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 stuff
Bed 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 clean
If 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 happy
Since 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.
Pillows range in price from dirt cheap to very expensive. Usually, the middle ground is your best bet. The cheapest pillows are usually made out of foam and don’t feel good at all. Expensive pillows are made from varying quality down feathers.
My pillows of choice are pictured below. They are called Indulgence, and are only $30 each. They are synthetic down, and feel surprisingly good. I had set of these for about six years, and only just replaced them because they were looking dirty.
You should have at least two pillows, but four are more useful. Even if you only sleep on one pillow (like me), having extras for a visitor or to prop yourself up is good.
You have two main choices in comforters. A synthetic comforter, sold in a wide variety of casings and colors. Or, a white goose down comforter. Typically, down comforters are more costly than synthetic, but they also range greatly in quality and price.
The quality of a down comforter is measured with a number called “Fill Power.” The higher the number, the more lofty and fluffy the down in the comforter is. Typically, larger bunches of smaller individual feathers result in higher fill power. This is why the cheapest down comforters often have sharp feather quills poking out of the fabric. This is a tell tale sign of poor quality feathers.
The amount of down in the comforter (measured in ounces) is not a measure of the quality, but will determine the heft of the comforter.
As you can see, there are a lot of choices… so browse your local stores and see what looks good to do.
We’ve covered the essentials, but there are a couple useful extras you might want to pickup.
Sometimes, especially during the summer, a comforter is too much. Speaking for myself, I don’t like sleeping with a sheet alone… so a good alternative is a down-filled blanket. Essentially, it’s like a comforter, but with much less down in it. Therefore, it is much lighter.
If you have a real bed frame, you don’t need this. However, if you’re rocking the metal frame that came with your mattress, you need to cover that ugly shit up. Simply, a bed skirt is fabric that goes from your box spring to the floor. This covers up an ugly bed frame and any junk you have stuffed under your bed.
Of course, my next piece of advice would be to go get a nice bed frame.