You want that luxury feel when you fall into bed every night. Now that you purchased your perfect dream-like mattress, (previous post “Bedroom Remodeling -One of your most important purchases, a Mattress” Tips for purchasing the right mattress) it’s time to talk about what’s on top of your bed, pillows, sheets, comforter, quilts, duvet insert, and covers, they all play in the role for a peaceful night’s sleep in your newly redecorated bedroom.
What type of Pillow is right for you?
Down – Cooling – Memory Foam – Latex – Gel Memory Foam – Hypoallergenic
For many people, deciding which type of pillow they need is just as difficult as choosing a new mattress. Pillows provide crucial support to your head and neck at night, which affects how the rest of your body feels in the morning. The best pillow should relax you and relieve tension as soon as you lie down to ease falling asleep.
If you’re waking up with neck pain or struggling with conditions like sleep apnea or snoring, it’s time to invest in a new pillow. You’ll give your head proper support, keep your body in healthy alignment, and encourage deeper, higher-quality rest.
Reminiscent of luxurious hotel beds, Down Pillows carry a particular touch of glamour. Down pillows deliver a conforming, plush response and have impressive longevity. Though a down pillow is known for its warmth, it insulates without trapping heat, so your body is still able to regulate temperature.
Side sleepers especially will appreciate the way down-filled pillows cradle the head and neck without pushing back too much, but down pillows work well for back and stomach sleepers as well.
Cooling Like mattresses, pillows can affect your temperature during the night. If your body is too warm, you’ll have a hard time getting quality rest. Cooling pillows limit heat retention, using a combination of ventilation and materials to dissipate heat and help you sleep better.
Memory foam’s adaptable nature gives it a slower response time and a more supportive feel. Memory foam pillows are available in a variety of comfort levels, from soft to extra firm, while shredded-memory-foam pillows offer a breathable feel, and cooling memory foam pillows help with temperature regulation.
Latex Naturally breathable and free of chemicals, latex pillows offer support and temperature regulation throughout the night. Foam latex pillows don’t need to be re-fluffed throughout the night and are available in a range of comfort levels for different sleep positions.
Memory foam pillows filled with Gel help keep the pillow cool, consistent, and firm. The gel cooling filling prevents the pillow from flattening, but it can be molded or re-shaped for additional comfort. Gel memory foam pillows are new to the market and combine the two features into one.
Ideal for allergy sufferers, Hypoallergenic pillows are engineered to keep away dust mites. The covers are typically treated with antimicrobial silver chloride that inhibits the bacteria, mold, and mildew that cause deterioration stains and odors.
Unfortunately, no comprehensive study exists that shows any single type of pillow being more (or less) effective at preventing allergic reactions.
Be picky about firmness. Do you sleep mostly on your back, your side, or your stomach? Generally, if you’re a side sleeper, you want a fuller pillow that makes up for the gap between the bed and your upper back and shoulder blades. It’ll help keep your neck aligned with your spine rather than angled to avoid any strain.
Back sleepers need flatter pillows since that gap is smaller, due to the curve of the upper back and shoulder blades. If you sleep on your stomach, a thin pillow is enough to keep your neck’s natural curve.
Linen Thread Count?? Ply?? What does it really mean??
Quality bed linens can mean the difference between blissful sleep and a night spent fitfully tossing and turning while anxiously replaying the day’s events.
The best ones are crisp, cool, and barely noticeable. The worst ones are clingy and rough — nightmare material!
In theory, the higher the thread count, the tighter the weave, resulting in a more durable and longer-lasting product. Some manufacturers use ply to artificially inflate the thread count.
The “ply” is the number of threads wound together in a single thread. Most high-quality bed linens are made with single-ply. Manufacturers will use two-ply to double the numbers and increase the thread count. So instead of buying whatever has the highest number, opt for the highest number you can get in a single-ply.
Microfiber vs Cotton – Luxury sheets for your redecorated Bedroom
Cotton is by far the most-loved fabric for sheets. The highest-quality, softest sheets use cotton with extra-long fibers (called long-staple fibers) that can be spun into fine, strong yarns. Certified long-staple cottons include Egyptian, Pima, and Supima®. That doesn’t mean that other types of cotton don’t make nice sheets. A fabric that is finished nicely with a high thread count can be made of a non-certified cotton and still be very comfortable.
Sheets made of microfiber — fabric composed of extremely fine fibers of polyester — are affordable and soft, and they resist pilling more than traditional polyester fabric does. However, polyester is less breathable than cotton and is probably not the best choice for those with sensitive skin.
Cotton jersey sheets are also reasonably priced and very breathable because they’re knit rather than woven. Jersey is basically T-shirt fabric, so jersey sheets may appeal to you if you like sleeping in a soft old shirt.
Microfiber and jersey don’t have the cool crispness of woven cotton, so if you like to flip your pillows to the cool side all night long, you’re better off looking at an inexpensive cotton percale instead.
Are you looking for sheets with cooling technology? With new
technologies, sheets actually store and release heat throughout the night, so your body stays at a stable temperature. Certain fabrics have superior moisture-wicking properties, like Tencel which is popular for its cool to the touch feel. Linen fabrics and cotton percale weaves also tend to be more breathable – keeping you cooler.
If you are a sweaty sleeper or going through menopause, these cooling sheets can help your night sweats be more bearable.
Duvet vs Comforter – a Focal Point in your designer Bedroom
Snuggly and warm, a well-chosen duvet will keep you cozy and sleeping soundly through the coldest winter nights, yet not be excessively hot or heavy during the summer. But when shopping for a new duvet, the choices can be a bit confusing. What does fill power mean? Which is better, down or an alternative? Channel or baffle construction?
Three terms that might cause you confusion are “duvet,” “comforter,” and “duvet cover.” Though often used interchangeably, there are actually differences between them.
A duvet is typically solid white, filled with down or a down alternative, and used to provide warmth and comfort on your bed. Although duvets are also referred to as “down comforters,” the word comforter is more often used in regards to warm bedding that is colored or patterned, rather than solid white. A comforter might be filled with down, but often is filled with a synthetic material.
Channel style has long rows or baffles that run from the foot of the comforter to the head. True Baffle box design refers to internal three-dimensional fabric wall boxes that allow maximum thickness and comfort while maintaining even distribution within the boxes. This construction will minimize migration of fill so the down doesn’t shift or clump in one section of the item.
A duvet covers surrounds a duvet like an envelope. While duvets are usually white, their covers come in a nearly endless choice of colors and patterns. Duvet covers are sewn shut on three sides, but the fourth side closes with large buttons, ties or a zipper, so you can remove or insert the duvet easily. It’s not essential to use a duvet cover, but most people like their decorative impact, plus they help keep the duvet clean.
Sweet Dreams in your newly decorated Bedroom ZZzzzzz
Once you’re finished, you’ll be hard-pressed not to hit the snooze button at least a few times before getting out of your luxurious bed in the morning. But, hey, that’s the price you pay for having a truly cozy bed to sleep in each night.