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New Year, New Bedding!

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The beginning of a new year is a great time to start off fresh and make changes in your life. You might start with the calendar, make a New Year’s resolution, or take a plunge with a life-changing endeavor. An easy way to start off the new year on a positive note is to invest in some new bedding! Maybe you’ve had the same bed coverings for decades, or maybe just a year, but chances are your bedroom has been looking the same for quite some time.

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Remodeling projects are a pipe dream for most, requiring large amounts of time and money to recreate your kitchen, bathroom, or other area of the home. The bedroom, however, can be a bit easier. Aside from a few large pieces of furniture like the bed and dressers, bedrooms depend on a lot of linens products for both style and functionality. Your pillows, duvet, and bed skirt are likely at the center of your room, and often the most colorful aspect of the bedroom. A new set of bed linens can completely change the atmosphere of your bedroom, adding a new color scheme, texture, or design to the space. Looks aside, new bedding can also have a drastic effect on your quality of sleep and comfort when relaxing in bed. And all of this can be achieved for a fraction of the cost of remodeling a room, and in virtually no time at all!

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So if you want an easy way to reinvigorate your home and make 2017 a year of positive change, redressing your bedroom can be a fun and easy way to do so!

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Winter Bedding

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As the weather starts getting colder, you might find yourself cranking up the thermostat to stay warm at night. A better alternative to stay comfortable at night is to invest in winter bedding. This will save you money on your heating bill and look nicer than just piling blankets on your bed. Winter bedding is designed to trap heat and keep you warm, whereas summer bedding is designed to be more breathable and allow trapped body heat to escape. Another solution for sleeping comfortably through a cold winter night is heated bedding, and we have a selection of high-quality heated blankets that are attractive, comfortable, and safe.

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Sealy Posturepedic Mattress Protector

Sealy Posturepedic Optimum Cooling Comfort Mattress Protector by DOWNLITE

 

Sealy Posturepedic mattress protectors are made with the knowledge of mattress needs and comfort in mind. The Sealy Posturepedic Optimum Cooling Comfort Mattress Protector by DOWNLITE is their most popular mattress protector, boasting some advanced technology that will both protect your mattress and improve its comfort. The Sealy Optimum Cooling Comfort Mattress Protector is designed to extend the comfort life of your mattress by keeping it clean and safe from spills and other accidents. This mattress protector is made from a soft and durable polyester knit fabric combined with Optimum cooling technology that will help you maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night. These materials are hypoallergenic and the mattress protector features a waterproof polyethylene laminate backing to defend against spills and staining. Machine washable, this mattress protector is much easier to keep clean and take care of than your mattress itself. The Sealy Posturepedic Optimum Cooling Comfort Mattress Protector by DOWNLITE is available in the Twin, Full, Queen, and King sizes. This product is also backed by a 1 year manufacturer warranty so you can be confident it will keep your mattress investment protected. So if you are shopping for a mattress protector to help extend the life if your mattress, or a mattress cover with cooling properties to help combat overheating and night sweats, check out the Sealy Posturepedic Optimum Cooling Comfort Mattress Protector for both of these great benefits in a single soft and durable cover.

Winter Comforter

Downright Himalaya Siberian Winter ComforterThis has been a chaotic Winter! We can’t really complain about the mild November and most of December, but January and February have had my thermometer dancing. Every time I think Spring has finally broken, the temperature plummets for a few days leaving me unexpectedly cold when I walk outside.

I’ve been spending most of my time indoors, longing for some green grass and sunshine. One of the best ways to bundle up is with a winter-weight comforter. These comforters are noticeably heavy, usually with a high fill power, allowing it to better trap heat and insulate you from the cold. There are a couple of factors to keep in mind when you are looking for a new comforter:

If you are a hot or sweaty sleeper, even in the winter, winter-weight comforters may not breathe as well as you’d like. Being sweaty is counter-intuitive to keeping warm, so you want to make sure you aren’t working backwards.

If you’re more often cold at night, a winter-weight comforter should help significantly. Once you’ve decided what kind of weight you want your comforter to have, you can move on to choosing the size and color. So until we are sure that Spring has finally broken, get yourself a winter-weight comforter and save yourself from waking up shivering and tired.

What Is Sateen?

Peacock Alley Soprano Cuff Pillowcase PairSateen is one of the most popular types of textile weave. Like percale, it is commonly used in bedding — but it has a different weight, feel, and sheen. Ultimately, choosing sateen sheets is a personal choice based on what you find comfortable.

Sateen fabrics are not a plain weave, which is where each weft (widthwise) and warp (lengthwise) crisscrosses in an even pattern — one over, one under, and so on.

