With so many weaves and cozy designs, it's hard to resist buying a snuggly throw blanket that catches your eye. And because our laps can only hold one blanket at a time (OK, maybe two!), having somewhere to put the others is just as important. But you don't want any old bin to hold and protect your gorgeous cashmere or plush velvet blanket. That's why we have our eye on storage solutions that are not only stylish and spacious, but also meet organizational needs.
To cover all of the options out there, we spoke to pro organizing expert and NEAT Method co-founder Ashley Murphy for her advice. Murphy explains that the right option "depends on how you use your space and how much room you have for storage." A solution that works for one home won't always work for another, and blanket storage is no exception. While there are bins, boxes, ladders, baskets, and long-term storage solutions available, it's important to take into account where and how they will function in your living room or bedroom.
Our favorite, the Essex Single Storage Ottoman from Target's Threshold line, doubles as an ottoman, has a built-in lid, and comes in four versatile colors. It can easily blend in with multiple styles of decor, and it looks just as good at the foot of a bed as it does in the middle of a living room.
Ahead, we've pulled together the best blanket storage solutions for your home.
Threshold Essex Single Storage Ottoman
Available in four colors
Items need to be removed from top
While there are so many different types of blanket storage options, Ashley Murphy, co-founder of the NEAT Method, says, “If you don't want to keep your blanket out in the open, but want easy access, then a storage ottoman works.” This storage ottoman from Target stands out for its clever design, modern styling, and overall versatility. Part of Target's Threshold line, it's made from fiberboard and plywood, and depending on the color you choose (choices are caramel, chocolate, gray, and linen, or light gray), it features either a fabric or faux leather exterior. We love that you can easily position it in front of a couch, at the foot of your bed, or in your entryway.
It's equal parts form and function. It can support up to 250 pounds of weight, so it can comfortably seat most adult guests, and the interior compartment is roughly 22 x 15 inches and 11.5 inches deep. A second, larger size (similar to a standard bench) is also available if you need additional room. As an added convenience, it comes fully assembled, so you can start using it the moment it arrives. The only potential downside we can see is that any belongings displayed on the top (or feet that may be reclining on it) need to be removed before you can access the storage space. That's small sacrifice, in our opinion.
Price at time of publish: $75
Material: Fiberboard, plywood, fabric | Dimensions: 18 x 24 x 17 inches | Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
Goodpick Large Cotton Rope Basket
Available in multiple colors
Takes time to re-shape after shipping
May not fit a lot of blankets
If you're looking for a storage solution on a budget, the Goodpick Rope Basket is a great option. The basket is braided from natural cotton, making it a soft, textured pick that'll look great in just about any room in your home. It's lightweight, and it features carrying handles, so you can also try it in multiple spaces and easily move it around as much as you want.
The basket is offered in six different color combinations, from white and pink to black and jute. While it's a great option to store throws and blankets, it's versatile enough that you can use it for extra baby clothes, decorative pillows, or extra towels, or even as a laundry basket in a guest room if the need ever arises. While it's moderate in size, it won't hold all of that at once, but it's still a practical and polished choice.
Price at time of publish: $34
Material: Cotton | Dimensions: 15.8 x 15.8 x 13.8 inches | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Pottery Barn Beachcomber Handwoven Seagrass Oversized Lidded Basket
May look bulky
If you want the perfect piece for your home, it's worth considering this gorgeous basket from Pottery Barn. Though it's likely an investment, it's chic, sophisticated, and entirely functional, so we think it'll suit most households for years and years. It's handcrafted from seagrass and abaca twine, reinforced with metal bars for dependable stability, and finished with a clear gloss lacquer. We especially appreciate the hamper-style measurements, including a width of only 12 inches. But the style could look bulky if your decor tastes tend to be minimalist.
The natural materials and textured aesthetic are super versatile, and the 40-pound weight capacity ensures that it can handle extra toys, pillows, or other additions to blankets stored inside. We also appreciate the convenience of the hinged lid and separate handles. Importantly, Pottery Barn also ensures that it's responsibly and ethically made.
Material: Seagrass, Abaca twine| Dimensions: 46 x 30 x 12 inches | Weight Capacity: 40 pounds
Yamazaki Home Leaning Ladder Rack
Modern, minimalist design
No assembly required
Allows you to display favorite blankets
Not as sturdy
Ladders essentially turn your blankets into wall art. "A rack with draped blankets is a nice option if you are short on storage, and can also double as decor for the space," explains Murphy. We're loving this minimalist metal option by Yamakazi Home, which is simple enough to match all sorts of blanket and home styles.
