July 29, 2014
While most of us put a lot of time into finding the right mattress, many of us don’t put much effort into finding the right bedding. But bedding plays a large role in our sleep experience. Without the right sheets on your bed, you won’t experience the full comfort potential of your mattress. At US-Mattress, you can shop through hundreds of bedding items to create the ideal sleep environment. But how do you know which materials and fabrics will deliver the comfort you’re seeking? The following fabrics are the most common types used in the bedding items on our site. Take a look and learn how to pick the items that will help you experience maximum comfort on your mattress.
There are many types of cotton used in bed sheets today. With varying degrees of softness, smoothness, and durability, you’re likely to find a cotton sheet that suits you. One popular type is combed cotton, which is formed by a process that removes short fibers and any other impurities in the material, resulting in a smooth, soft product. Egyptian cotton is another popular type of cotton. Grown only in Egypt, it is known worldwide as the strongest, most luxurious cotton. Purchasing an Egyptian cotton sheet set is a great way to ensure you experience exceptional softness.
When people think about polyester, they rarely think “comfortable.” But polyester has come a long way since it was found in the shoulder-reaching lapels of your dad’s prom tuxedo. While some polyester items can be scratchy and gritty, blends like microfiber are extremely soft. Polyester bedding also has some advantages over more natural feeling materials. Wrinkle resistance, durability, and high color retention are aspects of polyester that make it a smart choice for bedding. The longer your sheets and comforter keep their original look and feel, the longer you can go without spending money to replace them.
Wool is an excellent material to keep on your bed during the cold nights of winter. Wool comforters and throw blankets provide additional warmth and, because of their dense, strong construction, last for a long time. But wool doesn’t always have to provide excessive warmth. Many wool blends in sheets and comforters provide the same breathability as other, more airy materials. These blends can stay on your bed throughout the entire year and won’t cause overheating.
If it’s time for you to replace your sheets, head to US-Mattress to find the best selection and the lowest prices. You spend about a third of your life in bed. Why not make it more comfortable?
The Snooze Guru
July 24, 2014
Dear Snooze Guru,
I recently purchased a Tempur-Pedic mattress, and I’m really enjoying it! The sheets on my old mattress were still relatively new, so I decided not to purchase new sheets with my mattress. However, after a few months I’m noticing that the sheets don’t fit on the mattress very well. Quite frankly, I’m getting tired of readjusting! Do you recommend a certain type of sheets for a Tempur-Pedic mattress?
-Elaine from Lansing, MI
Thank you for writing. Your dilemma is a common one among memory foam mattress owners. Unfortunately, many traditional sheet sets aren’t engineered to accommodate memory foam mattresses, which prevents sleepers from getting the most out of their sleep set. Fortunately, Tempur-Pedic created a line of sheets that are specifically designed to fit on their mattresses. Whether you prefer the feel of 310 thread count pima cotton or 420 thread count Egyptian cotton, a Tempur-Pedic sheet set will not only keep you cozy while you sleep, but it will also help you experience the full comfort potential of your Tempur-Pedic mattress.
Tempur-Pedic sheets are sized slightly longer and wider than a typical sheet set, so they are easy to fit and secure on top of your mattress and mattress pad. Whether you sleep on a twin, full, queen, king, or Cal king Tempur-Pedic mattress, you can get perfect fitting Tempur-Pedic sheets at the lowest prices on the web when you shop at US-Mattress. Find your Tempur-Pedic linens today, and start getting more out of your Tempur-Pedic mattress!
The Snooze Guru
July 22, 2014
The Solution to Sweaty Sleep
Although this summer has been fairly cool in many parts of the country, some are struggling through long, dry days and sleepless sweaty nights. Whether you’re tired of sweaty sleep or you’re tired because of sweaty sleep, the Design Weave Dreamaire Outlast Mattress Pad will help you establish the cool and comfortable environment you need to get the most out of your rest. The Dreamaire Mattress Pad features Outlast technology that was developed in conjunction with NASA to help astronauts cope with the extreme temperatures of outer space. It balances temperature with the microclimate surrounding a sleeper’s body to reduce night sweats and allow for a better quality of sleep. It is made from a soft and luxurious 350 thread count 100% long staple cotton, and it’s available in queen, king and Cal king sizes.
