This corner houses the ladder to the fly bridge. The full height wall unbroken by door or window is the logical place to hang coats and hats so we installed a group of hooks.
I'm glad to have this space. There are no hanging lockers (closets for you land lubbers) on this level and it keeps wet gear out of the salon. We've been on several boats that have no place at all to store coats.
Between the ladder and the wall is a thin angled slot, good for long skinny items like brooms, the ensign and pole, and rolls of marine canvas.
The basket holds stuff that is on its way downstairs. Our very steep stairs necessitate always holding onto the rail, even at the dock, so everything goes up and down the stairs in one hand. The basket patiently waits for the next trip. It is also a favorite napping place for cats, and they also like to scratch at it. I figure baskets are cheaper than repairing the built in furniture, so let 'em scratch.