Sizing & Material Guide
Mattresses, Sheets & Towels

Choosing what's suited to you and your environment is an important factor to getting a good night's sleep. Sometimes spending a little extra goes a long way to providing a more comfortable environment, and quality products tend to last longer. 

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Bed Covers

What's the difference between a Duvet, Comforter, Coverlet and Quilt?

Duvets give a bedroom a modern look. A Duvet comes in different thicknesses and goes inside a duvet cover. The Duvet can be removed from the cover for washing. The Duvet is usually secured inside its cover with buttons, ties or a zip.

Unlike a Duvet, a Comforter is stitched closed on all sides and doesn't come apart. When you wash a Comforter, you wash the entire thing, or send it to the Dry Cleaners. Comforters are often sold as a set with matching pillow cases and pillow shams.

A Coverlet is thiner than a Comforter and is generally quilted or textured. Coverlets aren't as warm as Duvets or Comforters. As they are usually very decorative, Coverlets are often used as an accent piece and combined with a Comforter or Duvet folded at the foot of the bed. 

Quilts are a lightweight cotton making these perfect for warmer months. Quilts have visible stitching all over the top as part of their design. Their complex patterns can be visually rich giving these a artisan-made, or an heirloom feel.


Mattresses

Which mattress type is best for you?

There are so many different types of mattresses on the market, it's hard to work out which is the best for you. The materials that the mattress is made from plays a big part in your comfort, and so does your sleeping style. Different mattresses accommodate different sleeping styles. 

Whether you sleep on your side or your back plays a role in which type of mattress gives you a good night's sleep. 

Innerspring Mattress

Price: $750 - $2,900

Innerspring mattresses are the most popular type of mattress. The inner coils are usually steel. They often have additional layers on top of the innerspring to soften the feel of the mattress.

These are recommended for side sleepers or back sleepers without pain.

Pros

Easy to change positions.

Cons

Can be springy so you feel your partner's movements.

Memory Foam

Price: $650 - $2,700

75% of Memory Foam mattress owners are either completely or very satisfied with their purchase. Memory foam is mostly polyurethane.

Memory Foam mattresses are recommended for back sleepers or and those who suffer with pain. 

Pros

Isolates movements so you don't feel your partners movements.

Some manufacturer's offer duel firmness, so you and your partner can choose individual levels of firmness.

Cons

Needs to be aired for 24-48 hours before use.

Can 'sleep hot'.

Some complaints of smelling of plastic.

Natural Latex

Price: $650 - $2,700

75% of Memory Foam mattress owners are either completely or very satisfied with their purchase.

Memory Foam mattresses are recommended for back sleepers or and those who suffer with pain. 

Pros

Isolates movements so you don't feel your partners movements

Cons

Needs to be aired before use.


Gel

Latex


Standard US and CA mattress dimensions

Twin (or Single)

75 in x 38 inches

(191 cm x 97 cm)

Full (or Double)

75 in x 54 inches

(191 cm x 137 cm)

Twin Extra Long

80 x 39 inches

(203 cm x 99 cm)

Queen

80 x 60 inches

(203 cm x 152 cm)

King

80 x 76 inches

(203 cm x 193 cm)

Californian King

84 x 72 inches

(213 cm x 183 cm)

Additional sizes include:

Short Queen

74 x 60 inches

(188 cm x 152 cm)

Three-Quarters

75 in x 48 inches

(191 cm x 122 cm)

Texas (or Athletic) King

98 in x 80 inches

 (249 cm x 203 cm)

What differences does the thickness of a mattress make?

Memory Foam

Generally, the thicker the mattress, the plusher (or softer) the mattress will be. The 8” is designed for back sleepers. The 10-12” is designed for back/side sleepers. The 13-14” is designed for all around sleeping, including on the stomach.


Bed Sheets

What is thread count and which is the best bed sheet material?

When choosing bed sheets, you need to consider thread count, softness and warmth.  The thread count and the sheet material play a big part on how comfortable a sheet feels. 

Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch. Generally speaking, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet. 400 thread count is a good number to aim for, but thread counts go up to over 1000. Soft sheets aren't just about choosing a high thread count. The material the sheet is made from matters as well. Soft materials include Cotton, Flannel, Sateen and Jersey.

