The term satin refers not to a specific material, but to a specific type of weave. A satin weave is glossy and smooth. It is soft and usually brings to mind images of luxury and elegance. Satin can be made from a number of different fibers, although purists may tell you that silk is the only acceptable material for satin sheets. Satin sheets can also be woven with cotton, nylon or polyester.
Adding satin sheets to your bedding sheets can create a look that is classy with a feel that is much more sensuous than regular cotton bed sheets. It can transform the look of the bedroom, especially when incorporated with other design elements. An entirely new look and feel can be introduced to any bedroom with satin sheets and they are great for sleeping in the warmer summer months. They feel cooler to the touch and they do not absorb moisture like other fabrics so they won’t stick to the skin. Satin sheets do not get tangled as easily either. This can be a factor in case you do have a night of tossing and turning. Even quality cotton sheets that feature a high thread count do not quite deliver the same look and feel as satin sheets.
Whether you choose a satin sheet set made with real silk or a higher quality polyester or cotton blend, you will find that the feel of the fabric is superior to any bedsheets you have had in the past. As delicate and smooth as these sheets feel against the skin, they are still surprisingly durable and will last quite a long time.
Satin sheets are sold in knit and woven fabrics. The knit material provides for a rougher surface. They may be less expensive than woven fabric but they will not be as smooth as they will contain a lower thread count. The best fabric really depends on the individual. Silk may be the obvious candidate, but these sheets are more expensive and require more care. Nylon sheets are much more durable and can be washed in a washing machine. Polyester is durable as well and does not require washing by hand, although washing by hand will help your satin sheets last longer.
There are some myths about satin sheets that may discourage many people from trying them. One misconception is that satin sheets are slippery. While they can certainly give that impression by looks alone, you need not worry about slipping out of a bed made up with satin sheets. Another deterrent for people is the myth that satin sheets must be dry-cleaned or else they will tear and be ruined in your washing machine. Also, untrue: nylon, cotton and polyester can be machine washed.
While the choice of silk, cotton, nylon, polyester or a blend will depend on individual tastes and budgets, many people find that satin is a superior weave for bedsheets. Of course, it is absolutely recommended to keep in mind your bed skirts when choosing satin sheets- styles and colors can be mixed and matched until you find the perfect combination. And if you’re wondering how to keep those satin sheets on the bed, and many more articles about bedding, check out our bedding blog, which is updated weekly.
Benefits of Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are typically used to block out sunlight. They can be essential for light sleepers who find themselves awake as soon as the first rays of sunlight enter through their bedrooms in the morning. These curtains are capable of blocking out as much as 99 percent of outside light sources. They are a godsend for people whose bedrooms may be situated right next to a street lamp that may be preventing them from falling asleep at night. These are good reasons to use blackout curtains, but do they also serve other purposes in addition to blocking out natural or artificial light sources? For example, do blackout curtains help reduce outside noise and keep heat from escaping through the windows? The answers are yes and yes.
Block Out Noise and Light
By blocking outside sunlight from entering the building in the hot summer months, blackout curtains can help keep inside temperatures low. Additionally, these curtains can also keep heat from escaping during the cold winter months. Heat can escape through windows at a high rate. Closing storm windows and installing plastic coverings will help the building retain much of that heat, but the addition of blackout curtains will provide an extra layer of protection and save you money. This will keep your bedroom warmer and your heating costs lower. Some manufacturers claim their curtains can reduce the loss of thermal heat by as much as 25 percent. Over the course of a long and cold winter, this can add up to very real savings on heating costs.
Outside noises may be another contributing factor to many people not getting a good night’s rest. For people who live near busy roads, traffic may be keeping them awake at night. For people in more rural areas, the birds may start singing just a little too early in the morning. Blackout curtains can be used to reduce these outside noises. They can deaden, or in many instances prevent, these noises from entering through the window completely.
Keep in Heat, Keep Costs Down
Blackout curtains are a triple threat. These curtains are made with durable materials and generally last a long time. They block out light and noise and prevent heat from escaping. Few things add as much value for your money by offering so many year round benefits.
To ensure that you are getting the full value of your blackout curtains, you need to make sure you are installing them to their best benefit. Make sure you purchase curtains that will cover the full area of your windows. You will want to eliminate the amount of light that can get in over the top of the curtains as well as on the sides and underneath. This will maximize their effectiveness. Also, you will want to make sure they are thick enough so that light cannot filter through them thereby reducing their overall effectiveness.
Silk Sheets Advantages
Silk sheets can add a touch of class and elegance to any bedroom. They not only look luxurious, but they feel smooth to the touch. Silk is an excellent choice of fabric for the warmer summer months too. This fabric does not retain moisture like cotton, so it won’t stick to the skin. This can be a big factor on a hot night. Of course, silk sheets will be more expensive than synthetic blends, but they are also higher quality. Silk is a strong and durable material that will last a long time if cared for properly.
One reason why many people are reluctant to buy silk sheets for their bed linen is that they think silk is too difficult to care for. While silk sheets certainly do require a higher level of care than regular cotton, polyester or nylon sheets, ‘difficult’ may not be the right word to describe the care instructions required. In fact, it is perfectly fine to machine wash silk sheets. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before doing so.
Washing Silk Sheets
For the first several washings of your silk sheets, it is recommended that you wash them by hand using a mild detergent. Anything too harsh and you do run the risk of damaging the fibers. Washing your silk sheets by hand initially will help the sheets maintain their sheen, which is a major selling point. It will also help keep the fibers soft and feeling silky. For optimal care, silk sheets should be washed by hand, but after the first few washings, it is fine to then wash them in a washing machine.
