“ Brand: Wilkinson / Product Type: Duvet Set „
Over the summer I completely restocked my bedroom soft furnishings at Wilko, and this set was the second of two new duvet sets I treated myself to. It was also the more expensive, but still at £18, I thought relatively cheap for how good the quality looked to be. The set was contains a double duvet cover and two pillowcases.
The set is a simple plain colour, with a shiny ribbon trim running in four lines (spaced about an inch apart) along the top of the duvet cover and two lines down the side of each pillow case.
I washed the set before putting it onto the bed and it washed and ironed beautifully, and relatively easily, the material being "easy care" - 48% cotton and 52% polyester. Ironing the ribbon takes a bit of care because you don't want to iron a crease into it and it does lie fairly loose, being stitched to the cover and pillowcases only along its top edge. As the colours lent themselves more to autumn and winter I've used the set much more over the last few months, and it continues to come back like new after each wash and iron. Ironing remains easy as long as I remember to empty the washing machine promptly.
The other duvet set that I'd purchased at the same time had a fault around one of the seams, so with this one I was over-scrutinising the finish before I even washed it, but this set appeared to be perfectly finished around all the seams and trims. Since then, however, one of the ribbons has come undone and I've had to restitch it, so this does put a bit of a doubt in my mind about the overall quality of the Wilko range. Along the bottom are a row of poppers which all opened and fastened easily and are securely stuck to the cover. The strip where they are fixed to is doubled over for extra strength.
On the bed, the set looks lovely but it's definitely a winter look - the colour I chose was a deep red - almost burgundy - so it looks quite rich and brings warmth with it. It did make the room seem a bit darker after my previous cover which was bright and spotted - about as different as it's possible to get! Being plain and a nice bold colour it also makes the set totally unisex whilst still having that slight sheen of the ribbon to break up the plain-ness. The range of colours includes lighter shades as well - the lighter shades being taupe, white, parchment, beige, blue and lilac; with the darker/heavier colours being navy, purple, red and black.
I really like the look of this set but there does appear to be recurring quality control issues with the range.
The feel of the material is high quality and soft against my skin, definitely better than other cheap duvet sets which I've paid £20 for in B&M previously. On that basis I still think that this Wilko bedding is good value, and I do recommend it as a cheap and quick way for an unfussy new look to a bedroom, but maybe a more thorough scrutinising of the quality and finish is required before use. Wilko branded goods do come with a robust money back guarantee, it just depends how easy and convenient it is to think about the possible need to return faulty goods.