Cotton & Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Cotton is by far the most used material to make sheets. This is because it is both durable and breathable. Cotton is good all year round, but especially in the warmer months, as it's cool and light weight. The most popular cotton is 100% Egyptian Cotton. Egyptian cotton and regular cotton are made from different plants. Egyptian cotton has finer threads meaning more threads can be woven into a square inch, compared to regular cotton. This makes for a softer sheet.

Egyptian Cotton and Bamboo Sheets



Egyptian Cotton and Bamboo bedding are both highly regarded premium bedding materials.

Bamboo Sheets

Similar to Egyptian Cotton, Bamboo bedding is naturally breathable and has very thin fibers and threads. Bamboo is one of nature’s most versatile, sustainable, and renewable materials. Growing bamboo takes little to no water and doesn't need the pesticides or fertilizers that cotton requires. Bamboo products are dust mite, mold, and bacteria resistant. This makes these ideal for anyone with asthma or breathing difficulties. Bamboo also absorbs sweat and is naturally temperature controlled.

When buying Bamboo sheets check that they are not mixed with microfiber. Microfiber is non-natural product which can pill, and is flammable. Microfiber sheets are made out of petroleum waste. The process to convert the petroleum waste into microfiber emits fumes into the atmosphere and is not considered environmentally friendly. 

Flannel Sheets

Flannel sheets are used as the weather turns cooler. Flannel is a cotton that has been combed to fluff up the fibers, giving these a warm and fuzzy quality. The fluffiness traps body heat keeping you warm through the night. These are a favorite in cold climates, and for children's beds.

Sateen Sheets

Sateen sheets are good all year round and add a touch of luxury to your bedroom. The feel of Sateen is often described as buttery as they have a very smooth feel. Sateen sheets have a subtle sheen so these look sumptuous straight from the dryer. 

Jersey Sheets

Jersey sheets are becoming more popular. Jersey is a cool, breathable material that's extremely soft. Jersey is a knit fabric, instead of woven like cotton. This makes it a very affordable choice.  


Kid's Bedrooms

Which bed is best for children? 

Choosing the right bedding for your child will depend on their age and life-stage. As well as a standard single, there are beds designed for toddlers, as well as bunk beds, trundle beds and loft beds for older children. Some beds come with built in storage, and others offer a second hidden mattress which is great for overnight guests. 

Toddlers Beds

Toddler beds are a great option if your child is about to outgrow their crib but isn't quite ready for a normal sized bed. Toddler beds are shorter in length than a standard bed making it feel cozy for your child. 

These are also lower than a standard bed so it's easy to climb in and out of, taking away the worrying of falling. Look for Toddler beds with rounded edges for extra safety, and guard rails to prevent falling out during the night. 

Make sure your Toddler bed comes complete with a mattress as these are smaller than a standard twin or single bed mattress, and larger than a crib mattress.

Trundle & Bunk Beds

Trundle beds are perfect for sleep-overs. A Trundle bed takes up no more space than a standard twin. Trundle beds have a second mattress on coasters that pull out from the main bed, and slide back under when not in use. These are often higher off the ground than a standard twin to accommodate the lower mattress underneath (and sometimes additional built in drawers). 

Bunk beds are a practical choice when two children need to share a room on a more permanent basis. Bunk beds optimise the bedroom space, allowing for more floor area so the room won't feel cramped. Some bunk beds include drawers under the bottom bed which is handy for clothes or toys. Bunk beds come in different heights, so consider lower bunks for younger children that include guard rails and stairs for added safety. 

Loft Beds

Loft beds are loved by most teenagers because they're fun. These really maximize a bedroom space. The sleeping area of a loft bed is high up and out of the way which really opens up the bedroom floor space. The underneath area of a loft bed can be used in a variety of ways. Adding a desk and lamp makes a workspace for homework, or adding rugs, pillows or a beanbag makes it a cozy area for reading or relaxing.

If you really like this idea for younger children, Junior Loft Beds are also available that are a bit lower to the ground.

Best Bed Sheets for Children

Flannel sheets are a popular bed sheet for young children's beds as they have a warm and fuzzy quality. This makes children feel safe and cozy. As long as your child doesn't sleep hot, or you live in a warm climate, Flannel sheets are great as they are a natural fiber.


Towels

Bathroom Towels - Sizing, thread count, absorbency, and softness


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