5 things that people who store their bed linen properly always do – it'll make sheets look (and smell) better

Avoid damaging your bed linen by adopting these helpful storage tips that organizing professionals swear by

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You might be wondering how hotel rooms and interior-designed homes in magazines have such pristine bed sheets. Perhaps you put it down to dry cleaning, steamers, or even Photoshop. But, in reality, it's all about how you care for your bed linen. Yes, how you wash them is important, but you might be surprised to discover that storage has a big impact on how your sheets look, and a few changes could transform the look of your bed.

A peaceful space might start with decluttering your bedroom, but at the heart of a peaceful room is your bed. How to store your bed linens isn't the most glamorous topic, sure, but having a styled bed that looks straight out of a hotel certainly is. Creating a luxe-looking bedroom starts with the sheets, and the bedroom storage you use for them is a vital component.

Our bedroom is our sanctuary. Give it the love and respect it deserves by learning how to properly store your bedding. These expert tips will transform how you look after your linens and will instantly elevate your bed setup. No more wrinkly or musty sheets here.

1. Location

One of the most important pieces of advice that came from our cleaning and organization experts? 'Location, location, location.' This factor cannot be underplayed as one of the central tenets to the success of your storage solution.

'Proper storage not only ensures bed linens remain in pristine condition,' says cleaning expert and founder of Muffetta's Domestic Assistants, Muffetta Krueger, 'but also enhances their overall lifespan, saving you time and money in the long run.'

When choosing the right storage space, there are a few things to consider. 'A cool, dry, and well-ventilated area is ideal for creating an appropriate storage space,' says Muffetta. 'Avoid areas prone to humidity or direct sunlight, as they can lead to mildew growth and color fading.'

If you are lucky enough to have a laundry closet this is the optimal place, however, if not there are other storage ideas for small bedrooms that work. 'If a linen closet is not available, you can keep bed linens stored under the bed,' says professional organizer Macie Kreutzer. 'Use specially sized storage boxes for under-the-bed-storage and ensure the lid is sufficiently tight to keep the sheets protected.'

2. Fold with care

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To keep your sheets looking tip top it is important to take care when folding them. 'A neat folding technique helps to minimize wrinkles and save space,' advises cleaning expert, Angela Rubin from Hella Maid.

'For bed linens, I like to fold fitted sheets and flat sheets together along with matching pillowcases and store each set inside a matching pillowcase for easy access and a tidy look,' she says. This also allows for sheets to be stacked neatly for quick and easy access.

This trick will streamline your bed-making process and make sure the bed looks its best once made.

3. Use natural fragrances

Home fragrance is important and scent-layering has become all the rage. It can be tempting to dowse your bed sheets in scents, but according to our experts, this should be done with caution.

'Avoid using scented sprays directly on the fabric, as they can leave residues,' says Muffetta. Expert cleaner Angela agrees and tends to avoid harsh chemicals for bed lines. 'While it might be tempting to use scented products, avoid strong fragrances as they can be overpowering and irritate sensitive skin,' she says.

Instead, both experts advise using natural fragrances to scent your bedding. 'I like natural fragrances such as sachets of dried lavender or cedar blocks, simply place them among your stored linens for a natural scent.'

4. Avoid overcrowding

Many of the issues you currently face with your bedding can be easily avoided by not overstuffing your linens in a limited space. Choosing the best bed linen, and what looks good for the longest, has as much to do with storage as the quality of materials.

'Overstuffing can lead to creases, which can be difficult to remove, and can reduce air circulation, potentially causing musty odors,' says Angela. If you allow sufficient space this issue will be irradiated. promoting air circulation and ventilation will dramatically improve the freshness of your linens.

'To prevent linens from developing permanent creases or folds, rotate the ones you use,' says Muffetta. 'This practice ensures that all linens get a chance to see the light and remain in good condition.' Having a favorite set is something we are all guilty of, but consider having a good rotation cycle, it will help them all last longer. 

5. Frequently purge

Are you hoarding a bed set you've had since your college years? Or perhaps you have a sentimental attachment to every bed linen you own. Well, it is time to let them go. Part of the overcrowding problem is having too many sheets. 

'Purging and organizing sheets regularly is a must,' says professional organizer and founder of Your Organized Life, Lisa Dooley. This is necessary for an organized laundry closet but also as a way of adequately caring for your linens.

'This eliminates the unmatched and unused items and opens up storage space for the items that are in regular rotation,' she says. 'A useful rule is two sets of sheets per bed – one clean set and one set in the wash.'

All these tricks will help to give you your best-looking bed ever and keep your space organized in the process.

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Amy McArdle
News writer

Amy recently completed an MA in Magazine Journalism at City, University of London, with experience writing for Women’s lifestyle publications across arts, culture, and beauty. She has a particular love for the minimalist aesthetic mixed with mid-century furniture, especially combining unique vintage finds with more modern pieces. Her previous work in luxury jewellery has given her a keen eye for beautiful things and clever design, that plays into her love of interiors. As a result, Amy will often be heard justifying homeware purchases as 'an investment', wise words to live by.