Ignore thread count – it’s quality, not quantity that counts

Since the mid-1990s, bed sheet manufacturers have been boasting about thread count. Like most things, they have preached ‘more is better’ and charged more for higher thread counts.

Thread count is the number of threads that occur in a square inch of fabric. Threads can run horizontally, this is called ‘weft’, or vertically, this is called ‘warp’. A low thread count could mean a thinner, more fragile fabric, whilst a higher thread count could mean you have a fabric that will wash well and last longer.
But don’t be fooled

“Once you get beyond 400 threads per square inch, be suspicious” says Julian Tomchin, retired Vice President of homestore Macy’s in the USA. “An 800-thread-count sheet made of two-ply yarn should legitimately be relabeled as 400,” he said. “That’s how you get 1,000 threads per square inch: creative counting.”

So if you can’t rely on a number, then what can you rely on?

“You can’t tell a good set of sheets until you feel them,” Tannen says. “Pull it out of the package, or look at the sample on the floor. Look at the stitching. Is it tight? Is it neat? Although a lot of products are machine-made, if the craftsmanship looks good, that’s a sign of a product that will last.
Jim Symmes, vice president at Revman International, which manufactures sheets for prominent brands such as Tommy Bahama and Laura Ashley agrees.

“There are 200-count cotton sheets out there that are finished very nicely and actually feel like they have a higher thread count,” Symmes says. Read more here: Guide to buying sheets.
Sealy offers sheets and pillow cases made from quality 100% percale cotton with a 300 thread count. These sheets feel soft and luxe, but are crisp and fresh and help wick away both heat and moisture. Our unique fitted sheet comes with a 3-way stretch skirt offering a snug fit on the mattress. The skirt prevents the sheet from bunching up and moving, but don’t take our word for it, give it a try and you’ll love the difference it makes.

Want to dress your bed, with soft, breathable bedding made from 100% cotton Percale? Sealy has the answer. Click here to find out about our sheets and other bedding.

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

Read more about bedding:

Polycotton, cotton or linen – what bedding works best?

How to keep bedding clean – Part 1

How to keep bedding clean – Part 2

 

Sheepskin rugs transform bedrooms into boudoirs

You don’t have to look far to find luscious sheepskin rugs. They’re gracing the bottoms of beds, lingering on lounge suites and warming the cribs of newborns.

Whether they remain in their natural wooly-white, ivory form or are dyed to match the décor, it is no wonder that this textile (that was previously set aside to manufacture luxury slippers) has crossed over into mainstream décor.

Of course there are many faux options available, but before you buy the look for less, consider the sleep-promoting properties of sheepskin:

1. Warmth – sheepskin’s depth locks in heat
2. Softness – sheepskin retains its incredible plushness wash after wash
3. Breathability – like all natural fibres, sheepskin allows air flow. This keeps moisture and odour levels low, low, low…

Besides adding to your sleep satisfaction, a sheepskin rug will also be a distinct asset to your décor arsenal. If you are planning on adding a rug or two to your home, look for a rug with a deep pile (which adds comfort) and a lovely sheen (which adds depth and visual interest).

At Sealy, we are natural-fibre lovers. That is why we embrace bamboo, aloe-vera and pure cotton when making our products. To learn more about our mattresses and bed linens visit www.sealy.co.za.

You won’t believe what bicarbonate of soda can do to your mattress

You sleep on your mattress for about 7 hours every night – do you ever clean it? You would be surprised to know how bicarbonate of soda can help!

Step 1: Wash
Remove all bedding and mattress protectors and give them a good wash. Do not wash or wipe your mattress with a damp cloth. A soggy mattress is not a happy mattress. Mattresses are not meant to get wet and this act will void your Sealy Warranty.

Step 2: Sprinkle
Using a sieve or colander, sprinkle the mattress with a little bicarbonate of soda. Let them sit on top of the mattress for a few hours. The bicarbonate of soda should absorb any moisture as well as any offensive odours from sweat, urine, coffee or wine. Check your mattress warranty before using this method.

Step 3: Vacuum
Vacuum your mattress gently to remove any dirt, pet hair, dust, dust mites as well as all the bicarbonate granules. Use only the round mouth of the vacuum pipe to suck up the granules. Beware of excessive vacuuming which will damage your mattress fibres.

Step 4: Air
Nothing kills bacteria faster than fresh air and sunshine. Open the windows and curtains and let in as much fresh air and sunlight as you can. Even better, take your mattress outside if you have a suitably dry, clean and sunny area.

