Bedding storage might seem simple at first, but fluffy blankets and pillows can actually be frustratingly difficult to safely pack for long-term storage. They’re bulky and take up a lot of space and, on top of that, they often fall prey to things like mildew and moth damage if left in damp or unprotected storage environments.
Here are five ways that you can store your blankets and pillows so that they stay compactly organized, and safely stored:
- 1. Cedar
The natural oils found in cedar wood helps repel moths and other insects. If your blankets and pillows are made out of natural materials that are vulnerable to moths, this is a great choice.
Find a chest made out of, or lined with, cedar wood. To maximise the effect, lightly sand the inside surface of the cedar chest to release the oils.
2. Plastic bins
Large plastic storage bins are another great way to protect your linens and keep them compactly organized. Make sure that you thoroughly wash and dry everything before sealing them in the bin. You will want to minimize the moisture and any other contaminants so that the bedding stays as fresh as possible.
3. Vacuum Bag
If space is at a premium for you, vacuum bags are an excellent choice. These let you suck out all of the air in order to make your blankets and pillows as compact as possible.
However, it’s not a good idea to store down filled items in vacuum bags, since long-term compression can damage the fluffiness and insulating ability of down.
4. Fabric bags
Cotton or canvas bags specifically for bedding storage are also available. These can be a great alternative to vacuum bags for down bedding and can keep blankets neatly organized. However, they’re not watertight, so make sure to store them in a dry or well-ventilated area.
5. Moving boxes
If you don’t have access to other storage options, cardboard moving boxes can help you get your bedding organized and neatly stored at little cost. In order to add some more protection, you can line the box with packing paper.
Similar to fabric bags, cardboard is not impervious to water. Store them on racks or on blocks so that there is air circulation underneath the boxes or bags as well as around the sides. This will help keep the contents dryer.