Your bedroom should be a place of calm, relaxation, and a quiet space that offers a well-deserved respite from the daily grind. That's why you deserve nothing less than the most comfortable and luxurious bedding to provide a restful, good night's sleep.
Sleep quality is vital for keeping you healthy and refreshed, ready to take on the challenges of the day ahead. I don't know about you, but when I haven't had my eight hours of deep sleep my brain feels foggy and everyone can tell I'm more than a little grouchy.
That's why I've always insisted on using luxury linen sets for my bed. From my pillowcases to flat sheet and fitted sheet preferences, even my duvet cover for those chilly winter nights, I choose only high quality products because, of course, they look great but more importantly, they give me an exceptional sleep experience.
Luxury linens are an investment of time and money but I know I'm getting a significant return on both when I wake up feeling rejuvenated, healthy, and ready to tackle any challenge the day may bring and, let's face it, some days can be more challenging than others.
Explore the Belle & June catalog and you will find many wonderful luxury bedding brands available. Before you make your selection, let's first explore everything you should know about choosing the linens that are right for you. From materials to weave, thread count to color options, texture to temperature regulation, all of these factors play a role in finding the luxury sheet set that fits your lifestyle and your sleep comfort zone.
Defining Luxury Linens
What defines one sheet set from another as luxury bedding and how can you tell? For starters, you can tell luxury linens by their superior craftsmanship, run your hand along the surface of a luxury linen sheet and you can feel how smooth and soft it is, and above all, luxury linens are constructed of high-quality materials for long-lasting durability.
Why Luxury Linens Matter
Luxury bedding might cost a little more and require some extra care to keep them looking and feeling their best at all times, but you will feel the difference and enjoy the many incredible benefits that come from top quality luxury bedding.
A softer, more comfortable bed is a restful and relaxing bed. But one of the best benefits of choosing a luxury brand for your bedding linen is that many of them are woven with temperature regulation in mind. This offers breathability for a better night's sleep, to keep your body cool on warm, humid evenings, and retain body warmth on those chilly winter nights.
Gentle to the touch
You've probably heard a lot about thread count and the benefits of a higher count over a lower one. We'll get more into that soon, but luxury linens protect your skin with a smoother feel and they are typically constructed from high quality, natural and organic materials that don't contain an abundance of harsh dyes or chemicals.
For those of you with sensitive skin, struggling to find a sheet set that is hypoallergenic and won't leave your skin feeling raw and irritated in the morning, purchasing soft, breathable and organic materials can do wonders for your complexion and your sleep experience.
Low quality linens aren't just rougher on your skin and sleep quality, they can also be rougher on your pocketbook. It may sound like a cliché but it's true – you get what you pay for and that couldn't be more apt when describing the benefits of luxury linens. That's because these bedding sets are built to last, they last longer without losing their soft, supple texture. Like anything else you purchase, you need to take care of the product and the better you treat your linens, the better they'll treat you over an extended lifespan.
Selecting the Ideal Luxury Linen Set for Your Bed
You will find a wide variety of choices in the Belle & June catalog and these luxury brands each offer something unique to improve your sleep quality and for a more restful sleep experience. Consider the following important factors when you are ready to make your purchase:
Choose Your Materials Wisely
The fabrics used for manufacturing the product should be high quality. No secret there. But some fabrics might fit your lifestyle and your skin sensitivity better than others. Organic materials are a definite plus as they can be easier on the skin and more luxurious to the touch over synthetic fibers that may present longevity issues and feel abrasive against the skin.
Keep some of these fabric options in mind when you start shopping:
Yes, it's called Egyptian cotton because it is grown in Egypt along the Nile Delta. No, not all Egyptian cotton originates in Egypt and growers have developed methods for growing Egyptian cotton in other parts of the world. Does this mean some Egyptian cotton is better than other Egyptian cotton? Much like any other material, some products are going to be produced better than others. In the case of Egyptian cotton bedding, it's all in the way it's been grown, combed, developed, and manufactured.
