What Is Batting?

June 11, 2015

Quilt Batting

All bad baseball jokes aside, batting is actually a pretty important part of linens and textiles. It won’t help you win a game, but it will help you stay comfortable and warm in your bedroom.

Batting, in the linens industry, is the insulating filler material that you’ll find in most often in quilts and similar bedding. Cotton, wool, or polyester fibers are carded to draw the strands out of the raw material. This turns the fibers into batts, which can take a sheet-like form, or an unformed mass. Once the batts have been formed, they are put in between the surface layers of fabric of products such as quilts.

There are two factors that you may want to keep in mind when considering the batting of your bedding — fiber and loft. We touched on fiber briefly in the paragraph above, but each kind has its benefits.

  • Polyester batting is cheaper, but it will shift inside the quilt, comforter, or duvet much more easily. If you’re looking at bedding with polyester batting, make sure that it has some kind of baffle or close stitching that keeps the batting in place.
  • Cotton batting is a natural fiber, but it also needs to be stitched closely to keep it from shifting. Cotton batting will be more breathable than polyester, which is better for summer months.
  • Wool batting is more expensive than the other two options, but it won’t migrate as easily throughout the quilt. Wool is also a natural fiber, and it reacts well to your body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Now for loft. The main thing to remember with loft is that high loft means that it will be thick, and low loft means that it will be thinner. This plays a role in the appearance of the bedding, as well as the warmth.

We carry a lot of quilts and quilt sets at US-Mattress.com, so you can choose exactly what you need to keep you comfortable every night of the year. Once you know what you’re looking for in terms of batting, it’s easy to shop our site to find the bedding that will provide for all your nighttime comfort needs.


Summer Bedding

June 9, 2015

With summer right around corner, and temperatures warming up, it may be time to swap out the flannel comforter and sateen weave sheets for lighter and more breathable bedding. For summer bedding, natural fibers are best at regulating temperature as they tend to be more breathable, light, and wick away moisture from the body.

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Linen is a particularly good choice as it is light and breathable, and retains a freshness and coolness in warm weather. Cotton and wool are also quite good at regulating temperature, being breathable and efficient at wicking perspiration from the body. Egyptian cotton, of course, is the most luxurious of these options, being the highest quality cotton grown only in Egypt. Light down comforters can also be good if you like more substantial top layers, but remember you want a low fill power with a cotton shell to avoid trapping too much heat. So when you are planning a set of summer bedding, good combinations are cotton or linen sheets with wool or light down comforters.

Other ways to bolster your comfort on hot summer nights are cooling gel mattress pads and pillows. If you already have a cooling gel infused mattress, then that will go a long way towards helping keep your body temperature down over the hot months; but if not, there are cooling gel mattress pad toppers that can provide similar benefits while also bolstering the comfort of your mattress and making it feel like new. Many brands also offer gel infused pillows or pillows with gel pad toppers designed to help regulate temperature so you aren’t constantly flipping over your pillow for the cool side.

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Light colors are recommended both stylistically and for temperature in the summer months. Whites and pastels are good at reflecting sunlight from your bedroom window which will keep them cooler throughout the day, and these colors are also more associated with bright and energetic summer style.

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So store your warm winter bedding and replace it with light and airy summer bedding for cool and refreshing nights to come. And toss in a scented dryer sheet with your winter bedding and it will come out smelling fresh and clean when the temperatures begin to drop.

 

 

 


What Is Percale?

May 14, 2015

Malouf Queen 400 Thread Count Italian Sheet Set
The more you look into buying new linens and textiles for your home, the more variation you’ll discover in the industry. One of the more complex aspects is the number of fabric weaves that exist.

The type of weave determines much about the fabric, including things like sheen, weight, and use. Percale is a very popular weave that has a very common use.

Percale is a very soft, light fabric that is often used in making bed sheets. The weave is very plain, yet very tight, and it has a high thread count — usually a minimum of 200. It’s often made of long-staple cotton, which is combed to remove the short, imperfect fibers. This way you get stronger threads that have a smaller chance of pilling.

All of these factors make percale a very good choice for something as essential and basic as sheets. If you’re anticipating summer heat, you’ll love the cool breathability of percale bedding. Brands such as Peacock Alley and Matouk are very well-known for the superior quality of their percale. Check out US-Mattress today to find fresh, comfortable summer linens!


Cleaning Your Luxury Linens

May 7, 2015

The way you clean your linens is essential to their quality over time. You’ve invested good money into soft, luxurious fabrics, and it’s important that the materials retain the same quality that they had when you first purchased them. There are three things to keep in mind when caring for your good linens and textiles.

1. If you’re using a washing machine, use cold water and the gentle cycle.

It’s common knowledge that cold water helps fabric keep its shape, since the material is much less apt to shrink. While any product made from natural fibers will shrink to some degree, cold water will keep that shrinkage to a minimum so that your linens retain their size. Combined with a gentle wash, your fabrics should keep their shape and size for years to come.

2. Don’t use fabric softener on your fine textiles.

What many people don’t know is that fabric softener can actually ruin the fibers of your fabrics, especially if you’re using liquid fabric softener. Softener coats the threads so that they feel softer, but it destroys the finish of the fabric, which is part of what determines its original quality. White vinegar does the job just as well, without damaging your textiles.

