earlier in the year i google-researched the subject of shawl storage and found a lot of what you'd expect: shawls folded in drawers or closets, shawls slung over coat hooks, shawls draped around wooden hangers. none of these options really worked for me, though, since my only closet is so narrow it doesn't close properly with regular-sized hangers, my heavier shawls would fall right off a peg or hook, and my dresser is full with the clothes that don't fit in the closet.
up until recently i'd simply folded my neck/shoulder covers into quarters and stacked them in a plastic bin. it was unsightly and i knew i could do better.
for a while "better" seemed like it might come in the form of a modernized quilt rack: a ladder-like fixture that could be leaned against a wall with shawls draped over its rungs. at first i considered making my own rack out of dowels and paint/sealant, but the work involved would never get done if left to me. i looked for products online that would serve a similar function and found only items that didn't match my personal style or my price range.
and then it so happened that i was heading to the nearest purveyor of scandinavian homewares for a much-needed furnishing (it was my first time and i was not prepared). i decided to browse their offerings for racks and other such items just to see.
and lo, i found this:
|image (c) ikea|
intended to be a towel rack (for what, your sauna? who needs so many towels on a wooden rack?), the hjälmaren towel holder met all my requirements as a shawl holder: it would fit the allotted space, it would accommodate the accessories in question, and it didn't look too stark or too frilly. onto the pallet cart it went.
a few wooden pegs and one strange allen wrench later, i had it together and performing its new function.
please ignore the strange imprints in the carpet, that space was recently vacated by a plastic tower storage unit, which had an unusual series of geometric supports in its base.
all the shawls fit, they can be displayed in whatever arrangement strikes my fancy, and i can see all the options available to me when getting dressed. perfect!
as to what i'll do when my shawls outnumber the available slots, well, that's a worry for another day.
so there you have it; question answered. and as for those of you who've answered this question already, how do you do it?