A good night's sleep is one of life's valuable essentials. While we often neglect the impact small changes can have on our well-being, doing something as small as selecting the right bedding can have a tremendous positive effect on one's well-being with colours and textures setting the right mood, giving you that glorious bedtime feel. We have therefore put together a wide selection of bedding at incredibly low prices to suit every taste and budget. And to make it further easier for you, here's a summary of what you need to know to make that change in your life with the right bedding!
If you need a short answer for the "best" pillow that will solve all your problems, might as well stop reading now because it does not exist. The softness of the pillow is very unique to personal taste and one's sleeping position. Here's a table to summarise which firmness rating is best for you based on your sleeping position:
|Sleeping Style||Type of Pillow|
|Side sleepers||Firm pillow|
Memory foam pillows mould to the shape of your head and neck and give the ultimate personalised response and tend to be suitable for most people. However, you often need more than one type of pillow in bed for different purposes. For example, you need a V-shaped pillow for when sitting up to read or having breakfast in bed which will support your upper back, neck and head. Now, how about the pillow fillings? Here's a summary:
|Type of filling||Features|
|Natural fillings||Soft to medium firm - Duck feather - Perfect for front and side sleepers|
|Synthetic fillings||Soft to medium to firm - Polyester Hollowfibre - Perfect for front and side sleepers and allergy sufferers|
|Memory foam||Medium to firm - Microfibre - Perfect for back and side sleepers who need extra support. Also ideal for allergy sufferers|
There are two key factors to look at when selecting a duvet; filling and weight. Most people prefer synthetic fillings to the natural duck or goose feather duvets as they anti-allergenic and dust-mite resistant. Many are also anti-microbial and anit-microbacterial and are just as warm as the natural-filling ones but are heavier and machine-washable. The natural filling duvets keep the cold out and allow your skin to breathe and are mostly preferred due to their soft feel. However, now the synthetic duvets offer a similar feel thanks to polyester microfibre fillings.
The warmth of the duvet is generally determined by its tog rating. The higher the tog rating the warmer the duvet, so a tog rating of 3.0 to 4.5 means lightweight, which is good for summer. For spring or autumn a 7.5 to 12 tog rating is ideal and cold winter weather requires a 13.5 to 15.0 tog value. An all-season duvet combines two duvets together in a single cover. When the weather gets warmer you simply detach one part of the duvet and put it into storage.
BED SHEETS AND COVERS
Once you're set with the pillow and the duvet, the next step is to decide the bed linen which is absolute essential as this is the surface your skin is most in contact with and what your eyes see the most. Here's a summary of what you need to know:
|Thread count||This is the density of threads per square inch: generally, higher thread counts mean a softer and smoother feel.|
|Fabric Type||From Egyptian cotton to polycotton, the type of fibre determines the softness of your bedding.|
|Finish||The design and texture on your bedding is a mood-setter.|
The fabric of your bed linen is just as important as the design. The very best quality fabric is Egyptian cotton which creates a soft but hard-wearing cloth. For quality fabric look out for linen that states a ‘thread count’ – the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the better quality of the fabric. For softness and warmth brushed cotton feels really good and is low maintenance. Polycotton is even lower maintenance: easy to wash, dries quickly and needs little or no ironing.
Fitted bed sheets are a popular and convenient choice and take the effort out of changing a bed, although some people still prefer traditional flat sheets that require manually tucking in around the mattress. People who aren’t keen on duvets may prefer to have flat sheets and blankets as an alternative cover up.
|Single||W90 x L190cm (3ft x 6ft 3in)|
|Double||W135 x L190cm (4ft 6in x 6ft 3in)|
|King size||W150 x L200cm (5ft x 6ft 6in)|
|Single||W135 x L200cm (4ft 6in x 6ft 6in)|
|Double||W200 x L200cm (6ft 6in x 6ft 6in)|
|King size||W230 x L220cm (7ft 7in x 7ft 3in)|