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The Secret to Getting Great Sleep this Winter

 

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As we head into winter, there’s nothing nicer than snuggling into a cosy bed after a hard day’s work. Agreed? We thought so!

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Bed Buying Made Simple – Here’s Your Go-to Guide!

Considering we spend up to 1/3 of our day in our beds, it’s important that, when you are buying a bed, you give it the time and careful consideration that it deserves. A bed is made up of three main components – the bed frame, the mattress and the bedding. Here is the ultimate guide to buying the right bed for you.

1. The bed frame
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There are many different types and styles of bed frames to choose from and your choice will depend on the style of your bedroom and your own personal preference. There are wooden beds, leather beds, metal frames beds and much, much more. Your budget will also play a part as larger, heavier bed frames will cost a good deal more. You will also have to choose what size of bed frame you want with the general sizes being single, double, queen size and king size.

2. The mattress

There are also a number of mattresses to choose from, which can leave you a little overwhelmed if you don’t know what to look out for. There are firm mattress, soft mattress, orthopaedic mattress, memory foam mattress and pillow top mattress to name just a few. To help you choose the right mattress, the best thing to do is to test each one out there and spend about 5 or so minutes on each one so that you can gauge how your body is responding to the different settings.

3. The bedding

When it comes to buying bedding, you should aim to buy the best bedding that you can afford as it’s not something you should really skimp on. For sheets and pillow cases, thread count is important – the higher the thread count, the softer and luxurious the material. For quilts, you should match your duvet size to the bed frame size. So, if you have a king size bed, opt for a king size quilt or king size doona as they are sometimes referred to.

Once you have the right combination of these three important components, then you are surely onto a winner and your quality of sleep will improve tenfold!

A Step-by-Step Guide to Making up the Perfect Bed

You might think that the perfectly made bed is totally unattainable and can only be achieved in magazines or in a shop window. If so, you couldn’t be more wrong! In fact, the perfect bed is easily achieved if you abide by these easy to follow steps that we’ve got outlined below:

Step 1

The first step to the perfectly made up bed is making sure that the appearance of your bed linen is up to standard. After you have washed and dried your bed linen, ironing is very important. Wrinkled bed linen looks unkempt and messy and by ironing them, you will ensure a pristine, tidy-looking bed. The easiest way to iron your bed linen is to iron them when they are almost dry but not fully dried. This prevents creases drying into your linen and gives it a beautiful and crisp look.

Step 2

When making your bed, start with the fitted sheet first and place it carefully over the mattress. When it comes to covering your mattress, a fitted sheet is a better choice than a flat sheet as it removes the need to master the art of hospital corners which are notoriously difficult.

Step 3

A bolster is a must for the perfectly made up bed. A bolster is a long, thick pillow that is placed at the point where your mattress meets your headboard and gives support to your pillows, keeping them fluffed out and upright once your bed is made.

Step 4

The next thing to do is to turn your attention to your quilt or doona. Many people choose the size of quilt that corresponds with the size of their bed so if they have a king size bed, they choose a king size doona. However, in order to achieve a luxurious look ksqto your bed, you should choose a quilt that is a size bigger than your bed. Therefore, if you have a double bed, choose a king size quilt for that extra luxury. Dress your chosen quilt in an attractive and pressed quilt cover, place the quilt evenly on your bed and smooth out.

Step 5

The last step is the placement of your pillows and bed cushions. Having plenty of pillows adds a feeling of luxury and indulgence to your bed so prop all your pillows against your bolster and finish with a decorative cushion at the very front.

Voila! Step back and admire your handiwork and look forward to that time when you get to climb into that perfectly made up bed.

A Brief Guide to Buying a Woollen Quilt

Buying a wool quilt may seem like a fairly easy and straightforward thing to do but you would be surprised at what you need to know to make sure that you buy the right wool quilt for your requirements. On that note, here is our fool-proof guide to buying the perfect wool quilt for your specific needs:

  • Size is important

The first thing you need to know is what size quilt you are looking for. You can choose from a single, double, queen or king-size wool quilt depending on the size of your bed and your own personal preference.

  • GSM needs to be considered

GSM stands for Grams per Square Metre and refers to the density of your wool quilt. This tells you how thick your wool quilt is which directly translate into how warm it will be. You will need a quilt with different GSM thickness for d500gsmifferent seasons; in the warmer months, a 150-350GSM wool quilt is best while in the colder months, a 500GSM Wool Quilt is the perfect choice.

  • Which type of underlay?

Aussie Wool Quilts are perfectly complemented with a good quality wool underlay as the combination of lying on and beneath a layer of wool will guarantee you a good night’s sleep. Warm and comforting, a wool underlay greatly enhances the qualities of a wool quilt.

