Connect with us


How To Store Linens, Drapes & Curtains

Fabrics are all over the house in the form of linens, curtains, and drapes. These fabrics are an essential part of the household, whether it’s providing decoration or comfort, and tend to be kept for years on end. Sometimes, they all need to be put away, whether it’s for a move or home renovation. There is a right way to store your home linens so that they look just as good coming out of the box as when they went in.

Ways to Store Linens

Storing your materials properly is important; you want to ensure that you don’t get permanent creases that make it so you can never use the item ever again. You can either hang or fold, depending on how much space you have. For the most part, fabrics do fine for a few months in either method without an issue, but leaving them folded or hanging too long weakens the fibers as well as creating a permanent crease.

Wash your linens before putting them away. Taking this step rids your items of the normal particulate matter that accumulates over time. This is dust, dander from pets, odors from everyday living and so on. Eliminating them now prevents any of these items from decaying and creating even stronger odors. Ever open up a storage closet and it smells really musty? This is why.
Hanging is the best possible way to store everything if at all possible. This is especially important for drapes which are already accustomed to being hung. You are also less likely to have to deal with sending them out to the cleaners for a pressing afterwards, which means you spend less time hanging them up again.
If you don’t have the space, folding in boxes is fine. You want to make sure that you pull them out and refold every once in a while if items are going to be stored for an extended period of time. Taking this step prevents the ever-dreaded permanent crease and weakening of the material, which eventually causes sagging.
When storing in boxes, put the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest ones on top. This avoids crushing the fluffier items such as comforters. It also prevents damage that can be caused by a heavy weight sitting on top of things for months.
Store linens in a cool, dark and dry atmosphere. Heat, moisture and light are all enemies of linen, so keep exposure to these influences to a minimum. Heat and moisture invite mildew and mold while light sources fade fabric. There is nothing worse than having a big patch of faded material in the middle of a blanket or drape.

Materials to Use When Storing Linens

Store linens in items that are designed for the purpose, such as acid-free paper, boxes or muslin bags. Plastic and vinyl bags can damage your items. The least damage that plastic does is to not allow the fabric to breathe, which causes odor to build up. Plastic and vinyl also deteriorates, imparting a smell to your materials which can be downright impossible to get rid of. Avoid stinky linens and buy proper storage receptacles for them.
Taking the steps to properly store your household linens saves you money in the long run. You have less to press when you pull them out, eliminating the need to go to the cleaners. The lack of damage means you don’t have to spend money to replace one item or a whole bunch. Ultimately, the items come out of storage in the way you put them in, which means you can use them right away and get comfy in your new dwelling.
Image by kellyhogaboom and licensed through Creative Commons.

Featured images:
  •  License: Creative Commons image source

Paul Benjamin is a District Manager at EZ Storage, a self storage company providing clean and secure self storage rentals.  To view our current coupons for our Pittsburgh storage facilities, visit our website

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Travel1 month ago

Best Places To Visit In The North Of England

If you live in England, you will know there are many different places to visit for the weekend. There are...

General1 month ago

Green Home Improvement Ideas

In a world where environmental concerns are growing, the concept of “green” has gone beyond a trendy catchphrase and is...

Lifestyle2 months ago

How to Host an Unforgettable House-Warming!

The time has finally come. You have moved into your dream pad, and are officially adulting in your very own...

Autos2 months ago

A Guide to Parking Lot Striping

The journey to a well-striped parking lot begins with the right paint. In this brief guide, we’ll unravel the mystery...

Business4 months ago

Business Tips For Protecting Your Finances During A Recession

In 2023, taking the necessary steps to protect your finances for your business is now more important than ever. The...

Lifestyle5 months ago

Tips For Cleaning Your Trainers

If you’re into your trainers and streetwear, you’re likely to be very conscious of keeping them looking their best! So,...

Marketing5 months ago

Branding Trends For Start-Ups in 2023

Branding is incredibly important as it impacts how your business reaches and connects with its target market. If you’re branding...

Business5 months ago

Avoiding the Wrong Kind of Growth

Growth is vital for any business – some models, like tech start-ups, are built around periods of dramatic, explosive growth...

Business6 months ago

How To Become A Property Developer

There are several reasons why an individual will want to become a property developer. One of the main reasons for...

Tech8 months ago

What Is The Difference Between Cyber Attacks and Cyber Threats?

If you own a business that uses the cloud to manage workloads, you have probably heard of the terms cyberattack...

Marketing8 months ago

3 Types of Marketing Every Small Construction Business Should Do

Construction is a very saturated sector, whether you’re a large or small construction company, so marketing should be at the...

Business9 months ago

How Relevant Life Insurance Plans Can Future-Proof Your Business

Last year, UK inflation reached the highest level that it had been for decades. The markets became unsteady and nervous...

Autos9 months ago

In a Car Accident? Here’s How to Find a Great Lawyer

If you’ve recently been in a car accident, you know that it can be an overwhelming experience. Not only do...

Education9 months ago

Considering Therapy? Here’s a Few Common Therapy Techniques Explained

If you’re considering therapy as a means to improve your mental health, you may be curious about the type of...

home repairs home repairs
Home Improvement9 months ago

Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never DIY

DIY home repairs are all the rage these days. But before you jump on the bandwagon, there are some things...