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Who doesn't love a comfy bed to crawl into at night? One of the most fun parts of registering is picking out new linens for the bedroom. But there's a lot to consider when you're picking your sheets and blankets. Use this guide to help make choosing your new bedding easier.
Thread Counts: Take this for what it is — literally, the number of threads in the cloth of your sheets. Linens can range from 200-500 thread counts; the higher the count, the softer, and more durable the sheet. A 200 thread count is standard, but you will notice the difference if you go up to 300.
Fuzzing and Pilling: Higher thread counts are less-likely to fuzz or pill in the wash or through wear and tear. If you're worried, test it out at the store by scratching the sheet to see if any pill comes off.
All About Choices
Wool vs. Synthetic: This all comes down to preference. A synthetic blanket is less expensive and non-allergenic, so if you're a sensitive sleeper you might want to go this route. Wool, on the other hand, is fine-quality, and soft — it will also keep you the warmest.
Flannel: Flannel is always an option — and in a variety of colors it's less masculine than your groom might like you to think! This is a good option to have on hand for colder winter nights. Be sure to look on the label for "pre-shrunk," or you'll end up with sheets that don't fit the bed after one wash.
Alternative to Down Comforters: Again, allergies can play a real role in your quality of sleep. If you suffer from them, you may not want to register for a natural down comforter. Consider the following fillings instead: hypo-allergenic synthetic; lightweight and cushy gel-fiber; or bamboo or silk natural fibers.
Down Comforter vs. Blanket: This might be the toughest decision. A down comforter, be it a single piece or a duvet with an insert, is meant for all-seasons and will keep you the right-amount-of-warm all year long. On the other hand, blankets are meant for change. You can register for a few, in different weights, to change with you during the seasons or to layer on the bed. One benefit of going down and duvet — easy to wash, and you can buy multiple duvet covers if you like to change your look every few months.
Full, Queen, or King: There are two things to consider here — the bed you have now, and the bed of your future. If you and your fianc&ecute; are living in a smaller apartment with a full or queen bed now, it's probably tempting to register for sheets that fit your current bed's size. And you should — if this is going to be your bedroom situation for the next few years. However, if you and your fiancé have a plan to upgrade your bed, be it because of a move or because you have some wedding money to spend, consider registering for your future bed's size instead. You don't want the good sheets going into the guest bedroom, do you?
Choose Your Style
Have One Basic: There's a reason movie sets and catalogues lean towards creamy white comforters. Your bed is the focal point of the bedroom, and putting the patterns or bright colors in your comforter can overwhelm the room. That's not to say you can't choose a bold color as your basic. Find a color that's right for you — but leave prints and patterns to your shams and sheets. The comforter is your foundation, the rest of the bed is the fun.
Mix and Match: Choose a variety of styles for your sheets, and we mean in color and fabric. For colors, have at least one basic set of sheets, but then find a pattern — be it stripes, polka dots, or chevron — that compliments your comforter. You'll appreciate the fun it adds to changing the sheets. When it comes to fabrics, cotton is the best way to go, but consider adding a flannel or jersey fabric to the mix for colder nights when you need a little extra warmth.
Accessorize: Registries aren't just for sheets and comforters — you can add shams to the list too! Choose pillow shams that compliment your bedding, but don't rely on registering for an already-put-together set. The price point might prevent guests from buying it for you. Instead, choose your own shams, any number between 3 and 6 depending on the size of your bed, in a few sizes and shapes for texture.