Am thinking of using Space Bags for storing some of my comforters - just wondering what kind you could suggest I use - and - if you think they're a good idea.
I use Space Bags and love them for things that are big and fluffy, meaning they have air loft.
If the comforter is poofy, a lot of space can be saved. If it is dense, it will still compress a bit, just not as much.
Amazingly, the poofiness comes right back. I was awestruck.
We do not have multiple brands. Only the Space Bag brand.
I had 3 quilts (all queen size)that I sent across the country with my DGD when she went out to see her Aunt and Uncle. I packed all three in space bags and and then packed them in a suit case and paid for her to take a extra bag on the Air Plane. That was the cheapes way to send them. It also gave my DD something to store the quilts in when they didn't need them.
Thank you both -- I'm on my way to the store to purchase.
I'lady and Handie...
I checked the reviews at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for these bags. People either absolutely love or absolutely hate them. The ones who hate them say they reinflate almost immediately. Would you say they're doing something wrong to cause that?
I'm interested in storing lots of odd comforters and blankets that I don't use but am not ready to get rid of yet. But I also don't want to waste my money. Although, I guess they'd be returnable if I weren't happy.
I haven't had any luck with them. I've purchased several different sizes and they all re-inflated after a short time.
Since there are different brands, I can't speak for them all. On the Space Bags brand, there is a small flap that covers the hole that is used to vacuum out the air.
If that flap doesn't fall into place, the air can leak out. If a person doesn't close the lid fairly quickly, the air will come out. And the lid must be completely closed. When I say quickly, if you answer the phone in the other room it will reinflate.
On Space Bags brand, none of these things was an issue for me. I had about 30 in various sizes, but now that I have decluttered there are about 10 or so still in use.
Do you think Ziploc might have purchased the Space Bag name? "Ziploc Space Bags" is the name on the package.
Still... I think any reputable store would accept returns on products that don't work. I may give them a gamble.
I have had some of mine fill with air and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes name brand, sometimes not. Sometimes I know they were filled too full , other times I know they were not. I do not know what effect weather has on them.
I still use them. But I have also used a large garbage bag, vacuumed out air and quickly twist-tied it. That works for a short time.
I've been very satisfied with the various vacuum bags I've purchased. Some were Space Bags and some were other brands. One tip I can give you to help keep them from re-inflating is to use wide ribbon and tie it tightly around the compacted bundle.
If you are compacting a down comforter, you should not compact it more than 50% because the process will break the feathers.
Can these bags be reused? I have tried to reuse them with bedding after company has left and cannot get them to seal?
Yes, they can be reused. I have had some for years reusing them often for things after guests leave. Perhaps you are over-filling it? Or the seal may have just gone bad. Either is possible.
Even if they do not seal sufficiently to create a vacuum they are still good, clean storage for things.
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