It’s getting colder outside, and for me, that means hauling out all of my many blankets from my blanket storage! I must have some crazy obsession with blankets because I have a ridiculous amount that I have collected over the years.
But sometimes having all of those blankets can be a pain. The only problem with thick blankets is that they can take up too much storage space in your home. But I don’t think it’s possible to own too many blankets (I’m definitely not getting rid of any!), which means I need to be creative when storing blankets so I don’t reach storage capacity with blankets alone!
If you have tons of blankets, take these blanket storage ideas from a professional organizer. Here are 14 of the best ways to store and organize blankets.
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Blanket Storage Ideas for Every Home
There are so many different possibilities of where you can store your favorite throws. 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 your favorite 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 store blankets in an easily accessible area.
Here are a few places where you could store blankets that you use often:
- In a large blanket basket next to the couch (I love woven baskets that look like living room decor)
- In a cupboard under the TV
- Create bins or storage trunks in closets specifically for blankets
- Draped over the bed
- Folded over the armrest of a couch or draped over the back of a couch
- Inside storage ottomans in the bedroom or living room
If you have heirloom quilts that you don’t want to part with but you want to keep them in a highly visible area, put 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 (put them in a storage bag to keep them fresh)
- At the top of a linens closet or storage cabinet (put it in a storage bag or fabric bins if you’re going to put it on the floor)
- Use an over-the-door towel rack or towel bars
- On a wooden blanket ladder as a part of the decor
Keep Blankets Smelling Fresh
After a while, blankets can really start to smell stale. 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! I like washing them at the same time as my sheets to handle all the linens at once.
You can also get rid of the stink by adding 1 cup of vinegar to your wash. 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 is originally meant for towels, but it works for blankets as well!
This is a great way to keep them 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 everyday use.
You can also use wall hooks and hang extra blankets as if you’d hang towels! It might not be common, but I have seen wall hooks work for people before.
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” of folding blankets and is also my kids’ personal favorite. After all, we don’t always have time for folded blankets.
This is one of my favorite ways to store and organize blankets. I put this basket on the far end of the sofa with the ones that we use most often.
I love it because we can quickly curl up on the sofa with a cozy blanket. And when my kids clean up the living room, all they have to do is straighten the pillows and throw the blankets in the huge basket. They can easily clean up their blanket mess while keeping Mom happy!
I bought my blanket basket years ago but here is a similar XL blanket basket that is super cute! You can use a wicker basket, metal basket, or woven baskets – all work as perfect storage containers! Especially if you don’t have a lot of cabinets for storing blankets.
A blanket basket is one of the best solutions out there!
SHOP BLANKET BASKETS
Some blankets are more delicate or just for looks. I tend to put these ones on my blanket ladder. Hanging them is a perfect way to store, organize, and display blankets!
The thing that I love most about this blanket ladder is that it is more of a decoration and not just for utility. This is even a great way to showcase quilts.
Using blankets as decoration adds warmth and comfort to your decor, which is especially appreciated in colder months even if those particular blankets aren’t used on a daily basis.
This works well if you don’t have tons of floor space for storage bins. Hanging throws on a ladder will be using vertical space instead of too much of the floor. You can maximize space and display your favorites.
If you’re handy, you can make one yourself out of wood or metal pipes!
SHOP BLANKET LADDERS
I forgot to get pictures of my ottoman, but I have an ottoman at the end of my bed that has a hinged lid where I store seasonal blankets and pillows. The ottoman has always been the perfect place to put our blanket that goes on our bed when it’s summer.
When it’s cold, I 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.
You can also use a storage bench the same way if an ottoman isn’t large enough for storing everything. If you want to store several blankets, getting a long storage bench would work nicely! Or consider getting an end table or coffee table with built-in storage.
SHOP STORAGE OTTOMANS
Under the Bed
It seems that people love to give blankets as gifts too! We have quite the collection of handmade quilts from amazing family members with quite the sewing talent that 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 them. 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.
I found this awesome blanket storage bag that stores easily under your bed! They are very durable and my very favorite thing about them is the windows so you can see the blankets inside! It takes up less space than baskets with lids but still keeps everything protected.
Fold or roll blankets inside and then just slip it right underneath your bed or other furniture. If you’re looking for a way to keep any beloved blankets out of sight in the summer months, this will keep your blankets organized and out of the way.
SHOP UNDER THE BED
Closet Storage Bins
I bought these Drona storage bins at Ikea about a year ago to wrangle the mess in my boys’ closets. 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!
You could also get plastic bins, but you’d probably have to fold the blankets when storing them since you would be able to see the blankets through the plastic.
This is a great method to 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. I love the window portion of the bag so I can see exactly what is inside.
The bag is of 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.
If you’re looking for blanket storage ideas for blankets that you don’t use on a regular basis, consider getting a big blanket bag.
Ideas for Blanket Storage
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! You don’t need to be a professional organizer to keep them neat. You just need to make sure you don’t overflow your storage capacity and they are easy to grab when you need them.
Hopefully, with these ideas for blanket storage, you’re able to store blankets and keep them organized.
Remember, if you don’t have enough room in your cabinet, you have other storage options like a blanket chest, end table, coffee table, baskets, or an ottoman to use for blankets that you can quickly grab.
For long-term storage, use blanket bags or baskets with lids so that you can tuck blankets out of sight.
Keep your living room tidy by implementing these great storage tips!