Which Color Helps You Get Better Sleep?

July 31, 2015

Hallmart USA Fazio 6 Piece King Comforter Set   Hampton Hill Marine Coverlet Set by JLA Home

If you want better sleep, and you’re not opposed to doing a little redecorating, here’s a tip: paint your bedroom blue.

A study from Travelodge says that, on average, people with blue bedrooms get 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep per night. This is right on track with doctors’ recommendations for 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

The color blue is typically associated with feelings of tranquility, which is part of what makes it a good choice for a bedroom. This association can help reduce your blood pressure and your heart rate — helping you relax and calm down as you prepare for shut-eye.

If you don’t want a blue room, that’s okay. Those sleeping in yellow bedrooms get an average of 7 hours and 40 minutes of sleep, and people with green rooms get an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes of sleep.

Colors to avoid? Stay away from purple, brown, and gray. Purple especially is known to stimulate the brain, which is why it’s not a good choice for a bedroom.

If you’re not up to taking on a project like painting, something as simple as changing out your linens could make a difference. Bedding and décor in blue tones will still add that peaceful tone that you want without taking up a lot of your time or money. Check out our website to find great prices on blue bedding and accessories, and find yourself sleeping better in no time.

 


Back to School with Northwest Company and College Covers

July 28, 2015

college-covers-michigan-pillowcase-pair-1You might be dreading the upcoming Fall semester; you might be excited for it. You might be nervous about letting your son or daughter go off to college, or you might be ready. Whatever the case, collegiate bedding from Northwest Company and College Covers can be a good way to start off the school year and a great gift for the student in your life. With over 100 schools officially licensed, there is a good chance that you can find the school you’re looking for represented in a variety of items. From bedding sets to pillows, window treatments, slip covers, and more, there is no reason not to be decked out in school spirit next semester!

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For those not attending college, these companies offer bedding and other items with licences ranging from professional sports teams to your favorite TV and movie characters, and more. Why decorate your bedroom with plain one-tone sheets and a boring quilt when you could be representing your favorite sports team or movie? Bedding for all ages is available, from the crib upwards, so whether you are a college student now, aspiring to attend your favorite university, or graduated from college long ago, we have plenty to offer from College Covers and Northwest Company.

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For the Love of Pattern: Ikat

July 16, 2015

Ceylon Bedset by Eastern Accents

If you’ve seen a lot of ikat lately, you’re not the only one. Ikat (pronounced “ee-KAHT”) is very trendy right now — but what most people don’t know is that it’s been around since the pre-Columbian era.

Ikat can mean either the method of dyeing threads to achieve the pattern, or the resulting piece of fabric. It stems from the Malaysian language, and it references how the threads are tied together before dyeing. A bundle of threads is tied together in a way that blocks dye from reaching certain sections — kind of like modern tie-dye, but more complicated.

Once the threads have been dyed, they are woven together by one of three methods: warp ikat, weft ikat, and double ikat. The differences in these kinds of ikat weaving come from which yarns are dyed — whether it’s the warp threads, the weft threads, or both.

Besides its ancient and worldwide tradition — as ikat fabrics have been found all over the world — ikat is known for its specific look. Because the yarns are tie-dyed before weaving, the resulting pattern typically looks like the colors are bleeding into each other. This gives it a more abstract appearance, and further emphasizes the difficulty and meticulousness necessary to create precise patterns.

While many trends come and go, the fact that ikat has been around for so long is a pretty good sign that it won’t look dated in your home. If you want to add a little ikat to your décor, check out the wide selection at US-Mattress. We offer plenty of bedding and home accents that will add the perfect touch to your living space.

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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.

 


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