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The Unsurpassed Elegance & Comfort of Satin Sheets

“Sheer” Comfort

Smooth Satin Sheet SetFew things are more luxurious than satin bedding. From the elegant shine and classic beauty of the material to the soft, sumptuous feeling against the skin, satin sheets bring true luxury to the bedroom, transforming the look of a room and facilitating comfort and rest. Incorporating a satin sheet set into your bedroom décor is an easy and economical way to maximize your room’s peaceful atmosphere and comfort potential.

Satin sheets provide a unique tactile sensation with a combination of unusual softness and coolness. Perfect for a warm summer night cool silk satin refreshes skin and does not stick to skin that is overly warm or damp. Instead, it glides over the skin and provides just the right amount of covering without adding heat. However, satin bedding also warms up nicely in cooler weather, making it the perfect choice for bedding from season to season.

Skin Benefits

Even skin that is dry and itchy can find cool relief in between a satin sheet set. Such bedding is known for being the most comfortable against bare skin. Because the silk satin sheets make it possible to move effortlessly in bed without getting tangled up or having the problem of twisted sheets, the body can rest peacefully and awake feeling renewed and restored.

Once you have experienced your first satin sheet set, you are unlikely to go back to plain old cotton, as it would almost be an offense to your body. Treating oneself to satin bedding takes your sleeping experience to the next level of comfort—comfort that is unmatched by the run-of-the-mill cotton sheets. Even cotton sheets with a high thread count pale in comparison to the opulence and luxury of satin sheets.
Romantic Satin Sheets

Marriage Benefits

Even the couple that has been married for years can rejuvenate their night with new satin bedding. Silk satin has been known to play the role of both aphrodisiac and soother, as it provides unmatched comfort and softness that automatically puts the body in a happier place. Experiencing sleepless nights? Satin sheets may provide the comfort you need to drift off to sleep in no time.

Selection Matters!

Shop Bedding offers satin sheet sets that possess the beauty and comfort one can expect only from satin. With products made of high-quality polyester satin, Shop Bedding’s products have a lovely, smooth finish that has exceptional longevity, even after extensive wash and wear. The online store offers a full-line of satin bedding such as flat sheets, fitted sheets, pillowcases, bed skirts, and pillow shams, with products available in even hard to find sizes. You can also find bedding in the perfect hue to match your bedroom decor or your mood with a selection of rich and vibrant colors including red, black, white, champagne, gold and jewel blue.

Don’t believe me?  See for yourself at our store and enjoy the comfort of satin sheets for yourself!

Benefits of Satin Pillowcases For Hair

Hair Benefits

They may be smooth, soft, and luxurious, but satin pillowcases also mean big benefits for the condition of your hair. Rather than searching for the perfect hair care product, selecting silk or satin pillowcases as part of your bedding is a simple and budget-friendly way to give your hair the special treatment it deserves.

Zippered Satin Pillowcases

From minimizing hair matting and even breakage that can result from sleeping on a pillow with cotton covering to maintaining the hair’s moisture balance, a satin pillow case extends the life of your hairstyle and may reduce the amount of time you spend on your hair each morning.

Thanks to today’s hairstyle trends, many people use harsh chemicals and treatments, such as highlights, perms, and straightening techniques, to achieve the look they see in magazines and in Hollywood. The result is beautiful but damaged hair. A surprising fact is that a cotton pillowcase may actually be the culprit of additional damage to the hair.

Although cotton may seem like a soft fabric, it absorbs moisture from the hair throughout the night, resulting in dry, brittle hair. Making matters worse, moving one’s head around on the cotton material causes tangling and hair breakage as the fabric pulls individual strands of hair. Unlike cotton, a satin pillowcase for hair care provides a smooth surface for the hair strands to slide with ease and without tangling or snagging.

As if the hair benefits are not enough, satin pillowcases also help fight against the signs of aging on your skin. What began as a simple crease in your face after a goodnight’s sleep may result in a deep wrinkle on the skin’s surface over time. However, a satin or silk pillow covering prevents these creases and wrinkles, allowing you to wake up with the smooth skin you want to see when you look in the mirror.

Finding the right satin pillowcase is simple when you visit Shop Bedding. From king size satin pillowcases to discount satin pillowcases, you can find what you need to make your sleeping experience a spa-like rest as you protect and improve your hair and skin each night.

These soft and sumptuous pillow covers feature a hidden zipper and are available in more than twenty colors including black, pink, red, gold, and brown. With these additions to your bedding set, beauty sleep takes on new meaning.

