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10 Tips for Buying Bedding on a Budget

September 23, 2019

The experts share what to look for and how to cut when it comes to the right bedding.

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Photo: Chad Mellon. From: THREE SALT DESIGN Co..

High Thread Count Counts

Cotton sheets are described by thread count, which literally means the number of threads in the cloth. Most sheets are in the 200 range, while expensive sheets are more than 500. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable they are. Hold up a sheet to the light to determine its quality. Light will not shine through a high-thread-count sheet. Also, high-thread-count sheets won't fuzz or pill. Another great way to test this is to scratch the sheet with your fingernail to see if any pill comes off. If so, it's a lesser-quality sheet.

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Photo: Marisa Vitale. From: Natalie Myers.

Wool vs. Synthetic Blankets

The finest-quality wool blankets available are of merino wool. They are also the warmest. Synthetic blankets, however, are non-allergenic, less expensive and easier to wash.

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Photo: Werner Straube. From: Kim Scodro Interiors.

High-Quality Fill Power

Fill power, or "loft," is a measurement of the quality of down products. Down comforters with great loft have fluffy clusters of down that have the power to fill the comforter with fewer ounces than inferior types of down. Down comforters with high fill power listed on the package are lighter and warmer than down comforters with less fill power listed on the label (or not listed at all). Remember, it's not the ounces that are important, it's the fill power of the down.

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Photo: Sarah Hebenstreit / Modern Kids Co.. From: Regan Baker.

DIY Duvet Cover

Rather than buying an expensive duvet cover for a comforter, buy a couple of flat sheets in the size and color you need and sew them together on three sides. Sew grommets into the fourth side and close with a decorative ribbon.

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