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What Are the Differences Between Duvets, Duvet Covers, and Comforters?

What Are the Differences Between Duvets, Duvet Covers, and Comforters? 0

If you're shopping for something to make your bed more comfortable, a duvet or a comforter can do the job.

Now, while they're similar, they also have some important differences. Which one you choose depends on your specific needs.

To help you make the right decision, let's take a look at some of the basics.

What Are Duvets?

A duvet cover is (as you might expect) what you put over your duvet. But what is a duvet?

A duvet is a quilt that is plusher than your typical quilt. You may sometimes see a duvet referred to as a "duvet cover insert." They can be filled with any of a number of materials, including down and polyfill.

The point of a duvet is to provide warmth without being too heavy. Duvets do not hang over the sides of the beds like top sheets and comforters. Also, they usually come in neutral colors that will not be visible under a duvet cover.

They're traditionally used as a bed's only covering. In other words, there is no need for a blanket or top sheet if you're using a duvet. This can simplify the process of making your bed.

What Are Comforters?

A comforter is basically a lighter version of a duvet. It is a thick blanket filled with the same down or polyfill that you might find inside a duvet, but less of it. They come with less filler material because it is supposed to be thinner than a duvet.

Although it does not provide the same level of warmth as a duvet, it's still warm enough in most environments. Unlike a duvet, a comforter does not require a cover, which can make it a more convenient option. Since you cannot change its look, it's a better option if you're committed to specific decor.

The thinness of a comforter means that it will be easier to fold and store when compared to the effort involved in folding and storing a duvet. Since it's thinner, it's also easier to wash since you can simply toss it into your washer like any other piece of laundry.

Now, a comforter will typically be larger than a duvet for the same bed size, which means more of it will be hanging off the side of the bed. You can place it over a top sheet or blanket to create a layered look for your bed.

Comforters are often packaged as a part of a bed in bag set. These sets are one-and-done solutions that make it easy to decorate your bedroom.

What Are Duvet Covers?

A duvet cover has a practical function as protection for your duvet, but it can also be a great addition to your bedroom's decor. It allows you to change the look of your bed and update your bedroom's look whenever you want.

So think of a duvet cover as the equivalent of a pillowcase. The duvet fits snugly inside the duvet cover in the same way that a pillow fits inside a pillowcase. You can wash your duvet cover with your bedsheets, but the duvet itself may have to be dry cleaned.

Looking for a Duvet Cover?

Duvet cover sets not only give you a new bedroom decor with minimal effort, they are affordable as well, especially when you get them at Lifestyle Marketplace.

If you want a sleeping environment geared towards giving you a good night's rest, visit Lifestyle Marketplace to see bedding designed to enhance bedroom comfort. We offer wrinkle-free sheet sets, pillowcases and duvet cover sets that wick moisture away from your skin thus keeping you cool through the night.

Off to College! The Ultimate Checklist for Your New Dorm Room

Off to College! The Ultimate Checklist for Your New Dorm Room 0

Checklist for New Dorm Room

Going off to college can be an exciting time. It can also be a little scary for parents and students both.

For the student preparing for your freshman year, there may be some sort of anxiety about leaving the familiar for the unknown. Not to worry, however, as there are lots of new experiences waiting, new friends to be made and a whole world to discover in your studies.

If you're a parent, sending your young adult into the world is a wonderful moment yet nerve-wrecking at the same time! The good news is, getting prepared for college life will help you both by giving you something productive to focus on.

In fact, here are some tips to help you (the student) prepare to settle into dorm life and get ready (parents) for the big move-in day!

Plan Ahead

If you got the chance during a college tour to see the dorm you're staying in, then you may already have an idea of the space you're working with.

If not, see if there is information on your dorm room in the materials you received from the school and form a list of what you'll need. 

You also may want to coordinate with your roommate ahead of time, if you're given that option. This way, you can decide who will bring which communal items such as a full-length mirror, coffee pot or area rug. 

Sometimes it's the Little Things

Don't forget the little things that can be useful in a pinch.

A first aid kit can be helpful if you need a band-aid or some aspirin. It can also be a great way to make friends when other people know you have those items because they will seek you out.

