No built in linen closet in your home? No problem! You can buy, build or repurpose a piece of furniture to create a linen cabinet to stow away pillows, throws, blankets, towels and more.

Protect your items from dust and damage by stashing them into a piece of furniture that’s as beautiful as it is useful.

A linen cabinet can hold so much more than linens! Learn how to incorporate this incredibly functional piece of furniture into any room of your home.

A white living room with a leather chair and a dark wood linen cabinet.
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This wooden cabinet is one of the most treasured family antiques in our home. It’s also incredibly functional! Why? Because we’ve used it in so many different spaces, and for so many different items.

Originally used as a wardrobe meant for clothing, it’s now a beautiful way to store blankets, pillows, and more. We even keep some of our favorite family board games and out of season decor elements in this beautiful piece, because why not?

Because I just love that worn wood patina, this piece has a star location in our family room. It’s the perfect place to tuck away things we don’t use every day, and it blends perfectly into my warm and cozy minimalist style.

A dark wood linen cabinet in a family room space, with the door opened to reveal the interior storage.

What is a Linen Cabinet?

It is a storage cabinet place to store pillow covers, throws, pillows, blankets, sheets and or towels to protect them from dust. It’s the perfect way to store linens without a closet.

They can also be used to store toiletries, candles, pillow covers, excess bedding and more.

They are primarily utilized in bathrooms, but the options are endless. You can use them in a hallway, laundry or family room – anywhere you need storage.

Linen cabinets typically are not very deep. Most are just 14″-24″ deep and 30-36″ wide. This depth accommodates most blankets, throws and sheets.

A white living room with a leather chair and a dark wood linen cabinet.

You can purchase, repurpose or make a linen cabinet to suit your needs. A combination of shelves and drawers offers versatile storage for items big and small.

Thoughtful organization goes a long way for maintaining a clean, clutter free home.

Our Antique

As a minimalist, I start an organization process by rethinking pieces we already have and love whenever possible. Utilizing a family heirloom, blending old and new, adds interest – and function, to the space.

When we moved into our St. Louis tudor style home, we removed a few walls that included two closets and cabinetry to create a better flow for our home, but it then posed a storage problem.

A white living room with a leather chair and a dark wood linen cabinet.

We repurposed this antique wardrobe, which is a family heirloom. It previously served as a dresser and closet for one of our children. It nestles perfectly between two windows and is one of the first things you see when you enter our home, making a statement and giving the space a little warmth.

You can rethink an old dresser, sideboard, or wardrobe that you own or find or turn a cluttered closet into linen cabinet with very little effort. I love that ours is fits into our decor and serves a purpose.Most importantly, this piece adds function to our home.

A dark wood linen cabinet in a family room space, with the drawers opened to reveal the interior storage.

What do you Store in a Linen Cabinet?

One of my guilty pleasures in life is transitioning pillow covers, throws and candles with the seasons, updating the color palette, textures and scents throughout our home.

Rather than store them in bins in the basement, I like to keep them accessible. This linen cabinet serves that purpose, without any alterations.

There’s plenty of room to store excess pillows and if needed, a few guest coats.

I’ve organized pillow covers by season and size so that when I’m in the mood to update them, it just takes a moment. I also use the linen cabinet to store a few of our favorite board games, utilizing every last inch.

A dark wood linen cabinet in a family room space, with the drawers opened to reveal the interior storage.

Think of the organization possibilities!

  • Board games
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Glassware
  • Serving Items
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Extra Blankets
  • Bath Supplies
  • Pillows and Pillow Covers
A dark wood linen cabinet in a family room space, with the door opened to reveal the interior storage.

Tips

  • Re-use – You can turn any piece of existing furniture into a cabinet to store your linens. Some ideas include media cabinet, storage cabinet, or a small buffet.
  • Buy New – You can also purchase a new cabinet to suit your needs. Some include a hamper, have glass doors so you can see inside, a mix of shelves and drawers and so much more!
A dark wood linen cabinet in a family room space, with the door opened to reveal the interior storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

How wide is a linen cabinet?

A traditional linen closet is likely anywhere around 36 inches wide. You’ll want it to be wide enough for towels, bed sheets, blankets and anything else you’d like to store on the shelves.

How do you store linens without a closet?

The answer is simple – a linen cabinet is the best solution! This flexible piece of furniture can store towels, sheets, blankets, pillows and so much more.

A dark wood linen cabinet in a family room space, with the drawers opened to reveal the interior storage.

Sources

Feeling inspired? We’ve curated a few linen cabinets to achieve this look in your own home!

From soft wood options to painted finishes and my favorite textural rattans, there’s something for everyone (and every budget, too).

A dark wood linen cabinet in a family room space, with the door opened to reveal the interior storage.

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    1. It’s a family heirloom, but you can find similar available online from stores or find an antique on Craigslist and antique stores.

  1. Oh my! I have an antique wardrobe closet just like yours. I mean it looks exactly like that one except it has a small bird, I think it is a Robbin, picture that is on the top door. Maybe this was added by someone? And the hanging rod goes the opposite way, front to back instead of side to side. I love how you used yours. I was wondering what to use it for when my daughter no longer used it as an Armoire in her room. Great idea, thank you for sharing.
    Teri : )

  2. I love the way how you decorated your house, very clean and not cluttered at all. Unlike a lot of others who simply follow the trend and their houses starts to look very similar and cluttered with lots of decorative items.

    A few years ago most people wanted their kitchen cabinets to be black, now everyone wants it white, though both black and white looks nice, but you have made your kitchen very modern with a few touches, you’ve got amazing creative talent. Loved reading your blog and seeing all the pictures.

    1. Thank you, Laya! I really appreciate your kindness and hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays! I’m not too trendy because I don’t have the energy to redecorate every year or patience to dust daily. My goal is to create a warm home for our family and friends that is also functional.

  3. That is a beautiful cabinet! Closets are nice, but I love the options that individual storage pieces provide. You can move them from room to room and space to space as storage needs (and decorating schemes) change.