Experience the night-and-day difference the right sheets can make to your sleep quality and the longevity of your linens. Choosing sheets goes far beyond bed size (though truly understanding size does help!). It’s also about understanding your sleep style and even your lifestyle. The pros at Layers Bedding have tips and tricks to help you make YOUR perfect bed. With this beducation lesson, you’ll be fluent in sheet-speak in no time.
1. THE FEEL FACTOR
First thing’s first—the feel! There’s no right or wrong finish to fancy. For some, the secret to sweet dreams is silky sleep-cessories. For others, it’s a clean, crispness that catches the ZZZs. Rubbing sheets between your fingers isn’t the way to identify your fav finish, however. A good night’s sleep comes from understanding how a fabric’s weave works with your internal thermometer.
DON'T BE A SOCCER SLEEPER
To know what weave you need, think about the way you sleep. Are you a hot sleeper? If you crank the AC at night and still find yourself kicking off your bedding in your sleep, you likely need a sheet swap. You want sheets that breathe. Smart options include: linen, bamboo, or a nice cotton percale.
TURN THE HEAT AROUND
If, on the other hand, you’re cool as a cucumber at night, you’d be better off with a finish that holds heat in, such as jersey, flannel, or brushed microfiber.
With sheets that help maintain your temperature comfort zone, you’ll find you sleep much more soundly.
2. AVOID THE POP TOP
There are few things more annoying than a fitted sheet that doesn’t stay put. If popping corners are disrupting your dreams, your sheets aren’t right for your mattress. Once upon a time, sheets came in twin, full, queen, and king. Today, you’ll find sheet sizes such as twin XL, short queen, and even split king. If you aren’t sure what it all means, don’t hesitate to ask. While we carry the basic sizes in store, we can absolutely order specialty sizes, should you need them. If you’re unsure, come in with your mattress measurements in hand (or call for help remotely—801.562.1933).
TIP: When measuring your mattress, don’t forget to factor in its depth. Not all are equal. Some are 7” while others can be as thick as 20” + a 2” memory foam topper.
3. COLOR VS. WHITE
Now that you’ve got the fundamentals figured out, it’s time to talk cosmetics. Let’s look at some pros and cons of white sheets vs. colors/patterns.
WHITE PRO: White sheets are classic. Whether they’re a crisp cotton, a silky sateen, or a lush linen, white sheets never go out of style.
WHITE CON: White can lose its luster. The fear of dingy white is enough to scare off many bedding buyers.
TIP: If you shy away but long for white’s simplicity, you might want to invest in more than one set. This way, you can change your sheets out more often, extending the white life. Of course, the need for extra sheets could be considered a con.
COLOR/PATTERN PRO: If you long for a pop or color without extra throw pillows, fun sheets can be your simple solution. Simply fold the top layer of bedding back to reveal the cuteness waiting within. An added pro: this adds a layered look to your bed without the added weight of additional blankets.
COLOR/PATTERN PRO: Colored/patterned sheets are great at hiding dirt and spots. Same is true for hair and fur—great news for those who share their sleeping quarters with fur babies (or a hairy fella!).
COLOR/PATTERN CON: Color and pattern trends come and go, which can timestamp your bedding and limit its shelf life.
SHEET CLEANING DEETS
How often should I wash my sheets? We get this question often. We recommend washing your sheets at least once a week. Such suds work is good for the sheet quality (avoid the dinge) and your skin (avoid the acne). Plus, as much as we dislike even the word “sloughing,” we mustn’t forget the skin’s natural process that takes place during sleep. Best to wash that business right out of your bed on a regular basis.
KEEP WHITES WHITE
Being in the bedding business, we’ve tried many different cleaners. OxyClean White Revive wins. It’s best to use it from the get-go. Contrary to the product’s name, it doesn’t bring dingy whites back to bright life, but it does help maintain whites so you can avoid the dinge to begin with.
Oh, and don't forget to treat spots and stains as soon as they happen. Letting them sit will increase the likelihood of them becoming permanent.
We’ve enjoyed sharing some sheet speak with you. Feel free to continue the conversation here. Leave questions or your best tips in the comments. For face time, stop in our store at Gardner Village (or give us a call at 801.562.1933).