12.25.11 - There's nothing more luxurious (and helpful for a good night's sleep) than a cozy bed. But it's one of the easiest things to neglect in the home -- most focus on the mattress and that's it. With a few extra steps you can create a bed that's so plush you'll not just sleep better, but likely want to spend more time in it. Here's how:
1. Start With Comfort Essentials. For less than $100, a few investments such as mattress foam, a quilted mattress pad and high thread count sheet set can increase your bed's comfort level almost instantly, no matter how nice (or not) your mattress might be. Look to stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond for great deals on high thread count sheets -- you can usually find a set for under $50. You'll be glad you did. If you've got pets, pay attention to the sheet's texture -- it can make all the difference to keeping pet hair at bay.
2. Know Your Pillow Type. Believe it or not, how you lay yourself down to sleep has everything to do with the type of pillow you need. If you're the type to sleep on your back or stomach, something a little plush is key. If you tend to rest on your side, a firmer pillow will give your body the support it needs. Side sleepers can also benefit from a full body pillow, which will keep you in alignment. Since we all shift around throughout the night, mix and match with a range of what you need for your main way of sleeping, then add in those you don't. Go with a higher quality pillow for those you'll use the most and save on those you don't, including those needed for decorative shams.
3. A Cozy Comforter Is A Must. With stores like Ikea and Home Goods, it's not hard to find a good comforter for a good price. Today's down-alternatives are almost as good as the real thing, so you can get the same comfort level at a much lower cost (not to mention cruelty-free!). To keep a comforter in top shape, invest in a duvet-cover. We found one at a Linen's and Things outlet for less than $100 with a 350 thread count. Perfect!
4. Bring It All Together With Accents. Great decorative pillows and throws won't just add style -- you'll find yourself using them as much as everything else. Go with a plush throw in a warm wool, chenile or cashmere, or other soft material. Mix in pillows of different, textures shapes and sizes to add an instant element of style without a lot of work. If you've got a solid color duvet, don't be afraid to pull in a contrast color or a cool print. Print sheets are a statement on their own -- solid hues that work with what you've got will be your best bet here.
5. As Needed Add A Layering Blanket. A thin, lightweight blanket can be added between your sheets and comforter in the winter to add a layer of warmth -- and confort! You can pick one up for relatively low cost at stores like Target.
Start with comfort basics
Splurge a little on throw pillows
You won't regret a great throw!