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15 Linen Storage Solutions When you Don’t Have a Linen Closet

Linen storage might seem mundane, but it’s an absolutely necessary part of home organization. It’s especially necessary for those of us who live in smaller spaces with limited storage closets or maybe no dedicated linen storage closets at all. So then, how to store linens? The challenge of storing linens should not have to be a daunting one. Here, we will look at 13 easy (and a few ingenious) linen storage ideas that are not only functional but space-saving and practical. Whether your linens are currently stashed away in an overstuffed closet or tucked into every nook in your bathroom, find out how you can store them in a more organized, accessible, and stylish way.


Pullout Cabinet Linen Storage

This is such a unique idea and I absolutely love it. This pullout cabinet can be built into your home or bought as a separate cabinet. This one happens to be built in but you can easily find a standalone cabinet at online retailers like Amazon or Wayfair. These pullout cabinets are fantastic because they are 100% customizable, don’t like the paint color you can easily paint it, can’t find one to fit your room dimensions DIY one. There are plenty of online tutorials available if you choose to go this route. This is a great storage solution for towels and blankets expecially for small bathrooms with no linen closet.

Open Shelf Linen Storage 

I have already covered bathroom shelving extensively in my bathroom shelving ideas post. Open shelving is all the rage these days. I personally love how this particular open shelf is built-in and can hold so many of your linens in one location. You could easily place a shelf like this in your bedroom closet, bathroom, or hallway for easy access to clean linen.

Under Vanity Linen Storage 

Most bathrooms are notorious for their limited storage spaces, but this clever under-vanity linen storage idea is a game-changer. If you are remodeling your bathroom consider adding in a vanity or vanities that have shelving at the bottom to maximize space. The space under a vanity is often underutilized so using this space for storing linens is a great way to manage if your home does not have a linen closet.

Hanging Baskets for Storing Linens

Don’t shy away from unconventional storage solutions. This hanging basket linen storage idea is a great way to utilize wall space and keep linens easily within reach. All you really need are some baskets, hooks, and a little bit of wall space. This is a great way to store bedding, towels, or other linens, especially for those of us with small bathrooms.

Under Sink Baskets

Here’s another one of my favorite ideas for maximizing space without a linen closet. Instead of letting the area under your sink go to waste, use baskets to create hidden storage for your linens. This solution works even if you have a pedestal sink (just use a pedestal to raise the baskets off the floor) and helps keep your linens organized and easily accessible. Look for small baskets that fit in those tight spaces at any home goods store.

Linen Storage Ladder 

If you’re a fan of farmhouse decor, then this linen storage solution will be right up your alley. This creative storage idea is perfect for storing towels, blankets, quilts or other linens while also adding a rustic and stylish touch to your space. You can purchase one of these ladders at antique and vintage stores or DIY it by using old wood pallets or reclaimed wood.

End of Bed Bench with Linen Storage

I never really put anything at the foot of my bed until recently and it’s a storage game changer. A bench at the end of your bed offers not only a beautiful place to sit but also provides additional linen storage. This is great for storing extra blankets, duvets, or pillows that may not fit elsewhere, plus it adds a cozy feel to your bedroom. You can find benches designed specifically for this purpose or do what I do and use any bench you love and add storage baskets underneath.

Under Bed Linen Storage Ideas

Speaking of utilizing the space at the foot of your bed, why not take advantage of that extra space under your bed too? The bed shown here happens to have built-in storage but this idea can also be used with storage containers too.  Storage containers can be found at any home goods or home improvement store and are perfect for storing linens that you may not need access to on a daily basis like winter blankets and coats. To maximize the underbed storage throw your extra towels in vacuum sealed storage bags to get more out of this linen storage idea.

Dresser Linen Storage 

This is 100% an idea I am using in my current home and have used in prior homes. I have this old dresser that I have painted numerous times and now it’s bleached. This dresser is perfect for storing my linens that don’t have a home elsewhere. The drawers are huge and it’s a beautiful piece of furniture that most wouldn’t expect to be storing some of my favorite linens. The drawers are big enough to hold a bulk of my comforters, pillowcases, and beach towels. This is the perfect linen storage idea for homes with no linen closet.

Coffee Table Used for Storing Linens

Ever since I scored a wicker coffee table with built in storage at a garage sale for $10.00 I have had a coffee table with storage. The garage sale one has long since fallen apart but I have had a similar version ever since. I currently have this one from Safavieh and I absolutely love it. It’s huge and stores all the throw blankets that I have absolutely way too many of.

Back of Door Storage  

I am sure we are all familiar with the back of door shoe storage, but have you seen one for linen storage? Do not underestimate the storage capabilities of a good over the door organizer. This linen storage solution is perfect for small spaces without much room for additional furniture or shelving. These organizers are great for holding towels, sheets, and other linens that need to be easily accessible. You can find over the door organizers at any home goods store or online retailer.

Floating Shelves 

Floating shelves are a classic way to add storage without taking up that ever precious floor space, especially in a home with no linen closet. They also give you the opportunity to display your favorite decorative linens as part of your decor. Floating shelves are really on trend now and really are a beautiful way to store the linens that have nowhere else to go.

Bathroom Hook Storage 

Another way to utilize wall space without adding shelves is with hooks. In a bathroom, hanging towels and washcloths on hooks adds a decorative element while also freeing up space in your linen closet. You can use decorative hooks or keep it simple with basic towel hooks. A few years back I made these decorative towel hooks a few years back. I used scrap wood, white wood stain, wood glue, and metal hooks. It was super simple and only took about an hour to make the two hooks. I used these in a really awkward bathroom that did not have any other linen storage areas. It was a great way to store hand towels and bath towels while taking a shower or bath.

Basket Used For Storing Linens

Using baskets for linen storage is a tried and true method that works perfectly in any home (including mine). Baskets can be used in any room of the house, including bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and closets. You can use wicker baskets, wire baskets, or even fabric-lined baskets depending on your personal style. I have this basket from Target and it fits in perfectly in my living room. I love that it has a lid so you can hide the linens. This one is also sturdy enough to act as additional seating if you need it.

Storage Bench for Storing Linens 

A storage bench is another piece of furniture that can serve dual purposes in your home. Not only does it provide a space to sit and put on your shoes, but it also offers additional storage space for linens. A storage bench is perfect for smaller living spaces or entryways where you do not have a linen closet. I made a storage bench for my kitchen 4 or 5 years ago and it’s been a dream for kitchen appliance storage. Why can’t it do the same for the storage of towels and sheets? I have not had to use it for linen storage but if I had to I know it would be perfect in that application as well.

Storing Linens Wrap Up

To close up, there are loads of creative ways to store linens in a home with limited or no linen closet space. From baskets to adding hooks in your bathroom or using a storage bench for both seating and linens, there is no shortage of options. With a little bit of creativity, you can find a solution that works perfectly for your space while also keeping your linens organized and easily accessible, and say goodbye to overstuffed closets and vanities.

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