I found a small jewelry cabinet at a garage sale that has good size drawers in it. I labeled each drawer with the color of thread in each drawer. Look for cabinets that have a lot of small drawers in it, like post office or library cabinets . They add charm to a room. I had thread racks and you are right, they get dusty, plus the thread strings tangle and are messy looking when they hang down. I did use round stickers I bought at Office Depot to stick on the ends of the loose threads, but that got old fast. I think better if I can keep things organized but hidden in cabinets when sewing a new quilt project.