Don’t forget to put your mattress protector back on!

Protect your now beautifully clean mattress with a mattress protector – it can give your mattress an extra five years of life! Sealy mattress protectors repel allergens as they are made from bamboo fabric known for their non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-dustmite properties.

Like these Sealy Top of Bed products? Visit www.sealy.co.za to find a stockist near you.

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

Winter throws and quilts that add more than just warmth to your bed

Winter is fast-approaching and you may find yourself in one of two camps: full of glee or full of dread. However, there is one thing we call all agree on and that is that these gorgeous throws and quilts are a great way to embrace the icy weather.

After investing in a Sealy mattress that is designed for your sleeping pleasure, it is only sensible to invest in a quilt that makes you smile and do a happy dance every time you see your bed.

If you favour hugs and deep massages, purchase a heavy quilt like this one from Purl Soho. With linen on one side and plush fur on the other this quilt gives you the best of both worlds.

Purlsoho strpied quilt

If you prefer a more tactile experience, go for something light and soft like these knitted throws:

These knitted throws offer a more tactile experience

If you’re a DIYer, you might want to watch this tutorial from Simply Maggie – learn how to arm knit your own blanket in just 45 minutes. Easy peasy!

Image source: Simply Maggie
Image source: Simply Maggie

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

 

Every bedroom needs these posters

Whatever your décor style, we have you covered in this Sealy blog.
After investing in a Sealy mattress, and protecting it and choosing quality sleep-boosting bed linen what better way to adorn your boudoir and celebrate sleep then with these top-trending sleep posters?
From abstract art to whimsical illustrations, from strong self-talk to comical drawings, these posters are sure to remind you that sleep is glorious.
Customise your bedroom with this selection of gorgeous sleep posters.
Customise your bedroom with this selection of gorgeous sleep posters.
These posters work well on their own in strong box frames next to your bed or together on a wall as a well-aligned ‘sleep groupie’ collection.
Do you have a favourite sleep mantra or sleep visual? What images do you find calming – is it an ocean view? Karoo landscape? Or a still life painting of beautiful blooms? Please let us know on our Sealy Facebook page.

Beat the dust – how to rid your bedroom of dust and dust mites

Unfortunately, most of the dust that is found in your bedroom comes from yourself (and your pets) rather than from the outside world. As dead skin and hair cells break off they form dust -the perfect environment for dust mites to live and breed.

Dust and dust mites can interfere with your sleep: Many adults and children are allergic to dust and can suffer from symptoms such as congestion, sneezing and even snoring. A dust mite infestation will present with itchy bites and cause great disruptions to your sleep.

To get your best night’s sleep you need to beat the dust and dust mites.
Here’s your hit list, from least to most effort.

• Delay making your bed by one hour to allow the mattress and linen to air out. Dust mites love damp, dark places.

• Buy a high-quality mattress protector to trap the dust mites inside your mattress and prevent liquids from moving into your mattress.

• Use a wet cloth to dust all hard surfaces in your bedroom. Vacuum all soft furnishings and hard to reach cornices.

• Get your mattress professionally cleaned, alternately leave your mattress in the sun and fresh air once a week.

• Launder all duvet inners, mattress covers, pillows and pillowcases. The method will vary depending on the material you have chosen ie. polyester versus goose down. Ensure everything is ell dried before you make your bed again.

• Replace curtains with blinds and wipe these regularly. Alternately, remember to dust curtain rails and wash your curtains monthly.

• Ensure all clothing items are well-organised in spacious closets where air can circulate- dust mites hate fresh air and sunlight.

• Get rid of bedroom carpets altogether so that dust cannot accumulate in the fibres. Replace with loose carpets or mats that can be regularly shaken and washed.

Read more:

Bed bugs – the most common sleep critter

Bed bug solutions

 

How to turn your bedroom into a sleep cave

It is not hard to imagine why our ancestors preferred caves for sleeping – protection from the elements, darkness, temperature control and peace and quiet provided a great night’s sleep. Why not convert your bedroom into a sleep cave to ensure you don’t miss out on any precious sleep?

Protection from the elements – your bedroom may need to be ‘reinforced’ before it can become your sleep cave. Double-glazing, shutters, solid doors and window frames can make a huge difference in keeping out noise, heat, insects and dust that can otherwise intrude on your sleep. Cheaper option? Grab a pair of earplugs or play some soothing tunes if you live in a particularly noisy place.

