The bedroom is where we spend a lot of our time, resting and recharging, so it’s important that we make sure it’s as comfortable as possible.
This guide teaches you how to make a luxury bed and will help you establish what you’ll need to layer. From sheets, mattresses, and pillows, you’ll be sure to have both a functional and luxurious bed.
Do I need high thread count sheets?
Bedding is probably one of the most important things you need to put thoughtful consideration into when it comes to your bed.
Two main things you will need to consider are the material and thread count. The thread count of bed sheets is the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch and can range from 100 to 1,000.
Many people associate high thread count sheets with high-quality bedding but thread count can be manipulated, meaning not all high thread count sheets are created equal.
For example, if bedding is advertised as having a 1,200 thread count, they have used a lighter yarn that has been spun using shorter staple fibers.
This can compromise the threads and makes them weaker and less durable compared to longer staple fibers. Be sure to look at both thread count and the material used.
Cotton or Egyptian Cotton?
The most common materials used for bedding are cotton, polyester, viscose, silk, rayon, and linen.
Cotton is most common and popular as it’s both durable and comfortable. Cotton is also breathable, and absorbent and will help with moisture control at night if you tend to sweat.
A more luxurious option is Egyptian cotton, which is very soft, smooth, and comfortable. Although it is a little bit more pricey compared to other options, it wears better over time and functions year-round.
The type of weave, such as plain weave, twill, or sateen, can impact the feel of your bed sheets as well.
Look for bedding that has fabric with tightly woven and high-quality fibers to avoid pilling. You’ll be sure to have a set of sheets that will last a long time.
Whether you need high thread count sheets will all come down to what you are looking for. Be sure to examine all of the factors mentioned above to find a set of sheets that matches your needs.
Remember, a high thread count doesn’t always mean the most comfortable.
Choosing the Right Mattress
If you’re curious about how to make a luxury bed, then you should know that the most important thing to consider when creating your bed oasis is your mattress, as a luxurious bed is only as good as its foundation.
A mattress is a major investment and will influence your quality of life both day and night. There are a wide variety of different mattress types that can vary in material, firmness, and specific sleeping style, so it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.
There are three main types of mattresses which are spring, foam, and hybrid. Most mattresses can last between 7 to 10 years but there are many variables that can influence mattress lifespan.
A spring mattress is one of the most traditional types of mattresses and is made up of a layer of coils surrounded by more cushioned material such as latex, foam, and natural fibers. The steel coils can also come in different shapes, sizes, and numbers.
A spring mattress is best for stomach and back sleepers and for those who suffer from lower back pain and need more support. The average lifespan for this type of mattress is 5-8 years.
- Come in a range of firmnesses
- Can be more budget-friendly
- Offers more back support
- Can be noisy
- Less pressure relief on joins
- Can wear out more quickly compared to foam
Foam mattresses are well known and have different-density foams that provide different levels of comfort and support. Foam is often the best mattress for side sleepers, restless sleepers, or those that have joint pain. The average lifespan for this type of mattress is 8-10 years.
- Absorbed motion of restless sleepers
- No noise
- More durable compared to spring mattresses
- Can cause a sinking feeling depending on the softness
- Some foams can trap body heat
- More on the pricier side
- Might not be enough support for certain types of sleepers
A hybrid mattress will have layers of springs and foam and are great for those who like the support of a spring mattress and the comfort of a foam mattress. A hybrid mattress is good for couples who have different firmness needs. The average lifespan for this type of mattress is 8-10 years.
- Softer than springs without sinking in too much like a foam mattress
- Quieter than a spring mattress
- Works better for those who have different support needs
- Can be more expensive
- Doesn’t absorb motion as well as a foam mattress
Choosing Your Ideal Pillow
Everyone’s sleeping patterns and habits are different, so it’s no surprise that there is also a wide range of pillow types. It’s important that you find a pillow type that is best for you so you don’t put unnecessary strain on your neck. Having the ideal pillow is also a great way to make your luxury bed functional.
Softer pillows are the best for side sleepers while the medium firm is best for stomach sleepers. For those who sleep on their back, they should look for a pillow that provides firm support. Some pillow types include down, down alternative, polyester, feather, cotton, bamboo, memory foam, and latex.
Almost any pillow will work, but you will have to test out the different materials to see which one you like best.
It’s best to go with a down, down alternative, cotton or feather pillow.
You can also go with pretty much any option but avoid bamboo pillows as it might be too firm.
It’s recommended that you change your pillow every 1 to 2 years. This will ensure that your pillows are clean, and supportive, and will be free of allergens.
Polyester or Down?
Down has been a popular choice for both duvets and pillows among many, but poly-fill has slowly become the standard filling. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each.
Down is light, soft, insulating, and durable. Down pillows provide good head and neck support and work best for those who sleep on their side, back, or stomach.
Down-filled duvets are also a great investment that is suitable for those who like fluffier, warmer blankets that are also breathable and can last for years. Although there are many benefits to down there are some things to keep in mind.
Down pillows can retain body heat and can be difficult to clean. There is also a potential risk for allergic reactions and requires fluffing to maintain its shape. Down duvets are also typically one of the most expensive types out there.
Poly-fill has slowly become the standard filling compared to down. It is more affordable, widely available, and hypoallergenic. In pillows, it is typically firm yet soft and is a great option for those who sleep on their side, back, or stomach.
Polyester duvets can also be washed regularly at high temperatures. However, polyester is less breathable and does not effectively wick away moisture which can promote sweating.
What’s on your luxury bed?
Do you have a favorite bedding material? I’d love to hear what items you include on your luxury bed! Let me know in the comments below.
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