For more information about satin pillowcases or the benefits of satin pillowcases, visit the shop online at Shop Bedding, or check out the video below for those of you visual learners!

Special Benefits For Chemo Patients

Undergoing chemotherapy is often an uncomfortable and difficult time for someone with cancer, and it is important to find ways to improve quality of life and make the experience a little less challenging. One simple way to make a difference is sleeping with a satin pillowcase.

Although it may not take away the discomfort of all chemotherapy side effects, a soft, cool satin pillowcase provides unexpected comfort as well as a way to create less pull on delicate hair strands. The rate of chemotherapy hair loss can actually decrease when choosing satin over cotton or another fabric. Materials such as cotton blends and linen can pull and snag the individual hair strands, which may result in losing clumps of hair during the night.

The American Cancer Society recommends the use of a satin pillowcase to provide this chemo symptom relief. As well as aiding in the problem of hair loss and chemo, the satin fabric is an excellent remedy for the dry skin condition many experience during treatment. Rather than absorbing the moisture from the skin like cotton, satin helps the skin to maintain moisture, creating a balance and making skin more comfortable.

These satin pillowcases make thoughtful gifts for friends or loved ones who are going through chemotherapy. It is a gift that they will use each night to experience relief from unpleasant side effects and symptoms. Shopbedding.com allows you to easily find the type, size and color of pillowcase you need to treat yourself or a friend to something that is both luxurious and practical.

Sleeping in luxury is what Shop Bedding is all about. Silky smooth pillow covers add an extravagant touch to any bedroom and come in more than twenty colors including black, pink, red, gold, and brown – all with a hidden zipper for easy care.

Thread Count Information: What Does It Mean?

Demystifying the High Thread Count Myth

Infant on bedsheets

When it comes to bed linens, thread count has become the buzz topic marketing professionals use to influence consumers. A Google search turns up over 40 *million* results for “thread count” alone.  The notion that high thread count is better, softer, and more luxurious has influenced many shoppers to insist it is the only way to go when purchasing sheets for the bedroom. However, practical information is spreading that debunks this high thread count myth, revealing the fact that a large thread count does not necessarily translate into the best choice in bedding.

Consumer studies show a significant number of shoppers have misinformation when it comes to determining sheet quality. The high thread count myth that promises the higher the number of threads the better the product is, in fact, a marketing ploy. Reality reveals that there are factors besides thread count that determines the quality and comfort of the sheets.

Understanding Thread Count

In order to comprehend the best way to select high quality sheets for the bedroom, it makes sense to know what thread count actually means. Thread count is the thread number—vertical and horizontal—found in a one-inch fabric square of the product. The thickness and ply of the threads used also play into the smoothness and softness of the material.

Ply is where some thread count confusion lies. The number of threads entwined in a single thread make-up the ply. As with toilet paper, the two common types of ply found in most sheets are single-ply and two-ply fabrics. Single-ply fabrics use just one thread, while materials with two-ply consist of two threads entwined. The ply of the sheet fabric may mean the difference between a stated 250 and 500 thread count—with the 250 coming from single-ply and the larger 500 coming from two-ply.

White Sheets On Bed

However, counting the entwined two-ply yarn as double the thread count is misleading, as it does not mean the threads are finer, it just means they are more twisted together, which does not actual improve the texture and feel of the product. Some production companies even go as far as to use a four-ply technique to produce an outrageously high thread count that makes little difference in the quality of the sheets.

The Federal Trade Commission has even issued a warning to consumers, explaining that they could encounter deception and misleading information regarding sheet sets’ overstated thread counts. With a similar purpose, the National Textile Association has stated that the industry practice they accept is counting each single thread as one, whether the sheet are comprised of one-ply, two-ply or four-ply threads.

If Not Thread Count, What Makes a Great Sheet?

Thread thickness and quality are some of the major factors determining the ultimate feel or hand of the bedding. Finer threads made of high quality strands typically create a soft, smooth and delicate sheet fabric. In fact, a 250 thread count sheet made of premium thread can be much more luxurious than a 500 count sheet with a lower quality thread.

