bed linenWHAT TO CHOOSE TO SLEEP WELL?

We spend about 30% of our lives sleeping.

It is therefore important to have a good bedding but also a pleasant, comfortable and beautiful bed linen.

Bed linen belongs to the feminine universe. It is the woman who chooses it, buys it and maintains it. It is the symbol of the intimacy of the couple and the family.

In the past, every young girl about to get married brought her trousseau which was composed of the household linen and the body linen of the future bride. The tradition of the bride’s trousseau dates back to the 14th century and mothers used to take care of it as soon as their daughter was born. Since the sixties, since the departure of the young girls from the family house ceased to coincide with their marriage but also since the non-formalized relationships became generalized, the constitution of a trousseau fell into disuse.

The bed linen is composed of several pieces: fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcases, comforter cover and comforter. Comforters have now supplanted blankets and bedspreads. Of all the decorative elements of a bedroom, the bed linen is the one that must be chosen with the most meticulousness because in addition to the cachet that it brings to the room it optimizes the comfort and quality of sleep. The wellbeing depends on the chosen fabric: synthetic or natural materials…

What materials should I choose for my bedding?

Cotton is not very expensive and very easy to care for (it can be washed at 90°). It is the most used fabric for bed linen because it is comfortable and robust. Soft and light, its quality depends on its weaving. We now find organic cotton.

Cotton percale is a superior quality of cotton which is mainly used for the confection of comforter covers. It is a soft fabric with a matte appearance.

Cotton sateen is soft and supple to the touch. Its weave is finer than that of percale.

The cotton gauze is inspired by the swaddling clothes of babies. Its weave is finer than that of percale.

Linen is a natural material with thermoregulatory properties. It is also hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. With its raw appearance, it does not require ironing and softens naturally with each wash.

Silk is a luxurious material, very difficult to maintain because very delicate. In addition, despite their erotic connotation, silk sheets are very uncomfortable because they are cold and slippery when in contact with the skin.

Polyester microfiber is light and soft to the touch. It is easy to care for, dries quickly and does not need to be ironed.

Flannel is the material of choice for winter bedding. It’s a soft to the touch cotton that retains warmth.

The quality of a fabric is evaluated by the threads count used per cm2. Depending on the density, the bed linen will be more or less soft, shiny or silky. The more tight the weave, the more resistant the linen.

How to choose a comforter: natural or synthetic filling?

It is in fact, according to the tastes because the performances in term of heat are identical. The down comforters are soft, resistant and evacuate perspiration. Synthetic comforters are easy to care for, non-allergenic and lighter. Like all bedding, comforters can become a breeding ground for dust mites. It is necessary to air them often and it is recommended to wash them twice a year. The maintenance is done in machine for the synthetic comforters and with the pressing for those in down.

After having chosen the desired quality, it is necessary to choose according to the aesthetic and the desired result.

The decoration of the room gives the tone of the atmosphere which one wishes to create. This is of course done through the choice of furniture but also through the choice of linen because the bed occupies a central place in the room. This intimate room allows for all kinds of freedom: exoticism with leaf motifs, zen with bamboo motifs or pep with acid colors. You can also play with cameos of colors or opt for the total white which remains a safe value.

More and more people are adopting an eco-responsible lifestyle. Buying responsibly and favoring ecological materials is now one of the main criteria for buying bed linen.

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