Sleeping occupies a third of your day, so it goes without saying that you should not hesitate in spending a bit more time and money in choosing the right ‘cocoon’ for you and your loved ones. Whether you’re doing a modest upgrade or furnishing a new bedroom altogether, here are some helpful tips.
"A good foundation"
There is no hard and fast rules in choosing the right mattress for you. Your best bet is to test drive one and do not be afraid to actually lie down on several if not all the mattresses available at the store. It is much like falling in love: you will know the right one for you the moment you… Once you’ve found the one, do take care of it by rotating your mattress once a month and flipping it over twice a year.
Protective cotton covers or mattress pads are the rage nowadays, but they actually serve a purpose: not only will it safeguard your mattress from stains and odors, these pads actually hold your (slippery) sheets in place. Comforters may be too much considering the climate we have, but consider this an investment for those ber-months that you may find a bit colder than usual. Some good, high-quality comforter only need to be cleaned every two-three years.
The most important thing you need to remember when buying pillows is the position in which you sleep. Soft pillows are best for those who sleep on their stomach because these slope gently and ensure that neck muscles are not strained during sleep. Medium pillows are ideal for those who sleep on their backs because they cradle and support the head. And firm pillows are great for those who sleep on their side because they hold their shape better and in turn provide support to the neck and spine.
With the number of selection available in the market, selecting sheets can be daunting. Two of the most common terms that you have to contend with are the thread count and the weave. Thread count refers to the number of threads woven per inch. As a rule of thumb, the higher the count, the softer and durable it becomes—200 is a good place to start. Two of the most popular options for sheets are percale and sateen, but very few actually know the difference between the two which lies in the way they are woven. Sateen’s sheen is due to the filling threads that are interlaced with the warp threads (lengthwise in any weave). At the end of the day choosing between percale and sateen sheets is matter of preference, although percale is a better option for those who get hot during sleep.
IDr. Louie T. Navarro, PIID, CIDE is a co-founder and Senior Interior Design Associate of 1B Design Group Inc. that specializes in residential and commercial interiors. With a BFA Interior Design degree from the University of Santo Tomas and an MA Art Studies (major in Art Theory and Criticism) from the University of the Philippines Diliman, he is also a part-time educator for the interior design programs of UST and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
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