How to Store Bedding Sets Like a Pro
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Whether you have invested in quite a number of luxury bed linens—or even just a couple of affordable ones—or you just have seasonal bedding that you need to put aside for a while, knowing how to store bedding sets properly is a definite must. This is because proper storage contributes to more well-maintained, longer lasting bedding set.
Investing in your bedding helps improve your overall sleeping conditions. Consequently, this also gives you a boost in energy. Since fine linens and sheets are an investment, not just for yourself but for the design of your home, you must learn to store them properly to ensure that they stay in pristine condition.
However, there are times that it can be difficult to store your beddings properly, especially if you own comforters and other bulky pieces. Before even learning more about storing your bedding, though, you should keep in mind the cleanliness of your linens first.
How to Wash Bedding Sets the Right Way
Cleaning your bedding before storing them is an absolute must. It does not matter if your bedding has only been used for a day, you still need to wash them before you store them. Keep in mind, though, to wash them with utmost care. Here are a few reminders:
- Wash your bedding with cold water. Using hot water may be too harsh on your linens and damage the fibers over time, thus leading to shrinking.
- When using the washing machine, make sure to use only the delicate setting, or hand washing your sheets.
- Know when to request laundry service, particularly dry cleaning. Comforters, as well as fleece blankets and sheets made from cashmere, should only be dry cleaned. That way, you have them cleaned without worrying about damaging them.
- Make sure to dry your bedding properly before you even think about storing them! Otherwise, they will not only smell worse but may even damage your sheets and its storage place.
Now that we are all set, read on to find out what to do in storing bedding so that you can take care of them in the best way possible.
How to Store Bedding: What to Do
Rule 1: Pick the perfect place to store them
It is imperative that you pick a great spot to store your bedding–one that is dry and spacious to keep them safe from pests. Beddings must always be stored within the confines of your house. Do not store them in a shed or a warehouse where you keep all your junk. Those places are susceptible to easily getting wet and may be home to pests.
- In the Linen Closet
If you have a linen closet, that would definitely be the best place to store your bedding. If you want help in making your linen closet organized, you may consider using storage baskets or under shelf baskets. These can help separate your bed sheets, pillowcases, comforters, duvets, and other bedding you have into neat organized piles. This way you don’t have to go through the hassle of rummaging your entire closet to find what you need.
- In the Bedroom Closet
If you do not have a linen closet, you may opt to store your bedding inside your bedroom. If you can leave some space inside your closet for some of your bedding, then that would be a good option.
A hanging organizer is also a great way to store your bedding: simply allot a certain cubicle for each piece of bedding. You can also have drawers built into your bed, and use this to store some of your bedding (preferably your pillowcases, bed sheets, and linens).
- In a Container Box
If you do not have available space in any of your cupboards, closets, or dressers, and you have no linen closet either, consider using container boxes (preferably acid-free ones). Just make sure that they are airtight and safe from moisture as well as dust particles.
- Under the Bed
If you can’t fit your bulkiest bedding in any of the aforementioned storage places, you can actually put your comforters under your bed. Just make sure to protect them against dust through the use of cotton storage bags.
These bags are the best option because they allow the fabric to breathe. Trash bags are a big no because they are not airtight. As such, this may even contribute to the yellowing of your fabric.
Another option for most bedding is to use vacuum seals bags. However, it is advisable that you avoid using them on a goose down duvet, or your down comforters, as they can compress your bedding too much and damage the feathers. For most bedding, as well as for synthetic comforters, vacuum seals are a good option.
Rule 2: Stash them in an organized way
Now that you have your container for all your bedding, you cannot just haphazardly throw them away inside! Make sure to fold your beddings as neatly as possible before stacking them atop one another.
For this, you want to put your feather comforters and quilts at the top of the stack avoid crushing and damaging the feathers inside. It is preferable to separate your bedding from each other with the use of acid-free paper.
Alternatively, fold some of your sheets and put them inside pillowcases, so that you know which ones go with each other. You can also roll your bedsheets, blankets, and synthetic comforters, and tie them with a ribbon.
Hanging some of your bedding is also an option if you have extra closet space. Quilts or comforters that need to be stored for a short time can be stored this way. Otherwise, it would be best to fold them neatly and place them in the closet.
For special quilts, you may opt to separate them and put them in an acid-free box, with acid-free tissue paper stashed in the folds to avoid permanent creasing.
Rule 3: Use storage bags
Aside from being an option in storing your comforters, storage bags can also be used to separate your bedding from one another. It is perfectly possible to place your comforters in a cotton storage bag before storing it inside the closet. This will keep it better protected from moisture, dust, and pests.
You can also use vacuum seal bags for most of your bedding, particularly those that will remain in storage for a long time, for added protection. Alternatively, you can opt to use fabric bags, which can also achieve that desired effect.
And, that’s it! That is how to store bedding sets in many different ways. Of course, it would be best to follow all the rules stated above. This will ensure the quality of your bedding even after a long time of storage. After all, none of us want our sheets, linens, comforters, and duvets to receive damage because of a few mistakes in storing them.
Remember: what you want is to maximize your comfort when sleeping. The best way to do that is to keep your bedding clean and in the best condition. Achieving this starts by knowing how to store them well.