So you think you know how to make the bed? Do you do hospital corners and tucked in sides? Or do you have neat tight corners and loose sides?
How about tight sides and loose ends? Or how about you are now lost in a world of confusion!
Bed making used to be an art. Beautifully executed hospital corners ( This was a fold the sheet, tuck it under, and appears a bit like an envelope on the bottom corners of the bed and never came untucked) and tight as a pin sheets that you could bounce a coin of (Army terminology here) like Grandma did.
Then came the amazing idea of feather/down or goose quilts that replaced blankets and people started to loosen up a bit about the tight sheets and wanted a bit more slack when they climbed into bed and slept under the soft layer of feathers as opposed to the heavier blanket.
Finally in this day and age 50% of us sleep with a fitted bottom sheet, loose top sheet, and a quilt in a duvet/quilt cover. The other half ditches the loose top sheet and sleep just under the duvet/quilt cover. We dress our beds with lots of pillows and shams. We place beautiful hand made quilts on top for decoration and you know what...We rarely show these rooms to anyone as they are our sanctuary. When was the last time you invited someone into your bedroom?? (To look at the bed folks!)
So how did YOU make the bed today? Did you tuck in corners or leave sheets loose?
Do you have a special way that only you know how to do that your partner knows they cannot duplicate?
I love chatting to people who tell me all sorts of things about how they make a bed, the way they sleep or style their bedrooms and I look back to my time growing up and what I learnt and it made me remember, I think I forgot to teach my children how to execute a hospital corner sheet tuck!
Maybe that’s why our children don’t like to make a bed… We forgot to show them!
Happy bed making everyone :) I have added a How to make hospital co
Jane EcoSleep Australia
Let’s go shopping for some new sheets.
Bamboo, cotton, silk or modal. Linen, percale, sateen or hemp.
Now thread count is important everyone says, so do we go for 200 or 300, 400 or 600, 800 or 1000?
Are your eyes glazing over and your mind shutting down because everyone has given you their spiel on what is best in the sheeting arena?
Well you are not alone and over the past ten years the words “thread count” have a lot to answer for!
Let’s go back to basics and see if we can make this easy for you.
Thread count is simply the number of threads per square inch of fabric. These consist of vertical threads (warp) and horizontal threads (weft) woven together.
When looking for higher thread counts, sometimes 2 ply yarns are used and multiple yarns are inserted into the weft. The best fabric would be made with single ply yarns and have a single weft and warp; but the highest thread count you can get with this type of construction is about 400. Above that, 2 ply yarns and/or multi-picks must be used.
The talk about "single ply" over the past few years, was a reaction to customers feeling cheated by the concept of 2 ply. This is where a 300 thread count sheet made with 2 ply yarns could be called a 600 thread count.
In a quality product, the comfort value of thread counts over 300 is very little. A 300 thread count can feel far superior to a 1000 thread count depending on the fabric.
Thread count has become a simple metric used by marketing people to capture interest and impress with high numbers. A soft, silky feel sheet will be a single ply where a heavier more dense sheet which takes longer to dry and needs ironing is a double ply.
My view is touch, feel and think about the type of sleeper you are and the materials you like.
Do you like to snuggle under flannel sheets in winter which will feel soft and warm? If so a 300 or 400 thread count is perfect for both durability and softness.
In summer do you like to wake feeling dry and sleep on cool crisp sheets? Then pure cotton will suit you well as it is easy to wash, dries quickly and can be purchased in a thread count of 300 to 600.
My favourites are of course a bamboo/cotton mix as they need no ironing, are perfect in summer or winter, a 400 thread count is soft and durable, and drying time is minimal.
My last point is if it seems too good to be true when grabbing a special it usually is!
Hopefully I have made your next sheet purchase easier and with a little less stress.
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Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make bedding just that bit more desirable.
Duvet covers or as we know them as Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make the bedding just that much more desirable. There are many reasons why one decides to make the purchase of a quilt cover set. One would be that it keeps the inner quilt safe from any direct spills and dirt.
This can be very important if you spend a whole lot of money on some luxury down or silk quilt. Chances are you do not want to be buying a new one every month or spending loads of money at the dry cleaners every few days. So to prevent this smart person gets a quilt cover to protect that luxury bedding from any harm. Some quilt covers or silk quilt inners also bring many anti bacterial qualities too. For instance some quilts can protect up to an amazing 99.8 percent of bacteria, which is why many smart parents use them to keep their children nice and protected from bacteria causing infections.
