We all know and cherish the thought of climbing into fresh sheets after a long day on the run. Whilst you may not feel 100% present during your snooze to truly experience the comfort, there are countless benefits of a beautifully adorned bed. Aside from the need to keep up with your laundry, it’s safe to say that once we hit adulthood, we may need an upgrade from our rainbow printed, 100% polyester ensemble – although at the time, what a find! My absolute top tip is to make sure you have protectors for appropriate items (pillows, and mainly your mattress), ensuring the longevity of your bed.
If you do use a duvet, it is recommended you aim to launder it (& your pillows) every two to three months. If you are game, use your washing machine on a delicate cycle, however, going to the dry cleaner is your safest option, and will probably give your duvet its best clean yet. Despite feeling drained by the thought of lugging your duvet to the cleaners, taking care of your bedding only furthers its life and improves your good night’s sleep.
If you’re not in a situation where you can spend thousands on a high quality mattress, it is worth researching foam mattress covers. I was lucky enough to purchase a King Coil mattress about a year ago, but had a great amount of anxiety over the firmness I had selected. After realising it was probably too firm a bed for my liking, I purchased a comfort cool gel overlay from Clark Rubber (although it was slightly more expensive, I selected the ‘cool gel’ over the memory foam as I am a warm sleeper), which has done the trick.
Another important aspect of dressing your bed is paying attention to thread count. Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch, but is basically a measure of weight. It is generally (& possibly misunderstood by many) believed that the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet – or, the better it will wear and softer it will become over a longer period of time. However, there are many different aspects to consider when choosing the thread count suitable for you. The higher the thread count, the heavier the sheet will be. The quality is achieved by the selection of materials, the finish and the quality of the yarn used to spin the design. What you really need to do is test the feel and trust your skin, rather than rely on the thread count to give you your answers. As a general rule though, if you stick somewhere between the 200 – 800 thread count, it is likely you will have purchased durable sheets that will last a significant period of time.
Linked below are a selection of designers I have tried personally (& love).
IN BED linen provides plenty of information regarding the materials they use, where the flax for their linen is grown and harvested, and where pieces are woven (mostly in a small, family run factory in Shenzhen, China). Their products are top quality at an affordable price – so much of a success that their brand has developed somewhat of a cult following. Also check out their new product range of corduroy pillows/cushions.
Sheridan have been around for fifty years and create perfect classic options. Their quality runs the same across all their products ranges, no matter the thread count. Their website has a great section to assist you in choosing the right material for your bed, based on your own specific needs – ‘choose your perfect sheet’. They also often have some great sales.
Libeco is a Belgian textile company, established in 1858 – one of the oldest producers of linen & linen/cotton fabrics in Europe.