Are you having problems with your sleeping lately? Studies show that people who invest in their bedding have more chances of getting better sleep than those who don’t.
In this article, we have assembled a complete bedding guide for you containing a comprehensive understanding of the textiles, mattresses, and accessories to help you design your bedding needs. Create your own relaxing retreat, customized to a carefree zone where you can escape the day’s hustle and bustle every time you lie down.
Alternatively, you may create your bed with a vibrant spectrum of 100 percent linen bedding that becomes softer with each wash and never requires ironing. Alternatively, you may cocoon yourself in a serene nest of satin cotton or pristine white percale sheets decorated with an embroidered quilt. And don’t forget the right pillows for a good night’s rest.
In this article, we’ll show you how to identify high-quality elements in luxury bedding sets, such as hand-dyed yarns and finely completed hems, that will enable you to personalize your bed.
Percale, Sateen, or Linen?
People keep asking this one question when it comes to percale or satin – which is better? Well, it depends completely on your tastes.
Percale is plain and matte-weaved with a crisp finish. It has a cool feel to it and it is perfect for those who get overheated when they sleep and for warm weather. Sateen is very soft compared to percale, with a lustrous, smooth finish like satin. Linen sheets are quite breathable and can wick away moisture. They also transition very beautifully between every season. Moreover, they are made of flax which is renewable and makes them environment friendly and fully biodegradable.
Both percale and linen wear well with time and get softer with every wash. When it comes to choosing one, try touching the fabrics and compare which one feels more comfortable on your back.
Does Thread Count Matter?
Many people ask if thread count really matters or not. The answer is yes and no. Thread count indicates the number of vertical and horizontal threads present in a square inch of fabric. It is often associated with the quality of the sheets and used as a barometer for determining smoothness and durability.
On the contrary, a sheet with a higher thread count can be a delicate weave too and may not be that durable. In the case of cotton, the longest-wearing and softest weave starts with a thread count of around 200. But remember, a high thread count is one factor, but the type of cotton used is more significant.
How to Choose High-Quality Cotton?
Egyptian cotton has always been the top of the line here with Pima cotton (also known as Supima cotton) coming in second place. Note, if the label simply just says, “100 percent cotton,” assume that it is American upland cotton which is a rougher and less expensive variety of widely-used cotton.
On the other hand, what makes Egyptian cotton so special is its long fibers that can produce sheets that are thin and sumptuous – yet extremely durable and strong. Pima cotton is also very soft and less likely to pill (where cotton fibers break and tangle), unlike regular cotton. American upland cotton has shorter fibers and can poke out of the weave that leads to a coarser and weaker fabric.
Be aware when buying Egyptian cotton because even though they are the most lavish material for sheets, not all that glitters is gold. Genuine Egyptian cotton is grown in Egypt under very specific conditions and they are carefully washed and combed to maintain its integrity. This is what makes them so soft and durable. But some manufacturers have found shortcuts for growing a lookalike of Egyptian cotton. They are grown outside their natural habitat that results in lower-quality cotton. The price remains the same for both despite the differences in quality, so you have to be extra careful when buying them.
Solid Color vs. Patterned Designs
While solid colors can bring an elegant and simple vibe to your room, patterned bedding has its own advantages. Solid colors can contribute to making your room a relaxing, zen-like space, which is great for racking down after a long day.
Consider the bedding as a monochromatic color scheme of solid colors to create a retreat-style bedroom. Get your head fixed to the main color, then layer it with darker and lighter shades of that same color. This way your bedding won’t look dull, and you can simply throw a duvet and matching pillow shams to enhance its charm.
On the other hand, if you plan to pick up accent colors from the room, then patterned bedding will give you the flexibility to feature those colors without making it look overwhelming and tacky. Traditional bedding styles feature floral patterns that include colors from around the bedroom.
Remember, patterned bedding tends to become outdated more quickly than solid colors. So, consider using one patterned piece only with a few small accents, so you don’t have to change the entire set every time. You can also coordinate the color of the bedding patterns with your bedroom walls.
Don’t Forget Trendy Accessories
There is no alternative to accessorizing your bed with decorative pillows, blankets, and duvet covers. Lightweight blankets are a versatile addition to your bedroom so you can change them for heavier comforters, during mild weather, and layered coziness during chilly weather. When choosing your blanket, look for ones with borders for added detailing.
In terms of décor, duvet covers are indeed a must-have because they maintain the duvets tidy and provide infinite decoration options for your bed. When choosing your duvets, look for the ones with inner ties as they will keep your duvet in place when you sleep. Get a duvet with a color or pattern on each side to easily change the look of your bedding whenever you are in the mood.
Pillows are essential to your bedding and add depth and dimension to your finished bed. This fluffy luxury can bring heavenly comfort if balanced with the perfect tenderness. If you prefer a firmer core, tuck it up with duck feathers. For getting a down-like experience, select premium Italian synthetic microfibers.
When choosing your pillow shams, look for sophisticated details like piped edging and flange seaming. While shams are usually matched with the duvets, coverlet, or quilt, you can make a visual difference by pairing it up with a solid cover and patterned shams.
Bedding is an art and options are limitless when it comes to styling your bed. Use your own creativity and ideas now that you are a pro at picking quality beddings. And, don’t forget to share your unique contrasts with the rest of us.