One thing that all quilt covers have in common is the ability to protect the quilt from harm. This is probably the most important because believe it or not, some quilts can harbor bacteria very quickly. The reason for this is because when you spill something on a quilt or even wash it for that matter the substance can seep deep into the fabric and stay their between the down or feather. Once it is there, fungi and mold will begin to grow creating a perfect environment to harvest bacteria, making your bed set not the safest place to be. That is why quilt covers play such an important role in the bedroom. With our Coshee sets it is so easy to change the sheet rather than the cover and for most families this saves significant time.
Everyone has their own take on what style and design they prefer. The best thing about our Coshee bedding is you can change your bedding as often as you change your mind about what design style you like, because this bedding is not only affordable but, also it is extremely easy to change in and out. Also as any decorator knows if you are going to change your bedroom décor it is best if you start with a center piece and decorate around it. Coshee quilt covers are a perfect way to make your bedroom that center and change the sheets to when needed. The problem many people have when changing their quilt sets is that they also have to change the rest of their bedding. Now you can buy our Coshee’s in a set and then purchase the co-ordinated sheets to change the look with minimal fuss. I also believe using a king size quilt and cover are best used on a queen size bed because with king covers you can let the it hang and it will eliminate the need for a bed skirt and give you far more fabric and quilt when sleeping at night meaning no more losing your covers when sleeping.
This will save you time and money looking for one that matches and with all beds in your house if you upsize from the even the single to a double cover set you will always sleep comfortably and that is why king covers are best for a queen sized bed.
We all strive for a good nights sleep so here are some simple tips to help you on your way!
1. Stick to a schedule. Mum was right when she set a time we always had to go to sleep as kids. Sticking to a schedule allows your body to set its internal rhythm clock so you can get up at the time you want, consistently, every single day. Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too, otherwise the next morning you will wake later and feel overly tired.
2. Sleep only at night. Avoid daytime sleep if possible. Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber. Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps when needed.
3. Exercise. It’s actually known to help you sleep better. Your body uses the sleep period to recover its muscles and joints that have been exercised. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.
4. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax tense muscles. Try a lavender soap for the calming aroma.
5. Avoid eating just before bed. Give yourself at least 2 hours from when you eat to when you sleep. This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start) well before you go to sleep so your body can rest properly during the night, rather than churning away your food.
6. Avoid caffeine. It keeps you awake and that’s not what you want for a good nights sleep. If you need a warm drink try a soothing green tea or warm milk with honey.
7. Read a fiction book. It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it. Then take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep. I find as I read more and more, regardless of the book, I get more tired at night and so find it easier to fall asleep.
8. Have the room slightly cooler. Your body temperature does not need a warm room and bed covers so turn off the heat and allow the night air to circulate in and out of the windows. If I get cold, I wear warmer clothes or use a heavier quilt in the colder months.
9. Sleep in silence. I find sleeping with no music or TV far more restful. I guess others are different, but sleep with no distractions is best for a clearer mind.
10. Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It’s a depressant; although it may make it easier to fall asleep, it causes you to wake up during the night. As alcohol is digested your body goes into withdrawal from the alcohol, causing nighttime awakenings and often nightmares for some people.
In the UK a “King sized” bed (which is commonly known as a “Queen sized bed” in America and Australia) measures 150cm wide x 200cm long, whilst a “Super King sized bed (which is known sometimes wrongly labelled as a “Queen sized bed in the UK) measures about 180xm wide and 200cm long (we label this a “King” sized bed)
Confused? Imagine you are moving from one country to another and you start to buy bed linen in terms you are familiar with and pick up a Queen size set of sheets in the UK only to find it doesn't fit your Australian Queen bed as the size is different. Frustrating!
New Zealand has the largest array of bed sizes to choose from with a total of 9 ranging from Single through to California King (which is a different size again to the California King you can purchase in America)
The most common sizes around the world still tend to be:
150cm x 200cm Australian Queen
180 x 200cm Australian King
Although they will be labelled differently in various countries.
The largest bed is a California King which in its native home measures approximately: 200 x 210cm.
Now let’s add our new popular additions of the “Topper” to our mattress and we now have a deep mattress which we need fitted deep pocket sheets to fit!
In the world of bed linen it is confusing to both the customer and the manufacturer when size is discussed and as you can see “Size” really does matter so lets hope we can all make shopping that little bit easier and in Australia add an extra 10 cm to our length of quilt covers to give that little bit more for tall people and bring us more in line with overseas linen groups!
That’s my two bobs worth anyway!
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
cost the earth.
I blog about interior design, natural living, decorating, family, and the environment. I am very proud of our eco-friendly Coshee bed linen and love to hear back from you so please contribute with your experiences and ideas.