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Choosing High-Quality Bedding: Sleep Easy Knowing You Made the Right Choices

Most people in your life will never see your bedding, but this does not mean that the choices you make about it are unimportant. The right sheets, pillows and blankets or comforters can ensure a restful night's sleep, last for years, and express your personal style. There are a few key things you need to know to help you make smart bedding decisions. In general, you get what you pay for, and you are not likely to regret paying a bit more for high quality bedding.

When selecting sheets, an important characteristic is the thread count. This refers to the number of strands used in the weaving of the material; a higher thread count sheet will have a denser weave that makes it softer and more durable. Since this aspect of bedding is what actually touches your skin while you sleep, comfort is essential. A thread count over 200 is considered good quality, but you'll feel the upgrade with a 300-count sheet. Sheets made of natural fibres like Egyptian cotton or silk are more durable in the long run, but most have some nylon or other synthetic added for increased washability. If you are looking for flannel sheets for comfort during colder weather, ensure that they have been pre-washed. Otherwise, they will likely shrink when washed and no longer fit your bed properly.

The blankets or comforters you choose for your bed should complement the overall design of your room, but they need to do more than look good. Natural fibres like merino wool and down are the warmest materials, and therefore the most expensive. As with sheets, though, synthetic materials are easier to wash, and are often hypoallergenic. If you are looking for down bedding, choose one with a higher "loft" for thicker clusters of down. Always select a good duvet cover to protect your comforter.

Knowing what to look for in high-quality bedding will help you sleep easy- which is, after all, what it's all about.