How To Make A Cozy, Comfy Bed.
Clean Cozy Comfy Beds
My grandma, mom, daughter, and aunt have always had the nicest cozy, comfy beds when we've stayed at their homes. My beds are this way too.
If I'm having a guest, I try to make my guest beds as comfy, cozy and pretty as I can. I always make sure they are clean and fresh. I hang the sheets outside if I get the chance and it's not winter.
First of all clean is the most important thing. First wash your bedding. I use Tide because my family has always used it, but use whatever you have. All clothes soaps smell good now, no fabric softener. I think fabric softener leaves a feeling on sheets and covers up the crispness. Dry in the dryer, but if you have a clothes line it's better to hang outside. Your sheets will have a fresh crisp smell to them. There is nothing like the lovely smell of sheets hung on the line.
I iron my pillowcases not the sheets, but the pillowcases for a crispy feel.
What kind of Sheets
Any kind of sheet will do as long as they don’t have any peeling on them. I hate sheets that feel like sand in the bed, drives me crazy. Pure cotton always feels the best. Sheets with higher thread count are also the great, 800 count sheets feel so good and they seem to be warmer than other sheets. They just have the comfy, cozy feel. They usually run about $100.00 for queen size set, if you use your coupons and all discounts you might get them much cheaper. Another comfy bedding is linen sheets. They are harder to come by and they are very pricey $145.00 per sheet. You can get them in a place like Garnet Hill, Overstock or Williams-Sonoma. You may be able to find them in vintage shops. Remember even a low count sheet can be soft and comfortable. High count sheets sometimes have a silicone softeners on them when you feel them in the package but once washed won't feel as soft.
No iron or permanent bed linens should always be washed before putting on the bed. They are often treated with formaldehyde. Many people have problems with this and get fatigue, headaches, running nose, and watery eyes.
You might want to get sheet grippers for your bed. They will keep your fitted sheet down. I bought mine at Bed and Bath.
Measure your box springs before buying fitted sheets. Every box spring has different depths. Fitted sheet pockets are from 10 inches to 22 inches. Many box springs now days are deep and most fitted sheets come with deeper pockets.
Before you buy new bed sheets for a shared bed, consider this idea, for a double bed or a queen-size bed buy the next larger size top sheet, for example, a flat queen-size sheet for a double bed, a king-size top sheet for a queen-size bed. This gives each person an extra five to nine inches to turn over without pulling the sheets off the other. I find a larger blanket a great sleep saver too.
Most department stores like Dillards, Macy and even Overstock have a guide for buying sheets. This will help you decide what you want.
Just an example of some sheets your can buy. The difference between percale sheets and sateen sheets.
Percale is a sheet that has a matte finish they are lighter in weight and breathable, with a crisp feel and plain weave. They are better for summer because they are lighter.
Sateen sheets feel silky with a sheen and tightly woven thicker sheet better for cold winter months.
What to use on your bed.
Covers for mattress and box springs: (optional)
Bed skirt: Lots of pretty bed skirts to buy use them if needed.
Matters pad: A mattress pad is necessary I believe for the protection of the mattress, (a pad that fit’s the bed and not lose and bumpy).
Sheets: First the fitted sheet then the top flat sheet. Sheets come in these fabrics, jersey, Egyptian, prima cotton, percale, sateen, and flannel.
When you make your bed make it up neat use military or hospital corners on your flat sheet and blanket.
The top flat sheet I place upside down so when you fold it back the pretty upper border will show.
It should be folded back over the blanket once the blanket is on. The top of a flat sheet is the end with the wide border.
A nice warm blanket: I like cotton, flannel or fleece blankets. Homemade quilts will work. They’re great and if they're aged it’s even better they will be soft, but you don't want to use thick quilt for a blanket, like those puffy things we see in the stores, they’re fine for a top quilt but not as a blanket.
My mother would put a thin flannel sheet on top of the regular sheet and then add the blanket, (not sure if you can buy those thin flannel sheets anymore). I think their called sheet blankets. Once the blanket is on, fold it back just below where the bottom of the pillows will then fold the sheet over the blanket.
Pillows: No special kind whatever you like. I always put a zipper cover over my pillows before I put on the pillowcase then I put on an ironed pillowcase. I keep four pillows on the bed most of time two with pillow shams and then the regular pillows with the pillowcases. You don't have to do this, two pillows are fine. I have heard Australian like closure pillowcases. I think I agree with that.
Top Cover: Quilt or bedspread.
Throw pillows: (Optional)
Throw: for foot of bed (Optional)
Sheets, blanket, and fluffy comforters or quilts in different weights and textures create a great look and ultimate comfort.
You can also put a cover over your box springs and your mattress if you want, either in cotton or plastic. We use to do this because we had a child with asthma.
