Four Expert-Approved Ways to Keep All of Your Bed Linens Together and Organized
After you take your bed linens out of the dryer, it's important to spend a little time properly folding and tucking them away; doing so will keep them in their best condition and organized (no more mismatched sheets and pillowcases!). When choosing a place to store them, always opt for easy-to-reach areas that have ample air circulation. "This could be your bedroom or linen closet, a special piece of furniture like an armoire, or shelving in your laundry room," says Heather Asker, the merchandising and marketing manager at Bella Notte. "We love the idea of using vintage, inherited, or repurposed furniture, such as a sideboard, chest of drawers, or trunk." There are plenty of other spaces that might work. Kenika Williams, a professional organizer and the owner of Tidied by K, adds that "the 'best' location for your bed linens is relative and 100-percent depends on your home." Here, our experts share how to keep your bed linens together, streamlined, and safe while they are in short- or long-term storage.
Store items in your linen closet.
This might go without saying, but your linen closet is a great space to store bedding. "You'll be able to fold your bed sets together, load them into bins, and store them away," Williams says. Her favorite way to store linens in this space? She folds entire sets together and places them in baskets, like The Container Store's White Urban Stacking Wire Baskets (from $14.99, containerstore.com) or Water Hyacinth Storage Bins With Handles (from $9.99, containerstore.com). From there, she places bedding sets in bins by size and adds labels to designate their future rooms.
Tuck them away in your bedroom.
Your bedroom is another suitable space to store your bed linens. Williams notes that you can place sheets and pillowcases in an ottoman, storage bench, or basket. "By storing your bed linens in your bedroom, you're being intentional with what works for you and your space," she says, adding that this also turns your private oasis into a multi-functional storage hub. Another perk: Benches, ottomans, or storage bins with lids can double as seating. If you opt to store linens under your bed—another feasible option—make sure to use breathable containers composed of felt and canvas, says Asker (avoid plastic, which doesn't allow for ample air circulation). Wherever you decide to place them, store linens away from direct light to avoid fading.
Consider wooden storage solutions.
"For our collectors who store bed linens seasonally or long-term, our first choice is to use wooden drawers, closets, or trunks," Asker says. Cedar is her go-to, but you can also use cedar drawer liners and pouches. "Inside wooden storage, linens should be freshly laundered and loosely packed in breathable canvas storage bins or bags," she adds. "In many climates, extra care should be taken to control moisture. Use charcoal pouches or other dehumidifiers designed for small spaces." Consider using lavender sachets, too, as they can leave your linens smelling fresh, even after being tucked away for extended periods.
Use air-tight bags.
If you're looking for other places to store bed linens for longer time frames, look to your attic, basement, or garage if space allows. "If you are limited on space, I recommend placing your linen in a space-saving bag, such as like the Spacesaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags ($39.99, amazon.com), and storing it in a plastic bin or a fabric storage container bag," Williams notes, adding that the ZOBER Underbed Storage Bag Organizer ($11.99, amazon.com) is one of her go-tos. "If you choose to use a fabric storage container bag without the space saver bags, be sure to place a smell-good sachet and cedar block to preserve the scent and freshness of your clean linen."