The Perfect Bedding

pillow-1890940_1920Creating the perfect bedding set can be a daunting task to master. Here is a guide to picking the elements that fit your style and comfort needs.

Sheets

Bedding - MessyYou have probably been swayed by the thread count number on a new set of sheets. So, what is a thread count? The thread count is the total number of threads in a square inch of fabric. A high thread count means its good, right?

Did you know that there is an institute devoted to testing home goods? It’s called the Good Housing Institute, and here they test the softness, durability, and overall awesomeness of home products. According to the Good Housing Institute, a higher thread count should imply a softer sheet. But it is not always necessarily the case. The Good Housing Institute found that higher thread count sheets actually ranked lower than sheets with lower thread counts.

Mattress Pad and Topper

The mattress pad or mattress topper is an often-overlooked bedroom accessory. These simple additions protect your mattress from dust and perspiration. These mattress covers increase the life time of your mattress and can even make it easier to change the sheets. If you have put off this purchase, get one. You won’t regret it.

Bedspreads

Orange BeddingWe all have our personal preferences. Think of a dream hotel room and base your bed set off of that ideal comfort. When it comes to bedspreads you got comforters, duvets with covers, quilts, and coverlets.

A comforter can often be bought as a bed set with matching accent pillows or pillow shams. This makes it simple to pick an overall design for your bedding. Comforters are primarily decorative and filled with layers of material like polyester, down feathers, down alternatives, wool or silk.

Duvets are similar to comforters but are generally used as an insert for a duvet cover. The cover keeps the duvet clean. Duvet covers are a great idea if you want to be able to switch up your bedding style from time to time.

Coverlets are quilted or woven lightweight blankets used over a thicker or warmer bedspread. They are often sold with coordinating shams which makes it a good option for a foundation for a bed set. Coverlets have subtle stitching patterns and can be layered to create a sophisticated look.

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Finding the right pillow for your sleeping habits is essential. Did you know that it is recommended to change your pillows every 2-18 moths? This is because the filling slowly deteriorates over time. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, there is a certain type of pillow that will fit you best.

Decorative pillows are a simple way to add finishing touches to the overall style of your bedding set. These simple additions are also easy to swap and update over time.

Here are some recommendations on places to get you started:

Amazon– Your favorite destination for just about anything has a great selection of bedding too! And next day shipping. So browse to your hearts content and check out a variety of great deals and designer brands.

Nordstrom– Nordstrom might have the best selection of high end designer and affordable brands. Plus they have an excellent return policy to boot. They currently are running their Fall sale on all bedding!

Anthropologie – Anthropologie often has sales for up to 40% off, which is great for purchasing key pieces for your bedding set like designer throw pillows and shams.

Bed Bath & Beyond – Classic colors and styles of a variety of bedding right from your neighborhood chain! Here you can get Duvet sets starting at just $60.

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