Ask an ex­pert: Top tips for sleep­ing in style

Mak­ing the bed is not so sim­ple, writes Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

Q AI 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, Penny Tsik­las (pic­tured) 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 of our sales have come from com­plete 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 pil- low­cases, you can see what you’ve got. You don’t have to go through your linen cup­board try­ing to match them up when you need them.”

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 do 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.”

The best thing to do with sheets is wash them and then hang them out on a sunny, windy day, says linen sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Penny Tsik­las, right.

ABOVE: Pri­vate Col­lec­tion is all about lux­u­ri­ous plus-size pil­lows and cush­ions.

RIGHT: Big W’s new col­lec­tion of win­ter bed­li­nen in pop­u­lar blue, grey and white hues.

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