You already know that a comfy and supportive mattress is essential for getting a good night’s sleep. The bedding you choose also affects sleep and your ability to stay comfortable throughout the night. When looking for luxury bedding, search for soft materials, calming colors and quality comforters. Here’s a quick guide to get you started in the right direction. Stay with us for a luxury bedding checklist (with extra tips) as you make your bedroom a relaxing oasis for many sleep-filled nights.
Choose sheets that feel good on your skin
The fresh look and soft feel of cotton makes it a popular choice among many. In terms of luxury bedding and sheets, Egyptian and Pima cotton are best, as they are softer and more durable. If you like the glossy look of silk, consider bringing this material into the bedroom. Silk bedding is good for the skin and hair, because it helps retain moisture and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. If you love the look of silk but not the feel, opt for sateen sheets instead. Sateen has a glossy finish like silk but is actually made from cotton.
A third material you might consider is linen. Linen is breathable and wicks away moisture, which is perfect for keeping you cool in the summer.
Consider thread count
Thread count tells you the number of threads woven in an inch of fabric. Most people assume that a higher thread count is better, and that it means softer sheets. This, however, isn’t always the case. Look for a thread count between 200 and 800, while keeping details like material and price in mind. While you shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to buy quality sheets, a higher price often equates to better quality.
Splurge on a down comforter
There are some things you simply need to splurge on. A down comforter is one of them. High-quality down blankets are naturally insulating, but they aren’t heavy and don’t cause you to overheat (if overheating is a problem for you, simply choose a lighter fill). If you have allergy problems and find down to be irritating, choose a down-alternative fill instead. These comforters are still fluffy and cozy, and they won’t keep you up in the middle of the night.
When you struggle to keep warm at night, keep in mind that a thick comforter is not the only solution. A quick and easy trick is to have your layers (such as sheets and extra blankets) underneath you, not above you, for warmth.
Select colors that make you feel calm and happy
Colors are important for style, of course, but aesthetics aren’t the only reason to make color a priority when picking out your bedding. You go to your bedroom to relax, unwind and enjoy some alone time. The colors you choose for your space can have an impact on how you feel when you are spending time in the room. Greens and blues are both calming and beautiful. When in doubt, go with white. White bedding is crisp and clean and goes with any décor. It also adds tranquility in a space designated for sleep and relaxation, not to mention you can easily add a pop of color with pillows.
You spend a large portion of each day in bed. It’s important to invest in high-quality bedding that helps you get good, quality sleep. Keep these tips in mind as you begin your search, and look forward to falling into a cozy bed each night.
Use hypoallergenic bedding
Even if you don’t have allergies, your guests might. Plus, over the life of your bedding, allergies might develop. The best ways to protect against allergens are to buy bedding with all-natural fibers, high thread fabrics and slip covers. You might also consider a down alternative for your comforter and pillows, as down attracts dust mites and dander that can trigger reactions. If you decide to go with down bedding, make sure it contains cleaned feathers.
Check this list
Now that’s you have some of the broad concepts, take a look at this exhaustive list of the pieces you’ll need to execute luxury bedding in your room.
- Bed Skirt – This will keep items stored under the bed out of sight
- Encased Mattress Protector – Covers all sides and keeps bed bugs at bay
- Mattress Topper – The mattress top should be about 28 inches above the floor. Toppers will add height.
- Mattress Pad – Provides extra cushion and can often help guard against dust mites
- Fitted Sheet – The depth of a sheet pocket ranges from 7-25 inches. The thicker your mattress, the more pocket depth you need.
- Flat Sheet – Look for long (staple) cotton fibers as well as a high thread count
- Coverlet – Use a lightweight coverlet instead of a duvet in the summer
- Comforter – Wash on the delicate cycle with cool water to maintain fibers
- Duvet Cover – These extend the life of your comforter, and do it in style.
- Decorative Shams – Vary colors, sizes and textures of decorative pillows
- Euro Pillows – Organize your pillows biggest to smallest, back to front
- Pillow Protector – Help stop allergens and shield from hair, body oils
- Down or Memory Foam Bed Pillows – If you sleep on your side, go with 2 pillows – on your back, one pillow.
- Decorative Pillows – We suggest swapping out your pillows seasonally
- Pillow Cases – Wash on a weekly bases to prolong the life of your pillow
- Bed Scarf – Purely decorative, your chance to add a pop color
- Throw Blanket – Think comfy-cozy because this blanket will travel