With so many choices and unfamiliar textile language, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right bedding for your home.
Ms. Clara Teo, co-founder of the local Sunday Bedding brand, lists the four things to focus on when buying your bedding, as well as tips on how to store and put on bedding efficiently.
Pay attention to the type of weave
According to Ms. Teo, the two most common types of weave are percale and satin.
Percale is durable and lightweight, but can feel a bit rough with its matte finish, while satin is thicker and feels smoother and more luxurious.
While percale is more suitable for the Singapore heat and humidity, your personal preference may move you towards satin for a softer feel.
LOOK BEYOND THE THREAD NUMBER
There is a common misconception that higher thread counts mean higher quality.
However, Ms. Teo explains that different brands actually measure thread count differently.
While higher thread counts usually implies softer leaves, sometimes this can be achieved by thinning the thread, which actually reduces its durability.
The fact is that as the thread count increases, leaves can become more prone to pilling and therefore more fragile.
You should consider other factors involved in the manufacture of films, such as: B. Material and weave that can achieve the same effect as a higher thread count without affecting the durability of the fabric.
How and where you sleep depends on the type of bedding you should choose.
If you sleep without air conditioning, both bamboo and cotton are great for warm nights.
PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE FACTORS
If you have sensitive skin, French linen is your fabric of choice because of its natural properties. “Avoid synthetic blends and choose fabrics that are 100 percent natural,” said Ms. Teo.
“Bamboo is an ideal fabric for Singapore’s warm, humid climates – it’s incredibly soft, silky and drapes beautifully. It’s also moisture wicking and ideal for those who sweat easily at night.
“Cotton, on the other hand, is highly breathable and durable and a classic material that can withstand multiple washes.”
How often you do your laundry can also affect the type of bedding you choose.
For those who sleep with pets or children, cotton or French linen is more straightforward and more durable, which means it can withstand frequent washing.
What’s the best way to store bed linen in Singapore?
Our humidity and moisture content can encourage the growth of mold, mildew, and musty odors if we don’t store our bedding properly.
Before we put our duvet inserts, quilts or sheets away, they should be clean, completely dry and remove any moisture residue.
The ideal place to store linens is to fold them up on a shelf in an airflow closet.
Fold and stack your sheets as neatly as possible to avoid creasing.
Cloth bags are the best choice as they protect bedding from dust and insects, but allow moisture to escape.
How do you put sheets on beds more efficiently?
Make sure you buy the correct sheets for your bed – double check the dimensions to be sure.
Our linens (Sunday linens) are designed to be Australian sizes so they are slightly larger than standard Singapore sizes and can accommodate larger beds.
All of our sheets are designed for easy assembly. However, using flat sheets will teach you how to make hospital corners. The method is also used in hotels to achieve a clean, taut appearance.
This article was first published in Singapore Women’s Weekly (www.womensweekly.com.sg).