This ladder is just over five feet tall, with six rungs that hold 2.2 pounds apiece, and the top rack is made of wood and serves as a chic accent. The versatile ladder will look charming in your living room, family room, entryway, bedroom, or bathroom—it even doubles as a towel rack. Note that it doesn't require wall mounting, so while it's convenient to set up, you want to ensure that your placement is safe and secure. Still, if you have eye-catching throw blankets you want on display, this is a great option.
Price at time of publish: $66
Material: Alloy Steel | Dimensions: 63 x 26 x 10 inches | Weight Capacity: approximately 13 pounds
West Elm Woven Seagrass Handle Basket
Hidden metal frame
Not lined; may snag blanket materials
For an effortless yet elegant storage solution, you can't go wrong with a basket—especially if it's this luxe option from West Elm. It fared well when we recently researched woven baskets as its own category, earning accolades as a great choice for blankets, thanks to its sturdy structure, wide weave, and carrying handles. It comes in three sizes, and for blankets in particular, we like the largest one. We also appreciate how the open design allows you to easily reach for your favorite blanket, or toss it back inside.
Handwoven from seagrass, the basket is naturally durable—you'll be able to fill it up without any issues. Though it has a bit of a larger profile, you won't have to worry about it taking up too much space wherever you place it. It comes in three colors: natural tan seagrass, black, or a combo of the two. Note that the seagrass construction means there will be some texture, so just be gentle when you're lifting blankets, to avoid snags.
Material: Seagrass, metal | Dimensions: 19 x 15 x 15 inches | Weight Capacity: Not listed
West Elm Upholstered Round Storage Ottoman
Doubles as an end table
If you want to create a custom piece for your home, consider this gorgeous ottoman from West Elm. This impressive storage solution can double as furniture, giving you the style and functionality of an end table or coffee table, with the subtle, perfect-for-blankets storage space you need.
The ottoman is offered in three sizes and in multiple upholstery options, so you're sure to find a combination that works well in your home. Not sure where to start? You can explore the prices at your leisure on West Elm's website. Note that we previously named it as a Best Splurge, because the combinations start at $190 and can reach $799, but given how many customizable features it has and how it's a piece that will never go out of style, we think there's plenty of value.
Price at time of publish: $640 for 19" width, white linen
Material: Engineered wood, upholstery | Dimensions: Multiple sizes available | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Best Storage Chest
Gracie Oaks Danele Blanket Chest
High weight capacity
Roomy interior storage
When it comes to storage, you can't go wrong with a wooden chest. This blanket chest offers a versatile design that'll fit with just about any interior decor style, along with a high weight capacity that ensures you'll be able to store tons of blankets and other bedding. We like the two-tone color palette, and two color choices for the lid: coffee and brown (or, dark and light brown).
In addition to storage, this chest can even double as seating—all you have to do is place cushions on the lid or add a favorite throw pillow, and you'll have a bench. Also, keep in mind that assembly is required, so if that's not your area of expertise, plan to secure the help of a friend or professional.
Price at time of publish: $200
Material: Plastic; Metal; Manufactured Wood | Dimensions: 17.52 X 35.43 X 18.9 inches | Weight Capacity: 380 pounds
Best Floating Rack
Phillip Stone Minimalist Blanket Storage & Display
Decor as storage
Allows for display of blankets
This floating rack allows you to display and store your blankets at the same time, so it's great for people who love the soft look of their throws or want to add a pop of texture to their decor. The sleek and simple design brings a contemporary vibe to any space, while the rustic wood material still feels timeless.
Unlike some of the choices we listed, this rack does require installation, so have a drill—or a helper—ready for when it arrives. While it falls in the middle range of prices that we're featuring, it's unique in that once it's in use, you have an artistic piece as well. The amount of blankets it can hold varies, depending on their size and how they're folded, but your ability to style and show them how you like is part of what we love about it.
Price at time of publish: $150
Material: Metal, Black walnut | Dimensions: 35.5 x 9.25 x 9.25 inches | Weight Capacity: 15 pounds
Best for Kid's Room
Wekapo Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair Cover
Doubles as a bean bag-style chair
Holds more than just blankets
Available in two sizes
No solid or neutral colors available, only patterns
With a cozy, round shape and comfy fabric construction, this bean bag-esque chair cover effectively holds blankets and other soft belongings like stuffed animals, clothes, or towels. It also brings an extra seat. With 12 prints and patterns to choose from, the options are currently geared toward kid's rooms and nurseries, but we're hopeful that eventually there may be more neutral choices available.
Two sizes are offered, each with a long and easily-accessible zipper opening so you can add or remove contents with ease. It's also machine washable, but just be sure to take the contents out beforehand. Don't be surprised if it starts making appearances throughout your home for extra TV or computer seating.
