Whenever the temperature drops, we rush to take our stockpile of duvets and comforters out to brave the cold weather. So, most of us would already have designated spots to store all that warm bedding (think linen cupboards and cabinets).
But in case things are getting a bit too cramped up in those storage spaces, here’s an exhaustive list of options to keep your organic cotton blankets organized and out of sight. Some of these might actually have you wondering why you didn’t think of them before!
So, let’s dive in!
How to Store Blankets? 15 Creative Ways to End Your Storage Woes
Why do we even need to brainstorm ideas on how to store bedding? Why not just lay it all out there?
Because we are not cave people! No one likes to come home to the sight of comforters lumped over beds or throw blankets tossed around everywhere.
So, here’s a list of options to keep extra bedding hidden yet accessible:
1. Basket With Lid
A jumbo-sized basket that comes with a lid is a perfect place to keep your blankets. There is a wide selection of oversized baskets that you can explore, made from natural materials like seagrass, cotton rope, and jute.
You only need to ensure that the basket you pick is a lidded one. Appearance-wise, a lidded basket gives off a chic vibe, while the lid’s weight keeps the pile of blankets in place and not spilling over.
2. Storage Ottoman
On a chilly evening, when you’re curled up on the couch reading a book or watching a movie, grab a blanket and stay toasty! That is, if you own a storage footstool or ottoman.
The seat on top doubles up as a lid you need to lift to stash your blankets inside. However, the limited storage space inside an ottoman is better suited for holding compact bedding like throws and afghans instead of heavy-duty duvets.
3. Canvas Under Bed Storage Bags
Canvas storage bags for comforters and blankets are also great for storing blankets and organic cotton sheets. You can either opt for a large-sized one or a couple of small ones to place in bedrooms under the bed.
Most canvas storage bags come with handles on the side to help you carry them from one place to another.
4. Laundry Bag
Large laundry bags are perfect blanket holders. We particularly love the ones made of sustainable fabrics like organic cotton canvas. Organic Cotton Mart’s canvas laundry bags are made from heavy-duty and double stitched cotton canvas.
This fabric is created using 100% certified organic cotton and teamed up with double stitching to ace the test of time. The drawstring closure mechanism works well in securing the bedding inside. Meanwhile, the ergonomic handles make it a breeze to carry the bag around.
5. Vintage Glass Cabinets
Cabinets - you can’t go wrong with these. Built-in bathroom cabinets are the usual suspects when it comes to storing linen, bedding, and towels. And chances are that you might already be storing your comforters and duvets there.
Don’t have built-in storage cabinets? No problem. Head to an antique store, yard sale, or thrift store and look for old glass cabinets. Get creative with the paint, or use sandpaper to distress it to give it a vintage appeal. Now fold your blankets and place them in the cabinet. The glass will make sure you remember where you put them.
6. Coffee Table Storage
Believe it or not, the storage space under the coffee table is a clever place to store the blankets. We recommend using coffee table storage for seasonal thermal blankets instead of all-weather comforters and throws. Why? Because clearing the space above the table may not be a convenient option if you need to keep the bedding handy for everyday use.
7. Blanket Ladder
Besides keeping us warm, blankets (especially the good-looking ones) make the space look cozy and inviting. You can get ladders that have been specially designed for blanket storage use in many home décor stores.
These work great for those who want their throws and blankets on display and keep them accessible. You can rest them against the wall and use them to hang your throws and lightweight blankets. You don’t even have to buy the ladder if you have a spare one lying around.
8. Cedar Lined Vintage Trunk
Steamer tr̥unks have been a go-to storage hack for bulky items for as long as one can remember. They got their name from being used to store personal belongings while traveling on steamships. These chests are so roomy that you can place all or most of your blanket collection in them.
Like blanket ladders, these work wonderfully well as a home accent piece as well as a storage unit. If you can find one with cedar lining, hold on to it. Anything stored in cedar chests will keep them smelling incredible and free of moths and mildew.
