How to store quilts?
It is very important to store quilts in the right way. You will want to be certain that you have acid free storage for your quilts. This is especially true if you have a quilt that was handed down from generation to generation.
One easy way for quilt storage is to store them on a bed. This is a great method because you can store more than one quilt at a time, and you will not have to worry about fold lines. You will want to separate each quilt you are storing with a white piece of cotton fabric. You will also want to place a final white cotton sheet on top to protect the top one.
A quilt storage box can also be used for quilt storage. These boxes for quilts were specially designed to store your quilts and are often acid-free. Be sure to keep them in a dark space and never store them in areas that are prone to mice. Avoid storing them in places such as the attic or garage.
How to Fold a Quilt
When folding a quilt, you will want to fold it as few times as possible. A white sheet should be used on both sides of the quilt. Follow these tips to be certain you have folded the quilt correctly:
- Avoid folding the quilt on the seams. If this happens, they could become flat.
- If you plan on leaving the quilt in storage for a long time, consider refolding the quilt periodically in order to avoid fold marks.
- Do not stack lots of quilts on top of each other. The weight from all the quilts can cause the one on the bottom to flatten.
- Insert logs made from acid-free paper in the quilt in order to avoid fold lines.
Other Quilt Storage Ideas
Another quilt storage idea is to roll the quilts and store them in large tubes if available. This method is great for preventing fold lines. Place a sheet over the quilt and then roll it up with the quilt backing exposed. Roll in another sheet and place it in the tube. If a tube is not available, store it in a clean and dry spot. Flip the quilt over from time to time to ensure a flat spot does not form.
Never store your quilts in plastic. Fabric deterioration can be caused by the plastic when vapors escape.
You should also never store a quilt in a wooden box that has not been first wrapped. If you place the quilt in the box without wrapping it in anything first, the wood has the potential to stain the fabric.
Any quilt you have stored should be in a dark spot. If stored in direct sunlight, the fabric will fade over time. The ideal temperature for a quilt to be stored is 59 to 68 degrees. Darker areas also are typically cooler, so you are killing two birds with one stone. However, be sure that the dark areas are not susceptible to mice or other vermin.