US-Mattress is your destination for the web’s lowest price on the Design Weave Dreamaire Outlast Mattress Pad, as well as everything else you need to create your ideal sleep environment. Shop today, and say goodbye to restless, sweaty nights.
The Snooze Guru
July 17, 2014
Dear Snooze Guru,
I’m shopping for SFERRA bedding, and I’m having a hard time finding out the thread count of their sheet sets. Do you know why they don’t specify the thread count of their sheets?
-Carolyn from Portsmouth, NH
Thank you for writing. SFERRA doesn’t publish the thread count of their bedding because thread count is not an indicator of quality. While many shoppers pay close attention to thread count when deciding on a new set of sheets, it’s certainly not the most important factor to consider, as the overall feel of an item has more to do with its finish than its thread count. While thread count will tell you how many threads are used, it doesn’t tell you anything about the quality of the fibers or how they are spun, woven, or finished.
Generally speaking, the finer the natural fibers, the better the fabric. After the fabric is woven, it goes through the complex process of finishing, which determines the final texture, color, strength, stability, and softness of the fabric. The Italian mills that produce SFERRA linens consider fine finishing an art form and are careful to guard the exact process.
Remember, the most important factor to consider when shopping for new sheets is how they feel to you. If they feel like they have what it takes to deliver the comfort you expect, then they’re probably a good choice. No matter which sheet set you decide to purchase, you can count on getting the best price when you shop at US-Mattress. If you need help finding the right set of sheets for you, feel free to speak with one of our friendly bedding experts at 1-800-455-1052.
The Snooze Guru
July 3, 2014
Sleep Through Every Season
If you’re the type of sleeper who values convenience, then you’re going to love the SHEEX Reversible Performance Sheet Set. These reversible sheets are the ideal solution for those who are looking for bedding to keep them comfortable through every season. One side of the sheet is finished with a brushed fleece fabric that will keep you warm through the cooler months, while the other side is laced with a silky-smooth performance fabric that is ideal for cooling relief during the hot nights of summer. They are designed to wick moisture away from the body to help you maintain a cool, dry sleep environment, and they’re also stretchable for an easy fit on all types of mattresses.
Whether you’re someone who wants to save money on bedding, or you’re trying to keep your bedding items to a minimum, then the SHEEX Reversible Performance Sheet Set is an excellent choice. When you shop with US-Mattress, you can count on getting the lowest price on the web, and with our 110% Price Match Guarantee, you no you’ll never overpay. Find your new sheets today, and start enjoying cool, restful sleep each night of the week.
The Snooze Guru
June 26, 2014
With so many different types of pillows on the market today, it’s becoming more difficult for shoppers to easily identify which is the best choice for them. A comfortable pillow is necessary to get the kind of deep rest that every individual seeks, and sleeping on the wrong kind of pillow can leave you feeling sore and tired in the morning. Since finding the right pillow is just as important as finding the right mattress, US-Mattress offers a handy a Pillow Comfort Scale to help shoppers find the best pillows for the way they sleep. This 5-point scale is easy to use and it’s a valuable tool that helps shoppers accurately narrow their search and make the best purchase.
Firm pillows are ideal for side sleepers because they give the right amount of support to the neck, back, and shoulders. Firm pillows don’t conform as easily as softer pillows, so stomach sleepers should avoid these.
Pillows with medium-firmness are perfect for back and side sleepers who favor a firmer support, but also like to feel some cushioning.
Medium pillows are great for sleepers who change positions throughout the night, as well as those without a specific comfort preference. Unless you’re adamant about having a very soft or very firm pillow, you’ll likely find these pillows comfortable and supportive.
Medium-soft pillows are a great choice for back or stomach sleepers who have a preference for softer comfort. Back sleepers should be cautious when purchasing one of these. Larger bodied back sleepers will likely find these pillows too soft and unsupportive.
