thought making the bed was quite straightforward, but everyone has their own ideas. Can there really be a right and wrong way to make the bed?
The bedroom is a private place, so it makes sense that most people are hush-hush about how they organise this space — right down to their sheets. Some people go all out with a curtained canopy and lots of cushions, while others prefer a more minimalist look and a tailored bedhead.
Legend Linen sales and marketing manager, (pictured) ured) says there’s no right or wrong way when it comes to bedding.
Looking after brands such as Logan & Mason, Private Collection and Davinci, Penny says she has seen plenty of bedding styles, including ditching the flat sheet altogether to speed up bed making in the morning.
“Traditionally, the majority y of our sales have come from complete mplete sheet sets, but now in some of our ranges, they are sold as separates,” she says. “We are seeing people who don’t want to use the top sheet, they are just covering their bed with a doona.”
Penny says manufacturers are now making beds bigger than ever, with high mattress pillow tops. The wall (or depth) of the mattress can be up to 60cm high so the company has increased the size of their fitted sheets across the range.
“Our sheets are so generous. Basically, you won’t be breaking a nail trying to stretch the fitted sheet over the mattress,” Penny says.
If you are about to pack away your cotton sheets to snuggle into the warmer, flannelette variety for the cooler months, Penny says be sure to wash your summer sheets well and store them in a cool, dry place.
“The best thing to do is wash them and then hang them out on a sunny, windy day,” she says. “If you need to put them into the dryer, don’t fold them the minute they come out. Hang them on the side of the couch to let all the moisture dry, otherwise mildew and other nasties get the opportunity to grow.”
Penny says storing the sheets should also be done with care, using the pillowcases.
“I would never recommend storing them in a plastic container — that helps mildew to grow,” she says. “But if you keep them in their matching cotton pillowcases, you can see what you’ve got. You don’t have to go through yo your linen cupboard trying to match them up when you need them them.”
Taking the sheets out of th their neat packaging, using t them, washing them and t trying to get them back into a flat square can be tricky, but Penny says if you fold the sh sheet in half and put the cor corners together and fold again, you c can’t go wrong. “Alwa “Always work to create a square, or rectangle and the sheets will fit into the pillow case,” she says.
As for the doona, Penny says they should never be put through the washing machine.
“Spot clean them if they get dirty, but all you need to is aerate them on a windy day,” she says. “If you take it to a laundromat, because it has feathers, down or wool, it needs to dry well before you put it back on the bed.”
For those looking to redecorate for the winter season, Big W’s Christine Faulkner says simple touches of personal style can be added to every room without spending a fortune.
“Faux fur throws, cushions and flannelette bed linen are key pieces to consider,” she says.
“Expect to find plenty of slate and hues of blue plus hints of blush and burgundy.”
Private Collection is all about plus-size pillows and cushions, but some consumers like to keep it simple, even ditching the top sheet.
Big W (below) has released a new collection of winter bedlinen in popular blue, grey and white hues. It’s betting on pompom throws to be huge this season.