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A guide to selecting your bedding

To have or have not? A duvet, bed skirt or pillow shams? How about a bedspread, comforter or a neck roll? Help ensure a good night’s sleep by making sense of your bedding, then relax and get some well-deserved shut-eye!


Since approximately a third of your life is spent in bed, doesn’t it make sense to create a cozy sleeping environment? Here are a few tips to help make your bed a comfy haven.


While all of your bedding is important to gently lull you into a peaceful night’s sleep, your sheets are the first thing you slip into. An inviting silky layer of sheets should be comfortable and soothing on your skin. The two things that are key to choosing your perfect set of sheets are the thread count and the material used.

The thread count of your sheets should be approximately 300 to 600, as sheets of this quality will be durable, breathable and comfortable. The choice of materials include silks, linens, synthetics such as rayon or polyester, flannel, jersey, cotton and Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton is considered the luxurious cream of the crop, but in general, cotton is popular for year-round use. Flannel is perfect for a chilly winter night, and linen is a nice choice for the warmer months since it tends to stay cool. Silks are warming and therefore comfy in cool weather, while synthetics should be avoided since they don’t absorb moisture and can be irritating to sensitive skin.


The broad-based term of bedcovers can refer to several different bedding options. Duvets, comforters, quilts, bedspreads and blankets all fit into this category, and they all share one common goal — to keep you warm in the night. Things to consider when choosing your bedcover are ease of care, the filling choice and the other materials used. While extremely comfortable, a good-quality duvet is usually filled with down and feathers, which can be an allergen to some. A duvet also tends to be a pricier option, considering the need to purchase both the duvet and a duvet cover. It’s not laundry-friendly and shouldn’t be washed. A comforter can be made from down but is generally based on a polyester foundation and usually sits at a lower price point than a duvet. A polyester version can be easily thrown in the wash, but it is not as comfortable as a duvet. Blankets, quilts and bedspreads can be made from several types of materials, such as cotton, wool or synthetic fibres, and can add extra warmth or add a nice accent to your bed.


As with all bedding, pillows are a personal choice. With several options to choose from, it’s easy to find the one that’s right for you. Feathers, foam, memory foam or a cotton-poly blend are all common choices, as are a soft, medium or firm support pillows when deciding on pillows for your bed. Comfort and support are important for a proper night’s sleep, so consider what you need from your pillow, then choose wisely.

Pulling it all together

Decorative pillows, a bed skirt, pillow shams and specialty pillows such as a neck roll or full body pillow will all add a personal or designer touch to your bed. Opt for coordinating colours that match the rest of your room, and add layers of sheets, blankets and bedcovers to create your ultimate bed.

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