Coiling & Storing Rope
Here are a few ways to coil and/or store your ropes.
This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are *many* others… 🙂
See the Picture & Text sections below for some pros and cons of the various options.
If you have the space and privacy, consider just hanging your rope over a dowel rod.
You will only want to do this if you have a rod that is a little wider so that you don’t kink your rope too sharply.
For the ropes I use every day, I hang them in my closet just like this!
If you don’t want to hang your rope, it is useful to keep it in convenient bundles, called “hanks”.
One of the more useful ways to do this is in a Figure-8 pattern. By doing this, the hank will be less likely to become tangled.
This technique is good for coiling rope for short/mid-term storage or for travel.
For longer-term storage
If you will be storing your rope for more than a week or two, do one more thing… This helps protect the bight and is better if you are going to store your ropes for a longer time.
When you are ready to use your rope…
This approach is very stable; however, I personally don’t often use it. If you leave your rope stored in this way for a while, it tends to be a bit kinky when undone. ::Pauses for the obvious joke:: I prefer my ropes to be straight, so I don’t use this for long-term storage.
That said, this can be a good choice when you need to wash your ropes. Put it into a loose chain stitch and throw it into a laundry bag. This will allow the water and soap better access than the above options would.