Also, a sewing kit can come in handy to replace a button or fix a tear.

These are just a few examples. Being prepared for life's little emergencies will never be a waste of money or space. 

Organization is Key

Keep in mind that your dorm room will not be very big. So, organizing things will help prevent clutter and offer you more space. Purchasing organizational items might have to wait until moving day, but there is no reason you can't brainstorm now.

There are certain items you know you'll have like shower items and clothing. Developing a plan will help you when you finally get a look at the area and see what you have to work with.

Having a place for everything will mean that everything is more likely to stay in its designated space and less likely to land on the floor or hiding under the bed. 

Communal Living

Communal living has its perks. There are always lots of people around who are in the same situation you are. The downside is, there are always lots of people around.

So, if you're using a communal bathroom, then you may want to invest in a few items such as a bathrobe, shower caddy and flip flops for your morning trip to get ready for school.

You may also want to invest in earplugs or a white noise maker such as a fan to help keep down on the noise when you are trying to sleep. 

Safe

People are likely coming in and out of your room-- one of the perks of communal living.

Yet, you may not always know who is coming through or how trustworthy they are.

For that reason, it's a good idea to have a small safe with a lock to hold your valuables like your wallet, money and any jewelry. You can get small safes that look like a dictionary or other ordinary items.

You'll have a safe place to store your valuables where nobody will think to look for them. 

Don't Skimp on the Bedding

This is a big one that many matriculating college students recommend to freshmen.

You may not realize how much time you'll spend on your bed when you are in college, but your bed will likely be a popular hangout spot. You may sit there to study or use it like a sofa to watch movies with friends.

So, for this reason alone, go all out for your bedding. A thick, brightly colored comforter will look friendly. Get lots of pillows for your back and for guests when others are hanging out.

And don't forget to do something nice for yourself by getting nice sheets. Lifestyle Marketplace has twin XL sheets in a ton of colors, including your college colors.

Besides, you've earned it!

Make Friends

Of course, you want to make friends. That is all part of the fun.

Making friends can have a practical side, too. There is no way that you'll think of everything. Just as people may seek you out for your first aid or sewing kit, so too, are friends a great resource for the things you don't think of.

The RA is another recommended resource, too. He or she has been there longer, knows the ins and outs and can give you great advice about scheduling, campus activities and extracurriculars. 

 

Whether you're sending your fledgling out of the nest or you are the fledgling, preparing for college is something you can do together. Use this checklist for your new dorm room to give you something productive to focus on. It'll help alleviate anxiety over the impending departure while making this an exciting time.

And, of course, it'll also give you one last opportunity to spend time together before the school year starts.

Enjoy!

Having Trouble Sleeping? 10 Ways to Overcome Insomnia and Sleep Better

Having Trouble Sleeping? 10 Ways to Overcome Insomnia and Sleep Better 0

Overcome Insomnia and Sleep Better

A good night's sleep allows you to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. During sleep, your muscles relax, your body repairs, and your brain declutters in preparation for the day ahead.

So we can agree that not getting enough quality sleep can hinder your body from achieving these goals. Thus, this can negatively impact your health and well-being.

If you're having trouble sleeping or waking during the night, you could be one of the millions who suffer from insomnia, a potentially serious sleep disorder.

The Potential Health Risks Associated with Insomnia

While you may be painfully familiar with the aftermath of too little sleep, feeling tired, emotional, or having difficulty concentrating, you may not realize the potential long-term effects.

In fact, here are just a few of the many health risks associated with sleep deprivation:

  • High blood pressure
  • Intensification of chronic pain
  • Increased risk of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries)
  • Increased risk of stroke or heart attack
  • Higher risk of developing diabetes
  • Higher risk of depression and anxiety
  • Weight gain or difficulty with weight loss

10 Tips to Promote Restful Sleep

So, to reduce your risk of insomnia-related complications, it's essential to find a method of improving your sleep.

You see, even a few hours a week of sleep deprivation has a negative impact on the function of your central nervous system. The effects are cumulative.

