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How to Choose Bedding That Perfectly Meets Your Expectations

Updated: May 28

The best way to guarantee healthy sleep is to make sure you’re sleeping on the right mattress. However, an often-overlooked aspect of sleep is bedding. What material, size, and density your bed spread, sheets and pillowcases are can all improve or hurt sleep.



Choosing the right duvet and pillows


Before exploring luxurious bed linens and high thread count sheets, it’s important to build a solid foundation. The foundation of bedding starts with pillows and a duvet.


No bed is complete without a fluffy duvet, but there are other important factors to keep in mind. If your room is noticeably warm or cold at night, it’s important to select a duvet that accommodates that. If you’re partner hates being hot, finding a happy medium with your duvet can ease bedroom tension.


There is actually a metric to know how warm a duvet will keep you at night known as tog rating. In the summer months or hot rooms, try to use a duvet that falls between 2.5 to 4.5 tog. When the weather or temperature falls in the middle, consider a 9 to 10 tog. When winter rolls around or if your AC works extra hard, try to keep your duvet in the 12 to 13.5 tog range.


For pillows, it’s important to find something that’s soft and comfortable without sacrificing crucial head support. When shopping for pillows, or checking in on old ones, try the arm test. Simply place your pillow over your extended arm and see what happens. If the pillow stays straight, you’re in good shape, but if it drapes over your arm, it’s in poor sleeping condition.


Considering thread count


Thread count is the first thing that comes to mind when shopping for bedding. Despite this, navigating thread counts can be confusing and most people don’t know what count the best value will be.


For starters, thread count measures the number of threads per square inch in fabric. The higher the count, the finer the fabric is. While it’s often used to measure quality, thread counts are often intentionally deceptive to justify overpriced bed sheets.


When it comes to selecting fabric, thread count is worth keeping in mind, but it’s more important to consider the quality of the weaving and the fineness of the yarn used to craft the bed sheets. Quantity is more important than quality so don’t get lost in the weeds by focusing solely on the thread count number.


Choosing the right materials


Most bedding will be made of either cotton, silk, or linen. All three of these materials provide breathable bedding that’s optimal for sleep. However, all three have their own unique traits to offer.


The standard option for bed sheets is cotton, but on the luxury end is Egyptian cotton which offers a smooth, crisp finish. Egyptian cotton is breathable, comfortable, beautiful and some of the best value for your dollar you’ll find anywhere.


If you’re concerned about the impact your bedding may have on your skin, silk sheets may be right for you. Silk bedding is structured with protein-infused thread that can tame and promote healthy hair while also keeping skin hydrated. If you find the glossy finish of silk sheets to be a nuisance, don’t worry most come with cotton covers that do not hinder the benefits of silk.


Finally, for those looking for a relaxed finish that gives off the same vibes as a beach-side resort, there is linen. Many worry about the wrinkly look that linen often takes, but don’t let this deter you. A few washed will soften and smooth the sheets resulting in a better finish.


Finding the perfect fit


Finding the right size bedding is simple for anyone who owns a standard-sized mattress, but it may seem like a stressful endeavor for anyone who owns a specialty mattress. For example, if you own an antique bed, you may have a three-quarters mattress and traditional retailers will not likely carry the right size for you.


To help make your buying experience easier and convenient, stick with experts like us who specialize in bedding for three quarter mattresses. Antique Bed Mattress is proud to feature mattress protectors that fit ¾ beds. Is your antique bed larger or smaller? Not a problem. Allow us to create a custom-made protector that fits your mattress by inputting your dimensions. We also offer premium bed sheets which are tailor-made to fit antique beds and other unique mattress designs. You can always find the perfect fit at AntiqueBedMattress.com.