Get Your Bed Ready For Spring

Spring is on its way with the days seeming a little longer and brighter. Easter is just around the corner and is usually the biggest DIY weekend of the year so why not get ready to clear out, brighten up and get an amazing nights sleep.

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Open your windows wide and let the spring air flow through your home sweeping out the winter. It’s so true that most people feel the need to do a thorough ‘Spring Clean’ to get rid of the stale air and dust and put the dark winter nights behind them.

Preparing your bedroom for Spring is all about clearing out the old, cleaning any dust away and then it’s time to introduce into your bedroom beautiful, soft 100% organic cotton bed linen, a lighter weight duvet and new pillows for that refreshed spring feeling.

A great place to start getting the bed updated is at the base and work up to the top of the bed.

  1. Take off your sheets, mattress protectors and valance and if possible vacuum the mattress, divan base and under the bed. Wash any bed linen at 60°C to kill any dust mites. If you’re looking at replacing your valance, the Tuck Top Valance makes it quick and easy – in tests it took less than 1 minute to put it in place and 17 seconds to remove! And that’s with just 1 person and without lifting the mattress at all
  2. Change your mattress enhancer (if you have one). Going into Spring and Summer is all about keeping cool. There are different options – Silk is great for all year round cool; Wool and Alpaca are brilliant for temperature control; Duck Down and Goose Down give a soft blissful feel to your mattress.
  3. What type of sheets do you like to sleep on? Choose from Percale for a crisp, cool finish or the silky feel of Sateen. Check to depth of your mattress and choose an extra deep fitting sheet to prevent the bottom sheet pinging off in the night.
  4. Choosing a duvet cover is all about personal taste. For ease and flexibility, choose bed linen fabrics in white so your bedroom accessories, cushions and throws, can ring the changes,
  5. Do you need to change your duvet? Throughout the winter you’ve probably had a 12 or 13.5 Tog so now you may want to switch to a 9.0 Tog for the Spring and then 4.5 Tog for the Summer.
  6. To finish off your bed and just in case the night is chilly, use a throw or blanket.

Here at The Fine Cotton Company we have wonderful, luxurious ranges of 100% cotton bed linen, including hotel collections Roma, Brooklyn and Capri as well as our Timeless Classics collections of Vermont, Lille and Seville.

Tips to Keep Cool at night with Cotton Bedding

TOP TIPS FOR A COOL NIGHT’S SLEEP

Choose your bedding carefully to make sure you have a light weight low tog duvet for the time of year and organic cotton sheets. Most people find a 3.0 or 4.5 Tog are adequate in the summer months. If you are too warm in bed it can lead to a poor night’s sleep.

Using breathable organic cotton bed linen which is effective in absorbing moisture and perspiration, it becomes much easier for your body to regulate your temperature while you sleep. If you use synthetic bedding, it can make you feel hot and sticky in the night.

Check your mattress protector is a cool cotton or hypoallergenic silk which really does regulate body temperature.

Silk filled duvets and mattress toppers from The Fine Cotton Company are naturally hypoallergenic and they really do help to regulate your body temperature.

Relax before going to bed – maybe have a cool bath or shower, listen to some quiet music or a relaxation tape or do some yoga.

Bedroom Colours: How Do You Sleep?

Room colour does influence your mood and set the tone for your living environment. Therefore it’s important to choose a bedroom décor that will help you relax and induce sleep.

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Creativity

Orange expands your thinking. It reduces self-consciousness and allows you to express yourself with confidence. Use it in your home when you want to feel younger. It is the colour of laughter and celebration.

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Order

Deep blue encourages efficiency. It will purify your thinking, so you can cut through the clutter and discover what is most important in your life. It helps you integrate the big picture with the little picture. Wear dark blue when you need to make a decision.

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Calm

Blue gives a sense of peace. It dissolves tension and promotes tranquillity. Light blue especially brings ease into the home and harmony into relationships. Wearing or surrounding yourself with it helps calm aggressive tendencies and eliminates discord. Those with bedrooms this colour tend to get the best rest – nearly eight hours a night – and wake feeling happy and positive.

