What Does That Even Mean-Breaking Down Bedding
Did you know that you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, and that's why choosing the right bedding is important. When shopping for bedding you might find yourself asking these questions. What is a thread count? Is it even important? Do I really need to buy silk? Yes, shopping for bedding can be overwhelming, when I bought my first set of sheets I thought Egyptian Cotton just meant cotton from Egypt. Boy was I wrong, I think the sales lady legit laughed in my face. I won't let any sales lady laugh in your face! So, I've created an easy to use guide that not only explains the products, but if that material is worth the price. No one is going to pull one over on my readers ;) Please note, this is just about bedding. Pillows compliment bedding but there not the same, its like comparing apples to oranges. Come back tomorrow to learn about pillows.
This stuff isn't rocket science but there are dictionaries on this subject, not only are there different type of material but different types of bedding. So lets start with asking yourself what type of bedding do you want?
Bedspreads- aka spread, is a bed cover with sides that go to the floor. Since the spread touches the floor you wont need to purchase a bed skirt to hide your bed frame and boxspring.
Bed Skirt- aka dust ruffle, is a decorative piece used to hide that no so decorative box spring . It goes in-between your mattress and box spring and extends to the floor. It is commonly used with coverlets, duvets, and comforters.
Coverlets-aka blanket, quilt, or throw, used on top of the bedding or end of bed for extra warmth or decoration. It doesn't touch the floor or cover the pillows.
Comforter- aka as duvets, comforters are thick, quilted bed covers. It in my opinion is the major decorative element in the bedroom. Some comforters don't require a comforter cover where as a duvet always requires a comforter/duvet cover. Comforters are filled with a variety of material to choose from to keep you warm. Please see below on material options.
Duvet Cover-aka comforter cover. Has an opening where the comforter or duvet is inserted, the opening is then closed usually by buttoning it. This again is one of the most decorative elements in the bedroom, so its the most important to think about when buying.
Bottom Sheet-aka fitted sheet is the sheet with the elastic-edge that is used to fit over your mattress. So your not sleeping on your matters!
Top Sheet-aka flat sheet, is the sheet you put over the top of your bed and bottom sheet to separate you from your comforter or duvet. Honestly, I don't use one so its your decision but I recommend for your guestroom you have one.
Have I lost you yet? Good, I didn't think so, lets move on to material.
As previously mentioned Comforter aka Duvets come in different material so lets break that down. First you have to ask your self natural or non-allergic?
Natural -filled with feathers and/or down. They're generally regarded to have the most luxurious feel of cover, although their weight can massively vary. If you choose natural, where your feathers come from actually matters. I'm not kidding it does matter, you wont be getting your moneys worth if the feathers don't come from a colder region. Duck feathers and down feathers from Europe are generally from the coldest parts of Scandinavia, where the birds develop a highly insulating coat to keep them warm. European or Canadian made comforters will have higher quality than ones made in China or India. Your natural options consists of:
- Feather-warm, soft, heavy, and breathable. Firmer and heavier than down.
- Down-warm, soft, lighter, loftier, and breathable. Retains your body heat, keeping you at just the right temperature.
- Wool-hypoallergenic, dirt resistant, resilient, eco-friendly and helps you sleep better. When your body is warm, the wool retains air. When your body is cold, wool removes moisture form the skin and traps dry air and wrath.
- Natural Silk-pricier, lightweight, breathable, hypoallergenic, and strong. Survives more washes due to the silk warms spinning the silk nice and strong. Silk regulates your body temperature by drawing warm air away from your skin in summer and trapping warm air in the winter.
Non-allergic- contain material made of synthetic fibers, like hollowfibre, microfiber which are naturally free of dust mites. Lets take a look at the options:
- Synthetic- lightweight, cosy warm, and dust mite free. Just be aware cheaper versions become lumpy and uncomfortable.
- Hollowfibre-thicker, hardwearing, good value for money, and can come in anti-allergy options.
- Microfiber-popular choice among consumers, soft, lightest, but gets flattened a bit more quickly.
We're almost done, and next time your significant other asks "what type of bedding does it matter?" pull out your phone and show him this list. Like I said there are dictionaries on this topic. Only thing left to discuss is non-duvet materials, such as your bottom and top sheets.
- Satan-soft and smooth with a slight sheen and slightly warmer than percale.
- Silk-is a very good thermal insulator, helping you to stay cooler during the summer warmer during the winter months, which supports healthy skin. [bed linen]
- Bamboo blend-sustainable,naturally antimicrobial, and sips up moisture.
- Linen-wick away body heat, making it perfect for warmer climates.
- Percale-is cool and crisp and ideal for warmer sleepers or summer months.
- Jersey-is soft and stretchy knit, that’s often compared to a t-shirt.
- Flannel- is slightly fuzzy, inexpensive, extremely durable, warmest, and thickest fabric.
- Micro-fiber- is fine strands of polyester. Soft to touch, lightweight, ideal for those with allergies.
- Cotton-durability, comfort and breathable. Traps heat and lets cool air pass through in summer, so it’s a great choice for almost any climate.Types of cottons and thread counts:
- Organic Cotton-are fibers grown organically, it doesn’t mean the fabric was processed without toxic chemicals.
- Egyptian Cotton-is traditionally an extremely high quality fabric. The cotton is grown in humid conditions not always in Egypt. It’s long cotton fibers that make it unique, soft and long-lasting. Be careful not all Egyptian cotton is the same some companies like to blend so be sure to look for 100% Egyptian.
- Thread Count- is a barometer of a sheet’s smoothness and durability. Its measure by the number of threads in 1 square inch of fabric. Does it make a difference yes and no. High thread counts translate to increased comfort. However; you’ll do just fine with a style in the 400 range. The extra thread count doesn’t make enough difference in feel to justify the price and can even make the sheets more stiff because the fibers have been jammed closely.
If your not buying online I always recommend to feel the fabric yourself to figure out what your more comfortable with. So there you have it you've become a bedding master! Come back tomorrow to learn about pillows.