Bedding can be the difference between good quality sleep and a sleepless night. It also can be the difference between textiles that last a long time and those that deteriorate quickly. Some fabrics are easy to take care of and some take effort. Some are easy on those who have allergies, and others not as much. In short, not all fibers and fabrics are created equal – there are bedding fabrics for everyone. All in all, fiber and fabric types are one of the most important elements for a comfortable, restful sleep.
To make it easier to pick suitable rest and sleep products for your home, we have created a product guide to assist you. Below you will find an overview of fabric types, advantages and disadvantages, considerations in relation to, for example, seasons, and recommended products for customers in the US and Canada.
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The all-rounder: Soft, breathable, durable and affordable
Cotton features and benefits
Coming from the Arabic word “Katan”, cotton has been called the king of fibers because of its many characteristics and benefits, including:
- Good draping quality
- Strong color retention
- Strong and durable
With these many benefits, cotton is a popular choice for many people looking for the right bedding.
Cotton Considerations and Disadvantages
Some of the few disadvantages of cotton are that it is rigid (inelastic) and also can be prone to mildew if not treated with chemicals.
Cotton is suitable for all-season use in a variety of bedding categories. For colder weather, it is best to use cotton bedding that has other layers, such as a polyester fill in order to create greater warmth, or to add additional layers, such as a comforter or blanket.
Day-to-day cotton bedding products that are suitable for fall and winter include Bedsure duvet, Bedsure duvet cover and Bedsure duvet insert product categories.
A new Bedsure duvet cover set that provides warmth and softness for fall and winter is the 100% Cotton Waffle Weave Duvet Set. This Bedsure duvet features the company’s popular waffle weave, which creates a textured look and feel to the bedding set. 7 single-hue colors provide freedom of choice and versatility for different bedrooms.
For those who enjoy cotton’s many benefits, yet are looking for a more luxurious experience, Bedsure’s Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set provides an even softer sleep experience with a 1,000-thread count sheet. While all Bedsure sheets provide bedding essentials, this sheet set has extra features and benefits, including long staple cotton for softness and comfort, and a sateen weave for a glossy luster and smoothness. These sheets are suitable all year round, and great for gifts for family or close friends.
Egyptian Sheets by Bedsure
Bamboo: Bedsure Bamboo Sheets
Balanced comfort: Skin-friendly, soft and thermoregulating
Bamboo features and benefits
Bamboo has become a popular fiber to use in everything from plates and cups to clothing to bedding. Bamboo fibers have many characteristics that make them useful in household bedding including being very lightweight, breathable and absorbent of dyes. Bamboo fabrics are thermoregulating, meaning that they will adjust to the body’s temperature. So, they are suitable for people who get hot or cold easily.
Bamboo considerations and disadvantages
Disadvantages of bamboo are that it is not inherently anti-microbial and it requires more gentle care than cotton. They are also sometimes not as strong as other fabrics, like cotton or polyester.
Bamboo fabrics can be used all year round, yet are best suited to hotter or warmer weather. They are also helpful for “hot sleepers”, who easily feel hot at night and may wake up sweaty.
Bedsure sheets help customers to sleep deeply and well, and one of the most popular sheets from them are their Bamboo Sheet Set. Bedsure bamboo sheets are silky-soft and are available in 12 colors. The sheet set includes a fitted sheet with a 16” deep pocket, a top sheet and pillowcase. These bamboo viscose sheets are available in 5 sizes, making them versatile for different bed sizes. Made from fast-growing bamboo, these Bedsure sheets are recommended for those who want a soft, breathable sheet set or who sleep hot.
Bamboo Sheets by Bedsure
Linen: Bedsure Linen Sheet Set
The nature lover: Plant-based with a luxuriously soft and breathable feel
Linen features and benefits
Cultivated around the world for more than 6,000 years, linen fabric has many benefits. It is stronger than cotton, is breathable and has natural moisture-wicking abilities, dries quickly and holds dyes well. Made from fibers from the flax plant, linen is used in a wide-variety of applications, and can be used year-round.
Linen considerations and disadvantages
As linen tends to get wrinkly and is not very elastic, it is best for people who are OK with bed linens that are naturally wrinkled, rather than wrinkle-free. People who are looking for elastic fabrics can try out bamboo or polyester, which tend to be more stretchy.
For those looking for softness, breathability, strength and durability in a natural fabric, Bedsure’s Linen Sheet Set is a great choice. Bedsure sheets are soft and many are breathable, yet this sheet set has 100% high quality French linen. Featuring a natural drape and available in 4 colors these Bedsure sheets are great for all season use, and for those who “sleep hot” and do not care about wrinkled sheets.
Linen Sheets by Bedsure
Silk: Bedsure Silk Pillowcase
Beauty sleep: Great for skin and hair
Silk features and benefits
Made for thousands of years, silk is renowned for its softness and smoothness. Silk has many properties that make it suitable for particular kinds of fabric production, including high moisture-wicking ability and breathability, as well as low likelihood of pilling and stretching. These features mean that this fabric is good for clothing or bedding that is next to the skin, such as a silk dress, silk sheets or silk pillowcase.