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Energy

Bright red will fortify you. It is a stimulant. It promotes courage and fearlessness. Use this color when you want to increase self-confidence. But too much red can make you feel overly excited or agitated. A little goes a long way.

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Concentration

Yellow increases your focus. It is known for enhancing intelligence and mental agility. It can help stimulate conversation and clarify thoughts. People sleeping in rooms decorated in calm colours, such as yellow, blue or green, received the best night’s sleep.

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Health

Green is also the colour of healing. It represents nourishment and helps steady the body, balancing your equilibrium and encouraging stability. Use it to rejuvenate yourself, to promote physical and emotional well-being. Green and yellow are also winners, with those choosing these colours clocking up roughly seven hours and 40 minutes of sleep.

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Sensuality

Deep red inspires passion. It helps awaken the libido. Use it to move you through inhibitions and emotional blocks that prevent you from expressing yourself. It will remind you to live life fully and to love your body. Try a deep red…ottoman, lampshade, accent chair.

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Rest

Aqua inspires trust. This is the colour to use when you need to relax. Wear or surround yourself with it if you have difficulty sleeping, dreaming, or meditating.

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The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

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Mothers Day is just days away, and always the biggest conundrum is what to give her on this special day. Well probably one of the best things she would love is sleep! Mums work harder than anyone could imagine, whatever their age. And if she has young children the the day is packed with running around looking after them, and it can be hard physical work, with either staying at home with them when they are young or taking them to school.

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Housework, shopping and cleaning all take their toll physically on her, and at the end of the day all you want to do is sleep! So if  she  like most new mums, a good night’s sleep seems as far away as the moon and stars in her weary mind. Sleep seems a million miles away when the kids are up all night, and so are mums and dads are also indeed up all night, and it’s just no fun any more. But a good night’s rest doesn’t have to be an illusion. a good nights sleep will have a huge effect on the quality of her life. So on Mothers Day, besides your thoughtful card and gorgeous big bouquet of flowers, present her with a cool morning off, just let her sleep late or take a sweet nap while you take the kids out to the park.

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But, one thing is for certain, she will sleep much better if she has a decent bed and bedlinen. It will make such a difference to her all round wellbeing, with a good nights sleep in a beautiful bed think how happy she will be! Bedlinen might seem like an expensive Mother’s Day present, it certainly is something that she should be treated to at some point.

How Well Do You Sleep?

How well do you sleep?

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How much time do you think that we spend in bed, sleeping? It is actually a whopping 1/3rd of our life. So how much does it matter to what we sleep in and under the sheets. The mattress or the bedlinen, and taking into account the bedroom itself. Your bedlinen is a most important part of giving you that great nights sleep, and dependant on what type of bedlinen, whether cotton, linen, silk, or flannel, it is important that you choose wisely.

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Firstly Make sure that you choose the right TOG quilt, its just as important that you get the season’s right as well, too heavy and summer will be a nightmare, too thin in winter and you will be as cold as an iceberg for the season and your personal body temperature. You’ll want bedding which is breathable and regulates your body heat systematically, making it less likely that you’ll get woken up from being either too cold, or over hot. When it comes to bed linen, spending a little extra on high quality that comes highly recommended.

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Exclusively made for The Fine Cotton Company, our stylish and luxurious collections of duvet covers with coordinating plain dye sheets and pillowcases are carefully produced from pure organic and natural cotton. The eco friendly cotton we use is organic and is fully combed to give a smoother, softer feel.

fitted sheets and flat sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Fitted and Flat Sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Not only do high quality sheets keep you comfortable at night because they have a high thread count and are made with breathable materials, they also last long because of the superior quality material used. This is why, when it comes to bed linen, spending a little extra on high quality comes highly recommended.

Sheets that go PING in the night – How to choose the correct bottom sheet for your bed

fitted sheets and flat sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Fitted and Flat Sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Have you ever woken from a deep sleep to find your bottom sheet has come adrift leaving it creased and crumpled underneath you, making you feel really uncomfortable?

We think there’s nothing more annoying!

Make sure you choose the correct type and size of sheet by following our tips below:

Type of Sheet – Fitted or Flat?

There is a choice of fitted and flat sheets, both of which may be used as a bottom sheet.