SFERRA Parro King QuiltInstead, the sateen weave is characterized by the way that the warp yarn “floats” over several weft yarns. Rather than going over one weft thread and under the next, the warp goes over three or four weft threads. This is how sateen gets its trademark gloss and smoothness.

Because this weave has so many floating threads, it is woven very tightly in order to minimize wear. Sateen is also a little thicker than percale, which means it is heavier. Bedding with a sateen weave is extra comfortable in winter because it will keep you warmer.

But again, ultimately, choosing sateen bedding is entirely a matter of personal comfort. Regardless of whether or not you think sateen is a good fit for you, LinensforLiving has a huge selection of bedding in sateen, percale, and jacquard weaves so that you can find the perfect bedding for you.

Lay Me Down in Sheets of Linen: The Benefits of Linen

sferra-classico-flat-sheetEven though the term “linens” is often used generically to describe any kind of household textile, it has a second meaning in regards to actual linen fabric, which is made from the flax plant.

Linen is one of the oldest known fabrics made by humans — going all the way back to Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt — so it has a long history to support its use today. Here are 5 reasons that you should consider investing in linen bedding.

1. Linen is a naturally breathable fabric. This means that it will conduct heat away from your body very well, which is important if you live in a hot climate or are a hot sleeper.

2. It is also very lightweight, which, again, is great for heat. If you have linen bedding, you won’t feel suffocated during summer nights from a heavy sheet or duvet.

3. Linen is very absorbent, and when it is damp, it doesn’t weight heavily on the body. It also dries fairly quickly, so if you sweat a lot in your sleep, you won’t wake up with soaked sheets. In fact, linen fibers are actually stronger wet than dry.

4. Durability is one of linen’s most important characteristics. Archaeologists have discovered 3000-year-old linen wrappings in Egyptian tombs that are in perfect condition, without any maintenance. In general, linen fibers are very strong — 2 to 3 times stronger than cotton threads. If you invest in linen bedding, not only will it last longer, but it will also remain in excellent condition longer than anything made from cotton.

5. In addition, linen naturally resists stains, dirt, and insects. It will still need to be regularly cleaned and cared for, but it will retain its quality for a long time.

If you like the idea of using linen textiles in your home, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you shop:

  • Linen tends to wrinkle easily, but since the fabric is so well established in the textile industry, this feature is often considered part of its natural charm.
  • Linen lasts longer if it is not tumble-dried in a traditional dryer. Allowing it to air-dry will ensure a longer lifespan for linen fabric.
  • Even though linen fibers are very strong, they are not very flexible. This explains why they wrinkle, and also why continued creasing in the same spots will cause the fibers to break. If you have linen textiles in storage, take them out every few months and shake out the wrinkles to prevent any breakage.
  • Linen bedding isn’t cheap. However, the nature of the fabric means that it will last much longer than any cotton or polyester sheets that you buy — so by investing now, you will save money in the long run.

This Is How You Should Store Your Linens

If you have sheets or table linens that you only pull out when guests come around, then you know that it’s important to care for them properly. Since these linens spend most of the year tucked away waiting to be used, it’s necessary to store them safely so that they retain their good quality on the rare occasion that you pull them out.

There are two common methods for storing linens.

sferra-festival-tablecloth-oblong-11. The first is to fold them and keep them in a cool, dry place. This could be a linen closet, a cedar-lined drawer or trunk, a garment bag, or a storage container.

One important thing to keep in mind with this strategy is that your linens will keep their color and integrity best if you wrap them in acid-free tissue paper or a clean piece of cotton or linen fabric.

You should also layer your pieces according to weight. The heavier fabrics should go on the bottom, and the lighter ones on top. This will help prevent stressing along                                                                 the fold lines on the lighter fabrics, which in turn will keep                                                                the threads from breaking.

sferra-tesoro-sheet-set2. The second method for storing linens is to hang them on padded hangers. Any dry, cool closet with a hanger rod will do.

When you have them hanging, it’s a good idea to cover them with an old, clean pillowcase made of cotton or linen. If you use a plastic bag, you run the risk of trapping any potential moisture in the fabric, and possibly even discoloring your linens by a chemical reaction.

A few extra things to keep in mind as you store your linens:

  • Don’t starch your linens before you store them. Starch attracts insects, even if you have them stored in an airtight container or a cedar-lined drawer.
  • Always thoroughly clean and dry your linens before you put them away for an extended period of time. When you use them again, you want to be able to use them immediately.
  • Every 4-6 months, check on your linens. Look for mildew or bugs, and shake them briefly to make sure that the fold creases go away.
  • You can also put a lavender sachet in your closet or drawer to keep your linens smelling fresh! Read our post on DIY sachets to make your own.