It’s getting colder outside, and for me, that means hauling out all of my many blankets! I must have some crazy obsessive fetish with blankets because I have a ridiculous amount of them that I have collected over the years. Here are 14 of the best ways to store and organize blankets.
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Where to Store Blankets
There are so many different possibilities of where you can store your blankets. Sometimes all it takes is to think outside of the box. The first thing you need to do is to think about how often you use certain blankets and how often you need to access them. If you have blankets that you use on a daily basis for your nightly Netflix binging, then it would probably be smart to put them in an easily accessible area.
Here are a few places where you could store blankets that you use often:
- In a large basket next to the couch
- In a cupboard under the TV if you have built-in cabinetry
- Create a bin in your kid’s closets specifically for their blankets
- Draped over the end of a bed
- Folded over the armrest of a couch or draped over the back of a couch
- Inside of an ottoman at the foot of a bed
- Inside of a window seat compartment
If you have heirloom quilts that you don’t want to part with but you want to keep them in a highly visible area, consider putting them somewhere you won’t see them often. Here are a few blanket storage ideas for blankets (and quilts) you don’t use often:
- Under the bed (I highly recommend putting them in a storage bag to keep bugs or dust off of them)
- At the top of a closet
- In a spare bedroom closet
- At the bottom of your linen closet (put it in a storage bag if you’re going to put it on the floor)
- Use an over-the-door towel rack
- On a wooden blanket ladder as a part of the decor
- Use Vacuum seal bags to save space!
Keep Blankets Smelling Fresh
After awhile blankets can really start to smell stale and downright stinky. The worst part is that the only person that might notice it is your friends! That’s why it’s important to get your blankets into your regular laundry schedule.
My favorite way to schedule my various chores is to put a reminder in my Google Calendar. I typically wash our daily-use quilts every few weeks…or more if they need it! You can also get rid of stinky smelling blankets by adding 1 cup of vinegar into your wash load. But don’t worry! They don’t smell like vinegar forever! As soon as you pull them out of the dryer, it’s like the stench never happened…vinegar or otherwise!
Over the Door
I was looking for a way to store my blankets where I didn’t have to use floor space. This over the door blanket ladder of sorts is originally meant for towels on the back of a bathroom door, but it works fantastic for blankets as well!
This is a great way to keep blankets folded nicely and semi-out of reach from kids! So if you have blankets that you only use on special occasions, this is a great solution for that as well as every day use.
It comes in a variety of colors to choose from so you can match it to your house. You do have to assemble it yourself, but it was pretty straightforward.
In a Large Basket
Don’t let this picture fool you. The blankets in this basket are NEVER folded. This is what I call the “Lazy Method” to ‘folding’ blankets and, is also my kids’ personal favorite.
This is one of my favorite ways to store and organize blankets. I put this basket on the far end of the couch and these are the blankets that we use most often when watching TV. I love it because we can quickly curl up to a good Netflix show with a soft cozy blanket. And when I ask my kids to clean up the Family Room when they are finished, all they have to do is straighten the pillows and throw the blankets in the huge basket.
It’s a great compromise between the kids and I because they can easily clean up their blanket mess while also keeping mom happy!
I bought my basket years ago so I don’t have a link for it, but here as a similar XL blanket basket that is super cute!
There are some blankets that are maybe more delicate or just for looks rather than daily Netflix use. I tend to put these types of blankets on my blanket ladder. It’s a perfect way to put store and organize blankets and put them on display!
The thing that I love most about this ladder is that it is more of a decoration and not just for utility. This is even a great way to showcase quilts if you are a quilter or if you have family heirloom quilts.
Even if you are a plush blanket kind of person, this works great for those as well. Adding blankets as a part of your decor adds a layer or warmth and comfort to your decor…which is especially appreciated in the fall and winter months…even if those particular blankets aren’t used on a daily basis.
I got my amazing blanket ladder from Deb with Beaver Wood Crafts on Etsy. She has excellent customer service and I am really happy with my purchase. For my blanket ladder, I chose the 5 ft ladder in weathered gray. She has different finishes as well as different sizes.
I forgot to get pictures of my ottoman, but I have a leather ottoman at the end of my bed that I have had for years that has a hinged lid where I store seasonal blankets and pillows. It has always been the perfect place to put our blanket that goes on our bed when its summer.
It’s getting cold outside so I am just about ready to get out my big thick king-size blanket that keeps us warm all winter long! I love my ottoman because it is a super convenient place to put body pillows, weighted blankets, knee pillows, or whatever you use at night to help you sleep.
Under the Bed
Like I said, I have a ton of blankets. And it seems that people love to give blankets, too! So we really have quite the collection of handmade quilts from amazing family members as well as blankets. We have some talented people in our family that have quite the sewing talent and they have sewed us some beautiful quilts over the years.
As our needs have changed as a family or as my kids have outgrown them, I needed to find a place to store. These blankets are special enough that I want to keep them but I don’t want them taking up space in a heavily used space like my linen closet.
So I found this awesome blanket storage bag that stores easily under your bed! They are very durable and my very favorite thing about them are the windows so you can see exactly what is inside!
Closet Storage Bins
I bought these Drona storage bins at Ikea about a year ago to wrangle the mess in my boys’ closet. We ended up using them for their stuffed animals and blankets that we use on a daily basis.
I like that my boys could make their beds and toss their blankets into the bins without having to fold them (again, don’t let the picture fool you) and nobody knows the difference. Including me. It’s a win-win!
This is a great method to store and organize blankets that are really big, such as comforters. This blanket bag is HUGE! I was super surprised by its size when I opened up the box. I can easily fit a full-size down comforter PLUS 2-4 additional blankets inside depending on the size of the blankets. Again, I love the window portion of the bag so I can see exactly what is inside without pulling everything out of the bag.
The bag is great quality with sturdy handles for carrying. This is something that I would use to store blankets in a closet. It’s a great solution for keeping big bulky blankets or large comforters organized and for keeping things clean and dry.
I hope that I have found a few useful tips and products for you to use around your house this fall and winter to store and organize your blankets!