Do you collect vintage linens? I do. I'm partial to tablecloths with colorful fruit and flower designs. At every opportunity, I'll spread one out on my kitchen table, in the dining room, on a side table, or I'll tote one along on a picnic. And I'm always looking for ways to store my collection and display it at the same time.
The vintage ladder, above, sits in a corner of my studio. It's covered in chippy blue paint. I love how it is wider at the bottom and narrows toward the top. Four of my favorite tablecloths hang neatly from it simply because they are so pretty to look at.
Most of my tablecloth collection resides on the bottom two shelves of my kitchen's pie safe. This keeps them within easy reach. Plus, they are always on display through the cabinet's glass doors and side panels. When these linens are neatly folded and stacked, the little pattern bits that are visible provide an enticing hint of their pretty designs.
Only display sturdier pieces; if they collect dust, they are better able to withstand frequent laundering. Rotate linens periodically so the same pieces aren't always on display. If the textile is resting on a wooden shelf or towel bar, place acid free tissue paper as a barrier between the wood and the item. Avoid wear at the creases by refolding linens frequently. Lastly, keep your display out of direct sunlight.
What are your favorite ways to display vintage textiles?