We regularly get asked, at this time of year, if a waterproof mattress protector can be used with an electric blanket, and should it be put over, or underneath the electric blanket?
The answer is simple:
Yes, you can use a waterproof mattress protector with an electric blanket
Our advice is to put the electric blanket on the mattress, and put the waterproof mattress protector over the top.
It will not alter the effectiveness of the electric blanket, as heat will transfer through the mattress protector to the sleeper, and at the same time, your electric blanket will be protected from any spills or stains.
To shop our range of mattress protectors click here. To shop our range of electric blankets click here.
Duck is the most cost-effective of the three options, and is the most readily available, it's a great all-rounder, and a 90/10 fill will keep you toasty this winter!
If you want to go a step up, Goose is slightly more rare than duck, and goose down has a larger cluster than the duck, making it a bit more insulating, as it is able to trap more air.
Now to Hungarian Goose, Hungarian Geese live in a very cold climate, and because of this they tend to grow very, very large, thus their down cluster is larger again than Goose (almost double the size), making it extremely efficient at insulating as those large clusters are able to trap in more air. Hungarian Goose down is the ultimate insulator and is ideal for those who feel the cold or who prefer lightweight products. It also comes with a pricetag at least double that of Duck & Feather inners!
You spend half your life in bed, so why not treat yourself to a beautiful new down & feather inner. If the budget allows definitey go for Hungarian Goose, it is amazing quality!
P.S - just as a side-note, you will never see a 100% down inner in NZ (like you do in other countries) our certifications here only allow us to go to a 95/5 fill (as there is always a chance a stray feather or two will sneak in the mix)!
When choosing a new duvet inner you need to consider factors such as which season do you intend to use it for? Do you want just one layer, or do you want a clip together, two layer, All Seasons option? Another important factor to consider is how warm is your home? Is it well insulated or older and more prone to cold? Also do you like weight, or prefer lightweight inners and do you feel the cold? Have you had a Feather and Down inner before that you are happy with? If so, you have been spoilt and run the risk of being dissappointed if you move to a new fibre for your duvet inner!
The secret to Down and Feather is to achieve maximum insulation with a minimum of
weight. This places importance on the quality and type of filling.
The filling consists of either down and/or feather. The down content is
always stated first with the feather second (example 80/20 refers to
80% down and 10% feather content - unless otherwise stated - always read
the description before you buy, inners with more down content are much
more expensive than those with more feather content!
Feathers are hard and heavy whereas down is soft and light. Down acts as an insulator, trapping air in its soft fibres to deliver great warmth without weight. In duvet inners a high percentage of down will work best to keep you warmer. Feather is used to provide support and bulk in bedding products. It is these unique qualities that make feather & down mixtures so ideal. The end result makes a Down & Feather Duvet Inner breathable, resistant to compression, incredibly light and warm, wonderfully snuggly and efficient at trapping and holding warmth.
Most Down & Feather Duvets are made from down-proof cotton (meaning your feathers should not escape) and in modern times are made with a boxed construction (rather than channelled construction - although these can still be purchased) meaning the fill will stay in its compartment, keeping you cosy and warm year round!
Our advice - if you want a luxurious, cozy Duvet Inner, that is puffy and will make your bed look "inviting" take the plunge and invest in a really good quality Down & Feather Duvet Inner - you won't be dissappointed!
Now the only question is, do you go for a Duck, Goose or Hungarian Goose inner, and what is the difference between the three (read the next blog post for the answer)!
Did you know that on average, over a lifetime, you will spend 1/3 or 26 years in bed sleeping! How crazy is that fact? So it stands to reason that if you spend this much time snoozing, you might as well do it in pure comfort and bliss.
A good bed can help many things; of course your quality of sleep, which will determine how well you function during the day. A good sleep is said to help your heart, lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and even your assist your metabolism!
So you've decided to put fear aside and join the ever-growing community of people renting out their spare rooms to strangers through Airbnb. Nothing to worry about- right?
Airbnb is fast becoming a seriously popular way to travel and if you're up for sharing your morning cuppa with a paying stranger then you could be in to make some nice extra pocket money.
What Sort Of Bed Should I Use For Guests?
Once you've established which room to let out it's time to focus on the most important aspect of the room, the bed. If you're planning on becoming a regular Airbnb host then you're going to want to get a bed that's fit for the task. A successful host doesn't rely on renting out their children's childhood bunk beds! Equip your room with a commercial bed that is built to last. queenb stocks a great range of Sealy commercial beds and mattresses, perfect for giving your paying guests a quality night's sleep.