  • Shop online vs. In-store

Many bedding retailers offer wool quilts and many people choose to purchase their wool quilt in store. However, it is also worth going on the Internet and having a look at the selection of wool quilts available online where there are many fantastic savings to be found.

  • What brand?

There are numerous brands of wool quilts ranging from the more expensive brands to more affordable brands of quilts. Online reviews and recommendations from family and friends can give you suggestions as to what brands of wool quilts are the best to choose.

Purchasing a wool quilt is a great investment and, as it’s something that you want to last you for a long time, it’s important that you make the right purchase.

How an Underlay Can Improve Your Night’s Sleep

 

If you spend hours tossing and turning in your bed at night, and are unable to get comfortable enough to drift off to that deep sleep that you so longingly desire, then we may just have the answer to your problem! While your mattress plays an instrumental part in getting your comfort levels just right, did you know that an underlay can make a huge difference to your quality of sleep? It’s true, and here’s why:

  • Provides Extra Padding

An underlay is an extra layer of cushioning that is placed on top of your mattress for extra comfort and cosiness. An underlay can be made from cotton or foam and you can also purchase a woollen underlay. Each of these types of materials offers extra padding to you although each of these materials has their individual advantages. With this extra padding, you can enjoy higher levels of comfort that can be particularly beneficial for those people with aching or sore joints.  

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  • Regulates Body Temperature

If you find yourself hot and sticky and it’s because of this reason that you can’t drift off to sleep, then you should consider the addition of a wool underlay. An underlay made from wool can help you regulate your body temperature as wool has the natural ability to draw moisture away from the body, which ensures that you never get too hot or too cold. A machine washable wool underlay will be easy to look after and maintain.

  • Reduces Moisture Levels

An underlay can act as a moisture barrier between you and your mattress, which will undoubtedly result in a more comfortable night’s sleep for you. In addition, your mattress is protected and its useful life can be prolonged. In the same way, an underlay can revitalise an aging mattress which will allow you to get a little bit longer use from it.

Once you add an underlay to your bed, you can begin to enjoy all of the fantastic benefits that it brings.

3 Top Tips to help you Choose the best Bedding for Children

Choosing bedding for children requires careful thought and consideration given the fact that, just like their parents, little people need to be cosy and comfortable to ensure a good night’s sleep. When choosing bedding for your kids, while you want it to be high quality and easy to care for, you need to make sure that the cost of it doesn’t break the bank!

Here are 3 tips that will help you choose bedding for your children:

1. Purchase a Mattress Protector

It’s inevitable that little children (at some point or other) will have the odd toileting accident during the night and for that reason, you should definitely make sure to include a mattress protector when choosing bedding for your children. A mattress protector is a vinyl cover with elasticated edges that fits over the mattress and prevents any moisture or leakages penetrating it. In the event of an accident, it can be easily removed and popped into the washing machine.

2. Care Instructions

When purchasing bedding for your kids, make sure that you choose bedding that is machine washable and ensure that it doesn’t require dry cleaning or any sort of professional cleaning. Given the fact that you’ll most likely have to wash the bedding on a very regular basis, it’s important that its care instructions are extremely straightforward.

3. Quilt Warmth

Temperature regulation is especially important for children, as they are particularly susceptible to changes in temperature. Woollen washable quilts in Australia are the best choice as wool has the natural ability to regulate the body’s temperature ensuring that the sleeper is never too hot or too cold. In addition, wool quilts are perfect for children with allergies as they are naturally hypoallergenic. You can very easily buy quilts online for excellent prices.

When the time comes to purchase bedding for your little ones, you should bear these tips in mind so that you can ensure that your children enjoy a restful and comfortable sleep at night. After all, if the kids are happy – you’ll be happy!

4 tips for Buying a wool quilt or doona online

When the colder weather approaches, it’s time to reach for the wool quilt or doona and make sure you keep warm and cosy on those expected chilly nights. If your wool doona is looking a bit worse for wear, why not treat yourself to a new one that will see you right through the winter and beyond? There are some great bargains to be got if you purchase your wool doonas in Australia online. If you’re a little unsure as to how to get these bargains, we’ve compiled a quick guide to some essential tips that will help you.

1. Know your size

Before you go online, you need to know the size of the doona that you want as there are a few sizes to choose from – single, double, king and queen. Some people prefer to buy a wool quilt in Australia that is a larger than their bed as it prevents the quilt from slipping off the bed and gives added comfort and cosiness too!

2. Shop around

Make sure to check a few different websites, as the price of wool doonas will vary between them. When making your choice, make sure that you go with a reputable retailer whose website is clear and factual. It’s a good idea to ask family and friends if they have purchased doonas online and which retailer they chose to buy from.