Egyptian cotton is recognized by the extra-long fibers, which provide increased durability, superior softness and comfort. Authentic Egyptian cotton is some of the most luxurious material for use as bedding and you will feel the difference when compared to other materials. Egyptian cotton grown in other parts of the world share these qualities as growers have been able to replicate the lengthier strands outside of the Nile Delta, but the methods of production and weave can make for a less expensive version of a high quality material.
When you find superior quality Egyptian cotton bedding, you'll notice there is little to no lint or “pilling” on the surface of the fabric and that's due to the strength of the material. This makes for a longer-lasting bed sheet that brings maximum breathability.
Do not confuse Egyptian Cotton with regular cotton. The former is more breathable and moisture-wicking than the latter, offering better temperature regulation capabilities. It also lasts longer than regular cotton and it’s far more durable. You should also be careful if purchasing regular cotton sheets as this material can be sourced from cotton that was grown using pesticides and other harmful, abrasive products . If you're buying a cotton sheet set, make sure its marked 100% organic.
Not only is linen a resilient and thicker fabric than other common bedding materials, but it's also biodegradable and the more you wash it, the softer and more “broken-in” it becomes. This improves breathability while creating a stronger fabric that is built to last. Linen has been a luxury fabric used for bedding because of all these attributes and it's an all-natural fiber that can be gentle on the skin.
Most linen sheets are made from organic sources because pesticides and fertilizers are not used when growing the flax fibers from which linen is made.
Now Let's Talk Thread Count
Everyone who buys bedding checks the thread count because it's the one purchasing factor that people have learned makes a difference in the quality of the product. Yes, the higher your bed sheets' thread count, the softer they are. A lower thread count doesn't just impact the comfort of your sheets, it can also affect quality and durability. Low thread count sheets are often more fragile and can tear much easier than a higher thread count alternative.
But while thread count is important, other factors also come into play when deciding which luxury sheet set to purchase. Your sheets may boast a high thread count but pay close attention to the yarn and the weave. A single-ply yarn is preferred over a multi-ply yarn because the latter can be manufactured using a much thinner thread which can have a negative impact on your sheet's durability and prove detrimental in preserving the lifespan of the fabric.
Single-ply yarns are stronger and that helps to fortify the strength and durability of the fabric, resulting in a better, high quality product.
The Weave Pattern of Your Sheet
Everyone is familiar with thread count but the weave patterns of the sheet are far too often overlooked and that can make a huge difference in the quality and comfort of the bedding you buy.
What is weave and why does it matter? The weave of your bedding refers to the horizontal and vertical construction fo the threads and various factors contribute to a softer feel and smoother finish. So while a high thread count makes for a softer bed sheet, the weave also plays a role in affecting how it performs and the way it feels against your skin.
A looser weave doesn't necessarily result in a lower-quality product but most popular luxury linens are created using tighter weave patterns. But there are pros and cons to tighter vs looser woven sheets, smoothness and durability on the one hand, but tougher to clean and maintain on the other. Some weave patterns offer better resilience and breathability but tighter patterns can provide wrinkle-free convenience.
It's all in the preferences of the consumer so consider what you find more appealing when purchasing your bed sheets and choose the appropriate weave pattern.
The Best Designers and Brand Names
At Belle & June, we have cultivated a dazzling collection of high-quality luxury bedding brands to meet the needs of our discerning customers. Explore all of the luxury linens that we offer in our catalog and you are bound to find the bedding set that best suits your home. These products have originated from our favorite design houses that have impressed and amazed our team and the customers with whom we have built a foundation of trust.
Luxury bedding can have a tremendous impact on your physical and mental well-being. You deserve to enjoy the best when it comes to sleep quality and the sheet sets that you can find in the Belle & June catalog offer a range of options across all of the essential attributes we've covered in this blog post.
Now that you have a greater understanding about the importance of luxury linens for the bedroom and the advantages of specific factors over others when selecting the bedding set that fits your lifestyle, you can expect the best sleep experience of your life!