Thread Weave

Thread weave is another contributing factor. Some common weaves found in bed sheets include:

  • • Flannel – Typically made of cotton, flannel has a soft, napped finish and is of a medium weight plain or twill woven fabric. Because of its warmth and softness, flannel is a good choice for cooler weather.
  • • Jersey – This elastic material is a knitted fabric with a plain stitch and is ideal for every-day wear and draping techniques.  This is actually my favorite!
  • • Percale – Made from cotton that is combed and carded, percale is a plain, closely woven fabric that has a smooth, silky texture and feel.
  • • Sateen – With one of the softest hands and a shiny appearance, sateen is made of a weave that provides more yarn surface on the cloth’s face.

It seems the ideal sheet selection may depend greatly on one’s personal preference much more than the thread count number. The type of weave and quality of thread as well as the ply work together to produce the sheet, so it may be a mistake to choose your bedding linens based on thread count alone.

Studies and consumer satisfaction reviews are proving that marketing ploys insisting on the importance of high thread count are not entirely based in truth.  Here at Shop Bedding, we think that an educated consumer is a better customer! It is a better idea to test your own hand on a fabric to find the one that has the feel you desire and to seek out sheet sets made of higher quality threads.

Conventional Mattress Sizes

Mattress Sizes

Name Size in in Size in cm
Crib 28″ x 52″
Cot 31″ x 74″
Hospital Twin 30″ x 80″
Twin 39″ x 75″ 99cm x 190cm
Twin XL 39″ x 80″ 99cm x 204cm
Hospital Twin XXL 30″ x 84″
Twin XXL 39″ x 84″
Three Quarter 48″ x 75″
Full Sofa Bed 54″ x 72″
Full 54″ x 75″ 140cm x 190cm
Full XL 54″ x 80″ 140cm x 204cm
Full XXL 54″ x 84″ 140cm x 214cm
Queen Sofa Bed 60″ x 74″
Queen 60″ x 80″ 150cm x 200cm
Olympic Queen 66″ x 80″ 170cm x 200cm
X-Long Queen 60″ x 84″
Eastern King 76″ x 80″
King 78″ x 80″ 190cm x 200cm
California King 72″ x 84″ 180cm x 210cm

Notes

Please note:  The highlighted sizes are most common.  Most of the bedding available on our site can be purchased in any of these eight sizes.

Also please note that mattress depths (or height) vary widely by manufacturer. Measure the depth of your mattress before purchasing sheets. Standard and older mattresses average 9-12″ (23-30cm), while newer pillow-top mattresses are 14-16″ (36-41cm) deep and up. These deeper mattresses will require additional depth in fitted sheets or mattress covers.

The sizes in the table above are based on the commonly accepted standard.  Be aware that bed size names vary in different countries, different cultures, and even different parts of the same country. They can actually differ in both name and size specifications from one manufacturer to another. Make sure to measure your mattress before making your purchase so that the bed linens you order will fit your mattress.

Description of Sizes

Twin 39″ x 75″ (or single)

This is the size of bed that is most likely to be used for children’s rooms, day beds, and hideaways (high risers).

Twin Extra Long 39″ x 80″ (Twin XL)

Found extensively in dorm rooms and is 5″ longer than regular twin. Bedding can be hard to find. At Shop Bedding we carry an extensive selection of bedding available in twin XL sizes.

Full 54″ x 75″ (Double)

Full size beds are 15″ wider than Twin beds. Usually used for a single person who wants an extra wide bed. Full beds may be too short for some adults. Bedding and Mattresses are usually less expensive than queen or king size. You may sometimes use Queen size sheets, which will have more drop length.

Queen 60″ x 80″

Queen beds make a good choice for guest rooms and smaller master bedrooms. The most common size bed in America, Queen Beds are 6″ wider (and 5″ longer) than a Full size bed. Pillows are larger than the standard size used on twin and full beds. The 80″ length comfortably accommodates most adults. Bedding is easy to find.

King 76″ x 80″ (Eastern King)

King beds are growing in popularity. King is 16″ wider than a Queen bed. An Eastern King bed comes with one mattress, but the box springs come in two pieces so it is more easily moved about. Sheets are easy to find and are generally labeled simply “King”. Taller people may prefer the California King instead with its longer length. All bedding is most expensive in king sizes. Pillows for this bed are available in the larger King size.

California King 72″ x 84″ (Western King)

California King is narrower and longer than a standard (Eastern) King mattress, making it more suitable for skinny tall people. Bedding is labeled “California King” or “Western King”. A California King bed set comes with one mattress, and the box spring divided in two portions to be more manageable when moving. Sheets are hard to find in stores outside California, but are available on Shop Bedding. Use 2 King sized pillows to fill up the width of this bed.

