Shopping for new items for your home can be a real pain in the tushy. In addition to searching for sales, there are tons upon tons of companies (especially online) who promise unthinkable deals that “will save you a fortune.” Hopefully, you have done your research and can weed out stale oaths and scams. But what about concepts that have been around for a long time? Can you decipher if they are great deals, or a big waste of time?
Bed in a bag sets are a popular choice for college students, spare guestrooms and parents who look to save money on their children’s bedding. Most provide a flat and fitted sheet, two standard pillowcases and a comforter (extra credit to those who get a bedskirt). Sounds great right? With all of their included features, I wondered if they really save you money when compared to individual items.
Pro: Some bedding sets come with additional decorative items. Believe it or not, some bed in a bag collections will include extra accents like decor pillows to make the bedding set option all the more enticing. Martha Stewart’s new Echo Pond comforter set for Macy’s is any example of how all-in-one collections can save you money (includes three decorative accent pillows).
Pro: Bed in a bag collections are available at various price points. One of the perks to bedding sets is its affordability. Walmart and other low to moderately-priced department stores offer bed in a bag options at really sweet prices making them great for those who want to enhance their space without breaking the bank. Target for example has an assorted collection of bedding sets that start well under $100. This may be a great option for those moving into their first place.
Con: Not all bedding is created equal…in quality. When choosing a bedding set, one must be careful as to not be awed by pricing alone. Because most bed in a bag collections offer discounted savings (when compared to purchasing each piece individually), the materials used to make each item may not be top quality. Many synthetic materials like polyester and other unnatural fibers can be common ingredients to a bed set due to their affordability and unfortunately, carry harmful chemicals (see “Going Organic with Cotton”). So before you grab the cheapest bedding set off the shelves, read its contents. You just may want to spend a little more on a bed in a bag with natural materials (more breathable and can also last longer).
Con: Sometimes bed in a bag pieces are not sold separately. This may not be a con for many people as most will mix and match their bedding, but should be noted. Depending on the brand, I have found that many companies who offer bedding sets do not sell the items individually. Sure you may find substitutes that are similar, but just remember there is a chance you will not get the same pattern or print outside of a complete set.
So can bedding sets really save you money?
The answer is…yes, and no. As a concept, bed in a bag collections provide a pre-packaged, stylized bed option to those on a budget or a little design illiterate. Why spend hours surfing the net or in a store for a set you can buy as a whole? Bedding sets really area a great idea for those looking to save and decorate, but may come with its own set of precautions. I am a fan of using all-natural materials for bedding (think cotton, linen and bamboo) because they tend to be void of harmful chemicals, contain no synthetic materials, prove (for the most part) to be longer lasting and just feel darn good. Because of this, you may have to sacrifice your intended budget to purchase a bedding set that offers more quality. If not, enjoy the savings for now because the odds of having to replace your sheets due to wear and tare are more in your favor.