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Sleep Easy - A Guide To Choosing The Best Bed Linen And Bedding in New Zealand

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We spend up to a third of our lifetime in bed and sleep plays such an essential role in health and well-being so it makes the sense to take the time to invest in bedding that suits your own personal needs. Each fabric and fill type has its own set of features and benefits, it’s just a matter of finding what suits.

 

 

5 Steps To The Perfect Bed

 

Protection
Protect your investments with mattress and pillow protectors that form a barrier for unwanted moisture, bacteria and dust mites. Our range includes 100% cotton, bamboo and waterproof options.

 

Comfort & Support
Tailor a combination of mattress protectors, pillows and sheets to your own personal preferences and requirements. Choose from memory foam, pillow top, natural fibres or non allergenic, sateen weaves or crisp percale. The options are huge and we are here to help.

 

Temperature Control
Maintaining an optimal temperature is essential for a comfy night’s sleep. Whether it is non allergenic, easy care microfiber, New Zealand made wool or luxurious feather and down the choice is yours.

 

Customise
This is the fun part! Duvet covers for interchangeable versatility, coverlets for layering and comforters for ease. Express your personal style with muted neutrals or go bold with colour and print to create the bedroom haven you will look forward to spending time in.

 

Style it
Top off your look with coordinating cushions in complementing colours or designs to add texture and drama. Add a throw to achieve the ultimate luxe look. A throw can be functional too as another layer in colder weather.

New Zealand Bed Sizes

Single 91cm x 188cm
King Single 107cm x 203cm
Double 137cm x 188cm
Queen 153cm x 203cm
King 167cm x 203cm
Super King 183cm x 203cm
Californian King 203cm x 203cm

 

 

Settling On The Right Bed Sheets

 

What does thread count mean when talking about sheets and is it important?

Thread count refers to the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric. Generally speaking if you like a crisp feeling sheet go for 180 to 200TC, if you prefer softness 250-400TC and anything over that is pure luxury.

Natural or synthetic?
100% cotton is the most popular choice for sheets given its reputation for softness, comfort and durability. Being a natural fibre, cotton breathes allowing moisture to be absorbed away from the body. Perfect for all seasons but especially for warmer temperatures.

Bamboo is most often blended with cotton to create a beautifully soft, smooth bed sheet that has all the natural fibre qualities as well as anti bacterial benefits and increased durability.

Poly cotton blends offer some of the cotton benefits and combines them with the no fuss, easy care and wrinkle resistant qualities that polyester provides. Poly cotton is quick drying and has a crisp clean feel.

Microfibre is a very soft synthetic fibre and is a great affordable option. It is lightweight, wrinkle resistant, quick drying and more pill resistant than standard polyester fibres.

 

 

Different Weaves For Bed Sheets And Linens

 

What’s the difference between bed sheet weaves?

 

Percale
A percale weave creates a lightweight, crisp feel with a matt finish. Percale weaves are noticeable tighter than standard sheets and therefore are stronger and wash well.

 

Sateen vs Flat weave
Flat weave is the standard weave for sheets and offers a classic crisp, fresh finish. For those who prefer a silkier, luxurious feel with a subtle lustre definitely sateen weave is for you.

 

Flannelette
Flannelette is 100% Cotton with one side brushed or napped to create a fluffy texture that then trap air retaining heat making them perfect for colder months. Flannelette quality is not measured in a thread count but rather in grams per square metre. The heavier the weight the better quality the sheets will be.

 

Microflannel
Microflannel with its extra fine brushed surface is super soft, wrinkle resistant. It’s made of polyester which makes it more resistant to pilling and generally more durable than fabrics made of larger fibres.

 

 

Clean Sheet Day

 

There is no better feeling than fresh clean sheets on the bed. Here are some tips to keep your bed sheets beautiful.

Always wash sheets using instructions on the care label separately from towels or clothing. This means more room in the machine for the water to move through the fabric and prevents damage from zippers or other fasteners. It also reduces the chances of pilling.

Gently ball up sheets and place them into the machine avoiding wrapping the sheets around the agitator. This prevents damage to your lovely sheets and the machine from becoming unbalanced.

Classic white sheets are a popular choice but keeping them white can be a challenge. Bleach can often yellow whites leaving them patchy and grubby looking. Lemon juice is a natural laundry whitener and freshener. Add 1 cup to your washing machine water along with your usual detergent. Add your sheets and wash as usual. Only use lemon juice on whites as it can bleach some colours.

