Room by Room
Consider creating a bedroom retreat where you can really relax. Items you may already have or can register for will help set the stage.
Here are just a few ideas: a comfy chair covered in decorative pillows and a blanket throw; a quiet fan; a calming pool; an area rug you can sink your toes into; and scented candles. Don't overlook the basics of making your bed a great place to sleep! Here's where to start.
Register for these bedtime basics:
- 4 blankets (two for winter; two for summer)
- 3 sets of sheets (1 for the bed; 1 for the linen closet; 1 for the laundry)
- 4 pillows
- 3 sets of pillowcases
- 3 sets of pillow protectors
- 2 mattress pads
- 2 sets of pillow shams
- A comforter or duvet cover, dust ruffle and assorted decorative pillows
Bedroom Tip: Changes in season typically call for a change in your blanket. Wool or acrylic is best for staying warm in winter, while 100% cotton is a breathable, natural fiber to keep you cool in summer.
Comforters have duvet covers and mattresses have mattress
pads. A mattress pad is a sure-fire, inexpensive way to increase the life of your mattress in more than one way. First, it will help prevent bothersome dust and allergens from getting trapped for life in your mattress. Second, it will protect your mattress from any spills or stains. (Not to mention that most are machine washable, so you can always enjoy a new, fresh smell.) Third, mattress pads allow you the freedom to change the look and feel of your mattress without having to commit to a big purchase! They're available in soft, firm, down, foam and pillow top, as well as many other options.
Let's Talk Sheets
There is more to choosing sheets than just picking the color and pattern you like the best. Thread count (the total number of threads woven
into each square inch of fabric) is the yardstick of quality for sheets. The higher the count, the closer the weave and the stronger, softer and longer-wearing the linens will be.
There are a few tricks to caring for your sheets. The easiest sheets to keep are cotton. They machine wash beautifully, easily releasing soils, and require bleach only for extremely difficult stains. Fabric softeners are not needed, as cotton grows softer naturally with repeated washing.
Cotton/polyester sheets should be machine washed on a warm/permanent press setting, and flannels should be washed and dried on warm settings. Jersey sheets should be washed in warm water and dried on a low setting.
Sheets last longer when you follow the three set rule: one set on your bed, one in your closet and one in the laundry. By rotating your sets, they should last at least three times longer than you'd initially expect!
The Perfect Pillow
You deserve a good night's rest! Make sure you're using the
pillow best designed for your normal sleep position:
Stomach Sleepers: Try a soft to medium firmness pillow. Because they have less fill, your neck won't be stuck in an uncomfortable position.
Back Sleepers: Try a medium to firm pillow, which will give you the support to help keep your head, neck and spine aligned.
Side Sleepers: Try a firm to extra-firm pillow, which will keep your neck and your spine aligned all night long.
Not sure?: A soft, natural-filled pillow is easily fluffed and adjusted as needed for comfort in various sleeping positions.