Silk considerations and Disadvantages
However, for these many positive benefits, silk is more delicate than other fabrics like cotton, linen and polyester, so it is not very suitable for active children. It also requires careful cleaning. However, silk is suitable for all season use and makes a great gift for a spouse, partner or for those who are planning to get married.
Silk is a popular fiber to use in pillowcases because of its many benefits. Bedsure pillowcases include high quality fibers and helpful features. Featuring 100% Mulberry silk, this Bedsure pillowcase has a tucked-away zipper and is available in 3 sizes and 2 colors (white and black). It can help keep face skin soft and keep hair free from tangling.
Silk Pillowcases by Bedsure
Polyester: Bedsure Cationic Dyeing Comforter Set
The easy-care fabric: Wrinkle and mildew-resistant, strong, easy to wash and fast drying
Polyester features and benefits
There are many reasons why polyester is a common and popular synthetic fabric. It is strong, resistant to stretching, wrinkle-resistant, easy to take care of and quick-drying. In addition, polyester fabric tends to be durable and low-priced. Polyester can be used in a variety of home textile products, including mattress covers, comforters and blankets.
Polyester considerations and disadvantages
Polyester fabrics tend to be better in cooler or cold weather (unless they have a special moisture-wicking ability, such as those used in outdoor apparel or in cooling blankets). This makes polyester bedding useful for fall and winter time, or for situations where strong, easy-to-clean fabrics are needed, such as with kids.
Bedsure has several polyester bedding products that work well for cool and cold weather, including their Cationic Dyeing Comforter Set. This Bedsure comforter set features cationic dyeing, which gives the fabric an earth-like look, with patterns such as those found on granite rock. With 300 GSM of fluffy weight, this Bedsure comforter is durable and easy to machine wash. The Bedsure comforter set is recommended for people who get cold easily in any season or for those who live in a cold climate or need a strong, easy-to-clean fabric.
Cationic Dyeing Comforter Set by Bedsure
Fleece: Bedsure Fleece Blanket
The cozy friend: Soft, warm and comfortable for cool, dreary and cold weather
Fleece features and benefits
Fleece is a popular fabric for cool and cold weather. Most fleece fabrics these days are made out of synthetic fibers. There are several different types of fleeces. Polyester fleece is characterized by its wool-like fluffy softness, and is often found in outdoor apparel and home textiles. Fleece has a pile surface on both sides, which means it has pockets of air, which help to keep people warm. Unlike wool, fleece is not itchy, yet it is also warm and hydro-phobic (repeals water).
Fleece considerations and disadvantages
Fleece disadvantages include that it can get static electricity, can be hard to clean away pet hair and can be damaged if washed at high temperatures. For these reasons, fleece fabrics – including bedding and blankets – work great in cooling climates or during fall and winter. They can also work well in homes where there is insufficient insulation and there are drafts.
Combining the warmth of fleece with the softness of polyester microfiber, Bedsure’s Fleece Blanket is one of the company’s most popular blankets. This Bedsure blanket features a single-layer of 300 GSM microfiber fleece. Available in 4 sizes and 27 colors, Bedsure’s Flannel Blanket is highly versatile for use outside when taking a walk or while on a picnic, or while watching a movie or sleeping inside.
Flannel Fleece Blanket by Bedsure
Blended Fabrics: Bedsure Cooling Blanket
Multi-benefits: Cool, soft and lightweight
Blended fabrics features and benefits
Blended fabrics are textiles that include fibers or threads from two or more different sources. They might be synthetic, like polyester or satin, or natural, like linen or cotton, or even a blend of natural and synthetic fibers. From a materials performance point of view, blended fabrics tend to have many benefits. For example, blending polyester and cotton makes for a more absorbent fabric. Combing cotton with linen not only reduces the cost of linen, yet also makes the blended fabric stronger.
Blended fabrics considerations and disadvantages
An important consideration when choosing blended fabrics is that the fiber with the largest percentage of the whole fabric is often first. While there are not many disadvantages to blended fabrics, it is helpful to think about what the intended use of the fabric is and who it is intended for, before buying it. For example, if you are looking for a duvet that is breathable for a child, then a cotton and linen blend will be more suitable than a polyester/nylon blend. However, if you live in a humid environment with kids and are looking for a fabric blend that is stain and mildew resistant than a polyester and nylon blend could be the best option for you.
Blended fabrics recommendation
There are many fabric products available that have blended fibers, including Bedsure sheets and Bedsure blankets. For those who sleep hot or live in a warm climate all-year round, Bedsure’s Cooling Blanket can do just the trick. Made of a nylon rayon and PE blended yarn, this Jersey knit fabric features a cooling effect that will last for about 30 mins each time you put it over you – just when you feel warmest. This Bedsure blanket is incredibly soft, smooth and lightweight, yet also has durable double needle stitched hems. Not only does this blended fabric blanket feel comfortable and cozy, it is also available in 2 sizes and 3 colors, including blue, gray and khaki.
Cooling Blanket by Bedsure
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