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Folding your king- and queen-sized linens—especially those pesky fitted sheets—is actually very simple when you know the right steps.
To get crisp, clean lines when you fold your fitted sheets, watch our instructional video below. Then, follow Annie’s stack-and-store tips for bedding that stays springtime-fresh, season after season.
Always wash and thoroughly dry all your bedding before storing it. This step is very important, as having dry sheets eliminates mold, mildew or little crawly critters.
Fold your fitted sheet in half. Tuck one set of corners into the other to create an envelope, and smooth down the fitted edges so they fit inside of each other.
Fold this envelope in half again, so the two sides with the folded-in fitted edges meet. Flatten and smooth.
Fold your sheet on the same side again, to create a long rectangle. Flatten and smooth again.
Fold this rectangle twice—once on each side—so the two edges meet at the center crease.
Fold along this center crease so that the edges of your folded fitted sheet are tucked securely inside. Then admire the tight, compact package you’ve just created!
Repeat these steps for your flat sheets, duvet covers, comforters, and other large bedding items.
Make each folded item the same length and width for easy stacking and storage.
• Put them in a clean and dry spot that will protect them from sunlight, insects, pets, mold, mildew, and harmful chemicals.
• Shelter your folded sheet sets inside clean cotton pillowcases. Stack each sheet set in its own pillow cover for optimal organization.
• For bulkier items like comforters, duvet covers, bedspreads and blankets, use large canvas containers to help that will keep them fresh and protected.
• Pack them all off to a cool, dry, dark place. We recommend using under-bed canvas bins, or stacking bedding on coated wire racks in your linen closet.
• Just like us, your bedding needs to breathe. Make sure you’re not overstuffing the bins, and loosely stack them.
• The basement: it’s too damp!
• In direct sunlight: all that brightness will turn into fading.
• Vacuum-sealed bags: It’s tempting for mold and mildew.
• Cardboard containers, pressure-treated or painted wood: It’ll stain the fabric and leave a stale odor.
Keep these folding and storage tips tucked away in a handy place. When the new season arrives and it’s time to break out your bedding linens again, they’ll look and feel as fresh as the day you folded them.