Some of things a Nigerian homemaker has to consider when buying bed sheets for the home are expressed below;
The actual size of sheets you will need - This is the most important bed sheet consideration a homemaker should have dancing at the top of his/her mind. It gets frustrating when one gets too small sheets or too large sheets that one will have to fold and over stretch in order to properly cover the bed.
It is advisable to know the actual size of sheets your bed will need, this can be done by measuring the mattress and taking a piece of cardboard, sticking it between the mattress and placing another piece of cardboard on top of the mattress and make an estimated measurement of the distance between the two placed cardboards.
The type of feel you want for your sheets - It is also very important to know the exact feel you will want from your bed sheet, do you enjoy super soft sheet and do wrinkles annoy you. These sort of things are factors a homemaker has to consider when choosing sheets.
If softness is your main priority, then 100 per cent cotton sheets are a good choice. There are different types of cotton and thread counts which will determine the quality of sheets you purchase. Generally the higher the thread count the softer to the touch the fabric will feel.
The colour of your preferred sheets - Oh! Colour, it is also an important consideration a home maker should be ready to factor into her plans when thinking about getting a bed sheet. Colour is unique to people and places and is influenced by a number of things; one can pick out colours based on the colour of the room itself, individual colour preference, the concept one is trying to give the room and whatnot.
Most often in children’s rooms, parents prefer to go with their children’s preferred colours so as to give their kids a feel of home and safety.
How much the sheets actually cost - Saved for the last but should actually be at the top of the list. A homemaker has to factor money costs into his/her considerations. It is advisable for one to compare bed sheet prices before you buy to find something that suits your budget and also matches the quality you desire. While comparing, check the size, type and quality of the bed sheets.
Make sure to check different stores until you find the suitable price and quality you desire. Don’t rush odd to buy the cheapest bed sheet you find. It might be of very poor quality and you might have to buy another one soon after.
When it comes to buying bed sheets there are a lot of fabric choices to choose from. We will be discussing the best use of your favourite bedding material types;
Cotton is the most popular fabric used to make sheets and other bedding, and for good reason. It’s durable, breathable, soft, easy to care for, and generally quite affordable. Most cotton beddings are best used in the home and during aeroplanes flights (Business and First Class as it applies) in order to keep one warm throughout the cold night (i.e. when flights last longer than a day).
Silk is a luxurious, soft fibre produced by silkworms. For sheer indulgence, it’s hard to beat real silk sheets; they’re cool, silky and sensuous, making them a must for the romantic or sexy bedroom. Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic. The downside to silk, of course is its cost which is high and its care which is delicate.
Polyester is a manmade fibre produced from the same polymers used to make plastic drink bottles. While polyester is inexpensive, it’s quite stiff and scratchy when used on its own. Generally, you’ll find polyester mixed with another thread, often cotton, in inexpensive sheet sets.
There are so many places in our daily life we tend to compromise on quality for cheaper buys; but when it comes to picking something on which you spend almost one-third of your life and tend to get all the rest you need, there must be absolutely no compromise in quality – none at all. Good bedding makes that difference in your life as you wake up each morning feeling refreshed to face the challenges of the new day. So do think about quality beyond price when it comes to the fabric that coaxes you to sleep.
The single most important factor that determines the quality of your bedding is the quality of material that it is made of. It is by now a universally known fact that bedding made out of Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton are the best in terms of comfort. We know it is not everyone that will be able to afford these bedding fabrics so we advise that if your pocket cannot carry the Egyptian and Pima cotton then go for other types of cotton fabrics.
A basic indicator of the quality of bedding at an instant look is the thread count that is mentioned on it – the greater the thread count, the greater the comfort offered by the fabric. Thread count is basically the amount of threads per square inch; in order to get more threads per inch, the threads have to be thinner. Thread counts for bed linen can range from as low as 80 for a basic fabric to as high as 400 for Egyptian cotton.
Apart from the quality check, make sure you pick out bedding that suits the theme of your bedroom, the existing décor and comes in designs, colours and patterns that you like. Pick something that is the appropriate balance between quality, style and price.
Whenever you wish to buy new bedding, remember that cotton is always the most preferable fabric and is safe both environmentally and is the healthy choice. Artificial fabrics like polyester are uncomfortable, not really very durable and can often give you nightmares in bed with their texture.
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