What Is Tencel?

March 3, 2015

Malouf Five 5ided Mattress Protector with Omniphase and Tencel

Tencel is a relatively new product on the market, having been around for fewer than 40 years. It’s made its way into numerous household essentials, becoming a rather popular material, especially in the linens industry. But what is it?

Technically, Tencel is the brand name for lyocell. It is considered a natural product — even though it is man-made — because it’s manufactured from wood pulp cellulose and it’s biodegradable. However, it has a soft feel very similar to that of rayon, and it is considered to be very durable.

While natural fibers tend to be a little more high-maintenance than synthetic (think of how easily cotton can wrinkle), lyocell is actually quite easy to care for. Not only is it usually machine-washable, but it also is wrinkle-resistant. Besides this, it’s breathable and moisture-wicking, which makes it a good fabric for people who have allergies, people with sensitive skin, or people who tend to sleep hot. Plus, its manufacture results in very little waste, so it’s typically considered to be fairly eco-friendly.

US-Mattress carries a number of brands that use Tencel, including DreamFit, Home Source, and Malouf. From mattress and pillow protectors to full sheet sets, you’ll be able to outfit your bed with health-conscious, eco-friendly bedding at an affordable price.

 

 

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

 


A Bedroom Classic: The Quilt

January 29, 2015

A quilt is one of those classic bedding products that people tend to associate with feelings of comfort and warmth. Whether it reminds you of cozy nights in front of the fire, or even of the homemade one from your grandma, quilts just have this relaxing, homey feel that few other items possess.

Your typical quilt is made with three layers: a layer of woven fabric, a layer of batting, and another layer of woven fabric. The construction is fairly similar to that of a comforter; however, quilts usually have a specific side that is the top, which often has a lovely design or pattern. This design is pieced together from smaller pieces of cloth into a patchwork. Quilts that don’t have patchwork tops can still have detailed stitching to create a pattern or motif, just in a more subtle manner.

Whether you like the traditional nature of quilts, or you just enjoy their warmth at night, there are lots to choose from at US-Mattress. Our great bedding selection and price range allows you to find the comfort you want at a price you’ll love.

 


American-Made Furniture

January 27, 2015

Serta Perfect Sleeper Smart Surface Tidmore Super Pillow Top Mattress

Buying furniture is a pretty big investment. You want to furnish your home with quality pieces, but you also know that long-lasting furniture is not going to come cheap. You also want to know that the company you’re buying from has a good reputation when it comes to materials, construction, and eco-friendly practices.

One of the best aspects of American-made furniture and mattresses is that the companies producing these products typically adhere to these standards. The phrase “Buy American” isn’t just about supporting the economy — although that’s still pretty good motivation, considering the jobs it creates and the money it puts into the market. It’s also about investing in a higher quality. Lots of foreign industries don’t have the same kind of material and construction standards as we do here in the USA, so even if it means spending a little more money, you’re almost guaranteed to get better performance and quality from an American product than an imported one.

At the same time, importing materials and products across the world uses up precious natural resources — plus, it adds a pretty hefty shipping cost to your bill. American companies using American resources are wasting less and spending less because they don’t have to transport materials as far. This, combined with higher manufacturing standards, helps reduce the carbon footprint of American furniture and mattress companies.

US-Mattress carries a wide variety of furniture, mattresses, and linens that have been manufactured in America. We value both the economy and the environment, so we strive to provide you with a good selection of products that are crafted in our great country.


The Growing Benefits of Bamboo

January 22, 2015

Home Source Bamboo Cotton Block King Blanket

A relatively new product on the textiles market is bamboo fabric — and it’s quickly becoming a popular fiber thanks to its durable, eco-friendly nature. Bamboo plants grow extremely quickly, sometimes reaching heights of about 115 feet tall — so there’s a lot of plant to work with once it’s harvested. Plus, the act of harvesting is actually very healthy for bamboo plants, allowing them to grow back quickly. It also flourishes in a wide range of climates, proving its durability and sustainability. And as an added bonus, it doesn’t hurt the surrounding environment to harvest the plant.

As a fabric, bamboo is very resilient. Its strong fibers don’t break as easily as many other materials, so bamboo products will have a longer life than many polyester and cotton products. Plus, bamboo is very soft and breathable, and it wicks away moisture, which makes it great for bed sheets and pillowcases.

