12 Clever Ways to Store Blankets Throughout Your Home

published Oct 4, 2023
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It’s fall, with that comes a welcome chill in the air. Some call it sweater season; I call it blanket season. The more, the cozier.

I’ve got more blankets than humans in my home, from luxurious throw blankets to patchwork quilts my mom sewed out of old shirts and curtains. So where do I store these blankets when I’m not using them?

Good question — and I’m sure I’m not the only one looking for easy storage solutions. Here are 12 clever ways to store your blankets and keep your home looking neat and tidy.

1. Hang Them on a Ladder

Storage ladders — even the smaller towel ones — are great for hanging blankets, especially in small spaces. Angela Marie Made has an easy DIY blanket ladder you can make. Just lean the ladder against an empty wall, whether in a bedroom or living room, and hang your blankets on the rungs. 

2. Repurpose Shoe Organizers

You can use either a large shoe rack or shoe organizers that hang in a closet. This works best with thinner, smaller blankets and lightweight throws. TikTok user @cryptic_destinyy143 used a tall shoe rack to store her baby blankets. But inexpensive shoe organizers that hang over doors work, too. The clear pockets allow you to see each blanket, and the whole thing can be hidden away.

Credit: Tessa Cooper

3. Hide Them in a Basket

One of the easiest ways to hide — I mean, store — your blankets, especially bulky ones, is in a cute basket. Any kind of basket works, too, from wire to wicker to cotton rope. (These are also great for wrangling toys, extra towels, and linens.) You can either stash the basket under a table or tuck it into a corner, like how this Springfield, Missouri, apartment does.

4. Hang Them on a Hook

Turn a wall-mounted coat hook rack into a fun display of your favorite blankets, like @cleverbloom did. (The plants on the shelf above are a great touch.) You can also use individual hooks, which come in different materials. (We’ve even seen people use Command Hooks.) Make sure the hooks can withstand the weight of your blankets. These can be mounted anywhere in your home — in your bedroom, in the living room, in a guest bedroom, or even in a hallway.

5. Use a Trunk or Chest

Storage trunks or chests can be very multifunctional, serving as a table and storage in one. Nick + Alicia created a DIY blanket storage chest that’s ideal to place at the foot of the bed.

6. Use an Old-Fashioned Quilt Rack

Who doesn’t love a vintage storage idea? TikTok user @kenziemariehome upcycled an old quilt rack she found in a thrift store on which she hangs throw blankets in her living room. And it couldn’t be cuter.

7. Stash Them in an Ottoman

Stylish storage ottomans — like the one in this West Hollywood apartment — are usually gorgeous and they make perfect and convenient storage for blankets. Plus, they can provide extra seating in your living room.

8. Transform a Hay Rack

This may not be the cheapest option — unless you clean up an old one — but a hay rack or hay feeder can double as a sturdy blanket holder like TikTok user @nikkionthefarm did. These racks tend to be made out of heavy-duty iron or galvanized steel, so they can carry heavy blankets and quilts. Plus, it gives off industrial-cool vibes. Mount it on your wall in your bedroom or guest room.

9. Fold Them and Store in Cabinets or Drawers

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? But it’s about correctly folding your blanket, making them easier to store and retrieve later. Interior designer Nate Berkus likes a thirds-into-thirds method of folding blankets. Then store your space-saving folded blankets in drawers or cabinets.

10. Store Under Your Bed

Many storage bins can slide under your bed, from collapsible plastic ones to sturdy canvas bags (This Brooklyn apartment has two.) These make perfect space-saving solutions for blankets and other bedding in your bedroom.

11. Fold Them into Pillows

Natasha Swingler (@effectivespaces) folds blankets into decorative knots and throw pillows that you can just toss on your sofa. When you need it, just grab it and unravel it. Here’s a tutorial.

Credit: Franke Chung

12. Leave Them Out

There are no rules to storing blankets — and sometimes not storing them is a solution. Hillery Sproatt, who lives in an 800-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in Chicago, leaves out stacks of blankets in her living area, which makes the space feel warm and cozy.