Shopping for a Down Comforter

August 28, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

As much as I don’t like to think about it, the cold nights of autumn and winter are right around the corner. I’d like to purchase a winter weight down comforter, but I’m not very informed. What should I know? Since I’ve been shopping, I’ve seen some terms I don’t understand. Like, what’s fill power? Also, I’ve noticed that some down comforters have different types of stitching. Is that just for design or does the form follow function? I guess I need a little help to learn more about down so I can know what I want to buy. Thanks, Snooze Guru. You’re a real American hero.

-Stephanie from Woodstock, NY

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for your letter. Down certainly helps to create a comfortable sleep experience, and its insulating qualities are especially desirable during the cold months of winter. I’m glad to provide you with some additional information so that you can make a confident, educated purchase.

As you shop, keep in mind that not all down is created equal. The best down feathers come from large, mature water birds. Goose and duck down are both popular, but goose is the superior down. The best way to measure the quality of down is through fill power, which is a measure of the number of cubic inches displaced by an ounce of down. The larger the down, the higher the warmth to weight ratio. The higher the fill power, the better the down.

The stitching pattern on down comforters is part function and part design. The two most common stitch patterns found on down comforters are:

  • Baffled Stitch – Creates 3D box-shaped pockets that allow for maximum loft while minimizing cold spots and shifting for evenly distributed comfort
  • Box and Diamond Stitch – Creates patterns that keep the down from shifting. Large squares enable the down to loft fully for warmer comfort

Hopefully this information helps direct your search. When you’re ready to make a purchase, head to US-Mattress, and enjoy the lowest price on a warm and cozy down comforter. Your sleep is important. Let the comfort of down help you get the best rest possible.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Where’s the Thread Count?

August 14, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’ve been shopping for new bedding recently, and I’m interested in getting a set of SHEEX sheets. My only concern is that I can’t find a thread count. No matter where I look, no one has a thread count for these sheets. Do you have any information on this?

-Kaitlin from Milford, MI

Dear Kaitlin,

Thank you for writing. This is a common question with an easy answer – SHEEX sheets are knitted, rather than woven. Knitted fabrics are made from one continuous yarn that is looped repeatedly to create what looks like rows of tiny braids. Thus, the thread count for a knitted fabric would always be 1. Woven fabrics are made from multiple yarns that cross each other at right angles to form the grain, and the thread count is the number of those yarns in one square inch.

Remember, thread count isn’t the only measure of quality or softness. Most microfiber, fleece, and jersey sheets don’t have a thread count, but they’re among the softest bedding available. No matter what type of sheets you decide to purchase, you can count on getting the lowest price at US-Mattress. If you want to know more about the characteristics of a particular set of sheets, feel free to call 1-800-455-1052 to speak with one of our friendly experts who will be happy to help you make a confident purchase.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


It’s Almost Time to Head Back to School!

July 31, 2014

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It pains me to write it, but we’re entering the dog days of summer, and soon college campuses will be flooded with students coming back for another year of memories and, well, probably some math. If you’re heading back to school this fall, there’s no better place to shop than US-Mattress. Whether you’re looking for a new mattress, bedding, or furniture, you can get the lowest prices on the best brands when you shop with US-Mattress.

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Spirited Bedding and Linens

Northwest Company and College Covers make great looking sports themed bedding and linens for most of the nations universities. Whether you’re looking for a spirited comforter, pillow case, valance, throw pillow, or even slippers, College Covers and Northwest Company have you covered! Shop through our collection of college themed bedding, and ensure you show up to school packing a lot of pride!

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Desks

Every student needs a desk to study at, and no matter what kind of space you live in, you can find a desk to perfectly fit in any room. A wall mount desks is kind of like the Murphy bed of desks. You can pull it down while you’re working, and then close it up when you’re done. Most wall mount desks have plenty of room for a lap top, and many of them come with drawers and storage compartments that help you stay organized. Corner desks are also a good option for work space in a small room. They fit right into the corner of your wall, making the most of what is often wasted space. Corner desks also have deeper drawers than wall mount desks, so if you plan on storing a lot of study materials, then a corner desk might be a better option for you.

No matter what kind of furniture, bedding, or accessories you need to make this the best year of college, you can find them at US-Mattress. Shop today, and get everything you need before the summer’s over!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Common Bedding Fabrics

July 29, 2014

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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.

Cotton

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.

Polyester

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

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?

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


The Best Sheets for a Tempur-Pedic Mattress

July 24, 2014

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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

Hi Elaine,

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!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Design Weave Dreamaire Outlast Mattress Pad

July 22, 2014

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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.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


SFERRA Thread Count

July 17, 2014

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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

Dear Carolyn,

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.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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