Who doesn’t love a cozy quilt to curl up in when it’s cold outside? I know I do, and today, I want to share with you a few different ways you can display quilts in your home while being functional and stylish.
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Quilts Are Made To Use And Enjoy
If you come from a long line of quilters like me, you probably inherited some heirloom quilts like mine. These works of art were made to be seen and used, and I promised my Grandma and Mom that I wouldn’t hide them in a closet.
Be mindful of when you’re displaying quilts in your home; sunlight can cause the colors to fade, so keep them in a protected area away from direct sunlight.
Secondly, rotating them often through your home will also help preserve the colors in the fabric—all the more reason to have a lot of quilts and learn how to display them.
How To Display Quilts In Your Home
#1 The Quilt Roll
Any easy way to display quilts in your home is to roll them up and stack them on an armoire or dresser. Many of the old fabrics used in vintage quilts are floral patterns (flour sack material), and I prefer a beautiful quilt over a bouquet any day.
Quilts can make a beautiful display, and I promise you that your family and or guests will enjoy looking at them but be sure to let them know ahead of time if it’s okay to use them or not. It’s your preference. I say go for it!
How To Display Stacked Quilts
#2 Quilt Stacking
Why not stack a few of your favorite quilts in a chair in the corner of a bedroom? It’s easy to access them if you get cold at night and need a little extra cover.
It makes me so happy to see them sitting in a chair. Even if it’s just a moment of my day as I pass by. Another reason to display quilts in your home. It will make you happy. 🙂 I sure do miss my Grandma.
#3 Hanging Displays
And because quilts are not created equal, I like to hang them from a leaning blanket ladder for those thinner small quilts. Also, known as a quilt ladder in my book, I digress. Not to be confused with a quilt rack.
I love them all, thin, fluffy, oversized, or small (lap quilts).
#4 End Of The Bed Quilt Display
Hello! This is the most common way of how to display quilts in a home and probably the most popular. Believe it or not, there is no wrong way to display a quilt at the end of your bed. Obviously, the messy toss is my favorite. I like the lived-in look in my bedrooms.
If you’re a neat freak like my Grandma was, meticulously folding and possibly ironing your quilts is your thing. We may or may not be friends.
I never quite learned that from her, but she did teach me how to quilt. For that, I’m thankful.
#5 How To Display Quilts On A Shelf
Or you can place them on a shelf. This shelf happens to be in a vintage dresser re-do that had a broken drawer. I think it’s the perfect spot to display one of my favorites.
How To Display Quilts By Drapping
#6 Draping Quilts
This may sound a little unusual, but I like to drape quilts over anything that looks stylish. Furniture happens to be my thing, but you can also hang them from a wall.
I found some great examples of wall hanging using quilts when searching for ideas. CLICK HERE if you need more inspiration for your walls.
#7 And, of course, I saved the best for last. This is my Mom. The creator and artist of so many of my most treasured possessions. My quilts.
I see no reason we shouldn’t want all drape our quilts around us and take our pictures. It looks like a great style to me!
Isn’t she adorable? Hmmm, I wonder where I get my silver hair from?
Learning how to display quilts in your home isn’t hard at all. I say anything goes, and you should do what YOU like.
What about you? Do you have a certain way that you like to display your quilts in your home or maybe a favorite quilt? I always love hearing from you, and if you have any quilt decorating ideas, please share them with me and others in the comment section. I can’t be the only one obsessed with my quilts.
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Until the next project… xo, Do
Huge quilt lover over here in Delaware! My mom didn’t quilt but I do, queen size and down to small table covers and every size in between! It’s great to have a quilt close by especially in the cold winter months. The idea of draping it over a large piece of furniture is my fave! Thanks for sharing these quilt decorating tips Do! Pinned 🙂
Hey, Cindy. Thanks for reading and pinning. I like draping them over furniture too. 🙂 xo
Beautiful! You have inspired me! I have so many quilts to display! Where did you find the fabulous metal basket displayed in front of your quilt ladder?
