In life, there are a few choices you just kind of have to get right. Things like who you marry/live with, your career, whether you have kids or not, where you live…and your bed. The bed is pretty much one of the best things ever invented and I’m not exaggerating when I say I wish I could spend more time in it than I already do. Right now, we have an Ikea bed (the Malm collection, which has lasted me well for going on 5 years now), a good ol’ Sleep Country mattress (not too firm, not too soft), bedding from Crate and Barrel (a previous version of the Tikkula collection), and two awesome pillows from CB2.
But sometimes things need to change and we will be swapping everything out over the next little while – out with the old, in with the new. First stop: bedding.
When choosing bedding, as far as I’m concerned, there are only 3 things you have to consider:
1) Style: there are so many different types bedding patters and designs. You can go plain white, or one colour, or patterned. It all depends on what kind of look you are going for with your room. I have dark furniture and black and white photographs up on the wall, so the brightness of the bedding we have now appealed to me as a pop of colour in the room (and it matched with all the red accents I had throughout the house).
2) Thread Count: thread count refers to the number of threads woven together in each square inch of fabric. The general rule of thumb is “the higher, the better”, but there are exceptions. Typically, you want anything 200/250 and higher – this will ensure that the sheets are sturdy enough that they won’t stretch or wear down and break with each washing. But, you don’t want to get too high (anything higher that about 500-600) because then the fabric becomes unbreathable and traps in body heat at night. The so-called “sweet spot” is in the 250-400 range.
3) Fabric: cotton is generally what you will be working with (though bamboo is becoming more and more popular). There are all types of cotton, but for pure quality, I would suggest 100% cotton (breathable, easy to wash, perfect no matter the weather), organic cotton (if you’re more environmentally conscious and willing to spend a bit more), or Egyptian cotton (the mother lode of soft, cotton, premium bedding).
I would suggest getting a second set of sheets and pillow cases (plain, white and less expensive) that you can use when you’re doing a big wash if needed. Bedding is a true investment. If you spend the money upfront in a good set, it will last you for quite some time even through daily use and frequent washing. Plus, a good set will give you a good nights’ sleep – so no more counting those sheep…