Alright, lads – this one’s for you. Decorating your home may not be at the top of your priorities list, but when it comes to setting up a comfortable bedroom oasis, you’ll be glad you put some thought into it. The right bedding can make all the difference between a restful night’s sleep, and one spent tossing and turning. Not sure where to start? Here’s a special bachelor edition on how to pick the right bedding.
A basic set of sheets may come with one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and a set of two pillowcases; but you can always opt to purchase each piece separately. Of course, make sure you know which size bedding to shop for (King, Queen, Full, etc.), then consider the following when picking out your sheets.
In layman’s terms, thread count refers to the number of threads woven into each square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the higher the quality. Unfortunately, this buzz word has become more of a marketing ploy, and many companies have been found to exaggerate the actual thread count of their fabrics. Ideally, quality sheets should have a thread count of at least 300; but when shopping for bed linens, your best bet is to just feel for softness rather than purchasing sheets according to the number on the package.
Egyptian cotton is one of the most popular bedding materials, as it’s breathable and soft against the skin. Some great alternatives are flannel (if you’re looking for some extra warmth), cotton linen (if you prefer something cool and lightweight), or silk (if you’re willing to shell out the cash for extra luxury).
When choosing the color for your sheets, it’s best to stick to solid, neutral colors. A nice set of ivory, navy blue, or grey sheets sets the perfect foundation that you can “decorate” with your comforter, pillows, and throw blankets. If you do purchase patterned sheets, balance them out with a solid comforter.
Once you have your perfect set of sheets picked out, you can top off your bed with a plush comforter. The most important factor to pay attention to is the type of fill you want – that is, the type of material that makes the comforter plush and fluffy. Down (feathers) is a traditional favorite, but there are also down alternatives that are more allergy-friendly. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose from a range of fills according to how thick or thin you’d like your comforter to be.
You can buy a patterned comforter to dress up your bedding or, a more popular choice, you can opt for a plain comforter and cover it with a duvet. A duvet is like a large pillowcase for your comforter, allowing you to easily change the look of your bed. It’s also a lot easier to clean – simply remove the duvet and pop it into the washing machine.
Pillows and Shams
A mixture of plain and decorated pillowcases (or “shams”) is an easy way to make your bed look stylish and well put together. In terms of the actual pillows, there’s no universal style, as everyone has their own comfort preferences. Whether it’s a set of oversized down pillows or memory foam styles, choose whatever feels best to you.
Don’t worry too much about bedding accessories – a little goes a long way. A bunch of frilly toss pillows may be too high maintenance for the typical bachelor, but a stylish throw blanket can make for a slick-looking bed. Try a blanket in a bright pop of color, or even a faux fur throw.
This post was inspired by a bachelor with impeccable taste in home decor but was in need of a little inspiration of his own. Hope this helped 🙂