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Don't Make a Bedding Blunder

Bedding is an important decision. Choosing the wrong products can make sleeping uncomfortable, leaving you tired and unhappy. With so many choices, it’s important to understand your preferences and options before making a purchase.

Here’s a handy guide for choosing mattress pads and comforters, from your friends at DACRON® fiberfill.

Start Your Search with the Mattress Pad

A mattress pad fits over the mattress, usually underneath the fitted sheet, to add softness and/or support to your bed. It also protects the mattress from dirt and stains. Mattress pads are available in different levels of thickness and made from different types of material.

Whether you prefer a softer or firmer sleeping surface, or more back or joint support, there is a wide range of mattress pads from which to choose.

Here are five suggestions for choosing yours:

  1. Compare mattress pads in terms of thickness, materials and size.
    Generally, there are two types of mattress pads available:
    - Tailor-Fit pads (also known as Expand-a-Grip) which will fit snugly over any depth of mattress
    - Fitted pads, which cover both the top and sides of most standard-sized mattresses and resemble a fitted sheet with elasticized corners.

  2. The Proof is in the Fiberfill
    You can have the nicest fabric in the world but if there aren’t the right materials inside the mattress pad, you’re just sleeping on another bed sheet. Known for its use in pillows as a luxurious and lasting down alternative, DACRON® Dreamessence™ fiberfill is now available in mattress pads. Softer than almost anything else on the market, mattress pads with DACRON® Dreamessence™ fiberfill are light, fluffy and plump with lasting loft. It’s a revolutionary down-like fiberfill that delivers the perfect blend of fiber characteristics for exceptional shape maintenance even after numerous washes.

  3. Determine any additional features to provide the best quality-sleeping surface. Some mattress pads regulate temperature while some conform to the exact contours of your body for maximum support and relief from aches and pains. Find the match that’s right for you.

  4. Choose a mattress pad that is hypoallergenic if you suffer from allergies or are concerned about your sleeping environment. Mattress pads with DACRON® fiberfill are hypoallergenic.

  5. Check the cleaning and/or washing instructions Ask if the pad has been treated with fabric protection to make it stain- and water-repellent.

Get Comfortable with Choosing a Comforter

There are a number of different factors to be considered when selecting your comforter, such as warmth level, style and size. To make your purchase practically mistake-proof, ask yourself a few questions.

  1. What level is my ideal level of warmth?
    The warmth of any comforter is determined by its ability to capture body heat. But ultimately, it’s a matter of personal choice. Do you like to be warm and cozy, or do you prefer to be cool when you sleep? Is your bedroom well heated or drafty? Will you use your comforter year-round or only seasonally?

    If you are concerned about nighttime overheating, a good rule of thumb is to select a weight that is one weight lighter than you think will keep you comfortable.

  2. What makes a comforter most comfortable?
    Comfort is unique to every individual. Manufacturers use down, wool or synthetics to fill comforters, and each has its own distinct attributes.

    A down comforter is generally the most expensive choice as it is filled with the soft, fluffy undercoating found beneath the feathers on ducks and geese. While down is very warm and comfortable, it can be problematic for allergy sufferers.

    In that case, a down alternative like DACRON® Downessence™ fiberfill might be a better choice. You’ll find that it has a variety of hypoallergenic options that provide the best combination of exceptional softness, warmth, cloud-like comfort, lasting loft, fullness and shape retention to fit your needs.

    Wool is naturally resistant to dust mites and allergens but can be uncomfortable for some people who prefer light bedding.

  3. Does a comforter’s size matter?
    A comforter should be big enough to cover the entire bed, and then some. Take accurate measurements of the length and width of your mattress and then add 8-12 inches to account for drape over the edges (or more if you like more coverage).

Remember, comfort comes down to personal taste. Picking the best mattress pad and comforter for your personal sleeping style may take a little practice, but this handy guide should help dispel some of the common confusions.

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