The Big Quilt Cupboard has arrived!
Whenever I amass a collection of a category of things, storage becomes critical. When my quilts started to become an issue, I decided I needed to dedicate a special storage space to accommodate them. A spot that was easy to access and a good environment for the quilts…meaning not plastic tubs or plastic bags, but shelving with good air flow was a must. Luckily, I have a spare room that really has become my grandson’s bedroom that he uses when he visits. The room had a nice big vacant wall that allowed me to design a wonderful quilt cupboard. It actually is three separate cupboards that were placed snuggly against each other and then the top crown molding and bottom base molding were applied to make it appear as if it were one, huge cupboard. It certainly would not have been able to move it into the house without breaking it up into thirds. It has adjustable shelves. Right now, they are placed about 18 inches apart. You can see a couple of throw pillows tucked in the sides of two of the shelves on the right. Just in case…the measurements of one of the three units are 34″ wide, 20″ deep and 72″ tall.
Most of my quilts are housed in this cupboard….well most. Others are in use around the house, some are in big baskets ready to grab for TV watching and I do have another closet that I had shelving put in for quilt storage. I left the rod bracket in the closet and the shelves are removable so the closet can be easily turned back to one for clothes. This closet houses my antique quilts.
Let me be honest here, my quilts often get used for many other creative things. We have a cute playhouse in the corner of the playroom of our house that for some reason, Taylor and Ella always want to have dark inside, so the quilts come out to cover the whole house….go figure!
Now, the challenge is to not grow the collection beyond this so I have to be willing to share, keeping those that for some reason or another, seem special to me.
I have posted these quilt display items previously, but they too, are a part of my quilt storage system. The quilts on the metal curtain rod in the basement family room gets changed out often. It is a good way to rotate the quilts and to actually enjoy the design, color and workmanship of more quilts.
The cupboard in Ella’s room is a new addition and will probably always hold quilts that match her room. She may unpack them now and then, but that is okay with Grandma.
If you have a few quilts to store, remember not to store in plastic bags or tubs. Fold and put in cotton pillowcases to keep the dust away and gently protect the quilts. Take the quilts out often and refold in a different way so fold marks don’t become permanent. Sometimes, a quick fluff in the dryer on the “air only” setting (no heat) is a good way to remove dust. Treat your quilts nicely and they can be loved for years to come, well into the next generation.