Heavy or light, cozy or airy, firm or soft? The choice really is endless. We all have our personal preferences when it comes to bedding and, while we may not always give it much thought, the sheets, pillows and duvets we opt for can be the difference between a peaceful slumber and a restless night of tossing and turning.
However, with so much choice on offer, making a decision is not always a straightforward task. To help you narrow down your options, luxury soft furnishings specialist Julian Charles has outlined five top tips for choosing the perfect bedding.
- Pay attention to the tog
Commonly mistaken to mean weight, tog refers to the thermal efficiency of the duvet. Put simply, the higher the tog, the warmer you’ll be in bed. Lower togs are ideal for people who have naturally warm body temperatures and are often used during the summer, whereas higher togs are intended for people who get cold easily and will keep you cosy during the winter.
You should also take into account the normal temperature of your bedroom and whether or not you share a bed with someone else, as both these factors will influence which tog you need.
- Be finicky about the filling
If you suffer from allergies, avoid natural feather filling. Instead, opt for synthetic versions such as hollowfibre and microfibre, as they are non-allergenic. Man-made fillings are also much lighter in weight and can be easily washed. While they still offer plenty of warmth, if you have a naturally warm body temperature and move around when you sleep, synthetic fillings are a great choice.
Natural fillings such as feather and down are generally more luxurious and heavier than synthetics. They’re also extremely thermally efficient – perfect if you want to create a cosy, cocoon-like feeling.
- Know your thread counts
When choosing sheets, thread count is an important consideration that is often overlooked. Thread count refers to the number of threads woven per inch and the higher the count, the softer and better quality the sheets. To avoid scratchy sheets that easily pill, anything around the 200 mark is considered good quality.
- Match your pillow to your sleeping position
Soft, medium or firm? When selecting pillows, think about the way you sleep. For example, soft pillows are ideal for people who lie on their stomachs as they help to prevent muscle strain on the neck, while firm pillows help keep the neck and spine aligned and are often the preferred option for side-sleepers. People who lie on their back can benefit from something in between soft and firm, that gently supports and cushions the head.
- Don’t compromise on style
If you want your bedroom to look great and reflect your sense of style, it’s important not to forget the finer details. Placing a selection of patterned scatter cushions and throws to neutral sheets can add the perfect finishing touch to this space. You can then simply change your accessories when the seasons change, giving your bed a fresh new look without having a complete overhaul.
Once you’ve taken into consideration all these points, you shouldn’t struggle to find bedding that you’ll love for years to come.