Choosing a commercial bed ensures that you are getting a product that is
built to last. A unique feature of the Sealy Commercial Beds is their
extra row of reinforced springs positioned around the edge of each
mattress. Guests frequently sit on the edge of their beds to watch tv,
put on shoes e.t.c. and having extra reinforcement helps to prevent
premature mattress sagging.
What Essential Items Should Be On A Guest Bed?
1. Mattress Protector
It goes without saying that you'll want your bed to be properly protected! A good quality, waterproof mattress protector is an investment you won't regret! A brand we love called DryLife has some fantastic waterproof options for keeping your mattress protected for as little as $36!
Don’t panic! The marble vase you just bought is likely to stay in style for 2017- but it might be wise to display it only in your bathroom.
start of a new year, comes the start of new trends in home décor. Copper
and marble dominated the popular scene in 2016 but it’s time to phase these favourites
out and introduce some new fresh flavours to your home.
Update your home décor with these 2017 interior design trends.
New Home Decor Trends For 2017
1. Green is in!
Think deep jewel tones and bring some touches of emerald to your home décor in 2017. If adding green to a room makes you nervous then start by introducing it in small doses. Think decorative cushions and textured blankets and throws. Alternatively try swapping out your plain duvet cover for something brighter. The Martinique Duvet Cover Set by Savona will instantly transform your bedroom into a tropical jungle paradise.
2. Muted Colours
Muted tones work well when contrasted with pops of colour. Grey remains a strong contender for overall appeal as like black and white, it ties in well with most other colours. Try layering different tones of grey to help create depth and interest in your décor. Combine different textures together such as cotton, wool and silk to provide variety and warmth. You can easily update the look of any room by adding in new soft furnishings and linens. Simply add cushions in an array of complimentary muted tones to your lounge suite to give an instant lift.
3.Terracotta is BackThe warm tones featured in terracotta tiles are going to be popular in 2017. If re-tiling your home isn’t something you’re interested in, then start by introducing some terracotta to your linens. The Bali Orange Duvet Cover Set by Logan and Mason is a nice way to bring the warmth of terracotta into your bedroom without any major renovations. Apply a similar treatment to your bathroom by incorporating some muted orange towels.The‘Circles and Squares’ Bathroom Towels Range by Florence Broadhurst offers some beautiful options.
4. Bye Bye Copper. Hello Bronze!
us moving away from the over-saturated copper market and onto other coloured
metals. If you love copper, then the good news is you’ll probably also love
bronze. Bronze works much like copper with its eye-catching appeal. Use to create
a statement and to add warmth into a cooler colour palette. We love this
by Private Collection, ideal for your living room or bedroom.
5. Space to Escape
the majority of us exhausted and in need of an escape. Make your home your own
tranquil space to unwind and relax in comfort. Open plan living spaces are on
the way out as people are drawn to defining spaces within their homes for
recharging in privacy. What better place to escape and unwind then in your
bedroom? Think plenty of pillows,
waffle knit blankets and warm, dim lighting. Some luxury sheets wouldn’t go amiss either.
Do you find yourself feeling too hot at night during the summer? It is common to lose sleep during hot summer nights and finding a solution to cool down is sometimes not easy. If the luxury of air conditioning is not something you have, then you'll need to find other solutions to beat the heat and you can achieve this through your bedding choices!
Check out our list of top tips for keeping your bedroom cooler this summer!
Easily create a cooler bedroom with these great ideas:
- Take a chilled ice pack/wheat bag to bed (like you would take a hottie to bed in the winter, but put it in the freezer not the microwave).
- Leave your bedroom windows open in the evening to let cool air circulate.
- Swap bulky duvets for cooler cotton blankets.
- Drink chilled water before going to bed to lower your body temperature.
- Keep your curtains/blinds drawn during the day.
- Use a fan to circulate air.
- Avoid synthetic sheets (polyester) and opt instead for natural fibers like cotton.
- Try using sheets designed to keep you cool!
- For latex mattresses, try using a silk mattress topper to help regulate body temperature
Reasons staying cool improves your sleep...
Making your bed, it's a daily (mostly) ritual that leaves you feeling like you've achieved something right from the onset! Effectively it's an easy task: pull up the sheets, fluff the pillows, straighten the duvet, blah, blah, blah.
But once you've mastered the basics it's time to head into the big kids' league. I'm talking about the luxury land of feather-filled euro-pillows, the thrill of high thread counts and the dilemma of choosing throw cushions! How many pillows are too many pillows? Can you even have too many pillows? The answer is "NO" (in case you were wondering)!