9. Bed Storage Box
Lightweight comforters, throws, and baby blankets don’t take up a lot of space and can be virtually stored anywhere. The real challenge is to find a practical storage solution for those bulky microfiber quits, heavy-duty duvets, and chunky crocheted knits.
Thankfully, many beds have built-in storage, a perfect spot to keep large blankets hidden away. You can place the blankets in drawstrings cotton canvas bags or zip-up bags for extra protection before tossing them inside the bed box.
10. Inside a Suitcase
When not traveling, a suitcase is nothing but a storage box lying around empty. Why not put it to good use by putting your bedding and blankets there? Then, find a cool and dry spot to place these luggage bags to keep dust, mildew, and mold at bay.
11. Wire Basket
Give your home décor a farmhouse-style twist with a basket or side table made from wire. These are decorative and functional, acting as statement pieces wherever you place them. Plus, you can roll up your all-season blankets like our cotton waffle blankets and woven cotton blankets into bundles and tuck them neatly inside these baskets.
12. Guestroom Wardrobe
A wardrobe or cabinet is the best place to store blankets to keep them dust-free and airy. So, if you don’t have a linen cupboard or it’s already overflowing, look for other places in your home that can be put to use. How about utilizing the extra wardrobe space in the guest room? That seems like a pretty space-saving way to store blankets. Don’t you think?
13. Coat Rack
A minimalist lifestyle involves making the best of what you have available. Like storing blankets in an empty suitcase or hanging them on a coat rack. Granted, the sight of blankets and throws hanging off a coat rack may not be unusual. But hey, it’ll make for a great conversation piece!
14. Clear Storage Box
The best part about a transparent storage box is that it lets you see what’s inside, making the seasonal blanket change a breeze. Go for stackable ones to save space and keeps your living area organized. The only catch here is to make sure they’re made from recycled plastic or similar material.
15. Stuffable Bean Bag Chair
While scouting for places to store all that extra bedding, maybe head to the nursery or kid’s room and see if you have some spare space there. You can use the toy chest or a stuffable bean bag - an incredibly clever invention that keeps your kids entertained while also giving you much-needed storage relief.
What to Look for in a Blanket Storage Space?
Capacity: Blankets come in all shapes and sizes. So, be sure to check the dimensions and the holding capacity of the storage bin or basket before placing the order. If you’re looking for a one-stop solution to store multiple quilts and duvets, then the roomier the container, the better.
Aesthetics: Blanket storage ideas include eye-catching pieces like ladders, racks, and wicker baskets that bring functionality and décor to a space. These options are more suited for easy-to-grab lightweight blankets than heavy quilts.
Material: Seagrass, manufactured veneer, wire, solid wood, natural cotton rope, organic cotton canvas – there’re plenty of materials to choose from. It all boils down to the holding capacity, durability, versatility, and style you have in mind. Like always, we’d like to urge you to go for a blanket storage option that’s as sustainable as it’s functional.
- Ease of Access: The type of storage unit you pick also depends on how often you’d be taking the blankets out. For seasonal comforters and duvets that tend to be bulky, we recommend bed storage boxes, trunks, chests - basically anything with a lid. Meanwhile, for throws and all-weather blankets, you’re better off with wire baskets, wicker bins, racks, and ladders.
Tips to Keep Your Stored Blankets Smelling Fresh
- Wash and dry before storing. Strong emphasis on drying as the slightest bit of extra moisture can lead to mold and mildew.
- Use an extra layer of protection, like placing the blankets in cotton canvas bags and securing them with drawstrings before putting them away inside a storage box. This will save them from collecting dust.
- Make sure the place you’re storing the bedding is airy and dry. It’s also a good idea to fold blankets and place dryer sheets in between.
- To have the blankets smell amazing, try placing cedar planks around them. Cedar also has a natural tendency to repel moths, mildew, and other pests.
When it comes to storing extra bedding and blankets, the most important question is if you’re looking to make the best use of your existing space or wish to add an additional piece of furniture. Our list of 15 blanket storage ideas has a mix of both. We hope you liked the ideas and would be willing to try them out soon.
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