3. Don’t over-dry your linens.

Many fabrics can be machine-dried. The main cautionary message here is to make sure that you don’t let them dry too much, because this can cause the fibers to break. This ultimately results in tiny pills along the surface of the fabric. It’s recommended that you take your linens out of the dryer when they’re still a touch damp, and then press them with a warm iron.

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With a little extra care and attention to detail, you can easily maintain your luxury linens so that they last for years. Whether you’re washing brand new linens or maintaining vintage ones, these three memorable tips will help you keep your textiles in excellent condition.

 


Bedding Regulations and You

April 30, 2015

International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials

You may already know that bedding and furniture companies have to adhere to certain laws and regulations, but do you know who makes those edicts? There is a large association that is in charge of these international standards, and it’s made up of actual American officials who are in charge of enforcing the bedding and furniture laws in their own states.

The International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO) works to ensure that manufacturers not only meet certain requirements for their products, but also label said products correctly. For example, bedding made with down feathers can be labeled in several different ways according to the quality and quantity of down used. These different tiers for labeling let you know not only if the product contains actual down, but also if it meets high enough standards to be labeled as down, or even goose down or 100% down.

Since any potential furniture or bedding that you could buy has to meet these standards, you can have a certain degree of confidence when you purchase these home products. Plus, the people who make up the IABFLO are dedicated to enforcing the laws that they draw up, which makes it very difficult for any manufacturer to skirt the rules. So rest assured, because the furniture and bedding industry is in good hands.


Fabric Detailing

April 23, 2015

Matouk Newport Coverlet

Bedding and linens are an easy way to give your home a decorative, personal touch, and you’ll find that many high-end textiles feature embellishments and details that make them more unique and luxurious. We’ve gathered some of the more ambiguous terms and defined them so that you have a better understanding of quality linens.

Appliqué

An appliqué is a decorative piece of fabric that has been sewn onto the face of another material to embellish it. A lovely example of this is the Matouk Providence Coverlet, which uses this kind of detail to enhance their product with a simple yet sophisticated design.

Embossing

An embossed fabric is one that features raised patterns or motifs on its surface. This is produced through a process where pressure is applied to the face of the fabric using heat and engraved rollers. You can see what embossing looks like on the Pem America Seasons Small Wedding Ring Embossed Comforter Set.

Embroidery

Embroidery is a decorative type of stitching that produces artful, raised designs on the surface of a fabric. A beautiful example of embroidery can be found in the detailed design of the Nina Ricci Marguerite Duvet Cover.

Eyelet

A fabric with eyelets features lots of small holes or tiny open spaces, each of which is edged with stitching for a raised, textured appearance. Eyelets often are part of a lace trim or design, and they give material a fancier or more delicate look. The floral eyelets on the trim of the Nina Ricci Pleiade Duvet Cover are a good example of this.

Flange

A flange on a pillow is an extra piece of material around the edge that creates a kind of border. This decorative strip of fabric has straight edges to give the pillow a clean, neat look. The Peacock Alley Lucia Matelasse Sham provides an excellent visual for this kind of decoration.

Piping or Cording

This is a cord that has a twisted appearance and which is used to decorate furniture and textiles, usually along the seams. The Capri Seaside Aruba with Gimp and Cord Accent Pillow by Eastern Accents shows you how this kind of embellishment can really pull a piece together.

Plissé

A plissé finish results in a textured, puckered-looking fabric, much like seersucker. This effect is produced through the use of sodium hydroxide during the finishing process. A beautiful, light example of this kind of finish is the Matouk Plisse Coverlet.

We hope this helps you understand the textiles industry just a little bit better, even though this list includes just the more popular features, and is by no means totally exhaustive. We want you to be able to make the most educated purchase possible, especially when it comes to the fabrics that you’re treating yourself to.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Basketball Bonanza

March 10, 2015

University of Arizona Sherpa Throw by Northwest Company

The month of March is upon us, and we all know what that means. As exciting as it is to see warmer temperatures and hints of spring, lots of people are just as enthusiastic about sports — specifically the sport of basketball. You know what I’m talking about. All these college basketball teams play each other in a giant, celebrated, country-wide tournament. People get pretty excited about it — they even go mad over it, you could say.

Maybe you attended one of the schools that’s playing, or maybe you just enjoy a good game of ball. Either way, there’s no better feeling than supporting your team and showing your loyalty, no matter how they’re doing. You can find lots of college-themed bedding and home accessories at US-Mattress, which carries a wide variety of merchandise from Northwest Company and College Covers. It’s easy to find everything you need to root on your team.

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Find the perfect blanket to keep you warm during the game, or even invest in some spirited bedding. A crib set is a great way to get your kids to root for your team from the very beginning. You know what they say — start ’em young, raise ’em right. A comforter set is another great way to show your loyalty, even while you’re asleep. ‘

No matter how well your team does in the tournament, you can always find comfort in knowing that you supported them through every great play and every bad call. Show your pride this month and every month when you shop college sports at US-Mattress, where you’ll find the best prices on all the bedding and accessories you need.

Happy cheering, and may the best team win!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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