You still haven’t found the right technique to keep your bedding in perfect condition? Don’t panic! We can help you.
In today’s guide, we’ll show you in detail how to lay out and fold sheets to reduce unwanted creases and keep them as presentable as possible.
If you are interested in this information, please read the following lines carefully and put into practice each of the tips that we will give you. Are you ready? Let’s start!
How to hang sheets at home
Hanging up your bedding after washing seems like a simple task at first glance. However, the job can get a little tricky when you don’t have enough space in your home or when the bedding is too big. In these cases, you will have to resort to various techniques to successfully achieve your goal. In this first section, we will give you some useful tips in case you decide to hang the sheets at home on the vertical rack and easel.
How to hang sheets on the vertical drying rack
If you live in an apartment or house without a garden, you probably use the vertical clothesline a lot to hang out your bedding. If this is your case, here are some useful tips to do this job in the best way.
First of all, it is advisable to follow a specific washing routine. If you have a lot of sheets, pillowcases, or duvets, it’s best to spend a whole day cleaning them. After you finish washing them, we recommend that you hang them directly on the vertical clothesline. If you leave them in the washing machine for a long time, there is a risk that the fabrics will develop a bad smell.
When using the vertical dryer, the laundry should be folded to save space. Run each garment through the lockers and make sure to evenly distribute the weight to avoid tipping. It is also advisable to check the items from time to time and reposition them if necessary, otherwise they may acquire an unpleasant musty smell which will not go away so easily.
Spread the sheets on a traditional clothesline
If you have a traditional clothesline, the procedure you will need to follow is basically the same as explained above. Simply fold the sheets into two or four parts and pass them through the chopsticks, making sure they lie flat so they dry quickly.
Like laying the sheets in the yard
If you are lucky enough to live in a house with a garden, congratulations! Spreading the bedding will be a breeze. As a bonus, you will dry the fabrics much faster and prevent them from acquiring unpleasant odors.
To start, it is advisable to have a dedicated place to hang the laundry. If there is already one, make sure it has strong ropes or rods that can support the weight of wet rags. The next requirement is for clothespins. You can buy them in various materials such as wood, stainless steel and plastic at any supermarket or specialty store. If you want to completely avoid the unsightly creases that their use entails, you can also do without them.
Once you have the materials and the place, you can start hanging the sheets. We recommend unrolling between four and five pieces if the string is long enough. In this case, you shouldn’t need to fold them, because you should have enough space.
- Watch out for the wind: if the wind is really strong, the best thing to do is buy some really strong clothespins to make sure the laundry stays in place – you don’t want your sheets blowing away!
- Collect the clothes after drying: one of the disadvantages of hanging clothes outside is the constant exposure to atmospheric conditions. Watch out for rain and excessive sun. It is best to pick up clothes when they are completely dry, without letting them hang down more than necessary.
Now it’s time to fold the laundry!
When the clothes are completely dry, it’s time to fold them up and store them in a safe place until you need them again.
Folding bedding isn’t always a quick and easy task if you do the job yourself. However, there are a few tricks you can try to get great results without help. Here’s how to do it if you have sheets without elastic, with elastic and with corners.
Models without elastics
These are the easiest to fold. In this case, simply lay them face down on the bed and bend the corners in pairs to the desired size. To avoid creases, it is advisable to iron the fabric with your hand between the folds.
Models with elastics
The operation can change a little in the presence of clothes with rubber bands. However, the procedure is not complicated at all! In this case, you will only have to “create” the shape of the corner by eliminating the small creases that form during the process. Then you just have to continue folding the sheets with the traditional technique of models without elastic.
Models with elastic corners
Folding custom sheets can be a nightmare for those unfamiliar with basic folding techniques. However, the operation is quite simple. In general, it is enough to fold the corners together by interlocking them without leaving any creases. Then all you have to do is fold them in half and put them back in the cupboard – mission accomplished!
Final Spreading and Folding Tips
Now that you’ve learned how to lay out and fold sheets, we want to share a few more tricks with you that will make your life easier.
Hang out the laundry
- During the winter season, it is advisable to hang the bed linen near a radiator or perhaps buy an electric clothesline. This will prevent excess moisture from damaging the fabrics.
- If you plan to hang your clothes outside without using clothespins, be sure to balance the weight properly to prevent the clothes from falling.
- Pay attention to the condominium regulations. To save yourself an awkward moment, we recommend that you assess the coexistence rules in your apartment. Avoid hanging laundry outside the balcony so as not to disturb your neighbors and always try to put it away after picking it up.
- To ensure the best comfort, it is important to choose a stable, robust and good quality model of clothesline that can support the weight of wet duvets, but it is also essential that it can be folded without problem for later storage.
- If the items are too wrinkled after folding, you can use an iron to remove the wrinkles.
- If you want to get more ideas on how to fold bed linen, we recommend watching the video tutorials – they will come in handy!