That’s a vintage olive bucket. Most home decor stores have them. I got this one at a local market but I found a similar one here. Affiliate link https://amzn.to/3G8Gydt
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day. 🙂 xo
Love all the quilts. Never learned how to quilt,but love the art form in the designs. So much talent. And your beautiful mom and her talent.
Also love the yellow Color armoire. Was that a redo by you.
Hi Bev! Yes, I wrote a blog post on the makeover too. Here it is. Enjoy and thanks for reading. 🙂 xo https://dododsondesigns.com/blending-chalk-paint/
They look gorgeous around your house.
Thanks, Renea. They give me comfort in more than one way. 🙂
I must admit, Do, that when I saw this email was about quilt displays, I laughed outloud! I had never thought of myself as a quilt hoarder before. But like your mom, I’m a quilt maker. And also a lover of recycled furniture, or Curbside shopping! I designed this quilt cabinet from one of your ideas, I think, and my hubby built it a few years ago, using old windows. I’d send you pics, but idk how to do that in this format.
Oh, I can’t wait to see it! You can email it to me at [email protected]
I love these, Donna! My grandmother quilted and left our names on the ones we were to get when she passed. My mother would knot and crocheted me a blanket or three. 😊
You encourage me to bring them out to display!
Your Grandmother gave you, in my honest opinion, a piece of herself. 🙂 xo
Do, I love all the different ways to display quilts. I love them fold in a cabinet that you can see them in.
The best photo was the one of your mother with the quilt (priceless). Love it!
Thank you, Tammy. I’m blessed to be surrounded with such talent. 🙂 xo
I have one precious quilt, and then several others that were given to me by a friend whose family member I dearly loved who had made them. They are mostly primary colors and do not display well in my home, so I preserve them. But I do have one that I keep folded on one corner of a small church pew in my master bedroom that is for use when needed. I taught myself how to do simple quilting, mostly small items like a coverlet for my granddaughter’s dolly cradle, originally mine as a little tyke) and then some pillow covers where each square had a black cat that was hand appliquéd. I gave it a beautiful double ruffle and gave it to my sister. It is not very pretty anymore because she doesn’t know how to appreciate anything nice. seriously. I expected her to display and use it, but not abuse it. Breaks my heart because I put a lot of time and heart into it for her. lesson learned. I admire quilters…..love to look at quilts….. thank you for sharing such great ideas as well as thoughts. By the way, your Mother is a doll, and I adore HER quilt. That one would accent my home nicely! just sayin’. lol
It is a labor of love, and those who don’t understand or have never spent the time to learn will not appreciate it. It does hurt, and I have experienced this as well. I have several quilts that I made with my Mom and Grandmother. Those are the most special. The memories of quilting together. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 xo
I love them all. Beautiful Ideas to see your Quilts all the time instead of packed away in big bags or closets.
I don’t Quilt but I love the ones that I do have.
Thank you once again Do for sharing your ideas with us.
Thank you so much for the kind words. gree! All that amazing work needs to be shown and not tucked away in a closet. 🙂 xo
I bought baby quilts to put on the back of my sofa so my cat could lay on them or crawl under them in the winter. Unfortunately she passed away on Halloween this year. I also have a great treasure from my grandmother’s Mormon friend. It’s a quilt she made for my mother for graduation from high school. All from feedsacks. I also have a green full size quilt she made for me when I was going into middle school. All scraps with no repeats. Wonderful!
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your furbaby, but how sweet of you to provide your kitty with a special place on those quilts. Quilts are a unique gift that not many will get to experience. I’m so happy you have them. Merry Christmas. 🙂 xo
We have a HUGE ugly feee-standing television set. It dominates the sitting room (not my choice!). I have solved the problem by using it for a quilt display stand. Just drape the quilt over the screen and it also hides the black boxes that sit under the TV (who knows what these are for, but necessary, apparently!) You can easily change the display and the room looks cosy and pretty again.
I love your quilt designs and colourways.
That sounds like it was the perfect solution to your problem, and I love that you can change it up. Great work! 🙂 xo