How To Outfit Your Big Boy Bed
We've discussed how important it is to have your place ready for company, but now we're going to cover your bed in more detail. In college, a twin bed, an egg crate foam pad, and some cheap sheets will cut it. When you're a real adult with your own place, things change. If you're still using those jersey sheets from college, it's time to burn those f*ckers and upgrade. If you're a baller, there are tons of options for custom made bedding, and all sorts of other fancy shit. However, most of us are working with a normal budget, but still need something nice. I took a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond, and am going to walk you through what you should get for your bed:
Covers to protect your stuffBed bugs may not be an issue where you live... but be it bugs, dust, crumbs, bodily fluids, it's a good idea to protect your box spring and mattress. Pickup some basic covers like these and your mattress and box spring will look better and last longer.
Mattress pad to keep mattress cleanIf you get a cover, you taken care of protecting your mattress. However, a second layer of protection is a decent mattress pad. It need not be expensive, especially if you already have a nice mattress underneath. If you have an older or cheaper mattress a thicker pad can offer a way to make the mattress more comfortable (depending on your firmness preferences). While a mattress cover zips around your entire mattress, a mattress pad goes on your mattress like a fitted sheet. It will protect the top of your mattress from sweat, oil, and other junk that might get on/through your sheets. A mattress pad can be easily removed and washed, so the top of your mattress will always be fresh.
Great sheets to keep you and visitors happySince your sheets will be touching your body and the bodies of any visitors, they are the star of this show. There are countless options for sheets, so it will come down to personal preference. I will however, provide you some terms, rules, and my personal suggestions.
- Thread Count - The number of woven threads per inch. While it's not the only important factor, most people rate sheet quality by their thread count. In a store like Bed Bath & Beyond, you will typically see numbers ranging between 200 and 1,000.
- Sateen - A type of cotton weave. Although made from 100% cotton, sateen sheets have a silky feel to them. Some people really like it, others not as much, so it's best to feel the floor samples. The threads are not woven as tightly, so it's said that sateen sheets will wear out faster.
- Egyptian Cotton - A type of cotton known to be very soft due to its long fibers. Some sheets will say "Egyptian Cotton" while others will say "long staple cotton"; these are essentially synonymous. (Note, Egyptian cotton sheets can also be sateen)
- Jersey (Cotton or Blend) - A type of fabric typically used in t-shirts and the like. However, jersey has become quite popular with sheets. It is loosely knit, lightweight, very flexible fabric. It can be 100% cotton or some sort of synthetic blend.
Rules for buying sheets
- 100% Cotton only. Cheap sheets are often synthetic blends, and feel like shit.
- Avoid jersey sheets like the plague. Jersey sheets are for college, and college only. They are fine for what they are -- cheap and easy -- but they say "Hi, I live in a dorm." With any frequent friction or wear (nudge, nudge), they will form holes quickly.
- Have more than one set. You should be changing your sheets about one a week. So, unless you want to remove your sheets, wash them, and immediately put them back on, you should have at least one spare set of sheets.
- Don't be cheap. While there are sheets in all price ranges, the good ones (at Bed, Bath & Beyond) are $100-$200 per set.
- Stick with neutral colors. You'll be using these sheets all the time, so a light neutral color is your best bet. I like white, since they are the most hotel-like, and you can bleach the f*ck out of them when needed.
- Don't be afraid of sheets that feel thick. Many of the higher quality, higher thread count sheet samples will feel a bit thick. You might mistake the thickness for being less soft than some cheaper options. In reality after some use and washings, the thicker (better) sheets will feel better and last longer.