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Clever Ways to Store Extra Bed Sheets

Keep them clean and crisp with these tips from interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo

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Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions and Paolo Feliciano (Main Photos)

How often do you wash your sheets and pillow covers? Some do it every two weeks and there are those who regularly change theirs every week. This is not surprising as many of us look forward to a delightful slumber on a bed dressed up in fresh linen.

After the laborious task of washing bed sheets, comforters, and pillowcases, storing them properly can be equally difficult. Since we want to keep each piece clean, we often stuff them inside overflowing cabinets or drawers that are filled with towels and clothes, too. If you’re one of the many who find it challenging to store bulky duvets as well, we asked interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo for a couple of expert tips. The designer explores different storage options that fall under: under, over, and hidden. Apply them at home with these must-dos:

Under can refer to nooks found under the bed, console tables, desks, and sofas.

Maximize these spots by keeping your essentials neatly tucked under the aforementioned pieces and making sure they are not visible to guests standing in front of the bed or table.

RL Tip: Kristine suggests keeping your sheets, pillow covers, and duvets in rigid plastic containers with clasps. You can also wrap a string around the container or lid to hold your belongings together.

Find sturdy plastic containers at The Landmark, SM Home, and True Value.

Over may refer to the space on top of cabinets, armoires, and the like.

Can you imagine storing stacks of bins or baskets on top of a pretty cabinet or an ornate console? It can be an eyesore that can ruin the look of your home. To make it work, you can install decorative curtains to conceal the items. If you're going this route, make sure the addition of curtains will fit the room's aesthetic and won't look out of place.

As an alternative, Kristine says you can also have overhead cabinets built and installed in the laundry area or bedroom. "We did this in our home and it's such a great organizer and space-saver," the designer shares. While this option can cost more, it will surely give your space a cohesive look. Consult with a carpenter or a design professional to see how you can incorporate it into your home.

Hidden options can be found in areas where there is a piece of furniture—like a coffee table or TV console table—with storage.

We're all familiar with pieces of furniture that also offer extra storage—think daybeds with compartments and storage ottomans. Since sheets are changed every two weeks, and comforters or pillows are changed monthly—accessing these secret spots wouldn't be too hard.

"For example, we have used vintage chests and converted vintage record players into media consoles with storage. We [also] have custom-made bed frames with built-in storage underneath the mattress. We liked this so much, we custom-made our own California King-sized bed with six extra large, soft close drawers," Kristine shares. To learn more about Urban Abode's pieces, click here.

As an alternative to sofas and daybeds with compartments, you can also work with a design professional or a carpenter to see how you can have a customized window seat with drawers. Use the drawers to store sheets, blankets, and even extra pillows. Take inspiration from the photo above—spotted in one reader home.

Maximizing every inch of space in a tiny condo unit can be challenging but you can do it with creativity and resourcefulness. In this home, the mirrors are actually sliding doors that conceal a shelf. Do the same if you have the space and use it to organize your essentials.

It can be difficult to fold and store linens neatly. Ace this task with these tips:

1. Wrap each sheet with a string to compress and hold it together. "This is the cheapest method, but requires little technique," Kristine says. You can use what you already have at home to save on costs, too. Just make sure the string you're using is clean and won't leave marks on the linen.

2. To save on space as well as to keep your linens in mint condition, you can use a vacuum compression bag and pump. These handy must-haves can help keep your sheets smelling clean and fresh while preventing dust, dirt, and molds from ruining your precious pieces.

Get your own Vacuum Compression Bag and Pump at Lazada or Bed Bath & Beyond.

Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo is one of Real Living's go-to designers. She is also the co-owner of interiors and lifestyle shop, Urban Abode—a must-visit store for bespoke furniture pieces, customized furniture, and handcrafted must-haves. You can get in touch with Kristine via mobile at (0917) 539-5274. To see more of her projects, click here. Discover more about Urban Abode by following the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

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