Thrifty Thursday: Quilt storage and display

My husband asked me a while ago, "What are you going to do with all these quilts?" more fool him for asking, it just gave me an excuse to buy more quilt racks :) I currently live in an apartment but...when I have a house in a few years time I intend to have a quilt rack in every bedroom as well as the living rooms. This dream was inspired by a visit to Brigham Young's historic home in Salt Lake City Utah last year where they literally did have quilt racks and quilts in almost every room, it was wonderful!

So this week I added to my collection when I found this one for $15 in a thrift store:

I just about had to rearrange the whole apartment to find room for it, but one day when I buy a house I will be pleased I grabbed it when I saw it!

I also found this at Home Goods in the clearance aisle this week because it was broken:

It was supposed to have more baskets hanging from those railings like the basket at the bottom, but they were broken. But it makes a perfect quilt rack just like this, with small rolled up quilts in the basket and two rails for hanging quilts. The bookshelves in my sewing room are black/Brown ikea billy bookcases and the two desks match them so this black 'quilt rack' matches it all perfectly!

I also bought some over the door towel rails from Bed Bath and Beyond for $10 each, one hangs on the door that is the entrance into the sewing room and has display quilts on it:

The other one hangs on the fabric closet door in the sew room and is for WIPs:

These are the other racks I already owned to display my quilts:

A vintage oak valet stand has two vintage quilts on it next to my treadle 

An oak quilt rack in the living room

And this one is in the entrance to my bedroom
So there is plenty of storage for quilts now, in fact I don't have enough quilts to fill all my racks... YET!

Adventurous Quilter


  1. I love your quilt displays. I have one quilt rack I bought at a garage sale but I would love more. I have a antique secretary cabinet/desk. I open the pull-down of the desk and have folded small lap quilts on it. Every chair in my living room has a quilt over it. We have this railing to separate the living room from the hall and it was a great place to hang quilts until I got a kitty. As for your question, I shop thrift stores & yard sales for fabric. I love plaid and buy a lot of extra big men's plaid shirts, ala Bonnie.

  2. The rack that you found at Home Goods was a real find! It fits just perfect! I think I might have to check out those door towel rails from Bed Bath and Beyond. They are a real good idea. All your quilt racks are looking good!

    1. I thought you'd be interested in those over the door racks Tami, they are terrific if you have plenty of quilts and a few doors!

  3. what a great find, your quilts look so good on display, much better than putting them away in drawers. I too have ikea bookcases but one is only standing up because I have another next to it, must stop moving them around, they do not stand up to man handling!

    1. That is funny Margaret I have an Ikea wardrobe that is only standing up because it is leaning on another one of them! The movers dropped it when we moved in here. But attaching some towel rails to the exposed side of it is my next quilt display plan. I figure if it is already damaged a few more screw holes won't kill it LOL

  4. Great idea on looking for quilt racks in thrift stores! I have found used curtain rods to hang quilts, but haven't across any wooden floor-type racks yet. Now I will keep my eyes open as I do enjoy browsing thrift shops in my quest to find a better sewing cabinet/table.


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