How to Dress the Perfect Bed (+ IBB Day of Design)


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Have you ever wondered what gives hotel beds the edge on luxury and comfort? Well, now you can find out.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, Frisco-based IBB Design Fine Furnishings is hosting a Day of Design open to the public.
 
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy sips and bites, and learn about a variety of design topics from IBB’s talented team of designers. The schedule includes presentations on how to decorate a bookshelf, add depth to your interiors, and more! Guests will even get to take home one of IBB’s signature giveaway bags.
 
As a sneak peek into the event, IBB Designer Michael Reese gave us tips on how to dress the perfect bed!
Read below to learn a few of his tricks, and mark your calendar for Feb. 25 to learn more.
 
IBB Day of Design
 

*Pick the best sheets

It’s important to dress your bed with a good foundation — bedsheets. If you’re unsure about what sheets are right for you, read here!
 
*Don’t skimp on pillow inserts
What you fill your pillows and duvet covert with can make a world of a difference. Down fills give you the best look, but if you’re allergic, a soft alternative will suffice.
 
*Decorate
With decorative pillows, start small in the front and work backward with a variety of sizes.
 
*Layer, layer, layer!
Layering will give you the overall luxurious look and feel. Try to layer with sheets, a coverlet, a duvet, and a variety of pillows. You can even add a foot quilt or throw for a final touch.
 
Want to learn more about creating a sophisticated and inviting bed? Reese will present at 11 a.m. during the event.
 
For a complete schedule of design seminars, click here.

 

Does Thread Count Really Matter?


It’s estimated that a person will sleep for a third of his or her life. If you’re spending that much time in bed, you’d better make sure you like your sleeping conditions. Comfortable sheets are crucial for a good night of sleep, and many people don’t seek out the sheets that are best for them.

 

It’s often misunderstood that higher thread counts mean better sheets. While thread count is important, there are other factors to consider when on the hunt for the perfect sheets: the type of cotton, weave, and finish to name a few.

 

Still believe that those 1,000-thread count sheets you got for a bargain are the best out there? Read below and we’ll let you decide.

 

Fiber: Instead of focusing on thread count, evaluate the length of the sheet’s fiber: longer fibers are better than short and lend themselves to longer lifespans. In addition, Egyptian cotton isn’t a myth – it’s indeed an indication of the quality of the cotton. Make sure the label says 100 percent or pure Egyptian cotton, though, because sheets can be labeled “Egyptian” even if they only contain a small percentage of actual Egyptian cotton. Alternative options are Pima and Supima, cotton-poplin, cotton-polyester and even bamboo.

 
 

Weave: Weave is the last thing you should pay attention to and is the determining factor in how the sheets feel and the lifespan. Common weaves are percale or sateen — percale features a cool, crisp feel, while sateen is softer and warmer. When it comes to weave, pick what feels best to you.

 
 

Thread Count: Thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. Additional threads can be woven in, thus, increasing the thread count. In general, a higher thread count will make the sheets denser. It’s recommended to get anything over 200, but anything higher than 400 isn’t worth going out of your way for. The threads used to achieve these higher thread counts sheets are often thinner so they can all fit.

 
 

Cost: When it comes to sheets, quality is better over quantity. More expensive sets of 200-thread count sheets will generally be higher quality than a cheaper set of 400-thread count.

 
 

Finish: Sheets may contain bleaches, dyes, or finishes to keep them from wrinkling. If you have sensitivities or allergies, steer clear and opt for 100 percent organic sheets.

 
 

And there you have it. We hope this will help you the next time you’re in the market for new sheets. Sweet dreams!