4 Things You Should Know about Storing a Quilt

A quilt is a hand-made blanket that someone put a lot of time and energy into making. Hand-made quilts are often passed down for generations, and have not only a functional purpose, but an emotional purpose as well. If you have a family quilt that you need to put into storage for a while, there are a few things you will want to do to protect the quilt.

#1 Rent a Climate-Controlled Unit

The first thing you need to do is rent a climate-controlled storage unit. A quilt can absorb water and moisture from the area and should not be kept in a storage unit without climate control. Likewise, really hot temperatures can dry the fibers of the quilt out. It is best to keep a quilt at room temperature, on a consistent basis, like it would experience if you were storing the quilt in your home.

#2 Keep Your Quilt out of Plastic

Do not wrap your quilt up in plastic or put it inside of a plastic storage bin. You don't want to put the quilt inside of an airtight or semi-airtight container, such as plastic. The quilt needs to breathe, and it needs oxygen flowing over it. Without the flow of oxygen, your quilt will get damaged.

#3 Wrap in a Furniture Cover

Purchase a furniture cover to wrap your quilt up in. A furniture cover will protect your quilt from the elements, while allowing your quilt to breathe. This will keep your quilt from getting moldy, faded, or dried out.

#4 Hang up or Lay Out

Do not fold up your quilt. The lines created by being stored for an extended period of time will set-in and be impossible to remove. Instead, you should roll the quilt up to prevent crease lines.

When it is rolled up, there is a few ways you can store the quilt inside of your storage unit. If you have shelving or a table inside of your storage unit, you can lay the quilt flat on the shelving or table. Alternatively, you could put up hooks in the ceiling and store the quilt suspended from the ground.

Either of these options will allow air to circulate around the quilt, and will keep it away from any moisture that it could come in contact with if stored closer to the ground.

If you have a prized quilt that you need to put in storage, make sure that you rent a climate-controlled storage unit. Then wrap the quilt up in a furniture cover; don't put it inside of a plastic box. You should also hang it up or lay it out to keep the air moving around it. Lastly, roll it up, don't fold it since folding can lead to creases that you will never be able to get out of your quilt

For more information, contact a self service company like Acorn Self Service Storage.