Where to Splurge and Where to Save
This post is all about the art of bed making and how much impact the right bedding can change the way you feel both physically and mentally. I’ll tell you where you should spend a little money and where you can save.
Go to any home goods store and you’ll find an aisle or two dedicated to sheets. There are so many different fabrics, colors, designs, and sizes to choose from that it can be a little overwhelming. (My family can attest to me spending too much time in the sheets section!)
Here’s a quick breakdown of sheet styles:
Something to consider when searching for sheets is the flat sheet. It’s that lovely piece of fabric that just hangs out between the fitted sheet and the blanket. Some people hate it; Others, like myself, live for it! Not only does a flat sheet give a well-rounded aesthetic to any bed, but it also serves a purpose to protect your blanket just like the fitted sheet protects your mattress.
I always suggest buying two sheet sets for every bed. This way you can still make your bed while your dirty sheets are in the wash. Choosing complementary patterns or colors will also help keep your bedding cohesive, regardless of what sheets are on it.
In my opinion, the top priority for choosing sheets should be how they feel. I tend to sleep warm, so I look for sheets that won’t keep the heat in (you’ll never catch my bed with flannel sheets on it). Having the right sheets will help keep you in that deep REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep that really makes us feel well-rested when we wake up.
Don’t get defeated by your fitted sheets… fold them like a pro!
BUY NOW: Jersey or microfiber sheets are inexpensive and are super soft. Choose patterned sheets to offset a solid comforter.
BUY LATER: Organic cotton sheets are similarly priced to traditional cotton; however, they feel more like satin and are bacteria resistant.
Lightweight quilts and blankets (not comforters) can add depth to a well-made bed, as well as offer different sleeping options. When the weather is changing and people opt to open their windows instead of turning on the A/C, a blanket can be more comfortable to sleep with than a heavy comforter while still providing that covered feeling we all enjoy.
A popular product on the market right now is the weighted blanket. With so much going on in the world, anxiety and stress are high for many of us. These blankets are known to have a positive influence in calming our restless minds and bodies. A good weighted blanket shouldn’t feel like a restraint, but more like a strong hug making you feel comforted so that you get a healthy night’s rest.
BUY NOW: While a lightweight blanket or quilt is a worthwhile investment, it’s also not a necessary one. Save some cash by foregoing the blanket to your bedding and splurge on something else.
BUY LATER: Get a quality, textured quilt or weighted blanket that will match the rest of your bedding set, even when you change the sheets.
Comforter/Duvet Set: Splurge
There are two types of big, fluffy blankets you can use to top off your bedding set: comforters and duvets. So, what’s the difference?
Comforters are quilted blankets usually filled with synthetic materials like cotton or polyester-blend and are commonly found as part of a bed-in-a-bag. While this can limit the color and design of your bed, these bedding sets and comforters have come a long way from when I was a child. I even gifted one to my younger brother as a housewarming gift!
Duvets are slightly thinner than comforters and are typically filled with feathers or wool. These are meant to be used as an insert to a duvet cover. Duvet sets are a little more expensive than comforters, but because the cover can be taken off it can be washed or changed out for longer durability. Remember when searching for a duvet that a slimmer blanket can be just as warm as a fluffier one; It all depends on the filling.
BUY NOW: If you can’t afford a duvet set yet, look for a cozy comforter set. Choose one with texture in a solid color and offset it with patterned sheets.
BUY LATER: Purchase a duvet to suit your needs and pair it with a quality cover (or two) that accentuates the rest of your bedding look.
Like sheets, pillows come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. There are even different fillings and firmness for the pillows that we sleep on, and this is where personal preference really comes into play.
As a side sleeper, I prefer a pillow on the firmer side to keep my spine aligned. Back or stomach sleepers might prefer a thinner pillow so that their heads aren’t lifted up as much during the night. Most home goods stores have pillows on display that you can touch and squeeze to figure out the right fit for you.
Take the time to do a little research because having the right pillow at night can mean the difference between being well-rested and a literal pain in the neck.
BUY NOW: Spend the extra money on a couple of good quality pillows (1 per person).
BUY LATER: Buy an extra set of pillows (2 per person) for your bed.
Decorative Pillows: Save
Depending on where you shop, decorative pillows can be really expensive, or really cheap. The price, however, does not always dictate the quality.
The best advice I have on decorative pillows is to use your own creative judgment. Find a place that sells pillow inserts and covers rather than just a decorative pillow as one. This way you can swap out covers to be washed or changed it with the season. If a pillow insert is cheap and thin, buy two to double-up inside of a cover to give the impression of a fuller pillow.
Now, don’t go crazy and have 17 decorative pillows on your bed that you have to take off before you go to sleep each night. Limiting yourself to 2 or 3 can give you the aesthetic you are going for without breaking the bank.
BUY NOW: Start with just one decorative pillow to make your bedding set feel complete.
BUY LATER: Go crazy and purchase decorative pillows for every holiday!
Extras: Save & Splurge
- Mattress Protector: You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on a good mattress protector to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. If you have kids, pets, or late night snacks in bed, a mattress protector should give you peace of mind.
- Pillow Covers: Not to be confused with pillowcases, pillow covers are like mattress protectors, but for your pillows. These will help keep your actual pillows from yellowing, and come in especially handy if your pillows are feather-filled.
- Sheet Straps: You’ve picked out the perfect sheets to go with your bedding set. The only problem is that they keep coming off the mattress! If you have that problem, a cheap set of sheet straps will save you the headache and keep the sheets on the bed!
- Mattress Topper: Sometimes called a feather bed, a mattress topper can add a luxurious fluff to an otherwise dense bed. Shop online at wholesale stores for the best deals.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I believe that every piece of bedding should have a purpose. So use the blanket when the nights are warm, or prop your feet up with the decorative pillow. Whatever you choose to buy, make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy.
A healthy body starts with a healthy mind. Having a good night’s sleep can mean the difference between a good day and a not-so-good day, so set yourself up for success by getting in the routine of making your bed every morning. Not only will this small habit give you a feeling of accomplishment, but it will make your sleep space more inviting for a peaceful rest.
Tell me in the comments what your favorite bedding item is!
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