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Mattress pads, 400-thread count sheets and shams…the intricacies of bedding can be overwhelming. But considering how many hours we spend in bed, we need it to be just right. Individual needs vary but when we crawl into bed at the end of the day, we all want an inviting, comfortable and relaxing night of sleep. With the proper guidance (ours!), you’ll be able to learn all the ins and outs, tucks and folds, needed to make the bed of your dreams. Your mama would be so proud.
1. Create a Solid Foundation
To ensure a future free of back-related injuries, invest in a quality mattress and boxspring. Do your research — Do you prefer a soft or firm mattress? Memory foam or innerspring? Double, Queen, or King? Bring a checklist of your personal needs on your shopping trip and be prepared to test drive a few models. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s warranties and store policies in case you get buyer’s remorse. The Better Sleep Council has a handy guide to walk you through choosing the right mattress.
Now that you have the mattress, you should protect that investment with a waterproof mattress cover. Secondary mattress toppers or pads are a great way to add comfort and protection as they often come with built in pillow-tops and hypoallergenic, antimicrobial properties. This is also a fast and relatively inexpensive way to help soften dorm room beds or lengthen the life of your current mattress.
3. Add some layers
Sheets are often sold in sets with one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and two pillowcases. Depending on your personal preference and mattress specifications, the fitted sheet can be a bit cumbersome. If you find yourself struggling, simply swap out the fitted sheet for a larger flat sheet. Take it to the next level by mastering bed making military-style.
It’s easy to become confused with all the marketing jargon used to sell bedsheets, however thread count and thread ply only refer to the actual amount of thread used to create the fabric. Higher thread count can usually mean a higher price tag, but does not necessary mean a softer sheet or more luxurious fabric. Doubly-ply sheets are usually more durable, while single-ply are lighter-weight and delicate. Your best bet is to touch fabric samples and choose the weight that works for you. Keep in mind that you will need a heavy weight set for the colder months.
4. Cover up
A bed wouldn’t be complete without a blanket or comforter. In the heat of summer, a simple quilt, coverlet, or a light down or synthetic comforter with a low fill should suffice. But in the the ravages of winter, a full bedspread is recommended. This time swapping out the comforter for a more heavier, evenly distributed fill before wrapping it in a warm duvet cover. Duvets usually require a comforter that is a couple inches larger to prevent sagging and bunching. If you a frequent napper, a throw blanket or runner is essential for those afternoon siestas.
5. Rest easy
Similar to the mattress and comforter, pillows come in a variety of styles, materials and price points. There are pillows with technology suited to help snorers maintain proper airflow and some that remain cool for those who suffer from hot flashes. While the minimum is generally two, consider your needs. A nighttime reader will need extra support in the form of a bolster to prop up your back, while a detailed decorator will opt for the accompanied shams. Again, preference is key. Just keep in mind that pillows won’t last as long as your mattress.
Now that you have the bed of your dreams, what are you waiting for? Catch some ZZZ’s. And remember, rotate and air out your mattress every three months, but wash your sheets weekly. Let us know how you make your bed in the comments below.