3 Considerations: Buying a Wooden Blanket Chest for Storage

Handcrafted blanket chest with cedar bottom and soft close lid
A blanket chest isn’t just for storing blankets! It can also be used to store extra bed sheets, towels, and clothes in the guest room, or even kids’ toys in their bedroom closet. Since these chests are such versatile pieces of furniture, there are several different things you should keep in mind when deciding which one to buy. Here are three considerations to help you find the perfect wooden blanket chest for storage.
Gray boys toy chest

1) Make sure the blanket chest is large enough for your needs

A blanket chest can be used for so much more than just storing blankets. These wooden chests are wonderful pieces of furniture that can add a touch of class to any bedroom or living room. Before purchasing one, you should consider how you intend to use it—and measure your space. It's best to buy a storage chest that's at least 32 wide by 16 deep and 16 tall, unless you have plenty of space in which to store it. Measure your available space carefully, as many blanket chests won't fit well into small rooms or tight corners, especially if they're decorative pieces with handles or curved tops. The most common size is approximately 36 high x 18 wide x 18 deep, but check measurements before buying. For example, some styles come with an arched top (that might make it harder to put against a bed) or curvy edges (which might make them difficult to move around). And don't forget about weight; if you need something large enough to hold several hundred pounds of books and other supplies, get something sturdy like oak or pine instead of particleboard. Also think about how easy it will be to move around when needed; larger chests may be too heavy when full of books! You'll also want one that doesn't look like an eyesore in your home.
long blanket chest

2) Is it the storage chest sturdy and how long will it last?

The blanket chest is not just a storage solution but also a piece of furniture. Depending on your intended use, you may be better off investing in a handmade item rather than something made by a factory. While these pieces are often mass-produced and sold at low prices, they are rarely sturdy or well made. A handmade blanket chest will last longer and is more likely to retain its value as it ages. Its materials will be strong and beautiful, allowing it to hold onto its charm despite regular use. If you’re purchasing this item as a keepsake it may be worth investing in handmade.
personalized storage chest

3) The Best Type of Blanket Chest?

Although most blanket chests are made from wood, you should know that not all wooden blanket chests are created equal. That’s because there are a couple different types of woods and methods of construction to choose from. While Particle board is affordable and readily available, it is never a wise choice for long-term durability. Plastic options, though, also won't give your piece a nice, pleasing look.

In past generations it was common to make storage chest with red cedar which it is said deterred bugs and insects. If red cedar is not your cup of tea, we here at Clines Crafted Woodworking LLC offer options with cedar lining the bottom to provide an aesthetically pleasing smell.

One thing to take into account is the lid - it's important to think about the quality of the hinge. Another common option is a chain to keep your lid from over extending when opened or even soft close supports so that when you close the lid, it closes slowly so you don't injure any fingers.
custom blanket chest

The idea of having a classic blanket chest for storage might provide some helpful insight for you. We hope that these thoughts will help you on your journey to finding the perfect storage chest for you. Don't forget to look at our handmade custom blanket chest while you're here, and contact us if you're in the area and want to order one. We would be glad to help!
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