Raise your hand if you can see your couch right now.

Raise your hand if you have two minutes.

Oh, good.

That’s all you need to make your couch cuter.


One of the easiest, simplest, fastest ways to decorate your couch is to add a throw.

Most of us have stacks of throws sitting around our house. We saw them online or a friend gave us a couple or we bought a few at a yard sale. They are just sitting in stacks right now because we don’t know what to do with them.

We are throw-stymied.



That’s why I’m here to bridge the throw-decorating gap. You have throws. I have ideas.

Let’s start making our house cuter today.

Here are 11 ways to display throw blankets (and a round-up of some of the cutest throw blankets ever).

1. Draped over a couch

When planning out ways to display throws, you want to place them where you can actually use them.

There is nothing cozier than snuggling down into a couch and reaching up for a throw.

The key to this look?

Lay the throw flat, then reach and grab the very center of the throw. Let it hang down from the center and place that center over the back of the couch.

The rest of the throw will fall into place.

Simply fluff and arrange the throw and place pillows on top.

2. Folded up on a stool

I have throws folded everywhere.

Just a hint.

If they have tassels or pom-poms, you want to fold them so the pom-poms or tassels are all on the same side. Fold the throw so it’s small enough to fit on the stool and let the pom-poms or tassels drape over the side.

This tassel throw is one of my very favorites.

You can get it here.

3. Draped over the side of a basket

To get this look, you want to start with a little bit of height.

To achieve this, I usually stack 1 or 2 throws in a basket. Then I fold up the cutest throw and drape it over the side.

(total aside: can you believe I got this basket at a yard sale for only $1.)

4. Draped over the arm of a chair

This throw just showed up at the house.

Isn’t it the cutest?

You can personalize it with your initial and it comes in so many different sizes and styles. You can see it here.

Here I’ve draped it over the side of a chair, just waiting for conversation and coffee.

(total aside: DO NOT overthink this option. You can toss it a zillion times and it will never look perfect or exactly the way you want it to. That’s okay. You want it to look effortless. Just toss it over the side of the chair and go.)

5. Folded into thirds on top of the duvet cover at the end of the bed

This is an EASY way to make your throw look like so much more.

If you need a little bit of color at the end of your bed? Simply fold a duvet or comforter in half (for height and coziness). Then fold the throw into thirds and place it on top of the folded duvet cover.

The white duvet cover is pretty.

But when you add the pop of color with the navy throw it looks spectacular.

6. Draped all the way over the chair with a pillow in the center

This is a version of number one.

Except you add it to a chair.

Instead of just draping it over the arm of the chair, you go all in. Place it over the center of the chair and then add a pillow on top.

You can see a version of this throw in different colors here.

7. Draped over the corner of the bed with a tray on top

This is an easy way to add a little color and texture to the end of the bed.

The key to this look is finding the corner of the bed that’s closest to the door. Then lay the throw flat, then reach and grab the very center of the throw. Let it hang down from the center and place that center over the corner of the bed.

The rest of the throw will fall into place.

Fluff and place a tray on top.

8. Draped over a bench

Have a bench?

Why not add a throw?

Last fall, to add color and texture to the bench in my hallway, I just tossed a throw over the edge.

Then add some of these to the space and your room is instantly cozier.

9. Folded over a ladder

This is a ladder I rescued from the trash.

I leaned it against the wall in the living room and folded a throw into thirds and added it to the ladder.

If you want to add multiple throws to the ladder, you would have the ends draped to the back instead.

It’s an easy way to add a little color and texture to the space.

10. Draped over a dining chair

Add a throw to the end chairs at the dining table.

You can toss it over the corner like I’ve done or you can fold it into thirds and place it over the back of the chair.

It’s an unexpected way to cozy up the dining room.

11. Folded in half and placed at the end of the bed

This is a version of number seven, but without the duvet cover.

Here, the throw is folded in half and added to the end of the bed.

These throws would work really well with this option.

You can see them here and here.

Here are some of the cutest throws to add to your couch or chair or stool or ladder or dining room chair or bench.

All you need is two minutes.

And a throw like one of these.

Your couch is looking cuter already. 🙂

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  1. Image for Jan Petrucciani Jan Petrucciani

    My name is Jan. I am a quilter (for 38 years). I’m bringing some of my really wonderful quilts out for these ideas! Thank you!

  2. Image for PJ PJ

    I thought throw season was over, but it is so chilly here this weekend that I find myself curling up with throws again.

  3. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Great idea for a post! I have trouble not overthinking the throw on the couch or chair. "Just throw it!" I tell myself. I also put one across the back of our couch, smoothed across the back behind the pillows to add some color to the cream couch. And during the winter holidays I fold inexpensive (Target $3) red plaid throws over the backs of all the (10) chairs in the dining room. So cozy.

  4. Image for patricia patricia

    7. DRAPED OVER THE CORNER OF THE BED WITH A TRAY ON TOP .... tell us about that fabulous chandelier in that photo! Please. You can't just throw in a photo like that and not tell. And now I know what to do with that big basket I had literally no place to store. Stick a throw in it! I've done the throw folded over the couch and at the foot of my sectional, but you've given me a new place to throw my throw!

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Patricia, LOOOOL! Sorry about that! :) It's actually from a show house that I photographed! Here's the closest one I've found that's similar: https://bit.ly/2CksVIF Hope this helps! happy day!KariAnne

  5. Image for Nancy B Nancy B

    Hi Karianne. I love they WS and make quilts too. Your stylings are all fabulous, thank you. But I adore the tan and white pillow sitting in a white throw on a chair. It is tan and white. Where is that from please? Many thanks for the info. Nancy B

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Nancy, Of course! That came from Bed Bath and Beyond! Here's the affiliate link: https://bit.ly/2wXrpgj Let me know if you have any other questions! happy day!KariAnne

  6. Image for Lou E Gipson Lou E Gipson

    K~ Great post! hard to think about throws when looking out my window at Palm Trees swaying, beautiful fragrant Plumeria (Hawaiian Lei Flowers) blooming everywhere, with temperature soaring in the mid 90's! Tell me all about the adorable orange colored shoes you are wearing!!! looks like a WalMart dress you are wearing....hmmm?

  7. Image for Kris Kris

    My husband thinks I need a 12 step program for my throw addiction. We have SO MANY throws. They all get used, so that's my defense. I should probably put away the one I knitted over the winter but it's so darn cute!! I decided that I needed something productive to work on during the crazy winter we just had. If you ever want to try knitting, mamainastitch.com has great patterns which reflect current trends.

  8. Image for Brenda Nicholson Brenda Nicholson

    Um, excuse me? The throws are gorgeous and I can't believe you got that basket for only $1 and who has a house where throws just show up? But really. Where did you get those cute sandals? Enquiring minds.

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