Comforter & Pillow Storage Ideas?

Home Stager with Redesign Etc. Home Staging Incorporated in TX

I seem to have this problem time and time again where I can't get comforters, shams, and bed skirts back in their original bag, especially the ones that come with sheets.  I eventually get them stuffed back in, but they never look the same.  The problem, other than not fitting back in its original bag is storing them.  They take up a huge amount of room, and are not that easy to store.  I currently have them on racks.  Does anyone have any creative ideas on how to store them, and take up less space.

The same can be said for throw pillows and pillows, they are also difficult to store.  I have them on racks like a store, and maybe that's all that can be done, but I'd like to see if anyone has any ideas for storage for them as well.

I've also thought about designating totes for whole bedding ensembles, but that takes up a lot of room too.





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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
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Terry-I tried the space bags that you use vacuums with and they leaked.  I haven't been able to find the ones that role up, without the use of a vacuum.

Maureen & Stephanie-I've seen those but didn't know if they'd be big enough.  True those comforters are like those little magic sponges that expand with water.

Dec 06, 2007 01:37 PM #5
Julianna Hind
eXp Realty - Tacoma, WA
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
Space bags split open on me -- I have used clear contractor grade garbage bags, and got as much air as I could out with a vacuum hose, and secured with a rubber band - not perfect, but it actually does decrease the volume.
Dec 06, 2007 03:26 PM #6
Lisa Sherman
Interior Aura - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Interior, Redesign & Decorating - Salem Oregon

I have to agree with Julianna, as the space bags I've tried seem to split open or not hold the seal.  I believe there were only 3 of 6 that worked the way they were designed... maybe I just tried to stuff them too full! :)  I currently store linens and throw pillows in clear storage containers by color, but would love it if someone has a better solution.

Lisa Sherman ~ Interior Aura

Dec 06, 2007 05:22 PM #7
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL
Whoa Cindy, I've used the same Space Bags over and over and never had a leak.  Maybe you just got a bum one or two.
Dec 07, 2007 02:10 PM #8
I haven't been lucky with space bags either.  I have been buying them over and over again thinking that I have been doing something wrong.  No such luck.  Target sales some really nice looking comforter storage bags.  They come in wheat and red  They remind me of the new Christmas ornament holder bags made out of material. I haven't tried them yet, but they look like they would take up less room.  They are not cheap though!
Apr 19, 2008 01:39 PM #9
Janis Gaines
Staging Sells Eugene Homes - Eugene, OR
Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed H
I've gotten the clear, hard plastic storage bags of all sizes at Ross. They're a bit expensive but they keep my bedding and pillows easily visible and clean at the same time. A traveling solution for pillows (if you have an IKEA near you) is to purchase some of their large bags. I think they're 99 cents each - very cheap. They're great for transporting both bedding and pillows.
Apr 19, 2008 06:21 PM #10
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Janis, that is probably the tip of the day.  Ikea does have the nice big bags and things would fit in them nicely.  Going to IKEA. 

Apr 19, 2008 06:54 PM #11
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE
THANK you everyone!  This has been a constant problem for me for the last several years. I am happy to have read the post and everyone's answers.
Apr 20, 2008 06:09 AM #12
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
We use large clear plastic storage bins, which hold a comforter, the matching sheets, bed skirt and a few throw pillows. It makes it easier when we are staging to just grab a bin that has everything in it. I have stopped buying comforters and now use quilts, coverlets or bedspreads almost exclusively. They are easier to store and look beautiful. Here in Los Angeles, the bed in a bag concept doesn't fly. I occassionally will use a duvet cover as part of a bed set, but we store the poofy duvet in the original bag. I don't care if it gets wrinkled as it is covered by the duvet cover.
Apr 20, 2008 07:03 AM #13
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Ditto on the space bags.  I just bought 3 jumbos to give them another try and will not do that again.  Once that I finally got the air out of them, I put them into a large bin and it did hold twice as many bed pillows but by the next morning they had leaked, popped open the bin and I am still frustrated. 

I'm going the same direction as Michelle from here on out.  Large bins, yes they do take up space but I can rely on them to hold the goods and keep bugs/dust out. 


Apr 20, 2008 07:19 AM #14
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

I think sleeping bags and tents are the same way.  They pack them in these cute little matching bags, but you can only get them back in if you say your prayers and hold your breath!!!  When will they figure out that in the "real world" things don't fold up as tiny????

May 29, 2008 06:15 PM #16
Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN

Clever responses!  I will be sure to check out the space bags as my inventory is overflowing!

May 30, 2008 07:30 AM #17
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

I've been using the Ikea bags.  They were working well, but at my last destaging, the bag split under the zipper.  Maybe I just filled it too full.  I like Michelle's idea about the large storage boxes.  I think I might give that a try.

May 30, 2008 07:55 AM #18
Michelle & Joe Kaspari
Essential Home Staging - Sacramento, CA
Essential Home Staging, Sacramento

I bought some awesome bags with handles at IKEA.  I believe they were $5 each, store about 5 pillows and bed sets very easily.  It's the "DIMPA" storage bag, 25x8x25.

I started with the oversize ziplock bags, but had issues with them not staying closed.  Good luck!

May 30, 2008 12:16 PM #19
Michelle & Joe Kaspari
Essential Home Staging - Sacramento, CA
Essential Home Staging, Sacramento

Just wanted to reclarify, the hold about 5 pillows or a QN size bedset very easily!

May 30, 2008 12:17 PM #20
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Hickory, NC

Cindy - What a great question... MUST be a big problem for us all because you have had over 600 views !! Way to go.. Love the idea of just using the clear storage bins and putting the whole set w/throw pillows in there.. Keep the thoughts coming..

May 30, 2008 01:01 PM #21
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regions Premier Home Staging Resource,

We use large garmant bags to house all our pillows.  We can hang them from the ceiling in our warehouse and they are clear so we can put pillows in according to color (or style or type - casual vs dressy).  We store by color.  They are easy to see when they are stacked up high, and easy to reach as well.  For bedding, well, there is no easy way to store it outside of stuffing it in bags.  We use clear large bags - again to see the pattern and color.  We try to make sure that are the "parts" are together - the shams, the bedding and dust ruffle.   Bedding is pretty heavy so hanging it won't work, and it has to be bagged or else it gets dusty in storage.

You are right that you will NEVER get the bedding to fit back in the same little plastic container it came from - same with folding air beds and the metal frames.  I appreciate it the first time I see it all neat and tidy because I know it will never look that way again!

- Jennie

May 30, 2008 01:14 PM #22
Nancy Robertson
Signature Style Staging - Dallas, TX

I use the Space Bags.  They are great for storing large items like pillows and comforters.  I add a dryer sheet into the bag when I store them.  It keeps everything smelling fresh.

May 30, 2008 04:49 PM #23
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

In a extra large space bag you can put the entire bedding set including both pillows. They sell them at Costco.

Jun 06, 2008 06:59 PM #24
jason spark

I tend to buy some real bag storage made for comforters or cloth. It makes it a good protection to beg bugs as well. Southwest Mobile Storage

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