October 2019

Wit & Delight | What should I consider when purchasing bedding?

Recently, Wit & Delight posted a story that featured our bedding essentials and helped introduce our 2019 fall home collection. There was so much great information in the piece by blogger Kate Arends, we decided to break her article Do You Really Need a Flat Sheet? And Other Key Questions About Bedding into two smaller posts and publish them on THREADS.

If you are going to spend one-third of your life in bed, you might as well be comfortable, right?

I worked with Garnet Hill to share their bedding essentials, and introduce their 2019 Fall Collection.

THREAD COUNT 

Thread count (the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch) is nice, but not the be-all and end-all. In theory, the higher the number, the softer the sheet.

However, most fabrics become softer after a few wash cycles.

What I tend to look for over thread count is the weave: linen (a natural fiber, with a “lived-in” look), percale (a basic, grid-like weave) or sateen (a satin weave). One is not better than the other in terms of quality, but they do differ in touch.

TEMPERATURE & LOCATION

Consider the temperature of your room and your geographic location when purchasing a comforter. Most of us sleep better when the room temperature is colder. I tend to buy “lighter” filled comforters because you can always add more blankets.

FIRMNESS 

To further complicate everything, pillows come in a variety of densities. Depending on how you sleep (side, back, or stomach), you may want to consider different levels of firmness.

  • Side sleepers may need a firmer pillow and a pillow on the thicker side. Look for one that is as thick as the distance between your ear and outside shoulder.
  • Stomach sleepers may need a soft pillow—or no pillow at all—underneath their head. A pillow under the stomach and pelvis may help prevent back pain.
  • Back sleepersmay need a flatter pillow, to keep the head and neck in alignment.

COLOR

I purchase my essential bedding (top sheet, flat sheet, pillowcases) in either a white or a neutral. I believe bedding is a necessary investment, and I want to ensure the basics are timeless.

An easy way to make your bedroom feel brand new from season to season is to rotate blankets, duvets, and pillow shams.


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