My grandmother always had a feather cover (duvet) on her bed. It was snugly and warm. We never use them now because of allergies. You can buy a synthetic mattress cover to put under the fitted sheet; this cover feels like a featherbed cover. Pillows can be bought which feel like feather pillows. Nothing has to be expensive. I love vintage pillowcases I think they just feel crisper and more comfortable, maybe because most are 100% cotton.
Bed skirts are easy to make if you sew and they don't have to be anything fancy.
When I have a guest I put four pillows on the bed. Some people sleep with more than one pillow. I also always lay an extra quilt at the foot of the bed in case they get cold. Vintage quilts look great, but it can be anything even fleece blanket you have made yourself or just a nice looking throw. It’s good to do in guess your guest gets cold, there will be something extra to pull up.
Keep a basket in your guest bedroom so guest can throw extra pillows and throw pillows in the basket.
You can also buy a duvet cover to go over a down quilt or just to cover an old quilt or blanket. When you need to wash all you have to wash is the duvet, or pull them apart and wash both. Duvets are not cheap some are as high priced as buying a quilt or bedspread. They come in all colors and designs.
They can be made with actually just two sheets. Find a pretty white lace sheet or a design you like for the duvet top and cheap sheet for the bottom of the duvet. Sew on three sides and leave open at the top end and add either ribbons or buttons to close the open end. Cover your quilt with the duvet it. I have made them in the past and they are not hard to make. I made have them to cover up old worn out quilts which didn't look good anymore.
Duvet (also known as a doona) and duvet cover. JamaGenee reminded me of the duvet cover I had forgotten about them.
Whiten linens on the stove top. Fill a pot with water and some slices of lemon bring to a boil. Turn off heat and add linens, socks, t-shirts or white uniforms. Anything you have that is white and needs to be whitened place in lemon water and soak for at least an hour. After they have soaked spread them out in the sun for more whitening and to dry. In the winter and just dry them on a line or in the dryer.
You can spot clean whites with Hydrogen Peroxide and Ivory Liquid Dish Soap. Make a 50/50 paste and let it sit on the spot. Throw in washer and wash.
The climate you live in makes a difference.
Now we live in a very cold climate and we need all the blankets but if you live in Florida you may not need all the blankets and quilts. Just go lighter with everything. We even have to take blankets off when summer comes and I also lighten everything up then.
It's also a good idea to fold your bedspread or top quilt back at night when you crawl into bed to keep it clean so you don't have to wash it every time.
I wash my sheets and pillow cases once a week. Mattress pad you can also do, but it doesn't have to be done often. If I had a maid I would have them done every three days but I don't have one and never will.
When washing a down comforter Staci-Barbo7 can tell you how to do this in her hub
Temperatures for your bedroom.
Your room temperature should always be comfortable to you. Most people sleep well in a 62-72 temperature. We have a family member he sleeps well with the window cracked even when it's 20 below outside. A mild drop in body temperature induces sleep. Make sure your room is not too hot and causes you to wake up sweating or too cold and feeling like you can't get enough blankets on you.
Maybe you like a dark quite room or maybe you like to have some noise in your room like a fan. I have a cousin when he comes to stay we have to set up a small fan in his room or he can't sleep. You can do whatever works best for you.
I think a beautiful chandelier also makes a room look cozy and comfortable. If you don't want it too bright you can add low watt light bulbs to it.
Let's Not Forget The Kids.
Children need to also have comfy rooms and lots of nice bedding can be found for their rooms. Our kids beds were made up and comfortable for them to get into. We tucked them in at night and made sure their night light was on. Their rooms were clean all toys put away so no tripping in the middle of the night. Caution with night lights: Do not put a night light in a room it can be moved from one plug to the next. Our son did this one time. I found the night light behind his bed where he had moved it. There was a big burn hole in his blanket. We were lucky it didn't catch the bed on fire. I feel he would have never got out of the bed in time without getting burned and burning up the house. We started to use a lamp in his room with low voltage bulb in it. He wasn't as likely to move it around.
When I made up the crib for our kids I may have gone overboard. I always used a crib skirt, mattress pad, a sheet, a small wet pad covered with a receiving blanket. I covered the baby with a receiving blanket or I swaddled. Never a pillow until they were older enough not to smother in the pillow. I put a heavier blanket over them. I made sure they had warm pajamas on. This was for winter months. Nowadays they don't want anything in the crib with the baby not even a blanket.
Summer time is different when our son was born in the summer in California the doctor told us to use only a light receiving blanket on him.
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet.
Folding Fitted Sheets
If you can't fold a fitted sheet here's a vido on how you can do it. They are not easy to fold and never look good in the closet. We have managed to fold ours to look good. I always did mine the way Martha showed how to fold them. This guy seems to have a better way.
My grandma didn't use a fitted sheet. She said when she got old they were just to hard to handle. She lived to be 100.
Night, Night snuggle up in your nice cozy,comfy bed and have sweet dreams, "Don't let the bed bugs bite."
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