Our bed choices affect our quality of sleep, and good quality sleep is essential for physical and mental wellbeing. These are the key areas for creating the perfect bed:
A change of bedding is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve your night's sleep. We need to choose a fabric which feels soft against the skin, such as cotton. You may find silk or satin sheets, although soft to the touch and fashionable, too cool, particularly during winter months in the UK.
One luxurious brand of bedding is Harlequin, who make quality duvet covers, pillowcases (in Oxford and housewife styles), and matching cushions, to finish off a room beautifully. Harlequin bedding is of the highest quality, made from fabrics such as 200 thread count cotton sateen, which has a gentle light reflecting sheen. Harlequin bedding's quality is clear from its appearance and its touch.
Harlequin duvet covers feature designs which are contemporary yet warm, and some are reversible to give you flexibility with changing the look of your bed. The Pod design is retro in style, featuring eye-catching aubergine and lime colours to really stand out, whereas Prato offers more muted aqua and stone colours and a striped design. Both Harlequin duvet covers feature a piped edge in one of the design's main colours, demonstrating the quality of these designs. These two designs are typical of Harlequin's range of bedding. The quality fabric in these designs, and Harlequins other bedding, feels fresh, crisp and allows the skin to breathe. The thread count has been carefully selected to allow an optimum temperature and level of comfort.
There is more to Harlequin than bedding however. Finish a room with opulent silk cushions or a velvet throw, which are designed to pick out the key colours in Harlequin's bed linen ranges.
Pillows and Duvet.
Pillows and duvets can feature natural or synthetic fillings. Synthetic pillows are less luxurious, but are more likely to be machine washable, which removes mould, mites and their droppings. This is particularly useful to those with allergies affected by dust mites, although eczema sufferers may find synthetic pillows too hot and uncomfortable.
Natural duvet and pillow fillings include feather, wool and silk, which are not often machine washableThey do tend to mould more successfully to the head and neck however, and have a more luxurious feel.
Mattress preference varies from person to person. Unlike bed linen, where everybody looks for quality and design in brands such as Harlequin, mattresses very much depend on the individual.
Open spring mattresses are the most common type of mattress. These tend to be the cheapest, yet least durable form of common mattress.
Pocket spring mattresses are similar, but feature individual smaller springs set in separate fabric pockets. This is ideal if there is a weight or size variation between the two people sleeping in the bed.
Memory foam mattresses are another popular form of mattress. They work by moulding and re-moulding to the shape of the body, providing support and helping to maintain a good posture.
But whatever mattress, duvet or pillows you choose, don't forget the importance of choosing quality bedding. Choosing a good quality bed linen is a simple and affordable way to ensure a good night's sleep.