Obviously, not everyone has enough room or resources to store quilts like a museum! Here are a few options to consider.
Begin by putting your quilt in a pillowcase or Tyvek bag. Make sure the pillowcase is large enough so the quilt fits. You will still need to take the quilt out to re-fold on different lines every 3-4 months.
Then consider the following storage locations.
Shelves: I had this closet built for quilt storage with larger than average shelves so the quilts could be folded less. The shelves and the walls were painted with a polyurethane varnish to block any oils from the wood. There is a vent in the closet for heating and cooling circulation. I also have non-chemical pest control (glue traps).
Protected, enclosed area: Here is a photo of one of my storage areas, my armoire. I take the quilts out frequently for programs or display. Yes, you still need to re-fold the quilts on different lines every 3-4 months. I also switch the position of the quilts so that each one only spends a short time on the bottom of the pile.
Plastic containers: I use polypropylene containers (Sterilite or Rubbermaid mostly). You can identify this type of plastic from the recycle symbol:
You know the rest – don’t pack the box tight, refold regularly, switch bottom quilt to top.
Trunk: Not a cedar chest!! I don’t put fragile quilts in here.
Rotating the quilts and refolding is very important if this is your storage method.
Bed: Hey, here’s an idea: store your quilts on a bed!! You can stack several.
To avoid light exposure, cover them with a bedspread.
Of course, this is only practical in a bedroom that is unoccupied and protected from two and four legged visitors.Next Step