4 Scarf Storage Methods + Other Tips and Tricks

January 9, 2012 by Miscellaneous

Once you build up a scarf collection (whether it’s just a couple or enough to make a parachute), it’s time to come up with a way to organize them. Organizing your scarves will keep them wrinkle free, protect them from damage, and keep them looking new for years. Plus, when you’re bleary eyed in the morning, you’ll appreciate being able to grab a scarf without having to hunt around for it. So without further ado, here are four scarf storage solutions (plus some other tips and tricks!):

1. Scarf Drawer

scarf drawer storage

This one’s obvious, but if you happen to have a spare drawer in your bedroom, this is a perfect place to store your scarves. You can either fold the scarves and stack them, or you can roll and stack them, as shown in the photo. I personally prefer the rolling method — it’s easier to roll a scarf than fold it.

2. Scarf Tub

scarf tub

If drawer space is limited, consider using a plastic tub for scarf storage. You can find plastic tubs in all shapes and sizes, from tall and skinny towers to short and wide under-the-bed storage. Plastic storage tubs will work to protect your precious scarves from moth, dust, and pet damage.

3. Scarf Hanger

scarf hanger

A scarf hanger is probably the most space-saving solution of all these storage tips. Simply drape your scarves over the bottom bar of a triangle-shaped hanger. If you have problems with the scarves slipping off, you could secure them with a loose knot. While this storage method is a good space saver, remember that valuable or delicate scarves shouldn’t be hung, as this can cause stretching or damage.

Personally, this is the method I use. I have one vintage scarf that was my grandma’s that I keep folded in a drawer, but all my fashion scarves get hung up!

4. Scarf Cluster

scarf decoration cluster

With scarves in every color, print, and pattern, they can double as lovely room decor. You could drape them over a chair back, or even tie them to a foot board, as shown above. This is a pretty storage solution for your scarves, but remember that this won’t protect them from sun, pet, or dirt damage.

Other Scarf Storage Tips

  • If you’re storing scarves for a season (for example putting winter scarves away during summer), you should take extra steps in storing them to avoid damage from bugs, pets, and dirt. Always wash scarves before storing them for a season — food, makeup, or body odor can attract bugs and other damaging nuisances. Putting them into sealed baggies and in a plastic storage tub will protect them further and keep them looking new.
  • Keep your scarves away from direct sunlight, which can cause discoloration. Exposed areas of fabric will likely lighten and fade, while the areas underneath will stay vibrant.
  • If you have pets, take extra precaution when storing scarves. Cats and dogs alike love to make a bed out of a pile of scarves. And I’ve found my cat loves to bite and bat at scarf fringe.

Do you have any other tips and tricks for scarf storage? Please share your ideas in the comments!

 

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31 Comments

  • Reply Leslie Roberts September 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I use an over the door shoe rack. I have stopped counting scarves! Each shoe loop holds 3-5 scarves. I had them loosely arranged by size and colors. In the last 6 months,
    I have gotten a bit sloppy with the organization as the number on each loop has increased. the more scarves on a loop the harder to tuck them behind rows.

  • Reply JeanAnn February 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I mounted a towel rack on the wall but am already running out of room because I just learned to make ruffle scarves and can’t stop making them.

  • Reply mamie m wallace December 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I am interested in an instruction book showing how to tie many different styles of scarves. Also, I would like your instructions for washing scarves. Thank you in advance. mamie wallace

    • Reply admin December 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Hi Mamie! So happy you’re interested ;) We have a full video resource here to help: http://www.scarves.net/how-to-tie-a-scarf/ And we have an ebook you can download here with washing intructions included! http://www.scarves.net/alltiedup-ebook.php (just enter in your email address and it’ll download!) Enjoy :)

  • Reply june carlson November 29, 2013 at 12:56 am

    love scarves . net (showing how to work the scarves to look their best)

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  • Reply KittyCat October 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I use a coat rack to hang all my scarves. I got over 90 already and I still want more!!!

  • Reply Ann Ellison July 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    wet the scarf, pull it to shape,ie corner to corner. spray it with magic sizeing [from the supermarket] iron on hot. That should fix it.

  • Reply Raspberry Scarf April 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The best solution is the scarf drawer, if you have one free. No creases to worry about if they’re rolled up and also we find it stops our over zealous dog from running off with them!

  • Reply Fair April 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Hi please tell me how to get the clinging of my linen scarves, I did wash them and put them in the dryer but now theyre deformed and full of static!

    • Reply Caryn September 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Linens need to be ironed before they are dry — that’s what gives them the hard polish. It’s a pain, but the alternative is getting them done at the dry cleaners (washed, not dry cleaned, but their ironing beats mine all hollow).

