5 blanket boxes you should get on your A/W essentials list

These blanket boxes are a must have for the colder months – where else would you store the hundreds of throws you have collected?

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We all love a throw right? But where to keep them all – we say all, as it’s lovely to have more than one isn’t it, two? Three? 55? We won't judge. Check out our awesome blanket boxes and storage ideas below for some super stowaway options. 

Blanket storage is exactly what it says on the tin and it covers boxes, baskets, trunks, boxes, huge old hampers or specific designs on wheels, and you can use them for more than simply ‘blankets’ - spare bedding, an extra duvet or your out-of-season clothes for example. They are mainly used in the bedroom but you could keep one in the living room for extra cushions and throws, or in the hallway for picnic blankets. 

For more living room storage ideas head over to our gallery. 

1. Go for a classic Mid-century style blanket box

The best blanket boxes

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Choose a design that suits your style, this smart blanket box (the Ellipse, only £169.99 on Oak Furnitureland) has a mid-century design that would suit a pared back scheme. Despite its appearance there aren’t any drawers, the lid simply lifts up, this is a good design feature as it makes it easier to pop your blankets in and you can use the top for storage too. Choosing a design that is made from good quality wood, like oak, is a good idea – it will give it longevity and therefore value for money.

If you like Mid-century style we have a whole gallery dedicated to Mid-century decor ideas, so check that out too. 

2. Pick a multi-purpose option

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Some designs will be more versatile than others and can be used for storing blankets whilst doubling up as a footstool – and could triple as a coffee table! Long and slim options work well in smaller spaces – an upstairs landing for example – and a design that has a padded button backed top will give it a more luxurious feel. Look for softened edges too so there are no sharp corners to bump into! We love the Buttons storage bench, from £345 on Sofa.com.

3. Match your blanket box to your bedroom scheme 

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For those who love a cohesive look, matching your blanket storage to your bedroom scheme will be key. Choosing an upholstered design in the same colour as your bedding and accessories will give your room a hotel chic style, and if it’s velvet then you’ll be ticking the luxurious box too – who wouldn’t want to perch on a plush design placed at the end of the bed whilst getting ready for a night out? Check out the Westcott Ottoman Bench, only £195 on Next, to get the look.

Check out more bedroom ideas in our gallery. 

4.  Declutter your hallway with a blanket box

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Whatever you call your storage be it a trunk, basket or blanket box it can have multiple uses whilst still storing blankets! Popping one in the hallway can help with practical storage – the spare throw for the living room, the picnic blankets for the summer or slippers in the winter. It can be used by the kids to sit on whilst putting on their shoes and they can use it for storing their school bags at the end of the day. For a country look, try a woven wickering offering like the Croft Woven Trunk, only £100 from John Lewis & Partners.

Check out more hallway storage ideas in our gallery.  

5. Hide a blanket box under the bed

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We don’t all want to ‘see’ our storage, in fact, it can be great for it to be hidden away especially if you are more of a minimalist rather than a maximalist. There are some fabulous hidden blanket storage ideas around and our preferred choices (like the Dinkum drawer from Loaf, £125) come on wheels and fit underneath the bed, this means they are a lot easier to push and pull in place and won’t strain your back.

Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 22 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for the modern bride.