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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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Clearance Linens

If you’re in the market for new linens, whether that be blankets, towels, curtains, or something else, check out our clearance section and you might find just what you’re looking for at a deep discount. Our clearance linens are a result of overstocking and discontinued lines, so you’re getting the same brand new , high-quality products, just at liquidation prices!

If you’re looking for something specific, such as Wine Red color sheets for your King size bed, chances are you won’t find it in our clearance. But if you’re just looking for something like new curtains or sheets for your Twin size bed, take a look through our clearance and see if we have anything that would work for you. Where else can you get high-quality linens for pennies on the dollar?

If you have something more specific in mind, you can still be confident that Linens for Living has you covered with the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere, online or in-store.

How Long Do Down Pillows Last?

sferra-buxton-medium-down-pillowWhat does your down pillow have in common with a gallon of milk? They both have expiration dates.

It seems a little odd to put it that way, but it’s true: down pillows will provide quality comfort and support up to a limited point. After that, the down will begin to break apart and lose its cushioning ability, thereby “expiring.”

sealy-posturepedic-twin-pack-feather-pillowsMost pillows come with a warranty, which can last anywhere from 3–5 years. A general guideline for mattresses is that when the warranty expires, it’s time to replace it. The same principle could be applied to pillows. After a certain length of time, the materials in the product aren’t worth protecting with a warranty, since they’ll have broken down enough that the support they provide is sub-par.

However, bedding products play a large role in your overall health, so waiting 3–5 years is pushing it. Dust mites, skin cells, and other allergens will get into the body of your pillow over time — so even if you clean it regularly, there’s still several years’ worth of unwelcome bedmates lurking in there. You don’t want to put your face on that.

So how do you tell if your pillow is worth keeping?

First, lay it on a flat surface and look it up and down. If there are unnatural bumps, ridges, or sinkholes, it’s probably time to replace the pillow. A pillow that is still in good shape has a smooth, slightly curved silhouette — not an uneven one.

Second, try the fold test. Simple fold your pillow lengthwise, compressing it so that the air gets squeezed out. If your pillow is still good, it should spring back to its natural shape in a couple seconds. If it takes longer than that, or it if doesn’t move at all, it’s time to replace the pillow. The down inside has lost its buoyancy and loft, and therefore will not provide you with the support you need to get healthy sleep.

A couple quick tips:

  • Always use a pillow protector underneath your pillowcase. This will keep your pillow safe from warranty-voiding stains, and it will also slow the build-up of allergens inside it.
  • Wash said pillow protector according to its instructions. Feel free to put it in the laundry with the rest of your bedding.

The Truth about Fabric Ply and Thread Count

Serta Perfect Sleeper Egyptian Cotton 310 Thread Count Sheet SetEven though thread count is no longer a super important factor in determining fabric quality, the ply of the threads used is useful to know if you do continue to rely on that number. What most people don’t realize is that some manufacturers use the ply to manipulate the thread count, and therefore, raise the price of the product.

First, let’s define our terms. What is ply, and what is thread count?

Ply signifies the number of fibers that have been wound together to produce a single thread. You can have fabrics woven with single-ply threads, two-ply threads, etc.

Thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric — the warp (vertical threads) plus the weft (horizontal threads).

Because more than one ply can make up a thread, many companies have decided to add up every single ply to determine the thread count of their fabric. So if you see a sheet set with a thread count of 800, it was probably woven with multi-ply threads that technically add up to 800 plies per square inch. However, this sheet set should be labeled by the number of actual multi-ply threads per square inch, rather than the number of individual plies. It’s what Julian Tomchin. a leading expert in the textiles industry, calls “creative counting.”

Tomchin warns consumers in a 2009 interview with the New York Times to look warily on high thread counts. “Once you get beyond 400 threads per square inch, be suspicious,” he says.

Typically, 400 threads is the highest number that will fit in a square inch. A multi-ply fabric with a thread count higher than 400 is probably made with very weak plies, which ultimately decreases the value of the material. They will break, pill, and eventually wear out much faster than a quality sheet set that is made with a thread count of 300.

Overall, a good sheet set is made with long-staple fibers — usually 100% cotton — and has been treated in a way that enhances durability and softness. The best sheets get softer with use, thanks to a quality finish.

