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We get this question all the time, especially from our customers outside States that, ‘what’s the difference between king and cal king’ (aka. Califonia king). Obviously the size is what makes it different, but what matters most to our customers is the utility. For instance, cal king isn’t so popular on the East Coast of United States because a California king size bed requires a lot of space and given that most of the people prefer living in apartments and condos – California king size bed takes most of the space. Instead its more popular in West Coast, especially in California. Matter of fact, back in 60s it was only found in luxury homes. 

We offer comforters and duvet covers in all sizes, including California king. Click here to check out our comforter collection

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Bedding is a very personal choice – from the colors and patterns, to the accent pillows (or lack thereof), and the materials and thread counts.  With many packages and options, it is also a confusing process.  The good news is that, with the little bit of knowledge we will provide you with here, you will be well prepared to make an educated bedding decision.

First, some basic bedding terms you should know:  

  • Bed Skirt - A piece of material laid on top of the box spring on a bed and used to decorate the base of the bed and hide the space underneath the bed.
  • Comforter - The top layer of bedding, usually consisting of two layers of fabric, filled with either down or fiber filling.
  • Down - Natural feathers used to fill cushions of pillows, bedding, and upholstery; the material traps air to provide extremely soft comfort; also a very warm insulator often used in bedding (particularly comforters). 
  • Duvet - A duvet is similar to a comforter and/or a quilt in that a duvet is also composed of two layers of fabric with an insulation substance between. However, the difference between a duvet and a comforter and/or quilt is that the duvet is to be placed inside a duvet cover.  A comforter and/or quilt can be used as independent bed covers
  • Duvet Cover:  A giant pillowcase-like covering that fits over a duvet.  It is open on one end, typically closed by buttons, ties, Velcro, or a zipper.
  • Egyptian Cotton - Cotton grown exclusively in Egypt and the longest fiber staple in the world.  This means less linting, more durability, more luster and a softer feel, frequently used to make sheets and other bedding materials due to its softness and high quality.
  • European Sham (also known as Euro Sham, Eurosham, European Pillow Sham) - A large pillow case used as an accent in bedding sets; usually contains additional fabric surrounding the standard pillow case and commonly included as a part of bedding/ comforter sets.
  • Feather Bed - Feather –filled sacks made to fit under or on top of the fitted sheet
  • Fill - The material used to stuff items such as comforters or pillows.  Natural down and man-made synthetics are examples of fill materials.
  • Fill Power - A measure of how many cubic inches one ounce of down will loft and expand to fill an empty space.  Fill power usually ranges from 500 to 800 cubic inches, with 625 or greater considered excellent.  A higher fill power means that the down will loft more, insulate better and provide greater warmth and comfort.
  • Fitted Sheet – A sheet with pockets at each of the four corners and an elastic band around the sheet, made to fit the mattress.
  • Flat Sheet – A sheet that is hemmed on four sides usually with a larger hem or cuff at the top of the sheet.
  • Loft - Measured by fill power and is the ability of down to fill an empty space.
  • Neckroll Pillow - A small, oblong accent pillow commonly found in bedding/ comforter sets.
  • Percale – Smooth fabric: a smooth-textured closely woven cotton or polyester fabric used for bedsheets and clothing.  It sometimes has a glazed finish.
  • Quilt - Created by placing a layer of cotton or some other fill between two layers of fabric.  Held in place by stitching or sealing in a regular, consistent, all-over pattern.
  • Sateen Weave - A weave structure having single vertical threads woven over four to eight horizontal threads and under one horizontal thread.  This weaving method gives the fabric a smooth finish and shows off shiny threads.
  • Satin Weave - A basic weave, characterized by long floats of yarn on the face of the fabric.  The yarns are interlaced in such a manner that there is no definite, visible pattern of interlacing and, in this manner; a smooth and somewhat shiny surface effect is achieved.
  • Sham (also known as Pillow Sham or Standard Sham) - The fabric used to form an encasement to a pillow, traditionally known as a pillow case (pillowcase). 
  • Thread Count - Measured by counting the number of threads per inch in the woven fabric in both directions of the weave (these directions are referred to as warp and weft).  Generally, the higher the thread count, the silkier and lighter the sheets. 
  • Top of the Bed – This is an industry term that refers to all textiles used to cover the mattress – from the sheets to the pillows and comforter/duvet.
  • Tri Pillow Pack - A pillow combination consisting of three decorative pillows.

 

Now that you’ve got the key terms under your belt, you can understand the different commonly packaged options available for purchasing your bedding.   Here are the options frequently available:  

 

  • Sheet Sets – Available in 300, 500, and 1,000 Thread Count sets – it is critical to understand the relationship between price and thread count before purchasing.  To learn more, read our article on sheet sets, or view sheet sets at a featured online retailer.
  • Comforter Sets – Contains a comforter and some bedding pieces.  Online manufacturers sometimes break them into the three following categories.

          Ensemble Pack – Comforter, bed skirt, and standard shams

          Deluxe Pack – Comforter, bed skirt, standard shams, and tri pillow pack

          Super Pack – Comforter, bed skirt, standard shams, tri pillow pack, and pre-filled  Euro pillows

  • Luxury Bed in a Bag – More luxurious than standard comforter sets, includes a comforter, a complete sheet set, and standard shams.  Matching Duvet Covers and Euro Shams are also available.
  • Daybed Bedding – Bedding specifically designed for us with daybeds.  Daybed bedding sets typically include a comforter, bed skirt, and two king-size shams.  Pair with twin sized sheets set for a complete bedding set.
  • Futon Covers – Fabric covers designed to completely cover the mattress used on futons.  Futon cover sets typically come with the cover and two coordinating color accent pillows.

