It’s official. Spring weather has definitely started to arrive, which means it’s time to trade in your cool-weather doonas and winter throws for cotton or linen sheets and summer-weight covers.
But once you’ve taken them off the bed, what’s next? Where do you keep your bulky things? Anyone living in their own place knows space can sometimes be a big luxury – and one not to be taken for granted!
Blankets tend to take up a lot of space, so having a good storage solution is an easy way to keep your home uncluttered all year round.
Here are 10 ideas on where to store those winter warmers:
1. Under the bed
This generally under-utilised ‘black hole’ of space under your bed is notorious for collecting spare socks, dust bunnies and that shirt you haven’t seen in months. But built-in storage drawers under your bed are a great solution if you have minimal space in your bedroom. In most cases, baskets or boxes can be a useful addition under your bed. This will let you pull them out, fill them up and push them back in for a clutter-free blanket storage option.
2. Invest in a dedicated blanket box
Blanket boxes, which sit at the end of your bed, are designed specifically for you to store blankets and bed linen. These will typically come with a hinged top and open storage space inside.
3. Beside the bed
In keeping with the previous idea, we’ll take a look at an idea for those people with a solid bed base. If that’s you, none of the above under-bed options are going to work, but you can always use a basket or box and place them somewhere else – perhaps under your bedside table? The benefit in doing this is knowing they’re always handy if a cold night sneaks in.
4. Over the bed
If you’re lucky enough to have a built-in cupboard above your bed, this could be a more permanent solution for storing your winter blankets and sheets. Why not put your excess pillows and doona covers up there too? Open shelving above your bed could also work, if you’re able to store things neatly – otherwise you might end up with random items falling on you during the night 😉
5. In their own cupboard
Do you have pretty sheets and bed covers worth showing off? Don’t hide them away for the next few months if you can find a glass-fronted cupboard for them to sit inside. This is an easy way to show off the colour and comfort of your favourite blankets and bed linen.
6. Inside the stairs
If Harry Potter was able to find room to sleep under the stairs, then undoubtedly your linen collection could make its home there too. If you have issues with space, options outside your bedroom could include under-stair storage drawers.
7. Throw rug baskets
On cooler nights – which inevitably happen throughout Spring – there’s nothing cosier than sitting on your couch with a cup of tea and soft throw. But now that warmer days are starting to roll in, these blankets can become a little cumbersome. Instead of leaving them on the couch – where they’ll likely be pushed aside – keep a lidded basket in your living room to store them away until the chilly nights return.
8. Hide them in an ottoman
We love a good space-saving tip. Use a storage ottoman to perform the same task as your throw rug basket. These ottomans are a great way to provide extra seating for casual entertaining.
9. Pack them in a crate
No matter where you store them, vintage crates will look a treat in your home. Use one to store your lovely knitted throws and scatter cushions in the warmer months.