Bedding 101: Understanding What Your Lifestyle Requires
What kind of lifestyle do you currently lead? Maybe you’re living it up in college or moved on decades ago to establish a professional lifestyle. Of course, it’s more than just work that defines your lifestyle. Personal choices and preferences factor in as well. For example, you might be into sustainability and making green choices. You might have chosen a minimalist lifestyle, or perhaps you’re more artistic and creative. On an external level, how we choose to dress or decorate our homes is an expression of the lifestyle we have chosen. However, these things can also be a reflection of our internal selves, with the values, beliefs, and emotions we carry. For example, someone who leads a green lifestyle is likely to be passionate about protecting the environment. Your lifestyle also has an impact on your decisions about the kinds of clothes, foods, and home furnishings you purchase.
Whether you’re starting the new year in a new place or simply looking to update your current sleeping situation, changing up your bedding is the best way to transform the vibe of a bedroom. But how do you choose the right bedding for your lifestyle? Our bedrooms are a very personal space that says a lot about who we are and how we live. Our beds, especially, are a place where we spend a lot of time, so it’s important that your bedding aligns with the way we live. Looking at bedding and matching it to your lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult, and it’s definitely worth it! Let’s take a look at two types of bedding styles that work wonderfully with a variety of lifestyles.
The Simplicity Seekers
One approach to bedding is to keep things simple and effortless. This is compatible with a number of different lifestyles. For example, the college student, the busy professional, the minimalist, the mom, or anyone who has neither the time or the desire to fuss over a lot of details. The simplicity seeker wants to be able to wake up and get going with their day, so it’s important to have a bed that they can make easily and quickly. (Want to know how to make your bed in just one minute? Check out this post.) At the same time, nobody wants to sacrifice taste, linen quality, or quality of sleep.
Does this sound like you? If so, then you’ll want to keep your bedding to the basics. That means a sheet set (i.e. a fitted sheet and flat top sheet), pillowcases, and a blanket or coverlet (with or without a duvet). Shams are a great addition too, if you can handle a little extra. These 3 or 4 bedding items are the essentials for a comfy bed, without any unnecessary extras.
The next step is to choose a style of bedding that goes with your lifestyle. Your choice of fabric, color, and design are all ways for you to express yourself and make your sleeping space your own. If you want to keep things simple, it’s a good idea to choose bedding that is made with easy-care materials that look and feel great but aren’t difficult to maintain.
From our own set of Jennifer Adams offerings, we recommend our 5-star-hotel quality Lux Collection. The Lux Collection is crafted from our most luxurious performance fabric for an effortless style that’s also uniquely soft. These sheets feel even better than they look! Best of all, they’re easy to care for and will create a neat, fuss-free bed that will really appeal to those who love a clean look in their home. We even have a Lux Bundle that offers a great deal—check it out here! If a cozy, lived-in, garment-washed style is more to your taste, try our Relaxed Cotton Sateen bundle. This comes complete with sheet set, pillowcases and duvet cover, all made from 100% premium cotton.
On the other side of the scale are those who don’t mind taking a little more time to make their bed just so. If you’re someone who prefers to have your bed look and feel more like an oasis of luxury, then this is probably your approach. It’s all about the details and getting it right, even if it takes you a few more minutes in the morning. You’re someone who enjoys the finer things in life and who doesn’t mind spending a little more time (or investing a little more money) to ensure that you have the very best sleep experience.
If this sounds like you, then layering is absolutely key. And that doesn’t just mean adding lots of extras! Layering your bed is all about layering in comfort, to make your bed as plush and cozy as possible. To elevate your bedding, start from your foundational items (bed sheets, pillows and pillowcases, blanket) and work up by adding other elements like matching shams, accent/decorative pillows, a coverlet or duvet cover, and perhaps a lovely throw blanket or quilt folded at the foot of your bed.
To explore some ideas, take a look at our velvet collection, quilted blankets/coverlets, and quilted shams. These added elements will enhance your bed and also help to show off more of your unique personality and lifestyle! (And if you’re looking for more tips on how to make a beautiful, layered bed, check out our helpful blog post here.)
The Comfort Lovers
This personality is someone who sees their bed as a sacred space where they love to spend time – the ultimate cozy sanctuary. It’s the space where you can curl up with a book or journal, sleep in on a lazy Sunday, or just escape from the world and enjoy some sweet dreams. In life, you’re probably loyal and a little sentimental, and relationships with friends and family are a priority for you. With all of this in mind, you don’t mind putting in a little more effort to ensure that your bed and bedroom are as comfy as possible.
The key to getting your bedding right if you are a comfort lover is knowing your sleep style and choosing the right bedding to suit how you sleep as well as the climate. For example, if you live somewhere warm like California and tend to sleep hot, you’ll want sheets that keep you feeling comfortable all night long. On the other hand, if you’re in the middle of a chilly winter where you are, you’ll want to choose fabrics that will trap your body heat and insulate you, ensuring you have uninterrupted sleep cocooned in warmth.
For the ultimate cozy sleep, be sure to check out our new Weighted Blanket. Made with our ultra-soft Lux fabric, the blanket is wrinkle-resistant and breathable and helps your body enter sleep mode. We suggest you start with a flat sheet, followed by your weighted blanket and cover, and finally a duvet as the top layer.
Whatever your lifestyle, let your bed help you to live it and express it! Whether you’re into simplicity or like something a little more plush, bedding options give you lots of fun ways to play with the look and feel of your bed. Plus, once your bed is just right, you’ll sleep better, and feel better too!