Different retailers will package bedding in different ways.  Good online furniture retailers put together sets based on what consumers buy most frequently.  Your personal preference will depend on what thread counts you prefer – will you pay more for a softer feel? – and how you like to ‘dress’ your bed.

 

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Ritz Carlton

One of the reasons why people stay at high-end hotels is to get pampered. 5 star hotels mostly use Egyptian cotton sheets. For instance, Ritz Carlton uses Frette brand bed sheets. They are an Italian brand. In fact, Frette, Pratesi, Sferra, and Bellora are considered the top European linen makers .Now if you look up their site, sheet sets go from $550 to $3000. Yes, I am talking about bed sheet sets, that come with flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillow cases.
If you are still reading, it means you are a smart buyer. Now if you look around, there are other high end bed sheet brands. But I am sure; you are familiar with the routine that, they sell you the brand name (mostly), without caring much for the quality. Here is an example, if you go to Frette’s site and look up bed sheets, they don’t tell you the thread count, which is one of the factors that determines the quality of a fabric.

Now if you want to pamper yourself ‘hotel style’, at your home – you don’t buy what hotels use. The key thing is the thread count. The higher it is, the softer/finer the sheet is. A luxury sheet, according to industry standard starts from 350 thread count and up. Please keep in mind that hotels do not necessarily buy the best sheets out there, because they have to balance between profit and luxury. They use a maximum of 300 to 400 thread count sheets. Please keep in mind that there are other factors that also determine the quality of a sheet, which is the type of fabric used in the bed sheets – those are Egyptian cotton, Italian cotton, satin and silk.
Here is our collection of luxury hotel style sheet sets, which come in 1000 thread count. Starting at $109.99. Compared to the same sheet that Frette’s make for $400 plus.

Thank you for reading and be sure to share your thoughts in the comment box. 

 

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Here is a quick explanation of, what is what of bedding. 
Please feel free to post your comments/questions. Thanks. 

Bedding explained by Home Apparel

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Stress Free Bedrooms

1/18/2012 4:55 PM

Did you know that your bedroom can play a major role in how you sleep and wake up? From the room decor, the colors and the actual bedding itself, every aspect of your bedroom can effect the way you sleep and feel. A bedroom should be a calm and peaceful space. Everyone struggles with stress from everyday life, the problem is when the stress follows you into the bedroom. Stress can lead to sleep issues, illness and insomnia. Your bedroom should be free of stress triggers. Remove any distractions. For instance, the television, computer and any other electronics that could potentially distract and keep you from falling asleep.

Color plays a major role in mood, cool colors provide a calm feeling, while warm colors can make a room feel more cozy. You want to choose a color scheme that will make you feel most relaxed.

Make sure you have something to cover the windows. A window treatment will not only add to the coziness of your bedroom but they also serve a purpose to block out light and keep cool drafts from coming inside.

Choose bedding that is not only comfortable, but makes you happy. Loving the look and style of your bedding, comforter or duvet can put a smile on your face every time you get into bed and every time you wake up.

Let me know how you, make sure your bedroom space is comfortable and free of stress. 

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Are we getting enough sleep?

1/10/2012 4:54 PM

Sleep, it’s our bodies natural way of recharging. Unfortunately, you probably take better care to recharge your cell phone than you do your own body. Or at least that is what the National Sleep Foundation has found; reporting that lack of sleep is the most common complaint amongst Americans today. I’m guilty of it too. Despite a busy day, once I try to hit the sheets, I can’t seem to drift off easily.

We all know that the obvious drawback of not getting enough sleep is that you will be tired, which isn't the best feeling. But researchers are now finding that there are some pretty serious health risks that come along with a lack of sleep. For instance, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and high blood pressure are the major ailments you put yourself at risk for. Not only that, but your immune system also takes a hit from lack of sleep. And guess what does that mean? More colds and infections. Beyond that, lack of sleep can actually mess up your plans to diet as well! Some experts say that sleep deprivation causes your body to boosts production of the hormone that makes you hungry. And it makes sense: your body is probably trying to shore up missing energy from another source.

Fortunately, just one extra hour of sleep per night can make a huge difference. Logging that extra nightly hour will not only improve how you feel during your daily routine, but you will reap the long term health benefits as well.

Start trying to develop a healthy routine that should be practiced before bed. Your kids probably have a bedtime routine to keep them alert and active during school, so why shouldn’t you take care of yourself in the same way?

This might seem hard, but for at least four hours before bed, avoid consuming any sort of stimulant. Coffee, soda, and even chocolate are major culprits to avoid. I started switching out my late night coffees with caffeine free peppermint tea after dinner. Also think about stimulants for your mind, the TV, radio, computers, and your cell phone. Unplug yourself from all of these distractions and let your mind start to wind down.

Exercise three to four hours prior to sleep is also a bad idea. Exercise won’t tire you out instantly; it will actually get your energy levels up. If you are committed to your workout routine, trying hitting the gym before work, you might even find this keeps you more energized during the day!

And while it is a good idea to get on a routine with your sleep, your body also craves a certain amount of variety. So don’t feel guilty about sleeping in on a Saturday morning! You might have to answer the call of the alarm clock during the week, but if you can, find a weekend morning where you can let your body decide when you are ready to rise.

This is it for now. In the coming weeks, I'll be writing about addressing our bedding needs and how having a proper, clean and comfortable bedding space can make a difference in your sleeping habits. For now, I'd suggest checking out www.homeapparel.com for a variety of bedding options.


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