Think how it feels when you first enter a well-appointed hotel room at the end of a long day of travel or work. Not only is the room tidy, but the neatly made bed is ever-so-inviting with its pre-fluffed pillows and luxurious, comfy looking, wrinkle-free linens just waiting for you to simply turn down, hop in, and rest the night away…hassle-free….aah. You can create that same soothing environment in your own bedroom at home. It first begins with the choice of good quality bedding.
A few pointers: Try to select bed linens that are made with 100% natural fibers, such as cotton, which will allow air to flow through, adding a greater level of comfort to your sleep experience. When shopping for sheets, it is good to know that the higher the thread count, the softer and more durable they will be. Sheets with a high thread count will not pill (fuzz) after repeated washings like sheets with a low thread count sometimes tend to do. Also, you should not be able to see through high quality sheets when you hold them up to the light. When selecting a down comforter or insert, look for the words “high fill power” or “high loft” on the package. Down comforters with the best loft have big fluffy clusters of down that have the ability to fill the comforter using fewer ounces. The result will be a loftier, lighter and warmer down product than the lower quality versions that may boast about having more ounces of down on the package, but fall short when it comes to the weight and level of loft.
In addition to quality, it is important to choose bedding that fits your taste and lifestyle. For instance, you may lean toward being more of a minimalist with a “less is more” attitude who likes a clean, streamlined look when it comes to decorating. Perhaps you thrive best in a simple, practical bedroom environment that is easy to maintain. On the other hand, you may be one who finds comfort in a fully accessorized living space embellished with all the little details. For you, the thought of sinking into a poof of down surrounded by oodles of beautiful pillows sounds cozy and relaxing. There is no right or wrong. It is just a matter of personal preference.
The following is a list of linens most commonly included when outfitting a bed:
A waterproof mattress pad with elastic edging to protect the mattress fabric
Bed skirt or box-spring cover (depending on the style of your bed) *optional
One set of appropriately sized sheets, including a fitted sheet, a flat sheet and pillowcases
Blanket (heavy thermal/wool or lightweight cotton/silk, depending on season)
A bedcovering: quilt, matelassé, bedspread, comforter, or duvet cover with goose or synthetic down insert (choice of bedcover and fabric will vary depending on your personal style)
Two pillow shams (standard/queen or king, depending on your bed size)
Two European (large square) pillow shams (Three for a king size bed) *optional
Decorative accent pillows *optional
Throw or coverlet folded or arranged at the bottom of the bed *optional
*Depending on your decorating style, you may choose to include or eliminate any or all of the pieces marked above as “optional” when purchasing your bedding. Just be sure when deciding what to buy, you are committed to handling all of the pieces you select, twice a day (AM and PM,) or they will just become clutter on your bedroom floor.
It is well worth the investment to adorn your bed with lovely, top grade linens that will appeal to your senses and style, such those offered through Seaside Interiors. It will not only improve the quality of your sleep, but because you will take delight in seeing the finished look that you’ve created, will help motivate you to make your bed in the morning, which is more important than you may think.
There is a saying, “The state of your bed is the state of your head.” The thought suggests that the act of making your bed in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. The conscious choice to make your bed when you wake up gives you a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning and creates a subconscious desire to keep things in a more orderly fashion throughout the rest of your day. It kick starts your brain into organizational mode! On the flip side, returning to a neatly made bed with beautiful linens at the end of a long day elevates your mood, creating a more appealing and relaxed environment, rather than a stress-inducing one. (Remember the hotel room example?)
Additionally, according to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget…somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.” Who knew? Turns out, our chore-driving moms were even wiser than they knew when it comes to the benefits of making our beds. Go “Team Mom!”
Be inspired to make your bed each and every morning. Begin by visiting our Seaside Interiors Tampa store for personalized service with your quality bedding needs or choose from our beautiful selection of decorative accent pillows and luxury bed linens online, featuring timeless classic whites, soft neutrals, bordered solids, chic coastal designs…and beyond!