Like many other hosts, the price of bedding, sheets, duvets, and the need extra pillowcases etc. is presenting a problem I intend to solve. I’ve done a TON of research and finally concluded I can economically solve the problem by ordering 1,000 meters of high-quality, long-staple Egyptian cotton sheeting direct from a manufacturer in China–yeah, I know, but the END product will be made in the USA by me. Hear me out:
I’m expanding by adding four seasonal glamping tents to take advantage of the high summer traffic in the mountain lake tourist town I live in. I will also be adding a new, lake-front property with addiional glamping tents, so the initial cost of outfitting them to the standard required of guests who will pay a premium is prohibitive. I need beds that are super comfortable, have high quality linen, comforters, duvets, pillows–you get the picture.
I’ve decided to make all of the following:
wool mattress toppers $500
personal-size wool/down comforters $600
High-end sheets & duvets $500
Total retail cost to set up each Queen bed would be $1600. My cost to make all of the above will be around $200 plus about 8 hours of work.
The ONLY way I can afford to make my own is to obtain the high quality fabric I want at a really good price. My personal favorite (after tons of research and several years’ experience) is Brooklinen classic percale sheets. They are lightweight and crisp, made from single-ply long-staple cotton thread.
Thus, I’ve sourced a manufacturer who will make according to my specifications, a light-weight Egyptian cotton, percale weave fabric which is a fine enough weave to be suitable for the reversible, wool/down personal size (European style) comforters as well as sheets. It is light and breathable but is sturdy enough for years of use.
The minimum purchase requirement is 1,000 meters but don’t need all of it so will sell the remainder. The fabric is 110’ wide so 7 yards is enough to make a set of queen sheets plus 5 pillow cases. I will sell my surplus for $10/yard. I understand that $70 per set (plus labor) may be more than some would want to spend, but a set of sheets like this costs $129 at Brooklinen (which is still a LOT cheaper for the quality than others which start around $200 for the same sheets).
HOWEVER: If anyone out there is serious about making their own sheets, duvets, etc. and would like to PARTNER with me on the order by purchasing a large quantity, let me know. The cost per yard will go down considerably depending on how much you wish to buy.