  • Reply Cheryl April 15, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I use over-the-door towel racks which have 3 bars on them. I have one on the inside of my coat closet door with winter scarves. I just added another to the back of my walk-in closet door for summer scarves. I secure them on the bars with a loose knot. Each rack holds at least 18 scarves and they’re all easy to see, but out of the way.

  • Reply Leslie April 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I have more than 50… I love to go to secondhand stores to find treasures and there are usually lovely scarves there as well! I found a scarf storage from IKEA that is discussed above. http://www.amyantoinette.com/2010/09/scarf-storage.html
    I was really thinking that I could use them as a curtain for one of my windows, tho…

  • Reply Patrice March 20, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Ok girls,
    I’m up to 42 scarves now. I am going to use the 4 bar hanger idea for my short scarves. To better see the patterns I think alternating a scarf on each bar will make them easier to see. I have had to resort to the spare room closet to house the spring and fall scarves. I still have another room with a closet so I may just go for 50 scarves (all from SDN of course). My daughter says I need a scarf intervention. Frankly, I don’t see the point in that. ;-)

    • Reply Sarah March 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I’m pretty sure you have our biggest ‘scarfaholic’ beat at 42 scarves! We don’t see the point in an intervention, either ;) Go for 50!

    • Reply Cathy June 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      OMG! the scarf intervention comment made me laugh and fall off my chair. You can never have too many scarves. I have over 60 scarves. :)
      The long ones that you can tie around your waist or drape around your neck are my favorite. They take the place of necklaces and belts, lighter and very versatile.

  • Reply jay February 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    i also have lots of scarves. i hang them up on the wall all in a straight lil line so i can choose from them in the am before work . its makes my room look good and also helps me keep up with all my scarves

  • Reply B~ January 31, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I keep running out of space for all my scarves!

    I have a rack with hooks on my wall, but I ran out of space really quick! So, now I also use velvet covered multi-bar hangers designed for pants. They’re great!. The scarves don’t slip or catch, and they take up a lot less horizontal space in your closet. One four bar hanger can easily hold a dozen scarves.

    (like these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HOIQG8/ref=as_li_tf_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pantshangers07-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001HOIQG8).

    • Reply Sarah January 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Such a savvy way to store your scarves! I probably need to get myself one of those multi-bar hangers.

  • Reply Jill January 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I keep my scarves on shower rings on a rod .

    • Reply Sarah January 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      I’d never even thought of using shower rings — so clever! That’s definitely a method we need to try out at SDN!

    • Reply Laurel December 27, 2012 at 12:35 am

      I do the same thing … works like a charm for me

    • Reply Tally January 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      I use shower ring on plastic hangers. One hnger for warmer, heavier scarves, one for the rest. Works great.

    • Reply Meryl Margaret July 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Me, too!
      With a collection nearing 500 (and growing), curtain hoops are the most efficient way to store my beloved scarves!

      • Reply Janet Broadway May 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        I can’t even fathom 500 scarves. I love it. I’d love to see a picture of your collection. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Patrice January 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

    After a trip to Seattle in December where I purchased 1 scarf I was hooked. In the past month I’ve gone from 1 scarf to 33 of them! I keep finding patterns and colors that I can’t live without. This left me needing a quick solution to my newly aquired “addiction”. Putting them on regular plastic hangers didn’t keep them from slipping off. I tried using the plastic ring I’ve seen used in the boutiques but that left them with wrinkles. I decided to try using the felt lined hangers. I put a scarf on each one fold it over once and let it hang down. I group 4 hangers together and use a plastic shoulder/dust cover over the top of them so they stay clean. This allows me to see all of the patterns and different lengths without having to paw through each scarf.

    • Reply Sarah January 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Oh my goodness — 33 scarves?! You should share a photo of your collection with us! It sounds like you have a pretty awesome storage setup!

  • Reply Lia January 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I keep my scarves rolled up in a hat box :) I’d love to add more to my collection if it weren’t for our tropical weather.

    • Reply Sarah January 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      What a lovely way to store scarves! And that tropical weather? What a problem to have! :)

  • Reply Sandra January 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hello :-)
    I love scarves too, I have sooo many, but always “need” another color :-)
    My Husband bought me a wooden stand, with multiple levels, where all my scarves show in a glimpse.
    If I could upload a picture, I would send it to you..

    Here are 2 other ideas I found on the net:
    http://www.amyantoinette.com/2010/09/scarf-storage.html
    http://eastmontva.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/locally-crafted-gifts-now-available-at-holiday-market-at-meadowbrook/

    Thank you and keep up with the nice job :-)

    • Reply Sarah January 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks for the comment! I always need another color, too :) And recently I’ve been needing more patterns!

      I love the wooden stand storage option! I have an antique wooden drying rack that I could definitely use for scarf storage — thanks so much for the idea!!

      Sarah

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