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Bedding Buying Guide

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Pillows


Did you know pillows are equally as important as your mattress to the quality of your sleep? You could find the perfect mattress for your body type but if your pillow is old or lumpy, it could be hindering your spinal alignment and posture.

Your pillow is an important health investment and should be updated every 18-24 months. Pillows collect dead skin cells, mildew, mould, fungus, and dust mites. Over time, these unwelcome organisms can trigger allergies and interfere with the respiratory system, due to their close proximity to your head!

Thinking you might need a new pillow? Consider the following:

Fill
(i.e. memory foam, latex)

Size
(i.e. standard, euro, body)

Shape
(i.e. contour, high profile, low profile)

Your sleeping position also matters to your pillow choice; for example, back sleepers and stomach sleepers may need a low profile pillow to avoid craning the neck; side sleepers may require something higher profile to support the curve of the neck. This is why we recommend visiting our team to get fitted to a pillow that correctly supports your individual body shape and sleep style. We will also take into consideration the mattress you sleep on and suggest alternative options where applicable.

If you need further help picking a pillow, please don’t hesitate to contact a friendly member of our team.

Sheets


Purchasing new sheets for your bed can be an overwhelming and confusing process! Let us help to simplify the decision making for you. There are three essential elements that determine the quality and feel of a sheet:

FIBRE:

Blended fibres such as polyester and cotton are a popular combination as they are durable, easy to wash and resist wrinkling. However, the softest and most breathable sheets are made from natural fibres, such as cotton, silk, linen or any combination of these.

Supima is a trademark that identifies items manufactured using 100% Pima Cotton. Pima cotton is grown exclusively in America, and is often referred to as the “cashmere” of cottons, as it surpasses cottons in softness, strength and the brilliance of its colour. Sheets that have this Supima trademark on display guarantee exceptional quality.

Cotton sheets are softer and stronger than sheets made from other fibres, due to the extra length of the fibre. The staple length of Supima cotton for example, is 35% longer than regular cottons, increasing the softness and lustre. Fewer fibre ends are exposed, minimising abrasion.

Supima is also up to 45% stronger than regular cottons (even the leighter-weight fabrics!), making it much more resilient. It also absorbs and retains colour more effectively than regular cottons, meaning that Supima products maintain their brilliance over many years of use.

THREAD COUNT:

Thread count is the number of vertical and horizontal threads in 10 square centimetres of fabric. Generally, the higher the thread count, the better the sheet, however the quality of the fibre used is also important to consider. For example, a sheet with a high thread count but poor quality of fibre may be less comfortable and durable than a sheet with a lower thread count, woven with a luxurious natural fibre such as silk or cotton.

Thread Counts generally come in 250 and 400 TC.

WEAVE:

The weave of a sheet determines how it feels against your skin. The crispest sheets are made from percale – a plain weave starting at 225 TC with equal numbers of vertical and horizontal threads. Sateen sheets have a much silkier feel. This is achieved by running the vertical threads over four horizontal threads. These also appear to be shiny and lustrous because light reflects off the surface of the exposed threads.

There are two cottons which boast a high quality of their weave and durability; these are Supima and Egyptian. However, there are some subtle differences which separate the two.

All cotton grown in Egypt is “Egyptian”, however this doesn’t necessarily mean the cotton is extra-long, or Extra Long Staple (ELS). Many brands claim to be Egyptian, however there is no guarantee of ELS. Even if the cotton is ELS, it may be of poorer quality or made of a combination of different quality fibres.

Supima is grown exclusively, so it can guarantee ELS cotton on all of its products, making it the cotton of choice for the discerning buyer.

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • Fitted Sheets: Make sure your fitted sheets are the correct size for your mattress – especially if your mattress is particularly tall. Fit the sheet from the diagonal corners and it won’t be so tricky to stretch that last corner over the mattress!
  • Flat Sheets: Make sure these are the right size so you have plenty of extra sheet to tuck underneath the mattress. This should be placed upside-down on the bed so that when you fold back the header, the correct side is on display.

If you need any further assistance choosing sheets and accessories, head into your closest Sleepy’s store and our friendly team will be more than happy to help you choose based on your budget and your preferences.

Decorative


Making your bed look as beautiful as they do in magazines does not need to be a lengthy or difficult process! Once you’ve found your perfect mattress, look for these additional items for finishing touches:

Valance

– If you have a gap between the bottom of your bed and the floor, you may need a valance. A valance is a decorative drapery usually with a pleated or gathered border, designed to hang down over the sides of the bed to screen the space below it.

Pillowcases

– For the best look, these should match the colour of your sheets. Push the pillows right into the corners of the case so that the opening flap can be tucked over the end of the pillow.

Quilt Cover

– We recommend a Queen quilt for a Double bed, a King quilt for a Queen bed, and so on. Fitting the cover over the quilt can be a tricky process. TIP: turn the quilt cover inside out, put your arms inside and take hold of the corresponding corners of the quilt. From here, you can shake the quilt cover back the right way, keeping hold of those two corners the whole time. Once the corners are filled properly and the quilt is not folded in any places, button up the cover, and leave the end facing the bottom of the bed.

Decorative Pillows

– In addition to the matching pillowcases & sheets, you can also use two pillows which match the quilt cover; this will give the bed that “designer” look. Pile them up on top of the other pillows or sit them in front of the headboard.

The European Pillows

– These are big, fluffy and can make the bed look extra inviting. Have the colour scheme match the other four pillows, puff them out so they look comfy and sit them against the wall or headboard.

The Decorative Cushions

– These are smaller cushions that can change the appearance of the entire bed without costing a fortune. Try using odd numbers of cushions in different shapes and sizes until you find the perfect combination for a stunning bedroom.

The Throw or Coverlet

– The finishing touch! These are also very handy to have in the cooler months for relaxing on the couch or taking a nap. Fold the throw neatly or drape casually across the end of the bed.

If you need any advice on your mattress, bed, bedding or accessories, head into your closest Sleepy’s store and speak with the sleep experts. Our team will be happy to help you transform your bedroom into a stunning sanctuary for a healthy night’s sleep!