Dry sheets immediately after they are washed either on the line or on a low heat setting in the dryer. If using a dryer, remove your sheets as soon as they are dry to avoid wrinkles. Over drying can damage fibres and shorten the lifetime of your sheets.

Wash sheets weekly. We recommend each bed has 3 sets of sheets, one for the bed, one in the wash, and one in the cupboard. Store folded sheet sets inside one of the pillowcases to keep sets together and for beautifully tidy shelves.

 

 

Duvet Inner Definitions - The Inner Meanings

 

Feather And Down
A feather and down duvet inner features insulating clusters that trap warm air and work with your body temperature for a luxurious warmth that is lightweight. The most common combination is a 50/50 mix of feathers and down but the higher percentage of down the warmer the inner.

We recommend regular airing in the sun for all feather duvet inners to remove any moisture that may have been absorbed. When you make the bed give the duvet inner a good shake to fluff up the fibres and restore the natural feather and down loft.

 

Pure New Zealand Wool
The wonderful natural insulating qualities of pure wool are no secret to us in New Zealand. Wool duvet inners work with your own body temperature keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These regulating properties make a wool inner the perfect choice for couples with varying temperature preferences. Wool is also durable and naturally fire and water resistant. We recommend airing your wool duvet inner before use and only dry clean.

 

Alpaca
Alpaca fibre is 25% warmer than wool and substantially lighter which makes it the ultimate in luxurious warmth in a duvet inner. Alpaca fibres are silky soft with low oil content and this results in an odourless and completely non allergenic duvet inner. The moisture wicking ability of Alpaca, like wool, draws moisture away from the body, through the duvet inner and out into the air.

 

Microfibre
Microfibre is an easy care, affordable option, offering a duvet inner that is warm, soft and lofty. When used in down like clusters microfiber fill is often referred to as down alternative due to the way it drapes around you and its non allergenic properties. Great for allergy or asthma sufferers, microfibre duvet inners are machine washable and available in a range of weights for all seasons.

 

 

Pillow Talk

 

The pillow that you lay your head on each night can be just as important as your mattress. Finding the right pillow for you depends largely on your sleeping position and personal preferences. Pillows come in a range of sizes and shapes over and above the standard rectangle.

King or lodge pillows with their extra width are perfect for Super King and Californian King beds.

Square shaped European pillows offer a luxurious decorative element that are also functional when sitting up in bed reading or watching TV.

V shape pillows are also commonly used to support the back while sitting up in bed and they are especially popular for breastfeeding.

Full length body pillows are great for side sleepers or pregnant women who need a little extra support in bed.

 

 

What’s Your Position?

 

While we all move around during the night, most of us have a favoured sleep position.

 

Side Sleeper (the most common position)
Side sleepers need a thicker, firmer pillow as the distance from the head to the mattress is greater than if you were sleeping on your stomach or back. Consider a firm microfiber fill pillow or a gusset pillow.

 

Back Sleeper
Back sleepers need a medium fill pillow that supports the neck and shoulders. A soft, flat pillow under the knees can bring added comfort and relief to back sleepers. Consider a memory foam pillow or a medium fill.

 

Stomach Sleeper
Sleeping on your stomach requires a thinner pillow profile. Consider a feather and down pillow where the fill can be adjusted to suit or a soft fill microfiber pillow.

 

 

Fill Facts

 

Natural fills feature all the benefits that come with natural fibres like breathability, natural loft and durability. Feather and down pillows can be fluffed up or flattened out and provide versatile support especially for stomach sleepers. Wool pillows are firmer with good temperature control.

Synthetic or microfiber fills are affordable and when in cluster form can mirror feather and down qualities without the potential allergens. Microfibre fill pillows are machine washable and are perfect for allergy sufferers or those with asthma.

Foam pillows are ideal for sufferers of back or neck pain as they provide increased support. Foam is known to retain heat so there are also cool gel foam pillow options if your preference is a cool pillow.

 

 

Care

 

Always follow the care instructions on the label of your pillow. We recommend regular airing for feather and down and washing every 2 years for microfiber or polyester fill. Consider replacing your pillow as soon as you see wear and tear like lumps, sagging or foam beginning to crumble.

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