7 Things You Never Knew About Bedding
After meeting with Karin Sun and Christopher Sun, founders of bedding company, Crane & Canopy, we learned a few things about bedding's little mysteries, like thread count and picking (they actually brought a tiny microscope so we could see it!), we had to find out more about the materials we sleep on every night. Here are seven facts you never knew about bedding so you can reevaluate your sleep situation for the best night's sleep.
1. Thread count is a myth: Anything higher than a thread count of 430 is creative counting. Sun says, “Be wary of bedding companies who choose not to disclose thread count or claim anything higher than 430. A high-quality sheet or duvet cover that is soft, smooth and will last for years to come will usually range between 300-430 thread count. Anything higher is creative counting – either through ply or pick – or manufacturing methods like finishings, all of which do not add to a higher-quality product.
2. The quality of cotton matters: The longer the staple of cotton (meaning: fiber length), the higher the quality. Egyptian Cotton used to refer to cotton with a longer fiber length, meaning a higher quality, but that no longer applies since cotton with a long staple can be grown anywhere. “Look for bedding made from premium cotton like extra-long or long staple cotton, which is luxurious, soft and will last for years to come," says Sun.
3. The difference between sateen and percale is feel: True to its name, sateen bedding has a silky, smooth feeling. This is ideal for someone seeking for a luxe touch when hopping into bed. Percale is the laid-back version of a sheet—you could relate it to the feeling of a crisp cotton shirt.
4. You can mix and match: Just like in fashion, you can mix your patterns—just be conscious of complementary colors and pattern scale. “If you choose a bolder pattern like a chevron or quatrefoil for the duvet cover, match it with more traditional and basic sheets," says Sun.
5. You can skip the top sheet: Looking to sleep like a European (how chic of you!)? Almost 40% of Americans no longer sleep with a top sheet. Why? “It ends up as a tangled mess at the foot of your bed. If you use a high-quality, cotton duvet cover, which protects your comforter, ditch the top sheet for a cozy night's sleep and a no-fuss morning when making your bed," says Sun. We're lazy and love this idea, especially since Crane & Canopy has released a duvet cover that is two-toned (read: it looks like the top sheet is perfectly made every time).
6. Wash your bedding every week: We all have our laundry schedule but just remember that you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, meaning, keep it clean! Weekly washings are best and that even includes your duvet cover if you've nixed the top sheet. For best washing practices, Sun says, “Make sure everything is zipped and buttoned before putting it in the washing machine and avoid overstuffing your washer and dryer. Wash on cold, tumble dry on a low heat setting and remove immediately from the dryer to prevent it from wrinkling. Afterwards, store your bedding in a cool and dry place. For that extra boost of freshness, I like to add a lavender sachet in my linen drawer."
7. Odd numbers are best: It doesn't matter how many pillows you prefer, but just remember the golden rule of design—odd numbers! This maintains symmetry and our bedding expert prefers, “Try dressing the bed with five or seven pillows, and with a mix of euro, standard and small throws. This gives you the option to create fresh new arrangements every day."