Before fitted sheets arrived in the late 1950s, the only option was a flat sheet. Flat Sheets are folded around the mattress and tucked in using carefully folded hospital corners to keep the sheet snug to the bed. Many hotels use this type of sheet and it takes great skill at making the bed, with plenty of fabric to tuck in to keep in place.
In 1959, Bertha Berman patented a design for fitted sheets that had corners sewn in a way that would fit the sheet to the mattress. These sheets although less than perfect as they still managed to pop off the bed were the start of the fitted sheet we know today. In 1990, Gisele Jubinville patented a design for a much better fitted sheet that grabs a mattress and stays put. She sold the patent in 1993 for $1 million.

Fitted sheets now have elasticated corners which keep the sheet in place underneath the mattress.

Size of Mattress

Whether you choose a fitted or a flat style sheet, the main thing is to choose the correct size.

Fitted sheets need to have enough depth to be able to cover the mattress protector and mattress and still have enough fabric to tuck under the mattress to be held in place.

The same applies to flat sheets; there must be enough fabric to enable at least 20 cm to tuck in under the mattress.
Firstly, you need to know the size of bed you have.

The best thing to do is take a tape measure and check the size. If your bed has been made outside the UK, the chances are the mattress sizes will be different to beds made in the UK.

Check the bed size against the size chart on our website, which shows American and UK sizes.

Check the depth of the mattress and then any mattress toppers you have on top.

The fitted sheets at The Fine Cotton Company are made extra deep to allow for todays trend in deep mattresses and thick mattress enhancers. However, if your mattress is even deeper we suggest you go for a flat sheet or a bespoke fitted sheet.

If you are choosing a flat sheet and the size and depth of the mattress is a little larger than the size specification, we suggest buying the next size up.

Fabrics

Opt for the best quality you can afford. A sheet in 100% organic cotton is much more breathable and will absorb moisture far better than a sheet in a polycotton mix.  The weave of the fabric is really down to personal choice.

SATEEN  is a smooth, sleek and sophisticated fabric with a silky soft feel.

FLANNELETTE is beautifully brushed organic cotton with a velvety touch that is soft, warm and cosy.

PERCALE is a crisp, fresh fabric with a smooth feel.

Should you need any further information about choosing the right size and style of sheet, please do contact The Fine Cotton Company on 0845 602 9050

7 Reasons why Luxury Bed Linen from The Fine Cotton Company may help you sleep

  1. Naturally cool, breathable cotton bed linen from The Fine Cotton Company helps with temperature regulation. As you spend between a quarter and a third of your life sleeping, it is important that you remain as cool and comfortable as possible. Being too warm can lead to a disrupted nights sleep.
  2. Silk filled duvets and mattress toppers from The Fine Cotton Company are naturally hypoallergenic and they really do help to regulate your body temperature.
  3. The feel of luxurious fresh cotton bed linen is a wonderful experience –  there’s nothing like climbing into crisp, clean sheets in fabulously smooth pure cotton at the end of a long, tiring day
  4. Fitted sheets from The Fine Cotton Company are extra deep so they don’t ping off during the night! There’s nothing worse than being woken up to find the bottom sheet of your bed all bunched up beneath you. Our fitted sheets are carefully constructed with extra deep sides and perfectly tensioned elastic to ensure they fit your mattress. If you do have an unusual size or shape bed, contact us for bespoke options.
  5. Our bed linens are easy to change. Excessive dust can irritate the airways which may disrupt sleep.  If you have a valance on your bed, they may harbour dust and are generally changed infrequently – who does like lifting the mattress off to remove the valance?  The  exclusive ‘Tuck-Top’ Valance means you can change your  valance in seconds with this back-friendly valance!
  6. Bed Linen from our Timeless Classics Collections, such as Lille White, Vermont, Vienna and Seville will always be available. We want our customers to be able to add to or replace their current bed linen collection.
  7. Sleeping in soft, cool organic bed linen also allows you to lose any fears that you may have that harmful chemicals from your bedding are weakening your immune system, aggravating your allergies and that you are inhaling chemical irritants all night.

So just imagine what a wonderful night’s sleep that you will enjoy after you have slid between your luxurious soft natural cotton sheets.

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