… And now, it’s absolutely time to lie in it! But first, read our Do’s and Don’ts on picking the right bedding.
Do Check Out the Thread Count
“Thread count” means the number of threads there are per square inch, which determines how tight the weave is. Tighter weaves mean the more durable and finer quality it is. Buy sheets with a thread count of at least 250 – the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets.
Cotton is a hot favourite in our humid weather but some 100% cotton sheets look crumpled easily and require ironing. And who has time to iron bedsheets! According to Dengarden.com, a website dedicated to home and garden spaces, the only cotton sheets that don’t require ironing are 100% Egyptian or Supima combed cotton percale with a high thread count.
Choose those that are at least 250 thread count, or over 600 if your wallet is fat enough. These types of cotton have long fibers and are very soft and actually wrinkle easily. The trick is to buy the no-wrinkle or wrinkle-free sheets, which have been coated with treatment via nanotechnology, helping to reduce and control wrinkles for about 50 washes. Alternatively, look for ‘Percale’ in the description of the sheets. This is a type of flat weave that makes sheets feel crisp, to save you some ironing. You can choose from 100% cotton or 50% cotton and 50% polyester. We like 100% cotton as it is a natural fiber and breathes better. (Polyester feels softer but if you don’t sleep in an air-con room, you can quickly feel the difference on a hot, sticky night). Other options include Sateen sheets, which are made of cotton and have an elegant sheen. They feel lovely and soft but are also prone to wrinkles and pill easily; hence, they don’t last as long.
Lastly, check out Jacquard sheets if you have the budget. These are usually the most expensive range as the Jacquard weaves are made on a special loom. You will notice a subtle pattern woven into the fabric. Also check out Damask sheets which will add a classy touch to your room. They’re, however, not as soft as your Egyptian cotton sheets.
Do Think About Solids vs Patterns
It is easy to be attracted to colourful prints but do think about the rest of the bedroom. Do you have a busy wallpaper? Eye-catching feature wall? Unless you coordinate your patterned bedsheets to fit your walls, your eyeballs may find themselves battered every time you enter the room.
Conversely, if you have a very empty and bland bedroom, using interesting, ‘louder’ bedding is an easy and cheap way to liven up the room. You can even change the look easily whenever you change beddings, which certainly costs less than repainting your room. A ‘safer’ trick? Use plain sheets but accent throw pillows to perk up the bed.
Don’t Stinge On Bedsheets
Lower thread count sheets are of course cheaper but considering we spend at least
a third of our lives in bed, it makes sense
to splurge a little for a good night’s sleep. While that polyester set that comes with fitted sheets, pillow cases, bolster case AND comforter – all in the same print! – looks like a great deal at just $59.90, sleeping on scratchy sheets and a pillow that makes your neck and head sweat is no fun. (Trust us, we learned it the hard way.)
Don’t Choose Many Cheap Comforters Over One Good Quilt
Cheap comforters often made from polyester are hot and not very comforting at all. Also, patterned comforters that come with a set usually matches only that set. When you buy multiple sets, you are also accumulating multiple comforters that take up precious closet space.
Instead, buy one good quality quilt that you can use with all your bedsheets and quilt covers. These can be made from microfiber, which is synthetic, light and warm; bamboo, which is super light and very breathable. If you like things warmer, go for a goose down and feather quilt. We probably never need it in Singapore but Alpaca Wool makes very warm quilts for nestling under. If you’re flushed with cash, silk duvets are amazingly luxurious, feel cool and yet keep you warm.