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Top 5 Reasons to Use a Duvet Cover

top-5-reasons-to-you-a-duvet-coverA lot of people always ask what a Duvet Cover is and seem reluctant to make the move from buying fixed Duvets to Duvet that comes with a Duvet Cover. We understand that they may not have any idea on what it is and why they should use it, so here are Top five reasons to use a Duvet Cover.

1. You can change the look of your bedroom anytime for less

Duvet covers come at modest prices and you can get a lot to go with just one duvet. If you properly select the colours and designs when buying; you would find that you can easily switch up the look of your bedroom simply by changing the Duvet Covers.

easy-to-clean-duvet2. They are easy to clean

Duvet covers are generally easy to clean; by hand or with a machine. As they weigh less than Duvets, they can be pulled off from time to time and cleaned without much hassle. This is about the most popular reason people opt for Duvet Covers for a Duvet and not just a fixed Duvet. It can be thrown in with regular laundry and requires just the same laundry care and drying time that bedsheets need.

3. They protect your Duvet

A duvet cover under normal use circumstances will keep your duvets relatively new. By protecting your duvet from stains and tears, it will also reduce the high maintenance cost you will have spent on cleaning the duvet frequently as you will only need to slip off and clean the cover.

4. They are easy to switch and store

Removing a duvet cover and replacing with another can be done in a jiffy. It can also be quickly folded just like a fitted sheet and put away for later use; and not take up a lot of space.

5. You can always convert it to a flat sheet

This one is for the DIY enthusiasts! The Duvet Cover usually has same design on both sides and you can easily convert it to get at least one flat bedsheet or two; howbeit a size smaller but can come in handy for the Kiddies’ bedrooms. This is a great option to try out during the hot months when Duvets are just not what you want to get into at night.




5 Ways To Know If You Need A New Pillow

pillow-changeWe spend almost a third of our lives in bed and so it’s no surprise it’s easy to get so used to our favourite bedding such as pillows. However pillows can also accumulate dead skin, dirt, oil and dust mites that can cause skin irritations and aggravate allergies.Therefore we need to maintain them well and when need comes for it, change it.

Pillows should be changed regularly and if you’re not sure the frequency of change, here are some quick ways to know if you need a new pillow.

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1. Fold it in Half

Try folding your pillow in half. If the pillow does not spring back to its usual flat form but stays folded, then it’s time to get a new pillow. However this method is best used for checking non-foam pillows such as Feather or Bounce back pillows and it should not be used to check foam pillows (such as memory pillows)

2. Feel for Lumps

Feel every inch of your pillow for lumps. If you feel lumps then it should be changed. Apart from being used for too long, these lumps also accumulate if the pillow is not properly fluffed after washing. However, this makes the pillow less comfortable to use and by not providing proper support during sleep, may lead to a lower back pain situation.

3. Check the Colour

What’s the colour of the pillow when the pillowcase and protector is taken off? If it is now yellow in colour as opposed to its white colour when you bought it newly, then you should get a new one. The colour change is a strong indicator that you have been using it for a long time as the discoloration is usually as a result of accumulation of body oils and drool whilst asleep.

4. Consider the type

Pillow labels or type usually come with an estimated lifespan. For instance, our Memory pillows can last for up to 10 years while our Bounce Back Pillows can last for about 8 years. While this duration is subject to factors such as frequency of use and maintenance rate, under optimal conditions, this can give you an indication of when to change it

5. Check the Size

This is how to know a pillow is the right size for you – Your forehead and chin are at the same height when your head is lying on the pillow. If it is not at the same height, then it means it is not the right size for you and will not provide adequate support.


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Getting a New Duvet? This Is What To Look Out For

getting-a-new-duvet-coverAlthough most of us have been buying and using duvets for years. We may not be sure of what makes a good duvet or what type we should be using. This is a quick guide on what to check in duvet before eventually selecting one. Keep reading!

The Tog Rating

togThe performance of duvets is usually according to togs, which is a measurement of thermal insulation. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. Such information enables the buyer to select a duvet suitable for that particular season. High togs such as 14 are appropriate for winter, while medium togs such as 8-10 will be perfect for cold, rainy seasons.

The Duvet Filling

duvet fillingsDuvets usually have natural or synthetic fillings. Natural fills could be got from either Duck or Geese and include Downs (the soft, light clusters found under the feathers of ducks and geese) or Feathers (which contain quills and so are firmer than downs). These natural fillings are a lot more expensive however.

Synthetic fibre fillings that could be microfiber or hollow fibre are a great alternative. They are not less effective than a natural filled duvet, but need more filling to be as effective as natural fillings. They are also less expensive and more practical as they can be machine washed and tumble dried.

Between the microfiber and hollow fibre synthetic fillings, the microfiber is the closest in feel to the natural down as it is lighter and softer than the microfiber.

The Duvet Size

Duvets come in normal bed sizes. However, unless your bed has got a bedding skirt, it is advisable to get a duvet that is a size up from the size of your bed. This in turn makes the bed more appealing and still leaves a lot to hold if you will be sharing the bed with someone.