On our last blog post we wrote about how often you should change your sheets, on this post we will examine how often you should be changing your towels.
I guess the first question is, do you shower once or twice a day? If the answer is twice a day, your towel is going to be hanging wet for most of its life, especially in Winter and Autumn! Because odour causing bacteria will be thriving in your bath towel, you really need to be washing your towels at least every two days (or 3-4 uses)!
Now, if you shower once a day, your towel does have a few hours in between washing to get dry in anticipation of your next wash & dry, in this instance you will want to be washing your towels every 3-4 days. From personal experience, if you are leaving them in use for 7 days or longer they do start to get a bit wiffy! You can also get this unpleasant odour if the towels aren't totally dry once you wash and go to use them again, you are essentially just sandwiching bacteria on top of bacteria!
A clever idea, so it doesn't seem such a bore and like you will be spending half your life in the laundry - is to have two towels going at once (maybe in different colours so you can tell which is which)!
Also when you wash your towels, hang them on the line for a few hours, and once they are almost dry, pop them into the dryer for an hour and leave them there overnight to let them completely dry out.
If you are worried about washing/drying times, you could try using a Microfibre Sports Towel, or a Dock Bay Active Towel. Microfibre is super absorbent and will dry much faster than a traditional cotton towel. It does feel quite different however.
Another great fast-drying and lightweight option is the Sheridan Quick Dry Towel range, this range is made from cotton, spun with an air-twist technology, so it looks like a towel, feels like a towel, but a really fluffy one and is super quick to dry! It is great for people in apartments and also people that don't like lifting heavy towels out of the washing machine!
Remember your Hand Towels and Bath Mats won't need changing as much as your bath towels, but you should change your face cloth on a regular basis like your bath towels!
There has been alot in the media recently about how often you should change your bed sheets.
Admit it, there is nothing better than slipping into bed between crisp, clean sheets! So how often should you change them?
Personally I believe you should wash and change your bed sheets once a week, and where you can, line dry them - this will make them nice and crispy for the first few nights sleep! I think after a week sheets really start to smell and get dirty! Humans sweat an average of one litre of fluid a night! That's pretty gross - you wouldn't stay in your t-shirt for two weeks- so don't do it to your sheets!
I recently did an experiment on my own sheets (more out of shear laziness than anything). I'm usually a fastiduis person and change the sheets every Saturday, but this particular Saturday I had been out all day and when I got home I just couldn't be bothered, the same thing happened Sunday too, then I just decided to leave them until the next week. I slept really badly all week, the sheets felt dirty, and the bed didn't feel "made properly". Upon removing the sheets the next week the mattress protector had sweat stains, the pillow protectors weren't nice either and that proved it! To keep your sheets and other bedding layers in the best condition, and give you a decent night's sleep, you MUST wash/change them once a week (including pillow protectors).
It made for a massive task that weekend to wash and dry a mattress protector as well as a set of Super King sheets (typical Auckland weather - it was raining)!
I think for mattress protectors, these can be done once every two or so months, as long as you are washing your sheets once a week, I mean let's face it, they are big (if you have a Super King bed) and take ages to wash & dry!
There are articles to back up my claims above, for example the NZ Herald published an article from the Daily Mail, citing fabric expert Mary Marloew Leverette, who says an unclean bed can be detrimental to our health, in an unclean bed you can find saliva, urine, genital fluids and fecal matter in the fibres! She said: "if sheets are not washed regularly, and the occupant has scratches or wounds, they can become infected. Athlete's foot and other fungi can be transferred from fabrics".
She also pointed out not cleaning your sheets regularly, can mean all the gross things above can seep into the other parts of your bedding, like pillows and mattress protectors. She agreed with my theory of once a week washing!
The worst part of that article, from a study done in 2014, found that one in 10 people only wash their sheets once a month!!!
Here's a link to the article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.c...
If you find you are waking up with watery eyes, the sneezes or are having trouble sleeping, and you don't change your sheets once a week - now might be a good time to change your routine, and start washing your sheets on a more regular basis! Unclean sheets and bedding are a perfect environment for dustmites to live in, and regular washing will help kill & keep the critters and your allergies at bay. Also give Drylife branded product a shot as the Mattress Protector, Pillows and Duvet inners are machine washable and tumble dryable and have been accepted by Asthma New Zealand into their "Breathe Easy" programme.
The queenb linen experts have spoken - change your sheets once a week!