How to choose your bed linen ?
Knowing that we spend about 8 hours a day in our bed and therefore, that 8 hours a day we are in contact with our sheets, it is legitimate to pay particular attention. Choosing your bed linen may seem like a simple question to answer, yet there are many things to consider, and we do not necessarily think, before buying sheets and bed linen. You have to pay extra attention when quality bedding costs a certain amount of money. Indeed, in supermarkets, a standard two person cotton duvet cover costs on average € 50, but as soon as you go upmarket with materials and manufacturing methods of better quality that guarantee your sheets last in time, we easily reach the price of € 150 for a duvet cover in cotton percale. At this price must be added the price of pillowcases for those who sleep with a bolster. The prices of a pillow range from 20 to 40 € for quality linen. To this is added the price of fitted sheet, count about 40 € for a two-seater fitted sheet in cotton percale. And finally there may be the price of any mattress pads and other protections. In total, we arrive at an amount that averages 300 € for a complete bed linen. This gives food for thought and consider these few tips we give in this article.
What material to favor for my sheets ?
Almost all of the first-price and mid-range bedlinen is 100% cotton, so it’s not necessarily about the composition of the fabric that the difference in quality will be made. The first element to take into account is the density of yarns per cm²: the more higher it is, the more weaving of your linen will be dense and resistant. For the first price bed linen, it usually starts at an average of 50 threads per cm², but for cotton percale bed linen, it is at least 80 threads per cm². It is better not to buy a bed linen with a weaving inferior to 50 threads per cm², on pain of having weak linen which tear too easily.
The Cotton Percale
Percale is not a type of material but a type of weaving. Its weaving is very tight and dense and it is elaborate from very fine threads, themselves composed of long cotton fibers. The resulting fabric is very light, soft and silky, and therefore pleasant to the touch. Cotton percale has a rather matt and raw appearance, without shine. It will be more resistant in time and repeated washes. In our opinion, this is the best compromise between high-end materials and standard cotton.
In a quality still superior to percale, we first find satin that has a density of threads of at least 110 threads per cm². Unlike the percale, the cotton satin has a crisscross weaving diagonally which gives it beautiful reflections slightly shiny on the spot and matte on the back. It has a touch even softer and silky than cotton percale. Attention, it should not be confused with satin, 100% polyester that does not have the same properties at all. For example, cotton satin is not a slippery material as one might imagine, on the contrary, it has excellent hold !
What sizes of sheets do I need for my bed ?
Think again, it is not innate to know what size to choose for her bed linen. Fortunately, we are here to enlighten you.
For the duvet cover, you have to choose the same size … as your duvet! And not the same size as your bed, otherwise you will not have any fallout on each side and you will not be able to tuck your duvet under the mattress. It is not necessary that the duvet cover is too big compared to your quilt if it will not be well distributed and risk to get into a ball because it is not retained in the corners. It should not be too small either, otherwise the quilt will get narrowed inside the cover and create unsightly bumps. So you need to choose your duvet depending on the size of your bed. The table below will give you the exact dimensions.
For the fitted sheet, it’s easier! It must be the same size as your mattress, with one detail: take care to take a cup height deep enough. The cap of the fitted sheet, it is the elasticated corner which allows a good maintenance of the sheet on the mattress.
For the flat sheet, it depends on the size of your mattress and the width of the desired reverse. The key is to ensure a large enough fall on each side to be tucked under the mattress (50cm on each side).
For the duvet: refer to this article, How to choose my duvet ?
For the duvet cover: Once you have chosen your duvet, choosing your duvet cover is quite simple: you have to take the same size as your duvet ! Not too small, otherwise your duvet will not be able to deploy properly inside your duvet cover, but not too big either if the duvet will not be well maintained and will not fill every corner of the cover.
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