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The Blanket Chest

The Blanket Chest

With the size of apartments becoming smaller and smaller by the day, the piece of furniture we know so well as the blanket chest is slowly passing into oblivion. However, the blanket chest need not die out. Find out why.
DecorDezine Staff
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2018
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By definition, the blanket chest is a piece of furniture that is meant to store blankets. That can be extended to storing other upholstery stuff too, including bedding and pillows.
But in today's times, we see that people have taken to storing almost everything in their blanket chests. Don't be surprised if you find a home where they store their precious china, or their newspapers, or even their toddler's toys.
Blanket chests are definitely a European import, probably from the times of the renaissance. Some of these chests―well, most of them, actually―seem like they would be most at home in one of those traditional homes of England in a quaint little corner.
Empty retro living room
Their designs are too English, and the high quality woods that are used in building them even today only add to this impression. But that is what adds to the allure of the chests―just put one in your room and your décor seems to have moved several decades into the past, giving it the retro look.
In the age of retro furniture, blanket chests are making a comeback, but still, it is not to the extent that they were used earlier. Most homes are doing without these for want of space, and because there are so many other options to store their blankets.
The settees that are in vogue in small houses are taking care of the added storage space, and there are several people who are putting their blankets in large cabinets too. Add to that, blanket chests are expensive, because they are usually made with the best quality wood.
The main things that are going against them today are space constraints, redundancy, and exorbitant costs. However, it is quite sad to see these elegant pieces of furniture going away in this fashion.
Here are some ways in which you can circumvent the problems that are associated with buying and maintaining blanket chests. (Yes, the intention of this information is to save these pieces in homes across the world.)
Saving on Space Constraints
If you are thinking blanket chests use up space in your house which you can use for some other purpose, then think again. All of them need not take up space. In fact, there are big and small designs that you can choose from. Many manufacturers are making small-sized chests, as they are quite aware of the small size of the rooms that people live in today.
Pine chest and sofa
Another interesting idea is to make the chest double up as something else. For example, you can use it as a coffee-table. There―you will save on a coffee table, and you are not wasting any space.
Another idea is to place the study table near the window instead of the comfy chair you usually keep there. You get storage space, as well as you can sit on it and admire the scene out of your window.
Actually, the whole point is to save up space. This is where you put in your blankets and even mattresses (if the chests are large enough, they will hold the mattresses too) and pillows.
Saving on Costs
There is no need for you to always go for the more expensive varieties of woods like teak, rosewood, and mahogany. If you settle for cheaper woods, you will find that it will greatly reduce the costs.
Most carpenters will want to make the piece unique. They might even do as much as wood carvings on them. Needless to say, you will be spending for all these things. To save on such frivolous costs, you must discuss with your carpenter in advance.
One more idea is to order your blanket chest along with the other furniture in your house. That will provide you group discounts, and you will find it much more affordable than if you were to buy it alone.
If you have any woodworking skills, then you will find it easy enough to build a blanket chest of your own. You will be saving mightily on costs if you do this, but you will need to be careful about what you are doing. You can get several downloadable do-it-yourself guides right here on the Internet.
Saving on Redundancy
Redundancy happens if you do not use the chest for any purpose. Well, you might not want to use it for storing your blankets, but there are several other things that you can use it for. One suggestion is to keep it in the children's bedroom, where it can be used for their books. When you are using it for some purpose, you will stay happy about it.