Getting eight hours of sleep a night is easier said than done—we all know that. Work, kids, events, stress, a good book—all those things can get in the way. But one thing that should not disrupt your ability to sleep is your bed itself. Your bed should be a haven of comfort and warmth.
Perhaps you prefer a firm mattress and a heavy down comforter, or maybe you need a softer mattress and could sleep with just a top sheet and a quilt. And depending on your height, you might be fine in a full bed or need a queen in order to properly stretch out.
From the mattress to the linens, these are the things to think about when you are buying a new bed set.
Wool vs Synthetic Blanket
The finest-quality wool blankets available are of merino wool. They are also the warmest. Synthetic blankets, however, are non-allergenic, less expensive and easier to wash.
DIY Duvet Cover
Rather than buying an expensive duvet cover for a comforter, buy a couple of flat sheets in the size and color you need and sew them together on three sides. Sew grommets into the fourth side and close with a decorative ribbon.
Full Size is the Perfect Size
You can buy a full flat sheet to use instead of a queen flat sheet for a queen-size bed. Not only is a full sheet less expensive, but there’s much less material hanging over the edge when you make the bed.
Go for a Featherbed
If you want to give your mattress a pillow-top look and feel, buy either a featherbed or a polyester fiber bed. They’re soft and luxurious and give your bed that “lofty” look. They’re also less expensive than a new mattress.
To fill a decorative sham, buy an inexpensive queen-size pillow. It fills the sham completely — even in the corners — and will give your bed that beautiful full look.
Go With Pre-Shrunk Flannel
When buying flannel sheets, make sure the label says “preshrunk.” Otherwise, the flannel will probably shrink, causing your fitted sheet to no longer fit.