Can You Vacuum Pack Duvets and Pillows?

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Packing away your duvet and pillows can be a nightmare! Whether you are putting it away for the change of season, going on a long journey, or are storing it away for future guests, the problems are the same. Duvets and pillows are awkward to store and take up a lot of space.

Thankfully the solution can be found with a vacuum pack. They are perfect for compressing duvets and pillows to make them easy to put away or travel with. Getting the right vacuum pack will make your life a lot easier.

Read on to see how I store my duvets and pillows using a vacuum pack, what the best vacuum pack is, and also a few helpful tips. Let’s get started!

Can you vacuum pack duvets?

Yes! Vacuum-packed bags can be used to store duvets. They help save space, and depositing them in a plastic storage bag or box allows me to easily stash them anywhere I want when not required. Using a vacuum pack sucks the air from inside, and the final size is very small compared to its usual volume. However, storing them for an extended period of time is not recommended as it might potentially damage them. I’ll talk more about it later in the article.

Can you vacuum pack pillows?

Yes again! Personally, I can only sleep peacefully when I can use my own pillow. Whenever I go on trips or extended journeys and stay in hotels, I carry my pillow. A vacuum pack helps me take one in my suitcase without consuming much space.

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How do you vacuum pack bedding?

Here are some things that you need to bear in mind when using a vacuum pack.

I always make sure to wash and thoroughly dry bedding before storing them in a vacuum pack. Even if a small amount of moisture is left behind and sealed with the bag, it can lead to the growth of mold. Wool can hold water for a longer time, and I make sure to examine it separately before storing it with other fabrics.

Whenever I plan on leaving the items for a longer duration (like my winter blankets that I will not be using until the following year), I air them out from time to time. Keeping them compressed for an extended time will start deforming the fabrics and make them lose their shape.

After performing the above steps, you can then pack your bedding into a vacuum bag. It’s best to go for an extra-large bag that could hold all your bedding items in a single space. Double-check before you buy a vacuum pack that it’ll be big enough for your duvet. 

It’s best to store it somewhere that doesn’t attract moisture or mice/pets. The best places are usually in a closet, under your bed, or in a cupboard. If you are storing it in an attic or garage, then keep it well off the floor.

To use a vacuum pack, remove the air from the bag using a vacuum cleaner. I would advise you to go through the instruction guide as some brands do not recommend removing all the air. The instructions may also have specific guidance on where to store it or recommended storage times. It’s always best to give it a quick read. 

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Best vacuum pack for bedding

The Compactor Vacuum Pack is the all-in-one ideal solution for storing all your fabrics. This 66 x 50 x 28 cm XXL size tote bag can hold to the equivalent of two king-size comforters and two pillows. The bag’s wide opening ensures easy filling, and the buckles and straps inside the tote safeguard the items.

The bag is made of strong polymer materials and has transparent windows to view your items inside without the need for unpacking. Reinforced for strength with durable and water-resistant components, the company also offers a 2-year warranty against manufacturer defects. It also boasts a two-way zipper and has cardboard supported sides to keep the box square and upright.

The manual is straightforward, and helps you get your work done within minutes.

With its protective properties for limiting dust, moisture and bacteria while conserving more than 70% of space. You need not worry about any leaks as the vacuum bag features a patented and exclusive compactor non-return valve that prevents the escape of air.

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What are the alternatives to vacuum packing your bedding?

Still don’t want to use a vacuum pack? Well here are some great alternatives for you. 

Suitcases: If you have any of those extra suitcases that you do not use anymore, it can act as a storage space to hold your fabrics without creating additional storage space. Just ensure that you don’t need to use the suitcase anytime soon.

Storage bags: You can buy standard non-vacuum storage bags as well. These help you store your duvets and pillows tightly but with not quite the same efficiency as vacuum bags.

Garbage bags: Even standard garbage bags can be used in case you want to be really thrifty. Suck the air out of the bags using a vacuum cleaner and tie them tightly. It’s not recommended considering the possibilities of the bag getting torn or exposed, avoid storing them in lofts and other open spaces that are susceptible to dust.

Space bags: Using ‘space bags’ that can be bought from your local stores is another cheap option for storing offseason clothing and other fabrics. You can also use them to store other items such as your comforter, blankets or quilts. As a reasonable and economical alternative, they can last long when seen to it that you do not move or open them frequently.

Storage boxes: Another standard method is to simply use a suitably sized storage box. You can stuff your duvet into it and tape it up. This allows you to have some compression so it’s not at its full awkward size. While this is better than just throwing it in a cupboard, it’s not nearly as effective as a vacuum pack. 

While all these solutions have their advantages, they all have significant downsides too. Given that vacuum packs are highly affordable, we’d recommend using one as it’ll make sure life a much less stressful.