Sweet Dreams

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There are few things more pleasing than falling into a comfortable and well-appointed bed at the end of a long day--or dare we say, even for a wonderfully self-indulgent afternoon nap? What can you do to make your bedroom a sanctuary of rest and respite?

Start with a quality box spring and mattress. Add a nicely-pressed bed skirt, and follow with a mattress pad. This can be anything from a simple cover, all the way to the other end of the spectrum: a fluffy down bed-topper, or meet in the middle with a nicely-padded cover or memory-foam pad. The choice is yours, depending upon if you prefer a cloud-like bed experience--soft and fluffy--or a more firm and supportive one. The nice thing is, by layering, you can find the right balance starting with a simple pad and adding as you wish, keeping in mind that the simple mattress pad will go on last.

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Next, find the highest quality sheets your budget will allow. It’s all about thread-count right? Well, to a degree, but thread-count really just refers to how many threads are woven per inch. Choosing at least a 200-thread count sheet is a good place to begin, though it is not the only thing to consider. The type of cotton is also a very important factor in this comfort equation. But with all the different choices on the market today, how do you really know which to choose? The most commonly found types are:

  • Combed cotton, a process which eliminates impurities and uses short, less desirable fibers.
  • Percale, a smooth, closely-woven, combed fabric in either 100% cotton or a 50-50 blend of cotton/polyester, usually in thread counts of 180-200.
  • Pima, Supima or Egyptian cotton, made of long fiber staple cotton, the difference is geographical, with Supima being 100% American-grown; Pima includes cotton grown in countries such as the U.S., Peru and Australia, and is named in honor of the Pima Indians, who were growing cotton in Sacaton, Arizona. Finally, Egyptian cotton is, as it’s name states, grown in Egypt, along the Nile River; however, only about 7% of it’s exports are the long staple cotton fiber, which is what gives sheets such a luxurious feel.

Now that you are a cotton expert, place your fitted sheet on top of the mattress pad, smoothing out any wrinkles. Add the flat sheet, wrong side up, so that you can fold the top down about 12-to-18 inches over your next layer of a soft blanket or coverlet. This allows you to really enjoy the softness of the top sheet, once inside the bed. Finish with a nice down-filled comforter, enclosed in a white duvet. This cover can be easily removed and laundered, allowing a perpetually fresh, white canvas to embellish with pillows. For allergy sufferers, many good hypoallergenic choices are readily available at most major stores.

Come back next time for a continuation on this topic where we will discuss organic bedding and lighting. Until then, sweet dreams and a pleasant tomorrow.

By Janice Brittain, Contributing Writer for Reveal Home Staging