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A How-To Guide For Picking Out Bedding

Choosing the right bedding isn't always as easy it at looks. You have to consider the fabric, thread count, washability and many other details. We've put together a quick how-to for finding the bedding of your dreams every time.

Bed Sheets

It's not always a good idea to pick out sheets based on the color and print alone. As you're browsing in the store or online, there are 4 things to keep in mind: mattress depth, thread count, fabric and construction. Mattress depths can range from 9-22", so measure your mattress for the best fit. Thread count is the amount of thread used vertically and horizontally to create one square inch of the bed sheet's fabric. But a high thread count isn't always a guarantee of quality. The type of cotton and weave can also affect a sheet's softness and durability. Fabric such as cotton, cotton blends and polyester are all excellent choices for comfort. Construction techniques used to create your sheets all contribute to how they'll feel against your skin as well as how they'll look on your bed. Whether knit or woven, each type of construction provides its own feel and benefits.

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Pillows

With so many choices on the market, you may be unsure about what type of bed pillow will give you the best night's rest. First consider how you sleep. If you sleep on your back you might want a flat bed pillow. If you sleep on your side or stomach you should look for a pillow that offers good support for your neck. Next, choose the fill you prefer. Foam, down and polyester are all popular fill types. If you have allergies, consider a down alternative fiber fill.

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Mattress Pads & Toppers

A mattress pad provides an extra layer of warmth and comfort between you and your mattress. Like pillows, mattress pads come in variety of materials, such as polyester fiber or cotton fill. Waterproof mattress pads block dirt, sweat, oil and stains from mattresses to keep them clean and extend their lifespan. A mattress topper also offers another layer of comfort to your mattress. Foam toppers provide a more luxurious rest while gel memory foam offers better air circulation and temperature control. Soft and fluffy down toppers (featherbeds) provide superior loft and support for a relaxing night's sleep. Here are some additional ideas on how to make your bedroom a place to relax.

Bed Blankets

Available in a variety of materials, colors and fills, bed blankets are as much a reflection of your style and decor as they are cozy additions to your bed. From lightweight cotton fleece to thick down, the blanket that's right for you depends on the warmth and texture you prefer. Electric blankets are also a smart option for two sleepers who may have different warmth needs at night.

Down & Down Alternative Comforters

The choices of down and down alternative comforters available can seem daunting. But to figure out which is right for you, just follow the steps below. There are also many custom comforter picker tools available online to help you narrow down your choices.

Do you want goose down or hypoallergenic fill?

Goose down comforters are warm yet light because of their natural fibers. Down alternative (fiber fill) offers the loft and warmth of down in an allergen-free synthetic fiber. They're also machine washable, which is a bonus.

What warmth level do you want?

Typically you'll find comforters with light, medium or heavy warmth levels. As the names indicate, the higher the warmth level the more toasty you'll be.

What fabric quality do you prefer?

You can find comforters crafted with everything from a basic thread count to a luxurious silk sateen. Consider the use and your budget.

The bedding you choose can really make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. We hope this guide will put you on track to finding the best sheets, blankets, pillows and comforters you need for a good night's sleep and a great day. Be sure to shop LTD for a wide selection of bedding basics, all at affordable prices. We also carry everything from kitchen essentials and baby toys to holiday decor and gift wrap. Shop with us and you'll save big every day!

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