When washing silk sheets in a washing machine they should always be cleaned on the delicate cycle. Hot water should never be used. Lukewarm water is the best but cold is far better than hot. Avoid using the spin cycle. This cycle is hard on the silk fibers as it wrings the sheets out to get of the rinse water they’ve retained. As well, silk sheets should be washed individually. Never put any other article of clothing or bedding in the same washing machine as your sheets. Fabric softeners are fine to use when washing silk sheets in a machine. Bleach is never acceptable, even on stains.
How to Dry Silk Sheets
Your silk sheets will last much longer if you hang your sheets and air dry them. This may not be an option for many people, but if you are able to do it, this is highly recommended. Take care to keep colored sheets out of the direct sunlight to prevent them from fading due to overexposure. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest setting possible. Some dryers may even have an air dry setting which would be ideal for silk sheets that can not truly be air dried.
Take good care of your silk sheets and they will last a long time, even if you clean them in a washing machine.
Not everyone will agree with the notion that hotel beds are more comfortable than your own bed at home. There’s something about sleeping in your own bed that is hard to pinpoint. That is, until you’ve spent some time couch surfing or staying in the guest bedrooms of hospitable friends and relatives. However, there is certainly something to be said for sleeping in a bed that has been made with freshly washed, perhaps even starched, linens and which was made by a professional. Is that the only reason these beds seems to be so comfy? Not necessarily. The quality of the sheets are certainly a determining factor. Is it possible to incorporate hotel techniques when making your own bedroom at home? Yes, there are several things hotels do to help you rest easy when you are their guest, and you certainly can try them in your home.
It all starts with the sheets. Hotel beds are made with fresh sheets every day there is a new guest booked into the room. This is certainly a contributing factor to their appeal. If you had the time and inclination to wash your own sheets everyday, you might consider it as nothing quiet beats the feel of fresh sheets. Also, hotels, especially the higher end ones, use sheets with a higher thread count than we typically buy for ourselves. In many instance, but not all, a higher thread count makes for a better quality sheet. A thread count is determined by the number of threads that are intertwined, both horizontally and vertically, in a single square inch of fabric. Sometimes a high thread count does not mean better quality, just more threads of a lower quality. The better hotels use sheets made with higher quality, high thread counts. This is an important distinction if you are looking to duplicate the feel of hotel sheets in your own bedroom.
In addition to the thread count there are other factors that make for a more comfortable sheet. The weave of the thread also makes a difference. Some common types of weaves found in bed sheets, similar to ones you may find in hotels, include flannel, jersey, sateen, and percale.
The linens that hotels use on their beds are not the only thing that may make them feel more comfortable. The mattresses in hotels are changed every few years which means you’re likely to experience a mattress that is more firm than your bed at home. As well, hotel mattresses in many cases are not used every night. Many rooms remain empty for most of the week and the mattresses go unused. Also, hotel beds are flipped on a regular basis which also ensures that the wear on the mattress is distributed evenly, much like rotating the tires on a car.
On average we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping so having a quality pillow is important for spending that time in comfort. Choosing the right pillow depends on your preferences but with so many choices, you may feel overwhelmed. Let’s take a look at the differences between feather and cotton pillows and try to make the process of choosing a new pillow simpler!
Feather pillows are generally considered the more luxurious option between the two choices. The pillows are often made with goose feathers that are flat and have quills running through their centers. Feathers are soft but not as fluffy as pure down, however they do provide firmer support than down pillows.
Some benefits of feather pillows are that they are soft, warm, and can easily be shaped for better comfort and support. These types of pillows are very durable if well cared for and can last for years. Another great feature is that most feather pillows are washable.
Some cons to consider would be that pillows of this type can feel sweaty and hot to some who sleep hot. Feathers flatten easily and need to be coaxed and pulled into the shape you want every time to change positions. Another consideration is allergies. How sensitive are you? Many have found themselves to be allergic to feather or down pillows so do not commit to buying one unless you’re sure that it won’t be a problem for you.
Cotton pillows provide wonderfully soft, gentle yet firm lift for all the natural support you need as you sleep. This type of pillow is natural, and rarely contains allergens that would affect the sensitive sleeper.
Some benefits of cotton pillows are that since the fiber is naturally absorbent, you will not have to deal with a sweaty, hot pillow on an average night. Cotton pillows are much firmer than feather ones. The surface is smooth, plus there’s no chance of being startled awake by a rogue feather!
Some cons with cotton filled pillows are that as time passes the cotton can compress and begin to feel very hard and may even be described as lumpy by some. This pillow type does not contour easily to body curvature. If the pillow is not cleaned regularly it can create an attractive environment for dust mites and molds, as cotton can retain water.
Sleeping Style vs. Pillow Type
The way you sleep will determine the firmness of your pillow. Those of us who sleep on our back or side often prefer a medium support pillow that cradles the natural curvature of the spine. Stomach sleepers enjoy a soft, plump pillow that cushions the head and neck at a comfortable angle.
Everyone has a different image of their perfect pillow. For me being a side sleeper and having many allergies, a cotton pillow is the perfect match, but it may not be for everyone. Make sure to find your perfect fit for all your bedding because remember, we spend 8 hours of our day sleeping – if we’re lucky!