Sleep is one of the most important parts of health and well being, and your bed is a part of that. You really only need to love your bed and your mom, right?
I’ve worked in product development for bedding during my career, and I know there are so many options out there for bedding. It’s hard to know what is worth it’s price tag and what isn’t. Here is the truth about what you really need to create the comfiest bed ever.
Start with the Sheets
Sheets are really expensive and there is a ton of misinformation out there. The quality of a sheet comes down to the fibers it’s made with. You will always want a sheet that is made out of cotton or linen, because those are the most breathable fibers that will keep you cool and comfy throughout the night.
A lot of people think thread count is an indicator of sheet quality, and at one point in time, it did. Thread count is the number of yarns woven in one square inch of a sheet. In order to get a high thread count, you have to use very fine cotton to weave 500 or more threads into 1 inch. Using fine yarn will make the fabric much softer than a coarser, cheaper yarn. Egyptian Cotton has historically been a long cotton fiber that is used to make fine yarn.
But, over the years thread count has become an out of control claim— companies use it on things like polyester fabric (which doesn’t even make sense), or they change the weave of fabric to pack extra yarns on top of each other to be able to claim a higher thread count number. None of this is going to give you a soft, breathable sheet. Even sheets with a real thread count of 800 are going to be super dense and heavy, which isn’t what everyone wants.
So how do you know if a sheet is good? Feel it. Check the fiber content for 100% cotton or linen. Anything over 250 thread count will probably be fine. You can also read guest reviews to see how it has held up for other people.
If you like silky smooth sheets, opt for a satin weave fabric which will look a little shiny. If you like cool, mushy sheets, opt for 100% linen. If you like crispy, smooth sheets, look for a percale. Touch and feel the sheet fabric to decide which is perfect for you! Sheets also usually have a softener on them to make them feel soft at first. This will wash off over the first few washes, so you might notice your sheet isn’t as soft as when your first got it. Cotton and linen fabric will get softer over time as they get used, so they will get soft again!
You also don’t have to spend a ton of money for decent sheets. Just do your research to make sure you are investing wisely.
The fabric preference for sheets also applies to your duvet cover. (If you’re confused what a duvet cover is— keep reading). I personally love how soft and mushy linen is so I have linen sheets and a duvet cover.
The duvet cover is what you put over a duvet insert. I have a down feather filled insert for winter and a polyester filled one for summer. The down feathers are insulating to hold in warmth, the poly fill is more light weight.
Duvet covers are easy to take off and wash or switch out when you want a refresh.
I like to dress up my bed with a quilt over the bottom half of it. I like cotton filled quilts because they’re warm and heavy. You could also use a blanket for the same look.
I make my bed with 2 decorative euro pillows. Euro pillows are large squares and are the back layer of all of your pillows. I then have my 2 bed pillows. I have feather filled bed pillows because I like how they’re firm yet squishy. If you are allergic or don’t like feathers, there are a lot of polyester filled options out there too. A lot of people think that pillows can’t be washed, but they can (and should be!). You just need to ensure that the filling gets fully dried.
I then layer a couple of decorative toss pillows that I switch out frequently. I usually do all white bedding and like to decorate with accessories so that I can switch out the look without spending a ton of money on all new bedding.
Once you invest in your foundational bedding pieces, they should last for years to come. And your only worry will be making it to your comfy bed by your bedtime!