How to Store Your Summer Bedding

15 Sep

How to Store Your Summer Bedding

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The changing of seasons calls for changes on the home front, too: Out come the heavier duvets and flannel sheets for fall, while crisp cotton linens, lightweight blankets, and your more summery decorative pillows go into hibernation. But don’t just stash the season’s bedding in the back of a closet for the next several months, say experts. Instead, take care to clean and store everything properly, so it’s in pristine shape when you’re ready to revisit it next spring.

Wash bedding with care
Of course, washing sheets before you put them away is a no-brainer, but be sure to wash other bedding, too. Check the tags: If you have a large enough washing machine, most pillows and duvets can go in, says Ariel Kaye, founder of bedding company Parachute. Hand-wash and air dry delicate or heirloom pieces and take luxury textiles (like cashmere) to the dry cleaner. “The change of seasons is also a great time to evaluate the condition of your bedding. Repair worn items and discard any pieces that may be underused or outdated,” says Kaye.

Make sure everything is bone dry
Moisture is the enemy of bed linens, says Amy Skarbnik, marketing manager for Frette. Before you store it, Kaye recommends tossing a few wool balls—or one clean tennis ball—in the dryer with the bedding. “It helps air circulate more evenly and fluffs your linens,” she says. Kaye also suggests leaving comforters out to air dry even after running them through the dryer to guarantee there are no remaining damp sections. Any moisture can cause down filling to pool or clump.

Prepare for storage
Once your linens are ready to be stashed away, fold and store them in a container to protect them from dust. Kaye prefers a fabric bag, and Skarbnik advises placing bedding between sheets of acid-free paper. Kaye also likes to spritz a natural room spray or tuck a lavender sachet inside to keep things smelling fresh. Just avoid storing sheets in a sealed plastic bag, which can cause fabrics to yellow, says Skarbnik.

Find your linens a home
Place your bag of linens in a low-humidity, low-dust spot, such as a hallway closet. If you don’t have a designated storage space, Kaye recommends a trunk at the foot of the bed, which she notes is both beautiful and practical.

Source: architecturaldigest.com