This post is dedicated to two African American entrepreneurs and innovators, Sarah E. Goode, and Leonard C. Bailey. Sarah E. Goode obtained a patent in 1885 for a cabinet folding bed. The cabinet bed (patent number 322, 177) served as a desk that could be transformed and unfolded into a bed. It was designed with an appreciation of the small spaces in which many African Americans lived. In 1899, Leonard C. Bailey invented and patented his folding bed for use in hospitals (patent number 629, 286). He also noted the bed was practical for storage and easy transport.
These pioneers helped set the stage for further ‘blackpreneurship,’ as their attainments support the notion that with hard work and opportunity, much can be accomplished. And it is with their legacies in our heart that we review bedding accessories from black owned brands. These include linens, duvet/comforter covers, comforters, blankets, satin pillowcases, and bedding options from children and youth brands. See the companies and product links below for additional details.
- Beddley offers a selection of 100% cotton duvet covers with a 300 thread count. Their patented technology makes inserting and removing the duvet easy and convenient. Nine colors are available, and sizes range from queen/full to king.
- Blended Designs offers a selection of blankets for children and youth that can be personalized. Blankets are 60 x 80 and 100% polyester.
- Brown Girls Club offers a selection of culturally relevant, microfiber comforter covers and matching pillowcases for children and youth. Sizes range from twin to king.
- Deluxe Designs offers a variety of comforters from size twin to king that are made of 100% premium microfiber polyester. Over 20 prints are available.
- Grace Eleyae offers a selection of satin pillowcases in several colors.
- IQ Studio offers a diverse selection of colorful and thematic duvet covers fashioned after such themes as a world map, butterfly, and lion to name a few. Full to king sizes are available.
- Izzie & Liv offers a selection of 100% polyester fleece blankets with various cultural themes. Blankets are 50 x 60.
- Justina Blakeney has a selection of cotton duvet and quilt sets that are available at Target. Other duvet and quilt sets in various textiles can be found on the company website. Items come in full/queen and king.
- Kweli TV offers “streaming for the culture” pillowcases in poly/cotton blend.
- Lifestyle Pillows offers a “hair pillow.” The pillow is designed for comfort, and suspends the head and neck such that hair is not compressed. Satin pillowcases consistent with the design are available in several colors.
- Little Muffincakes offers majestic blankets for babies that reflect their signature characters, Ashton and Zhara.
- Natural Hair Shop offers a selection of satin pillowcases, some of which come with matching bonnets.
- Pardon My Fro offers various styles of “minky blankets,” that are 60 x 80 in size.
- Pretty AnntoiNet’s offers a set of 100% Mulberry silk pillowcases.
- Robin Wilson Home offers a 500 thread sheet set in lilac, made of a cotton/polyester blend. The set consists of 2 pillowcases, a fitted and flat sheet; and it is available in queen, king, and Cal king.
- Sofy Decor offers a large selection of culturally thematic and decorative duvet covers where one can choose colors and textile (i.e., microfiber or brushed polyester). Sizes include twin, queen, and king.
- The Perfect Pillowcase offers their satin pillows and sheeting bed wrap, designed to keeps one’s head/hair on satin throughout sleep. It is 100% bridal satin, and available in several colors.
In reviewing these items, I hope you find bedding accessories that work for you.
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- Essington, Amy. “Sarah E. Goode. (C 1855? – 1905).” 5 November, 2010. https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/goode-sarah-e-c-1855-1905/
- Sgamebelluri, Sabriana. “Leonard C. Bailey (1825 – 1918).” 16 July, 2018. https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/bailey-leonard-c-1825-1918/
- “L. C. Baily Folding Bed.” https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/d1/9b/f5/3e6b35d5319580/US629286.pdf
- “Sarah E. Goode Cabinet Bed.” https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/0c/d4/20/e3dfe1d0327e7e/US322177.pdf