Ah, the bed. The final retreat at the end of the day. You just want to wash up, dry off and slide under the covers for some shut eye. But how do we make a good bed? What does ‘California King’ mean? Does thread count actually count? And how do you fold those crazy fitted bed sheets?
We understand if you find the whole bedding issue… daunting. So, we asked the folks behind Sunday Bedding, Alex and Clara, about how to show us the way.
What are the different bed sizes? And how does this determine the bedding we buy?
Bed sizes are different across countries, so sizing and terminology can get a little complicated. The three main categories of mattresses are American, European, Australian.
In Singapore, mattress lengths are usually 1.91m across all sizes. Generally, Australian sizes have the same width as Singapore sizes, but they are longer at 2m.
European sizes are also 2m long, but their widths are sometimes slightly narrower than Australian/Singapore sizes.
American sizes are generally both longer at 2m and wider than Singaporean sizes.
Now, here is where it gets more complex: when it comes to Super King there are several terms (e.g. California King) and different variations. At Sunday Bedding, we’ve aligned our Super King to the Australian Super King (2m x 2m). This is a tad shorter than the Californian King which comes up to 2.1m in length, and in line with an American standard King bed.
When you’re buying bedding, it is safer to buy larger bedsheets since you can always tuck them by the sides. Our sizes are aligned to Australian sizes to accommodate larger beds. This means that our King size beds fit both a European and Australian King, and our Queen sizes safely fit a European, Australian and American Queen size.
What kind of sheets do you recommend?
Opt for neutral shades as these sheets will never go out of style and will be easy for you to mix and match with your bedroom look. Stripes are always a classic that doesn’t grow old.
For an elegant and luxe look, opt for bamboo which drapes beautifully or soft patterns on your sheets. For a more relaxed and lived in look, opt for plain French linen sheets as these have a natural, textural feel that no other fabric has.
How do you fold bedding, especially when it comes to bedsheets with the weird corners?
There are a few ways to fold a fitted sheet but the easiest way we’ve found is to fluff out the entire sheet flat first on your bed by grabbing two corners of the sheet (make sure the elastic bands are facing up). Simply fold the bottom half of the sheet up to half or one-third of the sheet and do the same on the other side. This should form a long rectangle. The last step is to simply roll the sheet into a tight cylinder (Marie Kondo style!) to store it.
Does thread count really matter?
When testing sheets, shoppers should first consider their own sleeping environment. For example, if you sleep without air-conditioning or sweat easily, bamboo is great for warm nights as it is moisture wicking. If you sleep with pets or kids, then cotton or French linen are more durable and hold up well to frequent washing.
If you sleep without air-conditioning or sweat easily, bamboo is great for warm nights as it is moisture wicking
Also, check the weave of the sheets. The two most common weaves are percale and sateen. While percale is durable and lightweight, it can feel a little rough and has a more matte finish. Sateen, on the other hand, has a smoother and more luxurious feel.
There’s also a misconception that thread count is indicative of quality, but different brands measure thread count differently (e.g. per inch or per cm), which can be confusing for consumers. Additionally, higher thread count can sometimes be achieved by thinning the threads, which results in pilling of the bedsheets.
Instead, consider other factors that go into making sheets, like material and weave. These can achieve the same effect as a higher thread count without compromising a fabric’s durability.
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