When you shop for new sheets and you’re unfamiliar with the brand, it’s important to keep the ply in mind. Ultimately, though, it comes down to how the sheets feel to you. No matter what the thread count is, make sure that you enjoy the feel of the bedding you’re buying.

The Importance of Pillow Loft

Beautyrest Diamond Luxe PillowAn important, yet maybe less considered aspect of pillow shopping is choosing the loft that is best for your sleep style. The loft of a pillow is its thickness when it lays flat on your bed. The thicker it is, the higher its loft.

The importance of pillow loft goes hand-in-hand with the way you sleep. Back and stomach sleepers need a low-loft pillow — something around 3-4 inches. Having a thinner pillow allows them to sleep with proper spinal alignment, since their heads and necks won’t be pushed up uncomfortably by the height of a high-loft pillow. If you want a low-loft pillow, look for something with down filling, or find a thin, soft memory foam pillow.

Side sleepers need something thicker and generally firmer. There’s a larger space between the head and your mattress, thanks to the height of their shoulders. A 5- or 6-inch pillow is a good choice for side sleepers because it fills up that empty space. Plus, the extra firmness ensures that their heads won’t sink too far into the pillow. These two qualities work together so that side sleepers can rest their heads on a level plane to keep their necks and spines aligned.

Sleeping on a pillow with a proper loft is key to experiencing more restful and restorative sleep. With the right pillow, you’ll wake up with less pain and a happier outlook.

Get Down Tonight

Goose Down FeathersIf you’re looking for bedding with down in it, you know that you’re looking for a product that is cozy, comfy, and warm. From duvets to pillows, down is used in a number of different items — and at a number of different levels of quality.

The best kind of down is Eider down, which comes from the Eider duck in northern Europe. It is luxuriously soft and fluffy, and it has a massive fill power of up to 1200 — the highest natural fill power there is. Because it has such a great fill power, it does an exceptionally good job of providing insulation and warmth.

However, goose down will still do a very good job of supplying plush comfort. Not only is it more affordable, but its lower fill power is still insulating enough to keep you cozy in most climates, especially in the United States. Products with goose down will give you a more comfortable performance, temperature-wise, for a smaller price than that of Eider down.

The International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Offices has developed several laws regarding the labeling of down products, including an important one that went into effect in 2000. This states that a product can only be labeled as “Down” if it contains at least 75% real down. If 90% of the fill is from a specific species, such as goose, the product can be labeled as “Goose Down.” And the term “100% Down” can only be used if the product is truly made with 100% down.

Now with the know-how and the legal info, you can go out and buy quality down bedding. You can check out our inventory at LinensforLiving.com, where we offers a variety of excellent down products at prices that are lower than a brick-and-mortar store. Wherever you go for your down bedding, go forth with new and detailed knowledge.

What Is CertiPUR-US®?

There is a prominent shift in the bedding, mattress, and furniture industry toward all-natural and eco-friendly products. More and more people are calling for it, and more and more manufacturers are responding by making things that they claim are “green.” One of the best ways to know if you are buying a product that truly is eco-friendly is to see if it is certified by CertiPUR-US®.

CertiPUR-US® is a voluntary program that allows companies to apply to have the CertiPUR-US® seal and reputation applied to their foam products, which lets customers know that the foam meets very specific manufacture and content standards. Many consumers are still wary of the effects that polyurethane foam can have on their health and the environment, so knowing that your new piece of bedding or furniture is certified by CertiPUR-US® can help you make a smart decision when purchasing.

Any company that wants certification must follow three important steps and meet several strict foam construction standards. CertiPUR-US® only approves foams that fulfill these criteria:

  • Must be made without substances that weaken the ozone
  • Must be made without PBDE flame retardants, which reduce human fertility
  • Must be made without mercury, lead, and similar metals
  • Must be made without formaldehyde
  • Must be made without phthalates
  • Must have a low Volatile Organic Compound emission rate of under 0.5 parts per million

These standards have been developed by leading chemists, environmentalists, and industry leaders, so they’re not arbitrary. Their purpose is to protect both you and the environment from potentially harmful ingredients and manufacturing processes.

CertiPUR-US® provides an entire list of brands who have applied for and received certification, which allows you to shop for and purchase bedding and furniture that is safer for your family and the earth. Linensforliving carries a number of these brands, including products from Malouf, Ashley Sleep, and even big mattress companies such as Simmons, Serta, and Sealy. Check us out today for all your eco-friendly bedding needs.