by Staff Writer
Whether you have one quilt or a dozen, storing them properly can seem like a daunting task. Some quilts are used daily and others are kept as family heirlooms. Whatever you choose to do with your quilts, you'll need to know some basic steps on proper storage. Take a look below to learn How to Store Quilts.
Keep your quilt in a cool, dry area. Never store your quilt where it will be in direct contact with wood. The natural oils and acids in wood can cause damage over time. It is a good idea to keep your quilt in an area that will not get any sunlight and has good air circulation. If the air is too moist, mold or mildew can form, damaging your quilt. If you live in an area where the elements change consistently, you may want to get a humidity and temperature sensor. Sunlight and other direct light can discolor your quilt, so keep it out of sunny places, preferably in a dark area.
Store your quilt in a cotton sheet. Never wrap it in plastic. Wrapping the quilt in plastic can cause condensation and moisture to form, making your quilt susceptible to mildew. Cotton is a breathable fabric that allows a quilt to breathe while protecting it from dust. You can sew two sheets together to make a large cover or you can simply cover the quilt once you have laid it out.
Lay your quilt out flat. An out-of-use bed is ideal for storing your quilt. If you don't have a bed to use, fold your quilt and protect it from creasing. Crinkle some acid-free paper and place it in the folds. This will keep the quilt from forming permanent creases. Cover the quilt with a cotton sheet and place it in a cool dry area.
Put your quilt in a tube. A large cardboard tube can do the storage trick if you're short on space. Roll the quilt to fit and wrap it in acid-free paper before placing it in the tube.