Bed Bug Information: Signs of Infestation, Treatment, & Prevention

Bed Bugs Are Coming Back, But Not Where You Might Expect

Who hasn’t heard the saying “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite” at one point or another during their childhood? While the saying is very cute (it rhymes and everything), the saying is much more than a childhood fable, as bed bugs are actually making a comeback.

Bed BugIn the early part of the 1900s, the bed bug was a common problem here in North America, and these little pests were primarily exclusive to the slums and the dirtier areas of America & Canada. By the 1940s, the problem of bed bugs had all but disappeared and the only remnant of the bug was the famous saying that seemed to catch on with mothers and children alike.

Now, these blood sucking insects are making a comeback, but not where you might expect it! While bed bugs are indeed found in some of the low-budget motels in North America, they are also being found in some of the more expensive resorts in the States & Canada as well. Even worse, they are showing up in the homes of Americans from the low class to the middle class, and even within the walls of the ultra rich.

 

What are they?

Bed bugs are small insects that are a part of the Cimicidae family of pests, and they feed only on the blood of warm-blooded animals, typically at night. Their preferred choice of blood is human blood, but certain kinds of bed bugs have been known to go after family pets and even bats in some cases. The adults only grow to about a quarter of an inch in length, and they hide virtually anywhere, from a crack in the wall to the inside of your mattress.

Why are they coming back?

While it is not known exactly where the bed bugs are coming from, it is largely speculated that their return is due in part to the vast world travel that occurs these days. All it takes is for you to stay at a hotel either here or abroad that has a bed bug infestation, and they can be unwittingly transferred to your home via your suitcase or anything else of yours while you were away. Once they get into your home they set up shop, usually no more than 100 feet from your bed, and will feed on your blood without you even knowing about it. Bed bugs tend to feed on humans while they are asleep during the nighttime hours.

How do you know you are infested?

Bed Bug BitesDetecting an infestation can be rather tricky. That’s because you don’t know that you have been the victim of a bed bug bite until sometime after the actual bite has occurred. When a bed bug feeds on your blood they inject two hollow feeding tubes into your skin. One will have an anesthetic and the other will be used to suck your blood. Because of the use of the anesthetic you won’t feel anything and therefore stay sleeping while the bed bug feeds for about five minutes before returning to its hiding place.

Tell tale signs

There are a couple of surefire ways to tell when you have bed bugs in your home. Bed bug bites look much like a mosquito bite, but bed bug welts tend to be in rows of three. This is either due to the bed bug repeatedly trying to find a blood vein to tap into, or from the bed bug being disturbed while feeding. Another telltale sign is little red spots on your sheets.  These can be caused by a bad infestation in which multiple bed bugs are feeding on you at once. Or, as part of your normal sleeping habits, you may roll over, squashing some of the bed bugs into these blood stains.

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

Once you have determined that you have bed bugs, there a couple of steps you must perform in order to get rid of them. These steps include:

  • Call a Pro: You will need to call a professional exterminator who has experience with bed bugs and have them come locate the source of the bed bugs and give your home a thorough treatment.
  • Wash Your Bedding: Once bed bugs are discovered, you will need to wash all of your bedding and the pillows if they are machine washable. This will kill any bed bugs that may be hiding in the bedding or in the pillows themselves.
  • Wrap The Mattress and Box Spring: Bed bugs like to stay close to their meal ticket, which is you. Many times they will hide inside of your mattress, your box spring, or both. You can purchase bed bug mattress protectors that are specifically designed to keep bed bugs out. These are different from regular mattress covers in that they will totally encapsulate the box spring and the mattress. They are typically made of vinyl and fabric, and some are even treated with pesticides that will harm the bed bug but not you. These covers are designed to keep new bed bugs out and old bed bugs in. Eventually those inside will die and your expensive bedding can be saved.

…And Stay Out!

Once you have totally rid your home of bed bugs, simply practice extra precautions to keep them away for good. If you do travel, be sure to clean and vacuum out your suitcase as soon as you arrive home. Also, be sure that all of the clothing that you took with you on the trip gets washed right away, not thrown into the hamper for a later washing. Even after you know the bed bugs are gone, it is still a good idea to keep your mattress and box springs covered with a complete bed bug proof set to protect from possible bed bug infestation, as it is always better to be safe than sorry.

TL;DR

Practice being hygienic and be vigilant while traveling. Keeping these nasty critters out of your home will help you and your family sleep tight without letting the bed bugs bite.