While no one method will work for everyone, here are several suggestions that could help you overcome insomnia and sleep better at night:

#1 Set a regular sleep schedule

Your sleep cycles are regulated by your circadian rhythms; an internal clock that should be allowing you to fall asleep around the same time each night.

Setting a regular sleep schedule, like going to bed and waking at the same time each day, can help reestablish healthy sleep patterns.

#2 Decrease Evening Screen Time

Cellphones, computer screens, and televisions emit blue light, a light similar to sunlight but more intense. Blue light signals your brain that it is time to be awake and blocks your body's production of melatonin, your sleep hormone.

Avoiding electronics at least one hour before planning to sleep should help you fall asleep easier.

#3 Introduce White Noise

Even while you are sleeping, your brain processes sound. White noise is a consistent sound like the noise created by a fan, humidifier, or commercial white noise machine.

Having this "noise" in the background can help mask other noises known for disturbing your sleep cycles during the night.

#4 Minimize Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine not only increases your alertness and makes it difficult to fall asleep, it also disrupts your circadian rhythms, reducing the quality of your sleep.

Drinking coffee or tea even 6 hours before you turn in will reduce your sleep time by at least an hour.

#5 Establish a Relaxing Pre-Sleep Ritual

Setting a relaxing nightly ritual can help signal your brain that it's time to wind down. Some prefer a relaxing bath while others may opt for a cup of herbal tea and a good book.

The point is, you decide the routine and perform the routine at the same time each evening.

#6 Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment

A room that is too hot or too cold could cause insomnia. So most experts recommend a bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees.

Even then, you may find yourself sweating during the night. If sweating during the night interrupts your sleep, moisture wicking sheets can help you stay comfortable and allow you to stay asleep.

#7 Consider Replacing Your Mattress

Another way to overcome insomnia is to check out your mattress. Although your warranty period may be longer, your mattress should be replaced every 7-10 years, sooner if you notice signs of wear.

Inspect your mattress for sloping edges, bulges or sagging. Investing in a mattress that better supports your frame may alleviate your sleep issues, especially if you wake up with pain.

#8 Resist the Urge to Nap

While you may feel like napping is the best solution for the effects of sleep deprivation, napping can affect your sleep at night.

Now, if you must nap, try to limit it to 20 minutes. A short rest may refresh you just enough to continue with your day without dramatically impacting your ability to fall asleep later.

#9 Engage in Regular Exercise

One of the major advantages of regular exercise is improved sleep. Even 20 minutes of physical activity like walking is beneficial.

Therefore, aim to include more exercise into your schedule. The good news is, you'll experience greater energy and stamina throughout the day that will only help you sleep better at night! 

#10 Learn to Relax your Mind and Body

Progressive relaxation exercises and deep breathing can help you learn to relax rather than letting your worries keep you awake.

Actually, try this simple yoga breathing exercise: Inhale through your nose naturally and exhale through your nose slowly, while allowing your body to relax. Directing your focus to the experience of breathing may help you drift off.

You Should Wake Feeling Refreshed

Every morning, you should jump out of bed feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Setting a consistent sleep schedule, a relaxing sleep ritual, and establishing a comfortable sleep environment may help you fall asleep easier, protecting you from the adverse effects of sleep deprivation.

To create a comfortable sleeping environment, visit Lifestyle Marketplace for duvet cover sets, sheet sets, and pillowcases. Our Deep Sleep Premier 1800 sheets are ultra-soft, wrinkle-free, and ultra-comfortable. Their moisture wicking abilities help regulate your body temperature, so you can sleep comfortably throughout the night and beat insomnia!

Clearing the Confusion between King and California King Mattresses

Clearing the Confusion between King and California King Mattresses 0

The differences between a king and California king mattress are a common source of confusion and frustration.

You see, it’s not uncommon for someone to realize that a newly delivered king mattress does not fit into their current bed frame, or that newly purchased king-sized bedding is too short or too long for their mattress.

Understanding the differences between these two distinctly different mattress sizes can help clear the confusion and save you some aggravation in the process.

