There’s nothing quite like curling up under clean, luxurious bedspreads at the end of the day. The freshly laundered scent of your quilt cover. The cool and silky feel of a well-made sheet set. And of course, the comforting support of the perfect pillow to lull you to sleep.
Can you tell that we love beds?
Here at SpacerStore, we want to share everything we’ve learned about putting together the ideal bed, from the top-most bed covers all the way down to the mattress topper. And, of course, we’ve also got the care tips that will keep your bed linens looking new for years.
The essential bed linens you for your dream bed
Of all of the envy-inducing elements of an interior design magazine, the bed is the thing that you can most easily recreate in your own home. With these essential bed linens, you might never want to leave the comfort of your bed again:
- Mattress topper - Investing in a great mattress is key, but topping it off with an extra layer of support and comfort? That will take your bed to the next level. There are plenty of options to choose from, including memory foam, down or synthetic down, or latex, so you can find the best mattress topper for your sleeping preferences.
- Bed sheet set - We would argue that bed sheets are the most luxurious part of any bed. After all, in your wrapped-up sleeping bliss, these are the linens that will come into direct contact with your body. You want a high quality fabric that will help you relax and recharge.
Here are some of the most popular materials for a rejuvenating sleep every time you turn the lights out:
- Cotton Sateen
- Bamboo Cotton
Now, what is a coverlet and how is it different from a quilt cover? These two bed linens are used and made differently. A coverlet set is made up of pillow shams and woven bed covers that drape over the top of the quilt. A quilt cover set generally includes pillow cases and a quilt case made of a lighter material.
- Blankets - Blankets come in all shapes, textures, and sizes, and it’s worth having a few different styles based on the season. Have a couple of throws and larger blankets stored near the bed so that you can add an extra level of comfort for those lovely reading or movie-watching nights.
Now, do you need all of these linens on your bed all at once? Maybe only when it’s really cold out or you’re in need of a bit of extra comfort and self-care. But for everyday use, you can mix and match these bed linens as you like. Here are a few ideal combos that you can keep coming back to:
- The Breezy Summer Set Up. For cool and comfortable sleep during the warmest nights, you can’t go wrong with a hemp sheet set and breathable light blanket. Our blanket preference is the Herringbone Premium Australian Wool Blanket, which is airy enough to keep you cool all summer.
How to care for your bedspreads and other fabrics
Once you’ve got an idea of how to outfit your bed for maximum comfort, how are you supposed to keep everything in prime condition? In this section, we’ll talk about all of the care secrets that you’ve always wanted to know when it comes to bedspreads and other bed linens.
Secret #1: The magic number is three
If you’ve ever wondered if you had the right number of bed linen sets, we’re here to set the record straight. The magic number is three.
Home organisers agree that with three sets of sheets and quilt covers or bedspreads, you’ll always have a fresh set on the bed, one air drying to perfection, and another ready to go in your linen closet.
Secret #2: Cleaning schedules are a game changer
Whether you’re laundering bed linens for an entire family or just trying to keep track of the last time you changed your own sheets, a cleaning calendar will cut through the confusion. Here are a few key timing tricks help you schedule:
- Bed sheets and pillow cases should be washed weekly
- Quilt covers can be thrown in the wash with bedsheets and pillow cases, weekly
- Quilts, as long as they are covered at all times by a quilt cover, only need to be washed about twice a year
- Coverlets and blankets should be washed according to the material type and how they are used. Coverlets that are placed atop a bed, perhaps even just decoratively, will only need to be washed once or twice a year with the quilt. If you have a coverlet set that functions as a quilt cover, on the other hand, it will need to be washed more often.
Likewise, when it comes to blankets, you’ll want to wash them according to how they are used. A throw blanket used for decoration or to bundle up in while reading in bed will likely need minimal cleaning, about once per season. If you’re using a blanket instead of a quilt, though, you might want to throw it in the wash about once per month.
- Mattress toppers may be protected by the bedsheets, but they also need regular cleaning. You should be checking them for stains and vacuuming them about every time you strip the sheets for washing, or weekly.
- Pillows can be a bit confusing when it comes to bed linen cleaning. They don’t seem to be machine washable, especially memory foam pillows, so many people overlook them altogether. In reality, pillows do need to be included in your cleaning calendar, and you should plan on washing them about once per season or once every six months. Take a look at the next secret for the best way to clean your pillows.
In order to stay on top of your cleaning schedule, write down these guidelines in your calendar. You’ll be so relieved not to have to do the mental math trying to keep track of when you last cleaned your bed linens and bedspreads.
Secret #3: How to avoid machine washing nightmares
Many of your bed linens, including sheets, pillow cases, and most blankets and bed covers, can be thrown in the washing machine. But, how do you know which items can be washed in the machine, and what are the alternatives for more delicate items?
Here are a few tricks for washing the seemingly unwashable:
- Mattress topper. No matter which kind of mattress topper you have, chances are, it’s not machine washable. Memory foam can become damaged in the machine, and pillow-ey mattress toppers are often too delicate to be machine washed.