Darkness – To help create true darkness you will need to invest in some heavy-duty blinds or block-out curtains. You will also need to turn off as many lights and devices as you can to enjoy the sleep-inducing effect that total darkness brings. Cheaper option? Grab an eye mask.

Temperature control – If you get too hot or too cold while you are sleeping, your body will wake you up and ask you to sort something out. An air-conditioner will make temperature control a breeze as will good quality pyjamas and bedding. An air-conditioner allows you to warm up or cool down the room temperature as required and ensures that air circulates. Quality fabrics will allow your skin to breath and prevent sweating. Consider investing in 100% cotton or bamboo products that are breathable and won’t cause overheating. Avoid synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester that make temperature regulation tricky.

Peace and quiet – Our ancestors retired to their caves after a day of activity – foraging, hunting, feasting, dancing and story-telling. Find your balance between activity and rest so that you can sleep soundly all night through.

Making your sleep cave into a safe and happy place will help you get the sleep you deserve.

Calming colours to paint your bedroom

Colour therapy, or the effect that colour has on our brains, is now widely accepted. If racing red can get you fired up, then why not use a cool grey to calm you down after a long hard day?

Two of South Africa’s well-known paint giants have released various hues of naturals as well as a range of subtle grey, green, blue and purple that promise to add tranquility to any room.

Check out sage green, silver cloud and moss blue. These are a few of the Dulux shades that translate beautifully in the bedroom.
Some of the Plascon colours that work well as separates or as a colour scheme include heavenly dew, mellow blue and ivory snow.

Beautiful colour combination, spotted on Welke.nl:

Create a calming feel with Sage green
Create a calming feel with Sage green

This bedroom was decorated by Muse Interiors, and we spotted this image on the HomeDzine website:

A combination of muted blues and greys
A combination of muted blues and greys

This bedroom spotted on Stylish, Liveable Spaces:

Not quite green, not quite blue
Not quite green, not quite blue

Featured image source: Am Dolce Vita

Read more here:

Get your pastel on!

How the Brits influence our bedrooms

Xhosa inspired bedrooms – How the past is showing up on the runway

 

 

 

How to clean your mattress

Mattresses can harbor all kinds of nasty things. Allergens like mould, pet hair, skin flakes and dust can be fought with fresh air and a good dose of cleaning. Nothing feels better than clean.
Step 1: Wash
Remove all bedding and mattress covers and give them a good wash.
Step 2: Sprinkle
Sprinkle the mattress with bicarbonate of soda and let it sit on top of the mattress for a few hours. The bicarbonate of soda granules absorb the moisture and any offensive odours from sweat, urine, coffee or wine.
Step 3: Vacuum
Vacuum your mattress to remove any dirt, pet hair, dust, dust mites as well as all the bicarbonate granules.
Step 4: Air
Nothing kills bacteria faster than fresh air and sunshine. Open the windows and curtains and let in as much fresh air and sunlight as you can. Even better, take your mattress outside.
Step 5: Protect
Protect your now beautifully clean mattress with a mattress protector. Sealy mattresses are built to repel allergens as they are made from bamboo and aloe vera fabrics known for their non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-dustmite properties. There are also Sealy Top of Bed products available that can give your mattress an extra 5 years of life!
Like these products? Visit www.sealy.co.za to find a stockist near you.
Whatever you find works for you, the Sealy team wish you a sneeze-free Spring and happy Spring cleaning!

Bedroom decor: Get your pastel on

Bedroom décor has slowly moved away from tranquil whites, passed through sleepy greys and found itself infiltrated by gentle pastels. Colours of spring blossoms, such green, pink and peach have been subdued into pastel hues that only add to the tranquility and sleepiness, rather than detracting from it.

Add a little plant life or botanical print and your boudoir will be en trend. Which of these beautiful pastel- hued boudoirs would you choose for a great night’s sleep?

We love this peach pastel bedroom, spotted on Ladyaddict.com
We love this peach pastel bedroom, spotted on Ladyaddict.com
This hand-knitted blanket is a gorgeous feature of this Scandinavian inspired bedroom. Spotted on Lustliving.co.uk
This hand-knitted blanket is a gorgeous feature of this Scandinavian inspired bedroom. Spotted on Lustliving.co.uk
This mint-green pastel bedroom inspires tranquility!
This mint-green pastel bedroom inspires tranquility!