If you’re the kind of person who enjoys supreme softness, then you’ll enjoy pillows in this category. They are ideal for stomach sleepers who like to snuggle and scrunch their pillows at night. Most sleepers will find these pillows too soft, so make sure you really like a soft pillow before purchasing one with this rating.
Now that you have the tools you need, you’re just a few clicks away from finding the perfect pillow for the way you sleep. Choose your comfort level below, and find your new pillow today!
The Snooze Guru
June 24, 2014
Are Softness and Durability Mutually Exclusive?
What do you expect out of your bedding? A recent report shows that for a large percentage of consumers, it’s durability. For another, it’s pure cotton (more than 60% of consumers are displeased with synthetic cotton replacement fibers in their sheets). On the surface, this represents an interesting dilemma because, while 100% cotton creates a softer fiber, it’s also susceptible to pilling and showing signs of wear. Whereas, while synthetic fibers can fall short of replicating the true softness of cotton, manufacturers use them because they help to create a more durable product. So does this mean that consumers have to choose between having durable sheets or having soft sheets? Fortunately, no. At US-Mattress, you can shop through a vast selection of 100% cotton sheets and other bedding items that will deliver the softness you want with the durability you need.
Just because cotton isn’t as durable as synthetic fibers, that doesn’t mean you can’t get years of use out of your cotton linens. Often, when 100% cotton linens show wear quickly, it’s usually the result of poor care. Paying strict attention to the washing instructions on the label of your linens is a great way to ensure you get the most use out of them. For more tips on how to get a long life out of your linens, refer to our earlier post, “Caring for Your Bedding.”
Since the price of cotton rose substantially in 2011, consumers have been paying a higher premium to get the comfort of 100% cotton bedding. When you shop for cotton linens at US-Mattress, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re receiving the best price on the highest quality.
100% Cotton Sheets With the Highest Customer Satisfaction
June 5, 2014
Continuing with this week’s summer bedding theme, I’d like to share some products that will help you stay cool throughout the hot, sweaty nights of summer.
Your bed traps a lot of heat, and a cooling mattress pad can make a big difference on a sweaty night. Sleep experts say that the best sleeping temperature is right around 65°F. It can be really hard to get that cool on a hot night, especially when you’re under the covers. The Chilipad from Chili Technology features a micro-climate thermostat control system that cools your bed, allowing you to sleep comfortably without having to throw off your sheets. It can cool your bed all the way down to 46°F, and its wireless remote and digital display allow you to program the perfect temperature. Also, you won’t have to stow away the Chilipad in the fall, as it functions as a heating pad as well.
Traditional Mattress Pads
If you would rather employ a traditional mattress pad to help keep you cool, then you’ll enjoy the Design Weave Dreamaire Outlast Mattress Pad. It features a soft and luxurious Outlast knit fabric that will help you enjoy dry, comfortably sleep all night long. The mattress pad is also breathable and easily machine washable.
Don’t suffer through another summer of sweaty, sleep-deprived nights. This year, take the stress and sweat out of your sleep, and use these helpful products to enjoy cool, relaxing rest.
The Snooze Guru
June 3, 2014
Prepare for Sweaty Nights
Now that the winter is finally behind us, we can embrace the sights, sounds, and sensations that came along with summer. This year, as you prepare for days of fun in the sun, don’t forget to also prepare for the sweaty and humid nights that follow. If you haven’t experienced the joy of linen during hot, sticky months, then this summer is the perfect time for you to rethink your bedding. Linen is the best fabric for hot, sweaty days and nights. It makes for excellent clothing, table linens, and bedding, so there’s room to enjoy linen in every area of your life.
Linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant, and it’s one of the oldest textiles known to man. It’s favored in hot parts of the world because of its durability and absorbency. It’s also a great conductor, taking heat away from your body to cool you down. Linen is also 2 to 3 times stronger than cotton, and it’s a smooth fiber so it won’t pill or produce lint. Linen is relatively easy to take care of, and it resists dirt and stains so your linen fabric stays looking new for longer.
Head to US-Mattress for great deals on linen bedding. While you might feel like you’re still recovering from the brutal, cold nights of winter, you’ll be cranking up the AC before you know it. Prepare for the sweaty nights of summer today!
The Snooze Guru