How to Fold King and Queen Sheet Sets and Duvet Covers for Storage

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How to Store Your Sheet Sets for the Off-Season: Bring Them into the Fold

Folding your king- and queen-size linens – especially those pesky fitted sheets– is actually pretty 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.

Folding large sheets and bedding: live large, fold small

1. Always wash and thoroughly dry all your bedding before storing it. It eliminates the ewww factor of mold, mildew and little crawly critters taking up residence.

2. 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.

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3. Fold this envelope in half again, so the two sides with the folded-in fitted edges meet. Flatten and smooth.

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4. Fold your sheet on the same side again, to create a long rectangle. Flatten and smooth again.

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5. Fold this rectangle twice – once on each side – so the two edges meet at the center crease.

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6. 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.

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7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for your flat sheets, luxury duvet covers, comforters and other large bedding items.

Annie’s bonus tip: Make each folded item the same length and width for easy stacking and storage.

Storing large sheets and bedding; the great cover-ups

•  Put them in clean, dry hibernation for a long season’s sleep, protected 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 until you're ready to break them out again.
•  For bulkier items like comforters, duvet covers, bedspreads and blankets that need more legroom, use large canvas containers to help 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.
•  Loosely stack – don't stuff – your bedding to promote air circulation. Just like us, your bedding needs to breathe.

How NOT to store your bedding: know these no-no’s

•  NO storing bedding in the basement – too damp.
•  NO storing bedding in direct sunlight – all that brightness turns to dimness, in the form of fading.
•  NO storing bedding in plastic bags, not even vacuum-sealed bags – too tempting for mold and mildew.
•  NO storing bedding in cardboard containers or directly on pressure-treated or painted wood – they’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.