No Excuses: Real Life Bed Refresh for $102 with Amazon

Don’t read this if you love your bed.

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I did an experiment, friends.

You see, I started test-running a short course on getting your bedtime routine back on track, and the first lesson is on optimizing your sleeping space.

One of the most common comments I got was, “I would love to replace my bedding, but I can’t afford it right now.”

I get it.

I, too, have fantasized over a fresh linen set from Parachute and drooled over the edgy prints at Sin in Linen.

Who doesn’t wish their bedding looked like a page from a Pottery Barn catalog and felt like a 5-star hotel? Who hasn’t wistfully peeled themselves away from the Anthropologie display?

However, laying in sheets that should have been replaced 2 years ago and clinging to pillows that you’ve had since college…

…waiting until you’ve made it a priority to save up for your dream comforter…

…is not doing you any favors at all.

You deserve your best sleep right now with what you have.

So, I was inspired.

On Saturday, I stripped my king bed down to the mattress protector, and posted a picture of this mystery box on instagram:

@thesleepwitch “What’s in this box? Why should you care? And why, when I’m done, will you have no excuses left?”

My self-imposed mission was to create a bed from scratch for $100 on Amazon.

Why Amazon? Because it’s accessible to most people, I didn’t have to put on pants, I was able to compare prices from home…and I have an affiliate account. Win, win, win.

Sure, you could easily go to Macy’s or something and get a bed-in-a-bag type thing, but you have no control over the quality of each piece. It was important to me that these were all quality items with great reviews. There were no sacrifices here!

I did all the research so you don’t have to.

Ok, here’s the loot:

Mellanni Brushed Microfiber Sheets

Utopia Bedding 3-Piece Duvet Set

KingLinen Down Alternative Duvet Insert

Amazon Basics Pleated Bed Skirt

All together, we have a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, two pillow cases, a bed skirt, a duvet insert, a duvet cover, and two decorative shams.

Let’s start with the sheets.

Mellanni Brushed Microfiber Sheets

I’ve never had microfiber sheets before so I was a little hesitant. But with 4.5 stars and over 43,000 reviews for a $30 sheet set, I decided it was worth a try.

They did not disappoint. These sheets are silky soft and well constructed.

No, they don’t feel like my microfiber couch, but they even got a bit softer after a wash (which is highly recommended with any new bedding) and after sleeping on them for a few nights now, I have to say… I see what all the fuss is about.

Next, the skirt:

Amazon Basics Pleated Bed Skirt

I was actually really surprised by the bed skirt.

It’s a $14, polyester, Amazon Basics skirt and although it had 4 stars, I still expected it to be thin, transparent, and cheap looking. Nope. No one’s seeing through this dust ruffle.

I forgot to take individual pictures of the next two things.

The duvet/comforter:

KingLinen Down Alternative Duvet Insert

I really don’t know how they get these duvets to look so freakin’ fluffy in the stock photos. And look at those pillows standing up on their own! This is some kind of witchcraft I have no experience with.

Anyway, this down alternative insert was still pretty fluffy. It was vacuum sealed, so there was a satisfying hiss as I cut open the bag. The noise reminded me that there were no geese harmed in the making of this bedding.

I like that it keeps us warm enough to fall asleep, but not so warm in this Florida heat that we can’t stay asleep.

At 4.5 stars, 4,118 reviews, and $40, it was the most expensive of the whole set, but still $160 less than the one in my Brooklinen shopping cart.

Utopia Bedding 3-Piece Duvet Set

What a steal, this was. With 4.5 stars out of 3,096 reviews, it caught my attention right away. One brushed microfiber duvet cover, two pillow cases, $18?

It’s even kinda cute. I didn’t care too much about how the material would feel on my skin because it wouldn’t be touching it. (Yes, I am a millenial who uses a top sheet. We’re a dying breed.)

However, it’s pretty nice. Our kitten likes how it feels on her paws. She won’t stop patting it. Please make her stop.

OK, everyone, I’m going to admit to you that I’m not a master bed-maker—which will be obvious to you  in a moment—but remember this is a real world example.

Here’s what everything looked like on:

and then I spruced it up with some faux fur cushions from the couch:

So there you have it. Whether you’re looking for a decent in-between for yourself or trying to make up a guest bedroom on a budget, you see now that it can be done affordably.

Thanks to Amazon Prime, in just two nights from now, you could be falling asleep on fresh bedding.

How much did this all cost?

Fitted sheet, flat sheet, two pillow cases, bed skirt, duvet insert, duvet cover, and two decorative shams: $102.

It’s time.

Love, Bettie.

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