A Brief History of the King and Queen Mattress

Seventy years ago, your mattress options would have been quite limited. You would have only had the options of a twin mattress or a double, which we now refer to as a full-sized bed.

While the concepts of the queen and king mattress were introduced midway through the 1940s, these larger mattress options did not typically impact purchasing decisions until the 1950s, when newly designed suburban homes provided enough floor space for larger beds.

At that time, the queen-sized bed outsold the king three to one.

The Introduction of the California King Mattress

In the 1960s, a Los Angeles furniture company introduced a fifth option, a longer mattress that is wider than a queen, but not as wide as a standard king. This mattress is said to be an oversized bed created specifically for the mansions of athletes and celebrities, to better fill the available floor space and accommodate those of tall stature.

Appropriately dubbed the "California King," the furniture company began mass-producing their design a few years later.  

It did not take long for other mattress manufacturers to follow their lead. The new California king beds were marketed as a better option for those of taller stature to make sleeping more comfortable; to keep their feet from hanging off the edge of the bed.

Sizing Differences are a Common Source of Mattress Confusion

Over the years, the sizing differences between the King and California King has been a perpetual source of misinformation and confusion.

Yet, mattress confusion is understandable. Mattress sizing is not a frequent topic of conversation or even a subject we give much thought.

Many people mistakenly believe that the California king mattress is thicker or more plush than a standard king mattress. This misconception leads some people to assume that standard king deep pocket sheets will fit their California king mattress.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. The thickness of a king mattress is not considered in the differentiation between standard and California king; the differences are determined by the width and length.

If you are not entirely sure if your mattress is a standard king or a California king, or wondering which king will best suit your needs, a few simple measurements will give you the answer.

The Dimensions of a King Mattress

The standard, or eastern, king mattress is your widest mattress option. A king mattress is typically ideal for those looking for maximum personal space. It's important to consider the overall room size, as well as measuring turns in corridors and stairways, to ensure a king mattress will fit your space.

Some of the important distinctions of a king mattress include:

  • Measurements are 76 inches wide X 80 Inches long
  • 16 inches wider than a queen-sized mattress
  • The same length as a queen-sized mattress
  • Ideal for those who want the extended width
  • Ideal for couples who want space for pets

The standard (Eastern) king mattress is designed to rest on two XL twin box springs or foundations.

When a split king is preferable, for example for using with an adjustable bed frame, typically two XL twin mattresses and box springs are ordered.

The Dimensions of a California King Mattress

The California king mattress is your longest mattress option. While the California king mattress offers more width than a queen-sized mattress, it does not take up as much space width-wise as a standard king.

Some of the important considerations of a California King include:

  • 72 inches wide x 84 inches long
  • 12 inches wider than a queen-sized mattress
  • Four inches longer than a queen or standard king
  • Ideal for those who want extended length
  • Suitable for those 6'2" or taller

If you’re looking to order a new California king mattress, your foundation or box spring is specific to your mattress size. Like a standard king, the foundation is typically split, so you will likely be ordering a total of three pieces, a mattress, and a two-piece foundation.

Splitting the foundation makes it easier to move the foundation into your room.

Whether you are deciding on the size of a new mattress or purchasing new sheets and bedding for the mattress you have, it's important to know the differences in measurements between a King (eastern) and California king. Frames and bedding designed for one will not fit the other.

For affordable, high-quality sheet sets, bed covers, and accessories, visit Lifestyle Marketplace.

Our Deep Sleep Premier 1800 sheets provide a snug fit for standard and pillow top mattresses from 12-18 inches thick. You will find our Deep Sleep Premier 1800 sheets ultra-soft, wrinkle-free, and ultra-comfortable. Their moisture wicking capabilities help regulate your body temperature so you can sleep comfortably throughout the night!

Sources:

https://www.overstock.com/guides/history-of-california-king-beds/

https://bedtimesmagazine.com/2015/06/1941-1965-mattress-makers-introduce-king-and-queen-sizes/

http://bettersleep.org/mattress-sizes/

https://www.sleepgallery.biz/california-king-or-king-first/

https://www.sleepauthority.org/california-king-vs-king/

  • Angela Antrim