Price at time of publish: $40
Material: Cotton canvas | Dimensions: 38-48 inches | Weight Capacity: Up to 100 stuffed animals
If we could only recommend one blanket storage option, we'd go with the Threshold Essex Single Storage Ottoman from Target. It's as convenient as it is attractive, and it has features like a hinged lid and a spacious inner storage compartment. The Goodpick Cotton Rope Basket is also a wallet-friendly and stylish option you can use for throws, as well as decorative pillows, laundry, and more.
What to Look for in a Blanket Storage Solution
There are several types of storage options for blankets, including ladders, racks, hampers, baskets, bins, boxes, ottomans, end tables, chests, and zip-up bags just to name a few. Some blend in with your furnishings and enhance the style of your space, some are multifunctional, and others are meant to be tucked away and out of sight. "For a more casual look, a bin with rolled blankets works great," says Ashley Murphy, NEAT Method co-founder. "However, if you have the room and prefer to keep things tucked away, a basket with folded blankets is an ideal solution." We suggest the Woven Seagrass Handle Basket from West Elm (our pick for Best Basket), or the Goodpick Large Rope Basket (our choice for Best Budget) for just this purpose.
One nice thing about many types of blanket storage is that they can hold other items, too (unlike, say, a wine storage cabinet or holiday ornament organizer that serve a specific purpose). Before making any purchases, take into account whether you'd like the option to repurpose your storage option down the road or commit solely to something meant for blankets or linens.
Be sure to check dimensions before placing an order. Many baskets, bins, and storage containers look a lot larger online than they are in person. On a similar note, ladders, racks, and options with handles often have weight capacities. For example, our pick for Best Floating Rack, the Phillip Stone Minimalist Blanket Storage & Display, can accommodate up to 15 pounds, and the Beachcomber Oversized Lidded Basket from Pottery Barn, our recommendation for Best Splurge, can hold up to 40 pounds. While blankets aren't typically the heaviest items in your home, it's well worth double-checking, especially if you want to keep multiple throws together or if you have weighted blankets in your collection.
As with furniture, textiles, and other home goods, the choice of material can affect both the design and durability of your storage. From solid wood and manufactured veneer to woven seagrass and canvas to metal and upholstery, you've got lots of options. Look for something that goes with the rest of your furnishings, such as a similar wood finish or a complementing color. And always consider how often you'll need to access your blankets. Storage options with lids can keep things looking polished in your home, but they can also add a step to pulling out or putting away a blanket. (This is especially important to consider if any of your family members or housemates need reminders to tidy up after themselves.)
What is the best way to fold a blanket for storage?
"You'll want to take into consideration where it will be kept," says Murphy. "If it's being stored in a bin, be sure to fold it so the width fits nicely inside, and if on a shelf, fold it so that it's not hanging over the edge."
According to Murphy, the best way to fold a blanket is to lay it flat on a surface, and then fold it inward so that you only see the smooth folds instead of the edges. "If you are storing more than one blanket, just be sure to fold them all so they end up the same length and width," she adds. If Murphy's technique doesn't suit your blankets, or you don't have a comfortable space to lay your blankets out as your fold, consider rolling your or trying another Spruce-approved method.
How do you keep blankets fresh when in storage?
"Be sure to wash or dry clean your blankets regularly, especially before storing for the season," says Murphy. While it sounds counterintuitive, airtight containers should generally be avoided, as they may trap moisture and cause mold. However, as Murphy points out, plastic bins can be a good solution when storing linens in water-prone areas like basements.
Storage bags specifically designed for textile storage can also be a great choice. "A zippered storage bag does the trick when in a closet or under a bed," she adds.
Are blanket ladders practical?
Yes! Blanket ladders, like the Yamazaki Home Leaning Ladder Rack we named as Best Ladder, allow you to take advantage of the vertical space in your home, while adding style and personality to your space. We also like how they have a relatively small footprint, too. They're also super-easy to use, with some styles requiring no more set-up than sliding together a few rods and tipping against your wall. Even those with mounting requirements tend to be pretty straightforward.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Dena Ogden is a lifestyle and commerce writer who’s been writing professionally since 2016 and with The Spruce since August 2022. For this story, she extensively researched blanket storage options currently available at major retailers and evaluated products based on design, features, material, size, and overall value. Dena combed reviews, consulted external sources, and considered the role of blanket organizers in different spaces throughout the home. She's also the proud owner of her first-ever blanket ladder and is super pleased with the results.
Theresa Holland, a commerce writer specializing in home design and textiles, also weighed in on this piece. She interviewed Ashley Murphy, NEAT Method co-founder and an organizing and folding expert, and also researched the various types, materials, capacities, and styles of blanket storage solutions. Theresa has been writing for The Spruce since 2019, covering furniture, organizational products, cleaning supplies, and bedding.