Instead, experts recommend spot checking the mattress topper for stains and vacuuming weekly to pick up dust. If you do notice a stain, you’ll want to treat it by hand with a gentle detergent and allow the mattress topper to dry completely before putting it back on your bed.
- Pillows. These are another item that don’t seem like they would do well in the washing machine, but luckily, they’re more durable than they look! Most pillows can be washed on the gentle cycle. It is more difficult for the machine to rinse out all of the detergent, so you might consider putting your pillow in for a second rinse cycle with no detergent.
For memory foam or natural fibre or down pillows, the washing machine may be too rough, even on the gentle cycle. Check with the care instructions on the tag, and hand wash or dry clean as necessary.
- Coverlets and other bedspreads. Coverlets are often made of a woven cotton or polyester material which, in most cases, is machine washable. You’ll still want to make sure that you’re washing your coverlet or bedspread in a large machine on a gentle cycle.
- Quilts. When it comes to quilts, material is everything. Natural fibres, like goose down, will need to be dry cleaned. Otherwise, you might end up with a lumpy quilt that no longer looks luxurious.
Very seldom will you come across a synthetic fibre quilt that cannot be machine washed. The issue, though as with coverlets and bedspreads, is the size of the machine. Too small and you could risk burning out your washing machine engine. If you have a large machine at home, you can wash your quilt on a gentle spin cycle or take a trip to your local laundromat or laundry services.
Again, remember to check the tag on your bed linens to know for sure how to properly clean them. If there’s no tag, or something is unclear, you can always reach out to the seller for a definitive answer.
Secret #4: Your soap could be wearing out your bed linens
Figuring out the right kind and amount of detergent to use to best care for your bedspreads and quilts can be more complicated than you might expect.
First, let’s talk about quality. As you probably guessed, not all detergent is made equal, and washing with abrasive or low quality soap can shorten the life of your fabrics.
When choosing the right detergent, go with mild or gentle soaps that won’t break down the fibres in your bed linens. In fact, eco-friendly, chemical-free detergents will protect your fabrics while giving your linens a sufficient clean.
The amount of detergent you use may also surprise you. Instead of saturating your wash with lots of soap, it’s better to be conservative with how much detergent you add. Too much and you’ll have leftover residue that will cling to your fabrics.
Secret #5: Know your water temperature
Water temperature is key to make sure your bed linens are safe as they wash. Again, you can check the label of your bedspreads and sheet sets to know the ideal temperature for your linens, but here’s a secret if you’re not sure: stick to a cold wash.
Cold washing your linens won’t add unnecessary fibre damage or shrink your sheets and blankets.
Secret #6: Air drying is really the best option
There’s something dreamy about hanging up your sheets to dry in the sun, so why don’t more of us rely on this method? When you consider the benefits, you might find yourself air drying your bed linens from now on.
On the one hand, hanging bed linens to air dry will save electricity, not only because you won’t have to use the dryer but also because you won’t have to iron. Linens hung in the wind won’t wrinkle or crease, so once they’re dry, you can put them directly on the bed or fold them to store in the linen closet.
And, of course, there’s the amazing smell of linens hung to dry outside. It’s been well-documented that sunlight can kill the bacteria trapping odours in your sheets. On top of that, bed linens hung up outside absorb the many lovely smells of the fresh breeze instead of the inside of the laundry room. The end result is a set of bed linens that smell fresher than any floral scented laundry detergent could ever recreate.
Secret #7: Storing your bed linens incorrectly can put you back to square one
So far, you’ve put in quite a bit of effort to get your bedspreads, sheets, and other linens ready for a luxurious night’s sleep. A quick way to ruin all of that hard work? Storing your bed linens the wrong way.
Improper storage can leave you with wrinkled sheets, musty odour, and—worst of all—clothes moths or other pests. So, just like you’ve learned the best way to care for and wash your bed linens, you’ll also want to have a storage plan.
First, you’ll want to invest in a linen cabinet or closet. Make sure that it has plenty of shelves so that your linens aren’t too crowded. This will provide the proper airflow inside the cabinet to inhibit mould growth. Shelving will also prevent you from having to refold your linens every time you replace a set.
And speaking of folding, this is a step that will save you a lot of frustration later on. Properly folded sheets, either by the Mari Kondo method or your preferred technique, will not only help your cabinet stay organised, but it will also eliminate the need for ironing.
If you can, place your linen supply in a room with good airflow and low humidity. To maintain a fresh scent while also warding off pests, you might place cedar balls, dried lavender sachets or an open container of bicarbonate of soda alongside your folded linens.
Any other burning questions about bedspreads and other bed linens?
Here at SpacerStore, we’d love to know how you go about putting together the perfect set of bed linens for great sleep and impeccable style. Do you have a cleaning routine for bedspreads? Are you a sheet folding expert?
Reach out to our team with all of your bed linen secrets and tips!