you harvest. Or you buy from the store.

  • Jeannie.mcquaid
    on Oct 13, 2020

    Potatoes do not like light. They will turn green (sunburned) if exposed to light in storage. If your potatoes turn green, don't eat them. They will give you a very upset tummy. So, an open bin for potatoes is not a good idea unless the bin is somewhere that is normally kept in darkness, like a root cellar. Add a hinged lid to your top bin and you can put it wherever it suits you.

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