Bedding FAQ

Despite seeming like a relatively straightforward topic, bedding is quite the topic for discussion. In fact, there are a lot of commonly asked bedding questions that very few people know the answer to.

Here are a few bedding FAQs to get you thinking.

What is the difference between a pillowcase and a sham?

Although both are, at face value, covers for pillows, they are designed to serve two different purposes. Pillows are purely functional, providing you with an extra layer to put your face on while you sleep.

Shams, on the other hand, are more for decor purposes, coming in a variety of patterns, colors, and textures. They are almost always removed from the bed before sleeping.

What is the difference between a pillow top and a euro top mattress?

Another great question. Generally, a pillow top mattress has the appearance of a giant blanket that has been laid on top of your bed.

It is, however, sewn onto the mattress top. A euro top sits flat on the mattress and is sewn on all sides, keeping the extra padding layer flush on the mattress.

How long is the lifespan of a down comforter?

In general, down comforters will last 10-15 years. With proper care and careful avoidance of sitting on top of the comforter, however, they can last 15-20 years.

What sizes do pillows come in?

Pillows, like blankets, beds, and box-springs, come in a variety of sizes. They come in standard, king, euro, and boudoir sizes.

What is thread count?

Thread count is the term given to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch of a material.

How can I prolong the life of my mattress?

Firstly, invest in a mattress that can be flipped. If it can’t be, be sure to turn it so that you are sleeping on both sides evenly.

Second, you can keep a mattress cover and/or topper on top of the mattress to protect it from staining and wear.

What is the best bed sheet material?

Cotton is generally considered the best bed sheet material. It is soft, breathable, durable, and relatively affordable. In terms of comfort, though, many who can afford high-end sheets will say they prefer the comfort of silk sheets.

What are hypoallergenic sheets?

Hypoallergenic sheets are sheets made from both man-made and natural fibers that do not generally cause allergies. Sme hypoallergenic sheets even repel allergens such as dust mites.

Can I use a duvet cover for my regular comforter?

Yep! Sure can. Duvet covers are designed to protect duvets, so why shouldn’t they be used to protect your favorite comforter?

Are gel pillows safe?

Generally speaking, yes. Keep in mind that all pillows have the potential to cause injury. Gel pillows, though, are no more unsafe than any other pillow.

How can I clean my mattress?

One of the easiest way to clean a soiled mattress is by spot cleaning. This can be done using a cleaner such as bleach or Pine-Sol, dish soap and water, or just warm water. The best treatment depends on the stain.

How to pick the right pillow

Pillows are arguably one of the most intimate possessions we have. We spend countless hours resting our heads and faces in them.

We are so intimate that we not only feel very possessive of them, but also have hints of different emotions going through our minds.

Our beds are our safe place, and the pillows our lifeless, loyal friends.

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Choose a pillow that will be your friend, not your enemy!

That said, pillows were not created equally. Just like with people, we go along with some pillows better than with others. So how do you find the right pillow for you?

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Choosing the right mattress for your needs

It is a somewhat troubling thought that we are very poor choosers when it comes to mattresses.

Haven’t we all felt very undecided when trying out a new mattress? All mattresses surely feel different, but somehow, the difference seems trivial when trying them out in the shop.

One reason for that may be that we need a lot of time to evaluate a mattress. Picking one in a couple of minutes after an awkward try out is probably not going to be the best choice ever.

My friend, Monetta, is a chiropractor from Henderson, Nevada and she has told me some nightmare stories from some of her patients who now suffer with chronic pain because of a poor choice in mattress. 

Make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to you by continuing to read this article to find out more about choosing the right mattress for you. 

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Not sleeping well at night? It could be your pillow that’s the problem! 

Waking up drowsy and dragging yourself out of your bed? Feeling stiff and not quite the energetic self you’d like to be?

At one point or another, we’ve all been there. For some it’s a chronic situation and for others a disagreeable reality.

While we can’t quite reveal the secrets that people who spring out of bed hold, we can inspect some of the factors that might be causing you to have a sub-optimal sleep.

One of those important factors is your sleeping positions, and believe it or not, it has a lot to do with your pillow.

  • Comfort

This is probably the most obvious aspect of being equipped with a high quality pillow. Having a pillow made of quality fabric will automatically switch your brain off for the day and induce sleep.

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What you need to know about bed sheets

Picking the right sheets for your bedroom and yourself is not a trivial task. One might surely settle down for a good enough fabric and overview, but that does not have to be the case.

The issue with sheets though, is not just making a good upfront investment. There are also maintenance costs such as washing, drying and ironing to be kept in mind.

While surely not the most interesting tasks, sheets are quite important to our everyday lives.

We spend a huge chunk of our time in our beds, and the comfort we deserve after a long day is not to be haggled with.

One might correctly assume that a good mattress and a right comforter are what one needs to be concerned with, but then again, the sheets are what you come in touch with. They also deserve some attention.

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Common bedding washing mistakes

Washing and cleaning clothes, bedding in particular, is usually considered quite a chore and as such we tend to neglect its aspects and implications.

This results in wrinkles, creases and suboptimal solutions to our cleaning. Sometimes we don’t know which detergent to use or forget to pick up clothes when they’re done washing.

Other times, the detergent of our choice might not be the most suitable to the job. So how do we wash bedding so it feels like we’re floating on a cloud when we’re tucked in? Let’s start with some basic mistakes that prevent us from that.

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Choosing a winter comforter

With the leaves turning and the fall colors starting to engulf nature, winter is not far off. With the changing of seasons there certainly are a couple of things we need to keep in mind.

All species prepare vigorously for winter, but luckily we don’t have to stock up with food or hibernate. Instead, one of the few aspects we have to adjust for winter is our sleeping commodities.

With the climate gradually changing we are starting to become accustomed with winters being harsher every year. It almost seems as if every new winter is breaking a record of some description.

In this view, picking a suitable comforter to pass a potentially cold winter is an investment with a good return.

But a lot of people put off this task primarily because choosing from the virtually endless types, fillings, TOG rating or any other aspect can be intimidating and discouraging. How do we pick just the right comforter suited to our needs?

Thermal insulation

In the textile industry, TOG is a measure of thermal resistance which specifies just how much of your natural body heat will be retained and not lost in the surroundings.

If we’re expecting a harsh winter, then the number we want is close to 13.5, a pretty good heat retaining efficiency.

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