Sleep is probably high on your priority list. Do you make time to get more than your eight recommended hours of sleep? That’s what dreams are made of to most folks. What if you could increase your quality of sleep so that every night feels like you slept in? The art is to create a cozy bed.
So how do you create a cozy bed? We’ll show you! At American Freight Furniture and Mattress, we’ve got the tips, tricks, and products to help you build the ultimate cozy bed. Whether you prefer a firm mattress with luxurious linens or a plush bed piled high with blankets and pillows, we’ll help you prioritize the best methods to create a comfortable bed for you. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Pick Your Plushness
The best place to start constructing your perfect bed is to decide what kind of mattress you prefer. Your mattress is the foundation for your night of slumber. It’s important to choose a mattress that supports your body correctly and is built to last for several years. Do you know how to choose the right mattress for your needs? Check out our handy mattress blog to learn how.
Whether you sleep with a partner, pets, or solo, it’s important to find the right mattress to support your body and contour to your unique shape. Check out our selection of traditional coil and memory foam mattresses here.
Step 2: Invest in a Quality Bed Frame
Just like you need a quality mattress to support your resting body, you also need a durable bed frame to keep your mattress off the ground. At American Freight Furniture and Mattress, we carry a wide variety of different bed frame styles. Here are some of our top picks specifically for creating plush, cozy sleeping quarters:
This bed is where style and comfort come together perfectly. The T-shirt gray upholstery is soft and sporty, yet the trendy nailhead trim elevates the style in an unexpectedly great combination. The upholstery covers the bed frame and the built-in headboard. The Erin Light Gray Bed is easy to incorporate into colorful and neutral color schemes.
Add rich, cool color to your bedroom with the Westerly Deep Blue Bed. This beautiful button tufted bed features a tall headboard and deep blue polyester upholstery throughout. This soft and luxurious bed frame will take your cozy bed to the next level. We recommend using this bed as the ultimate breakfast-in-bed pad.
Plush and padded are two great words to describe this lovely tan bed. The Altura is packed with stuffing and sewn tightly with a grid tuft finish. This bed has an upholstered headboard and footboard. The shallow footboard will keep your mattress in place and add a cozy look to your bed design. Feel free to be playful with the bedding you choose for the Altura Tan Padded Bed.
Step 3: Choose Your Linens
Have fun selecting the linens for your cozy bed! You have lots of decisions to make, but you also have lots of quality options to choose from.
Here’s a quick checklist to keep in mind while you’re shopping for cozy bed materials:
- Two standard pillows
- Two sets of sheets (each set should include two pillowcases, one flat sheet, and one fitted sheet)
- One down comforter with a decorative duvet cover or one decorative quilt/comforter
- One bed skirt (optional)
- Two or more decorative pillows and shams (optional)
- Additional blankets (optional)
Now that you have an idea what to shop for, what will you choose? We’ll break down sheet set and pillow varieties to help you make the best decision for your needs.
Types of Sheets
The way sheets look and feel are two of the most important things to keep in mind for sheet set shopping. If you’re satisfied with the color and pattern and the sheets are soft enough for your preference, you’re set, right? Actually, not exactly. There’s one more factor you should consider while sheet shopping: temperature control. If you run warm while you sleep, you’re going to need different sheets than someone who shivers all night long. Depending on your sleep preferences and the time of year, you should consider temperature control when picking out the best sheets for your needs. Here are a few common sheet types:
Flannel: A brushed wool, cotton, or synthetic blend of loosely knit fibers to keep you warm all winter.
Cotton: The go-to choice for quality bedding that will last. Find a thread count that works for you.
Microfiber Polyester: They keep you cool by wicking moisture away from your body.
Bamboo: Breathable, lightweight, and soft bedding that will keep you comfortable.
The pillow has a lot of power over the quality of your sleep. If your head and neck aren’t supported properly, you might find yourself holding your aching neck the next day. Everyone has a different pillow preference, so it’s important to test some out to get an idea what you prefer. Here are some common pillow varieties you could choose:
Memory foam: These dense pillows are soft and contour to the shape of your head and neck. Choose a gel memory foam pillow for added temperature control.
Microbead: Filled with tiny beads made of EPS (unexpanded polystyrene). Think hard beads like what’s inside horseshoe-shaped travel pillows.
Feather: These fluffy little things are curled and stuffed into pillow perfection for soft support.
Down: Similar to feather, but don’t provide the same support. This pillow filling comes from the bird’s undercoat and doesn’t have quills.
Cozy Bed Misconceptions
Believe it or not, there aren’t truly any “rules” for creating a cozy bed. Any bed is cozy if it’s comfortable for you. Here are a few common misconceptions about cozy beds that you can forgo:
#1 Cozy beds must have the added luxuries like plush mattress toppers and expensive body pillows.
The truth is, your cozy bed can feature whatever you want and it doesn’t have to be expensive. As long as you have a quality mattress, comfortable pillows, a full sheet set, and a few snuggly blankets, you’re all set. All the extras are just extra.
#2 Words like “Egyptian Cotton” and “high thread count” are essential words to look for when shopping for sheets.
Sheet labels can actually be difficult to decipher because it comes down to thread quality and thread count. Christine Camean from Real Simple says, “High thread counts can certainly make for better sheets, but it’s the thread that matters most. In fact, a sheet of a better-quality fiber with a lower thread count will feel softer and stand up to washing better than a sheet of a lower-quality fiber with a higher thread count.”
Don’t be afraid to shop with your hands! If you love the feel of jersey sheets or other stretchy fabrics, get them! If you prefer a dense memory foam pillow and a fluffy down body pillow, get both! The best way to create a bed you love is to use your preferences as a guide.
Shop at Your Nearest American Freight Today
American Freight Furniture and Mattress offers a quality selection of discount furniture and mattresses. Visit your local store to browse bed frames, bedroom sets, and mattresses. You can even sign up for a payment plan through American First Finance. There’s no credit needed and you can take it home today for $50. Learn more about payment plans here. We also offer free layaway and same-day delivery for all in-stock items! You can select a mattress today and set up your cozy bed at home tonight!
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