Freshly laundered sheets and warm, fluffy towels are just a couple of the daily treats that keeps a family happy. Good bedding and bath supplies aren't really an indulgence; they're necessities that help you enjoy your home.
Bedding is available in a seemingly endless variety, but there are a few basics that every household needs. Always have at least two sets of sheets for each family member's bed and extra pillow cases on hand. Top the sheets with blankets, quilts, or comforters to provide warmth and style. If you live in a cooler climate, consider pairing pretty duvet covers with extra-warm down comforters in the winter. Extras that can help your loved ones sleep better include feather beds, memory foam mattress pads, and more pillows.
Stock your home with plenty of bath linens, at least two full-size bath towels and washcloths per family member. Each bathroom needs some hand towels, too. Bath towel sets make it easy to fill your linen closet and coordinate colors. Bath sheets are larger than towels and a luxurious treat when you want to dry off quickly. Complete the bathroom decor with shower curtains, bath mats, and complementary accessory sets.
Good bedding not only keeps you warm and comfortable while you sleep, it also makes your bed pretty and your room an inviting place to relax while you're awake. Fashion bedding refers to coverings that sit atop the bed sheets.
Quilts and bedspreads are lightweight bedding options that complement a vintage decorating theme or a country cottage look. Many bedspreads extend over the sides of the bed to the floor, eliminating the need for a bedskirt.
Fashion bedding sets offer both warmth and style. A comforter has a fluffy filling and is usually warmer than a quilt or bedspread. They often come in sets with matching pillow shams, so making up a beautiful bed takes almost no time at all. Like comforter sets, duvet cover sets are available in patterns and colors to match any room. A duvet cover fits over a comforter, usually a white down comforter, protecting it from dirt and wear. Replace the comforter with a thin blanket and your duvet cover becomes a lightweight bedspread for summer.
Do you want to coordinate the decor for the entire bedroom? A bed-in-a-bag set makes that quite easy. The bed-in-a-bag includes a comforter, pillow shams, and a bedskirt. Larger sets include throw pillows, sheet sets, and even curtains for the bedroom windows.
Before you spend another night tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable enough to sleep, check out the benefits of memory foam bedding. Whether you need a new pillow or a new mattress, memory foam can help you slip into the restful slumber you need for good health.
Body heat and pressure causes memory foam to soften, molding to the body for complete support. As it cradles your body, a memory foam mattress or mattress pad eliminates the pressure on knees, hips, back, and shoulders that can cause morning soreness. After you get out of bed, the material springs back to its original shape, ready to offer you another night of restful sleep.
Experience the full benefit of this amazing bedding with a memory foam mattress. It will sit on any standard box spring or fit into a platform bed. Firmness is measured in density: 3-4 pound density is soft to medium and 5-6 pound density is firm. If you have a good innerspring mattress and want to keep it, opt for a memory foam mattress topper. The topper provides extra cushioning. Your head and neck need good support, too, so complete your bed with memory foam pillows. The pillows are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit back, side, and stomach sleepers.
Everyone has them -- those old towels that were beautiful when they were brand new but now are a little threadbare. Because towels tend to be quite durable, we don't purchase new ones often. However, when it is time to replace these essential household linens, you'll find many choices in a variety of sizes and colors.
A towel set usually contains six pieces: two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths. Stock your home with at least two sets per bathroom; buy extra hand towels for the powder room. If you love to wrap up in a large, warm towel after a shower, purchase some bath sheets, which often measure at least 35 inches x 65 inches. Active individuals and families will need some colorful beach towels, too, to take to the beach or swimming pool.
Most towels are made of cotton, which is favored because it is soft, absorbent, and easy to clean. Turkish cotton towels are the most luxurious and the bulkiest. Egyptian cotton is known for its softness and durability. Cotton terry cloth is less expensive than Egyptian or Turkish cotton, but is still an excellent option for daily household use. Microfiber, a thinner yet more absorbent material than cotton, is becoming a popular material for bath linens. Bamboo towels are an increasingly available eco-friendly option.