10 Tips for Buying Bedding on a Budget
The experts share what to look for and how to cut when it comes to the right bedding.
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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.
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.
High-Quality Fill Power
DIY Duvet Cover
Full-Size is the Perfect Size
Go With Pre-Shrunk Flannel
For the summer months, buy easy-care cotton or thermal blankets. These will allow air to flow through them.