Archive | February 2014

Choosing the Right Kids Quilt Cover

Children absolutely adore quilt covers which define their favorite colours and patterns. Their choice of bedding is a focal point of their room and helps make a design statement. Choosing a high quality kids quilt cover set is the perfect way to set the stage of your child’s room.

A kids quilt cover isn’t that different from the generic quilt cover a young couple would purchase, for instance. The idea is that it should appeal to a child, as opposed to strictly following current design trends. Upon choosing the correct set, know what should be included, what size you need, and then make your purchase based on comfort and durability.

What differentiates kids quilt covers to generic ones?
It’s quite simple; a kids quilt cover should appeal to a child! Designers do this in a number of ways – by use of colours, styles, cartoon characters and other television characters. Designers intend for the patterns and colours used to appeal to children, these are often vibrant, fun, happy designs.

Typically, a quilt cover aimed at a child is quite similar to that of a modern design. Manufacturers create children’s covers to be more durable and to possess more vibrant colours.

RBLM-2TWhat’s included?
A typical set will consist of a quilt cover and one or two pillowcases. The size of the set will determine how many pillowcases are included. Whilst a single bed set may contain one pillow, other bed sizes typically contain two. Should the child require an extra pillowcase, the manufacturer/retail shop will sell one separately.

A fitted/valance sheet is sometimes included within the set. An important point to remember is to take note of the manufacturer packaging before purchasing to know exactly what you’re getting.

What sizes are available?
Kids quilt cover sets are available in the same sizes that quilt and other bed covers are available in. Measuring the size of your quilt is important to ensure that the cover will fit on it. Whilst the majority of quilts will fit into a cover set of the same size, some quilts are slightly off and may not fit correctly. King single, single and double are the more commonly sought after children’s bed sizes.

Whilst larger sizes are available, manufacturers tend to focus on the above sizes.

Determining Comfort and Durability
Quilt covers are produced in a number of different prints and patterns, and appeal to children at large. Just as it does with bed sheets, the thread count and quality of material used affects the feel of the cover against a child’s skin. If you’re in need of a good nights sleep, I recommend choosing one of high quality!

The thread count is also a key factor in the durability of the quilt cover, typically the higher the thread count the less durable the cover will be. It is important to find the middle point, so that your child experiences a soft cover, but it will also withstand the rough treatment and regular cleaning it will receive. One brand I’ve grown to like for my children is Hiccups, sold by Home Comforts. You can click here to take a look at their selection of kids quilt covers, and other bedding accessories.

When shopping for a kids cover set online, ensure that you select a cover that will firstly fit the bed in question, before basing your judgement upon design or colours. This creates a good idea of what is actually available, and makes your decision much easier.

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Bedroom Interior Design

Interior design and decorating for your bedroom is more important than any other facet of your house; for your bedroom truly is an escape from everyday life. Whilst the master bedroom is typically the most private space in your house, it is the most significant. It is a place in which you and your partner can marvel and retreat to at the end of a tough day.

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I completely agree with those that stress the importance in having an escape from the world – it is absolutely essential. You need a place to experience peace and serenity, a sense of calm, to recharge you energy and entering a dreaming state.

And bedroom design, is of course, completely up to you! It is your very own creation, your own sanctuary and is based on your personal idea of perfection. There is no specific right or wrong way when it comes to decorating your bedroom. It is, however, important that both you and your partner find it comfortable and to be an escape from the rest of the world.

So how exactly do you get started? Picture perfection. Picture a room which truly sets the scene of a dream vacation.

Imagine a hotel room that excites your restful and romantic flare. Close your eyes, and imagine that you are just preparing yourself to leave for a weekend away. What would you envisage the hotel or location to look like? What is your dream destination? Would it be charming or facetious? Dark and personal or bright and vibrant? Would it contain draped sheets, or be slick and modern? Would you prefer a city, suburb or country escape?

Once your dream vacation is set clearly in your mind, you can begin to pull together elements of this dream and recreate it in your own home (based upon your space and budget). Perhaps you’ll find a gorgeous room online that sets the scene of what you want to build upon? Gathering inspirational photos is a great way to stay on track and gather an idea of what your ideal colour scheme is going to look like in your own home.

Look at the entire bedroom design scene as a whole, as you find what you like, begin narrowing down your selections. Look at the bedding used, the headboards, the walls, pillows and fabric used. Follow that up by looking at flooring, paint colours and specific lighting used. Delve deep into facets of a bedroom you like and expand from there!

Surviving Hot Nights in More Than A Bed Sheet

ImageRestless sticky summer nights inside your winter doona/quilt can now be a thing of the past.

The reality is, many of us still like to make our bed in the morning displaying our favourite quilt cover only to throw it off or get tangled up in it in the middle of a hot, sweaty night.

It then comes down to the one thought every person that has suffered through a strikingly hot night experiences.. “what can I use to cover myself at night that is more substantial than a sheet, but much lighter than the standard wool quilt?” Okay, sure – maybe it doesn’t come out exactly like that, more-so a number of groans, followed by anger, frustration and finally acceptance.. at 3am!

If this sounds like you, a summer cotton quilt may be a go to option. It’s perfect for the hotter months, and are light, cool and machine washable. They fold up to the size of a bed blanket making storage during winter easy.  For those of you that can think of nothing worse than changing your doona to suit the seasons, consider having a cotton quilt all year round. Add additional layers such as a blanket or two as the weather gets cooler and you feel like you need something a little heavier. This is a perfect option for the ‘hot’ sleepers – believe me!