Unless you have closets and room to spare, you probably need some blanket storage ideas. Whether they’re throw blankets for your family room, all-season cotton blankets for a guest room or pricey bed coverings made of wool or cashmere, they should be stored when they’re not in use to protect them and keep them clean.
Use this guide to find easy, practical and decorative blanket storage ideas to use in your home or apartment.
Displaying beautiful blankets on a ladder is an easy way to update your home decor. Simply fold the blankets so they won’t touch the floor and hang one blanket from each rung. Use blankets in complementary colors and designs or neutrals with different textures and patterns. Prop the ladder against a family room wall, and the blankets will be handy when you’re watching TV or reading. If your space is small, hang a lightweight blanket ladder vertically or horizontally. Either way, it ladder will be decorative as well as useful.
Store blankets in a display cabinet with open shelves or glass doors so you can enjoy their beauty. You can also remove drawers from another piece of furniture with multiple shelves, such as an armoire, china hutch or night stand, and store the folded blankets inside. If you prefer, stack them on top of a bedroom chest of drawers or display them like art on a table in your entranceway. Stash other bedding that doesn't take up as much room in a nearby closet.
Roll children’s blankets or lightweight throws and tuck them into a shoe organizer hung from the back of a door or on a closet rod. A mounted or freestanding shoe organizer with open shelves also works well. The blankets will be close at hand when you need to toss a one blanket into the wash and reach for a fresh one.
Ottoman with Storage
Even though blankets are used primarily on beds, they don’t have to be stored in bedrooms. Use an ottoman with a lid and storage space underneath to hold your blankets. The ottoman can still do its original job as a place to prop your feet. Choose an ottoman on wheels, and you can move it around from one room to another as needed.
Storage Bins, Boxes and Baskets
One of the most popular blanket storage ideas utilizes large, decorative baskets and plastic storage bins. Simply roll or fold the blankets. Baskets with lids will prevent dust from settling on them, but open baskets let you see and enjoy the colors, textures and patterns. Some decorative boxes and baskets with lids can be stacked on top of each other for even more storage space. To keep the blankets handy, use an under-the-bed storage bin on wheels.
Consider installing a towel rack with multi rods on the back of a guest bedroom door or door in another room. Some towel racks are freestanding and don't require installation. Just don’t put the towel rack behind a bathroom door, where the blankets will be exposed to too much humidity. Have a wine rack you don't use? Roll up kids' blankets and store them on it.
Looking for new bedroom furniture? Try a bed with a pull out drawer or drawers underneath. The extra storage will leave more room in your closets and let you easily switch from summer-weight to winter-weight blankets. To keep your blankets extra clean and fresh, put them in blanket bags.
Benches and Trunks
A bedroom bench with storage space or a trunk placed at the end of your bed can also be a great place to store blankets. If the trunk or bench is flat on top and sturdy enough, you can use it to sit on while you slip on your shoes. Some coffee tables that are suitable for living rooms and family rooms also have storage space for bed coverings.
If you have a dedicated linen closet, or an extra closet with only a rod for hanging clothes, add wire shelving for blankets. Use all the available space, from the top of the closet to the floor, and if there’s room, hang a towel rack with multiple rods or additional shelving on the back of the closet door.
Blanket Storage Bags
Keep your blankets in a blanket bag that fits under the bed, on a shelf or in a closet. Bags with zippers or closeable lids help protect against damage and dust, and some have see-through "windows" to help you identify what's inside. Breathable materials help items stay fresh. Look for a bag with handles if you need to move it around the house.