Here’s how to store bedding sets properly to conserve space and keep moisture, bugs, and other issues at bay.
If you have a large household, frequently have guests, or need to organize your closet, you might have more linens than you need. Or perhaps you only have a few extra pillows, sheets, and blankets lying around. In either case, bedding needs to be stored properly when not in use.
In order to save space and keep issues like moisture and bugs at bay, it’s crucial to store seasonal bedding sets properly when it’s time to switch out the ensembles.
These bedding storage ideas are important to know if your home is lacking in storage. Read our article on bedding set storage.
How to Store Bedding Sets?
The time has come to store your bedding once it has been thoroughly cleaned. Whether you’ve got a specific spot already in mind or need some guidance, here are some of our best bedding storage ideas:
Employ the Bed-in-a-Bag Method
Use this bedding storage idea to keep matching sheet sets together, including fitted sheets, flat sheets, and pillowcases. In order to fold each piece into a rectangle, you must first find all the pieces and learn to leave one pillowcase hanging off to the side. Pile up the sheets and pillowcases, then stuff everything into the last pillowcase.
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Along with keeping the bedding compact so it can fit more readily into a small space, this also keeps the set as a whole. Lay the “bed in a bag” on a shelf in the linen closet, tucked into a dresser drawer, or folded into a basket alongside others (just be sure the opening faces up so nothing falls out).
Utilize Vacuum-Sealed Bags
A necessity for storage is vacuum-sealed bags. Bulky bedding works incredibly well in these heavy-duty, transparent bags that come in a range of sizes. Flatten and stack extra pillows and comforters on a high shelf if you don’t have enough storage space but need them for visitors. If you frequently change your bedding with the seasons, this is also helpful.
Vacuum-sealed bags are effective at keeping out air and moisture, but they should only be used temporarily.
To help you rotate your linens sufficiently to avoid any potential problems, use them for seasonal or guest bedding. It’s crucial to periodically open the bag and refold the item if you intend to keep bedding, such as a sentimental quilt, inside for an extended period of time.
Additionally, mark the contents of each bag with a permanent marker or label so you always know where something is.
Store Bedding in a Fabric Bag
Storage bags made of fabric or polypropylene are an alternative to vacuum-sealed bags for storing pillows and blankets. A handle and a clear window in front of many allow you to see what’s inside and make transporting them easier.
Storage bags do keep your bedding neat and organized, despite the fact that they don’t compress and save as much room. To keep it out of the way but still within reach, find one that is wide but shallow and tuck it under your bed.
Use a Bench Or Basket
Consider a wide-mouthed basket that matches the decor of the room to store extra throw blankets and sheet sets. When not in use, place items into the basket. Additionally useful, especially for bed pillows, is a bench with concealed storage.
Instead of clogging up a linen closet, place one at the foot of your bed to tuck in extra sheets and blankets. Extra throw blankets can be kept in the living room’s lift-up ottoman so they can be easily retrieved for family movie night.
Under the Mattress
Tucking the sheets under the mattress they will be placed on is a clever storage option if you don’t have a bag or bin and don’t have much closet space. This ensures that your sheets are exactly where you want them to be while keeping the dust-out.
The only catch is that there isn’t as much airflow under a mattress, so be sure to fold them away with some dryer sheets.
Tips on Storing Bedding Sets
Regardless of where in your home you decide to store your extra bedding, here are some helpful tools to use for maximum freshness:
Keep It Dry
Everyone has had the experience of waiting just a tiny bit too long to take their clothes out of the washer only to discover that they smell musty. If you keep your bedding somewhere where moisture can seep in, the same thing may occur.
If you keep your bedding in a basement or a closet with a window, bear that in mind. Try caulking windows or turning on a dehumidifier if there is moisture in the air.
Let It Breathe
There’s a good reason why people have for ages hung their quilts and sheets on the porch railing in the spring. More than just letting the clothes dry was involved. Letting them breathe was the goal.
They otherwise start to smell like must. By giving your sheets some breathing space when you store them, you can enjoy a little of that springtime freshness all year long.
Keep Moths and Mothballs out
Since ancient times, moths have been the bane of clothing storage. To keep those bothersome bugs out of closets and drawers, some clever scientists in the 1800s created mothballs.
However, mothballs can potentially harm clothing, are poisonous if your child or pet accidentally ingests them, and just give your clothes a strange odor. Use lavender, cloves, or cedar chips instead to deter moths and keep your clothes smelling fresh. It will last longer if you store your bedding properly.
Watch Out for Weight
Authentic down comforters and duvets should not be placed in a vacuum bag, as we previously advised. This is because it’s possible that you’ll ruin the blankets and crush the feathers.
Consider weight when you are stacking blankets in your closet for the same reason. Nothing should be placed on top of down comforters; instead, heavy blankets should go on the bottom.
Stack for Convenience
Try stacking your blankets with the creases facing out if you’re using a shelf rather than a bin or bag to store them.
This makes it simple to distinguish between the different sets of sheets, makes the room look cleaner, and prevents you from unintentionally pulling out more than one set of sheets at a time. It can be difficult to clean up linen closet avalanches, so this helps prevent them.
When to Put Bedding Sets Away?
We can all agree that it can be challenging to find time to put laundry away even when the dryer is about to shut off due to the daily craziness of life.
However, it is beneficial to fold your sheets and the rest of your clothing while they are still warm. You’ll sleep more crisply and comfortably because it prevents wrinkles without the use of iron.
Conclusion: Store Bedding Sets
Put your sheets inside the coordinating pillowcase after folding them as usual. This advice not only keeps sheet sets together but also keeps your linen closet looking tidy, uniform, and well-organized at all times.
Have you already chosen a location to store your bedding? You might not have a problem with storage space in your house, but your linen closet needs some organization. Put these suggestions and ideas to use.
How Do You Store Bedding and Pillows?
For a quick and inexpensive storage solution, use regular trash bags to store pillows. They will safeguard them from moisture, odors, and pests; they are lightweight enough to move when necessary. They can be stored under the bed, on top of a shelf, or in a closet with ease thanks to their flexible shape, which makes them easier to store than a crate or bin.
How Do You Store Bedding When Not in Use?
The ideal way to store any bedding is neatly folded on a shelf in a closet. To prevent mold, mildew, and musty odors, this creates as much airflow as possible so that your comforters can breathe.
Where Do You Store Bed Sheets and Comforters?
A linen closet is often the best storage solution for blankets and comforters. When not in use, the shelving allows your bedding to breathe and circulate the air, keeping it fresh. Once folded, lasso the bundle with a rope or loosely tie a ribbon around it to prevent the comforter from unfolding on the shelf.