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What To Look For When Getting A Duvet Cover

what-to-look-for-when-getting-a-duvet-coverDuvet Cover is that decorative and protecting covering that goes over your Duvet.

As more than one cover can be used for a duvet, there is usually the need to get an extra cover to go with the duvet. Beyond going for unique designs and colours to give that classic look to a room, there are some extra things you should really look out for.

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Fabric Weight

fabric-weightWhen selecting a Duvet Cover, ensure you go for sheet weight fabric and not Heavy upholstery grade textiles. A lot of people think that a heavy Duvet Cover when combined with a Duvet is great to keep warm, however that is not true. While the Duvet Cover may look great on the bed, it will weigh too much and lessen the insulating properties. And of course, there is still the part of you sleeping under a lot of weight which you may not enjoy.

Fabric Texture


When purchasing a Duvet Cover, get one with a soft textile that is easy to wash. This is really important as you will be washing it more often than the Duvet. We strongly recommend that you go for 100% Cotton Duvet Covers as cotton fabrics are hypoallergenic and breathable. Cotton sheets feel cool to the touch on warm day and can provide warmth on chilly days.

Functional Details

These include the duvet components that make it easy to use or able to last longer. For example, Duvet Covers from us come with a hidden Velcro closure so you can easily pull it open and close. The Velcro closure is a much better option than the button closure as buttons easily break during laundry.



Duvet And Duvet Cover: What's The Difference?


A duvet is a type of bedding that is in form of a soft flat bag usually filled with material of feathers, wool, or a synthetic alternative. It can come in many colors although the most popular colour is white. Its casing also defers, however it is best advised to go with cotton casings.


What is a Duvet Cover?

The Duvet Cover is a soft, removable, protective bag that encases the duvet and has a closure.It can serve as a decorative cover, while also shielding your duvet from dirt, body oil and other things that may soil it. Simply think of a Duvet Cover for a Duvet the same way as Pillow case for a Pillow. Duvet covers are easy to wash and make bedroom styling a breeze!

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Duvet is to duvet cover as pillow is to pillowcase. With duvet covers, you can also quickly and easily change the look of your bed and room without having to completely redecorate.The duvet cover also allows you to change your style or color choice of your bedding with the simple switch of the cover. This allows for easy changes from season to season.

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How To Care For Your Pillow


Pillows are a part of bedding that many people love and there are many types to it; from memory foam pillows to feather pillows, and so much more. What’s common amongst all of these, is that a lot of people do not know how to take care of their pillows.

Some never take it out for some air or dry clean it. This makes the pillows to age before time and we definitely know that proper care of pillows can help you save some money.


So, these are some Pillow Care Points:

  1. Frequently air all pillows to remove body moisture that may have been absorbed during sleep.
  2. Check the care label on the pillow for cleaning instructions, as some are dry clean only.
  3. We recommend getting your pillows professionally cleaned, but if you decide to wash a pillow at home, ensure they are properly dried before use so it does not develop a long-term odour.
  4. Some pillows e.g. Memory pillows have removable zippered covers that can be washed in stead of the main pillow filling
  5. Pillows such as feather pillows have a tendency to develop an odour in periods of high humidity. A solution to it is to air it more regularly and to use linen sprays on it before covering with a pillow case
  6. A pillow protector can essentially elongate the lifespan and reduce your regular pillow cleaning span thereby saving you time

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The Five Kinds of Naps You Should Know


A nap is a short period of rest, usually taken between the hours of 9am and 9pm. This is different from sleep taken at night. They are often taken in response to drowsiness during the day time, although some people adopt it as a habit to supplement their shorter night sleeps or boost their productivity during the day.

There are types of naps; which are mostly distinguished by the length of time taken for it and you should really get to know about them!


Nano means ‘very small’ and a Nano-nap is a two to five minute nap. This is about the shortest nap anyone can take. It is usually taken by people that feel very sleepy and so involuntarily fall into the nap; however it has a great effect as it provides temporary relief from sleep once the person rouses from it.


These range from five to fifteen minutes. A lot of people that take mini-naps fall into it voluntarily unlike that of Nano-naps. It is good for increased alertness and motor performance.


This nap falls within the fifteen to thirty minutes range. This is ideal for most people and strongly recommended as people usually wake from it energized. A power nap can improve muscle memory and alertness thereby boosting productivity at work or school.


This is used to describe the short infrequent napping behaviour of babies and older people (usually around fifteen minutes). The name originates from the behaviour of cats. Cats sleep for lengthy hours usually between 12 to 16 hours. However, they also doze off in the sunlight despite these long hours of sleep


This Nap exceeds the 30 minute nap limit of power nap and ranges from 30-90 minutes. It allows one to reach the slow-wave REM sleep which means going through an entire sleep cycle. This is usually taken by people who are extremely tired and sleepy after been awake the previous night or for many days already. For such people, this nap gives their body and mind time to refresh and repair. However, for an individual not short on sleep, this may leave the person feeling groggy and tired on waking up.


