Most of you probably already know that I love white – the mood and the femininity. When decorating white bedrooms the focus always falls on the linen and the quality. Today we GET close and personal with Nicole Lifson of Lifson Products – suppliers to some of Southern Africa’s best known industry leaders on how to select bedroom linen and duvets to create that perfect sleep sanctuary.
Lifson Products Tips for Buying Duvets
1. When it comes to bedding always buy the best you can afford. Most people don’t realise you spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping and good quality duvet like our Hungarian Goose Down can have a lifespan up to 10 years or more. 2. When buying a down/feather duvet always buy one with the highest down content and lowest feather content. Down regulates to your body temperature and is very light. Feathers are merely the ‘flight’ of the bird and are heavy. 3. Always buy from a reputable manufacturer who can assure you the raw materials were ethically sourced (ESRM) and are fully traceable. That way you know exactly what you are purchasing.4. Look for the NOMITE label (means the duvet is suitable for house dust mite allergy sufferers) and the manufacturers advice regarding allergies. Always buy a duvet that has been washed, sterilized, graded, sorted etc to some form of standards. We recommend EDFA standards. 5. You want a manufacturer who has a guarantee. (Lifson Products has a 2 year guarantee which you can increase to 3 years by filling in your details on our website.) 6. Never base your purchasing decision based on a duvets Tog Rating. Tog Rating is a standard mostly used in the UK. Tog rating will only tell you the WARMTH ratio not how well a duvet will regulate to body temperature so its very easy to end up with the incorrect duvet for your needs. 7. As a manufacturer we source and purchase down and feather filling according to: a. The down content. (The higher the better the quality) b. The filling power of the down and feather filling. 8. Filling power is the International standard to measure the quality of the down or feather filling. The higher the filling power the better the ‘loft’ of the filling and the better the quality. High filling power = High loft= Warmth without weight. My recommendations for a summer duvet (depending on budget): Cotton Comfort, Fine Fibre Moderate or a Premium Hungarian Goose Summer Weight My recommendations for a winter duvet (depending on budget): 100% Siberian Goose Down, Premium Hungarian Goose Down or Fine Fibre Premium
Lifson Products Tips for Buying Bed Linen
- We suggest you use only 100% cotton bed linen, anywhere from a 200 thread count upwards. This is to get the true effect of the duvets regulating properties.
- 100% Cotton is long lasting, easy to wash, is naturally breathable, smooth and durable.
- Thread count tells you how closely the fabric is woven and you should not assume that the higher the thread count the better the quality. The fineness of the yarn used to weave the fabric is the most important factor.
4. In my personal experience good quality bed linen becomes softer and more luxurious the more times it is used. Good quality will also have a longer lifespan. Personally I use our 500 thread count which is brilliant quality for all year round. Customers need to be aware that the higher the thread count the heavier the bed linen will be. In my opinion ideally stick to a 300 to 500 thread count as over 500 thread count starts to become too heavy. 5. A tip for ironing 100% cotton bed linen is to hang it up on a washing line and not leave it in the washing machine where it will crease. Also iron your bed linen while it is still damp. 6. I like to keep all my linen white. That way I can accessorize according to the season or fashion but the actual bed linen never dates. 7.In the hospitality industry bed linen always works by having 1 on the bed, 1 in the wash and 1 in the cupboard. So we recommend a minimum of 3 sets which should be rotated weekly.