If you’re thinking of looking into bamboo fabrics or products for your bedroom, check out the selection at US-Mattress. They offer lots of bamboo essentials for your bedroom so that you can turn your bedroom into a comfortable, eco-friendly haven.

 


Microfiber 101

January 20, 2015

Microfiber: it’s kind of a big deal. If you’ve done any research whatsoever on new furniture or linens, then you’ve probably heard of microfiber. In fact, you probably don’t even need to have done any research — just walking through a store could be enough to alert you to microfiber’s popularity.

Microfiber is — get this — made of micro fibers; that is, the threads are extremely fine. Threads are measured in terms of denier, which tells you how thin the fiber is. These fibers can be constructed two different ways: there are polyester threads and polyamide threads. Polyester attracts oil, and polyamide attracts water. These two are blended together in a microfiber product, which means that you get a highly absorbent material. And if you know anything about oil and water, they don’t mix well — so having a material that takes care of both is rather impressive.

Because microfiber threads are so tiny, the weave for any microfiber material is extremely dense. This also means that these materials have a high thread count, making them both super soft and super durable. You can wash these products hundreds of times and they will hold up, so they are also very cost-effective. It’s easy to justify spending the money on microfiber textiles and furniture, since the material will endure for years.

If you decide that you’re in the market for microfiber sheets, pillows, or even upholstery, US-Mattress is your premier destination. Our superior selection and friendly customer service representatives will help you in your decision so that you can experience your best sleep yet.


There’s Something in the Air: New Wind Pillows

January 8, 2015

New Wind Lavanda Feel Memory Foam Pillow

Memory foam pillows are a popular way to receive the support and comfort that we all desire as we sleep. Just as mattress companies constantly try to improve memory foam technology to provide a more comfortable sleeping experience, so also do pillow companies research and test this technology in order to enhance the material. One of these companies is New Wind.

New Wind is an Italian company that produces high-quality, eco-friendly memory foam pillows. They do not use environmentally harmful chemicals, such as substances containing chlorofluorine, in the manufacture of their products, nor do they use glue to help mix materials. And since they make their pillows in a mold, the pillows have an ergonomic, breathable design that allows air to circulate. This is to keep your head from overheating at night, since one of the main complaints with memory foam is that it sleeps warm by retaining body heat.

Besides being eco-friendly, one of the more notable qualities of New Wind pillows is that their memory foam is infused with natural oils to help improve your sleep. Some pillows have aloe in order to provide natural nourishment for your skin. Some have chamomile blended in for its calming and relaxing properties. There are even coconut-infused pillows and lavender-infused pillows to provide soothing aromatherapy. You can find a variety of sleep-enhancing New Wind pillows at US-Mattress, where we strive to provide you with the best prices on the best products for your best sleep yet.


The Perfect Accent: Oriental Weavers Rugs

December 18, 2014

Oriental Weavers Aston 2160Y Geometric Beige and Multicolor Area Rug

Sometimes it really is the smallest details that make the biggest difference. I had a friend in high school who never texted using punctuation at the end of her sentences, and then she always wondered why no one could understand anything she was saying. Every sentence needs a full-stop punctuation mark at the end so that people can better comprehend what is being said. It lets the reader know when the idea that is being communicated is finished. Similarly, decorative accents act as the full-stop punctuation for a room. Items like rugs, window treatments, and mirrors can add lots of personal character and attitude to a space to make it a better reflection of you. They complete the room.

Rugs specifically can have a fantastic effect on your home. They are a great way to break up empty floor space or add some bold color or pattern to any room. Plus, you can get them in a huge number of sizes and styles, so it’s pretty easy to find a rug for any space you can imagine. And they are perfect for adding a little extra insulation during colder months, which is especially handy if you have lots of hardwood or tile floors.

US-Mattress now sells rugs from Oriental Weavers, which is part of the world’s largest manufacturer of area rugs and carpet. There is pretty much no end to the kinds of rugs that they make, so no matter how picky you are about your rugs, you’re practically guaranteed to find one that you like from them. Additionally, they have an entire Pantone Universe collection, which is great for keeping your home current without having to totally redo the entire room.

But seriously, if you feel that your room is missing something, you’ll want to try out a rug. They’re an easy, convenient way to enhance, enliven, and ultimately complete any room in your home.


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