Why You Should Use Protectors


You may have seen a mattress or pillow protector without knowing what it is used for or you have heard of it and wondered why you should get one. As the Bedding Company that cares, we whipped this up so you can understand what it is about.

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So this is what a protector does;

General protection for your mattress and pillow

This includes protection from dust mites, stains, and especially moisture- as the moisture is what attracts dust mites and lead to stains. This moisture could be the one your body loses during sleep, or that little spill on the bed when you decide to spoil yourself and have breakfast in bed. When you think about it in short term, it would seem as though it does not matter but steady deposits of such moisture can build up to a point where harmful microbes will be in surplus with a funny scent from the mattress and yellowing of pillows. However, with protectors you can be assured such moisture does not build up as you can easily pull it off and launder from time to time.


Extends the lifespan of your pillow and mattress

At least from the first point, you can understand how protectors work to elongate your use of pillows and mattress. Unprotected pillows are a potential breeding ground for bacteria and dust mites. With time, this gives the pillows a strange kind of weight and a new color – Yellow. However, with reduced contact with bacteria, your mattress and pillows will last longer.

Contributes to reduced acne breakouts


Surprised? This is how it works. Acne usually results from oily pillowcases. You put your face so much on these pillow cases without regularly cleaning them and they keep breaking out. Now, if you improve your cleaning routine and wash your pillow cases frequently (and not buy a new pillow), the oil that the pillow has absorbed over a time can still seep up to that pillow case and the cycle continues. Getting a pillow protector (and sometimes a new pillow) can reduce all that. You will notice that the protector serves as a barrier for oil to pass through it on to your pillow case.

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5 Tips To Help You Sleep Better


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  • Have a consistent sleep time

Sleep experts recommend having a consistent time for sleeping and waking every day. This sets a regular sleep-wake rhythm for your body and prevents you from feeling groggy when you wake up. You can create a consistent sleep time by setting reminders and planning your activities to not exceed your scheduled sleep time.


  • Check what’s on your dinner menu

Ideally, it is recommended that you do not have dinner beyond 7 pm. However, heavy food and beverages like caffeine have a tendency of making you feel too heavy and can alter your sleep pattern. Ingesting a lot of liquid a few hours before bedtime can also disrupt your sleep time by inducing you to visit the rest room all through the night. Focus on eating right and light!

  • Mentally prepare for sleep

Mental preparation of sleep is what you achieve when you look forward to bed time rather than worry on if you would experience difficulty falling asleep as you may have in the time past. Attempt to get your mind better relaxed by engaging in activities that are relaxing such as great time with family and not activities that induce stress or great energy exertion.

  • De-clutter your bedroom

Reserve your sleeping space for just sleep alone. Bringing work to the bedroom or having a lot on your bed can affect your sleep pattern. Also, as much as television in the bedroom aid in relaxation, eliminate exposure to news that usually have stressful topics or disturbing content.

  • Invest in quality bedding

This matters a lot as it is what you have to actually lay on to sleep. Invest in luxury bedding such as Bedsheets Express’ offers and also pay attention to the laundry care of it so the fibres will not wear out before time. laundry-bedsheet


How To Wash Throw Pillows At Home


We all love clean homes. The fresh scent that hits us when we get in through the door welcomes us and makes us feel invigorated and welcome.

However, a clean home does not come by accident. It comes about intentionally, by paying attention to small items such as our decorative pieces. Throw pillows are one of them!

Throw Pillows have the tendency to suck in a lot of dirt and body oil and taking care of them can be a hassle.

We’ve got that handled with these tips and step-by-step guide on how to wash them

Some General tips;

  • Always check the washing instructions and if there is none, understand that Foam-filled throw pillows with cotton covers can be washed at home – with a washing machine as well while we recommend that throw pillows covered with delicate fabrics such as suede, wool or silk, or stuffed with down or feathers will need to be throw-pillowsdry-cleaned.
  • Also, note the nature of pillow filler before you commence. Solid foam pillow fillers will need to be soaked for a while in warm water and then rinsed until the water is clean and air dried. Putting the foam in a dryer is not recommended as it may destroy the foam shape. However, cleaning the cover and airing the pillow will be a great alternative if you are not sure of the nature of the filler.
    • To wash at home;
      You need the following – Sponge, a mild laundry detergent and a pre-wash spray (optional)
  • Remove the cover of the throw pillow (most are removable). Check for stains on the cover and treat it with the pre-wash spray by rubbing the spray into the stain and leaving to dry for a few minutes
  • Hand-wash the pillow case or the whole pillow with warm water and detergent or select the gentle-wash cycle to wash with a washing machine. However, you should wash the cover separately from the pillow.
  • Hang to dry completely in a well-ventilated area. Do not use the pillow while it is damp. Wet pillow stuffing can develop a musty odour if it is damp for too long.
  • Gently use your hand to fluff your pillow and shape it to fit into the pillow cover.

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