3. Calculate postage

When buying your wool quilt online, make sure that you factor in the cost of postage. While there are significant bargains to be found, you need to make sure that the price of postage won’t be exorbitant and cancel out any savings you might make.

4. Check returns policy

In case you are not happy with your purchase, you need to know how long you have to return the item and if there are any additional costs to returning it.
You can make great savings by purchasing your wool doona online and you don’t even have to leave your home – it’s a win-win situation!

How to take proper care of an Australian woollen quilt

A wool quilt, or a wool doona as it is sometimes known as, is a popular choice of natural bedding for many people. However popular they are, there is the perception that wool quilts can be more difficult to look after than their cotton counterparts, but this isn’t necessarily so. The following are some tips when it comes to taking proper care of your Australian wool quilt.

Airing

If your wool quilt just requires a freshening up, it may suffice to just hang your quilt out on the washing line to give it the benefit of the fresh air and sunshine. Regular airing of your wool quilt will increase its freshness and prolong the life of your duvet. It is sometimes said that putting a sprinkle of baking soda on a wool quilt before hanging it out can help eliminate any smells or odours in a natural way.

Sponge Clean

If your wool quilt has a small stain, you can sponge clean it with some wool detergent and warm water. Once the stain has been removed, you should lay it out flat in the fresh air to dry naturally. Spot treating your wool quilt in this way and letting it dry in the great outdoors can often be enough to clean and revitalise your bedding.

Machine washable?

All Aussie wool quilts come with a care label attached and as some wool quilts are machine washable while others are not, it’s important to follow the advice on the care label. If your wool doona is machine washable, this means that you can load it into your washing machine and wash it at a cold temperate, generally 30 degrees.

Dry Clean

If your wool quilt is dry clean only, then you must adhere to the care instructions and leave the cleaning of your wool duvet to the professionals!
With these tips, you can make the most of the wonderful benefits of your wool quilt for as long as possible!

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Choosing a Wool Quilt for a Better Nights Sleep

Have you ever thought about how sleep can affect your life in general? People spend one-third of their lives sleeping and most people have reported suffering from bouts of insomnia at some point or other. Poor sleep quality can cause impaired brain activity, moodiness, memory problems, depression, cognitive dysfunction, and in worst scenarios, accidental death.

If you suffer from serious, chronic insomnia, you should book an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. If your condition is not as serious, a lack in quality sleep can be addressed by changing a few habits. Exercising a few hours before (but not right before) bedtime, not reading or using an electronic device in bed and having the optimum room temperature can all improve one’s sleep quality.

Then there’s the issue of bedding as it’s actually one of the first things that need to be considered.

There are many studies regarding how a proper bedding system can restore a good night’s sleep by reducing discomfort. One of the best bedding materials is wool. While wool seems only necessary in the colder months, there are many people who use summer wool quilts in Australia to weather the unbearable heat.

A season-appropriate wool quilt provides the right insulation so you can keep cool during summer and warm during winter. Wool is also good for people with itchy skin problems like eczema, as it doesn’t attract house dust mites that cause itchiness.

There are many other qualities of wool that make it an appealing bedding option. It’s fire resistant, easy to clean and care for, incredibly comfortable, and with many online stores offering factory direct prices and product guarantees, it’s quite affordable.

Summer is coming to an end in a few weeks. You’ll have a nice stretch of autumn, but are you prepared for the long winter months that lie ahead? Now is a good time to evaluate your bedding options and see if you can benefit from wool bedding.

How Wool Bedding Improves Your Sleep Quality

An average person spends approximately one-third of his or her life sleeping. It is generally known that a person should get 6 to 8 hours of sleep to function properly during the day.

But many people suffer from acute or chronic insomnia, unable to get a decent night’s sleep. If you have sleepless nights on occasion that are not attributed to medical reasons, perhaps you can benefit from a little change in bedding.

Wool bedding

Wool is one of the best bedding materials. As Australia has a large wool industry, there are many companies that specialise in just this type of bedding alone. Whether you need a queen size doona or king size quilt, you are bound to find wool bedding to your liking.

A wool doona is truly versatile and can be used during all seasons. Because wool is a natural, breathable fiber, it retains heat for those cold winter nights, and absorbs moisture when you get too warm during summer. This is a big relief if you can’t sleep due to the failure of temperature regulation.

It’s also ideal if you have a partner who has a vastly different sleeping temperature than you. One king or queen size doona can last both people all throughout the varying seasons of the year.

If you have a skin disorder, wool is ideal because it keeps irritants like household dust mites off your bedding. As they are major triggers for asthma and allergy, keeping them off will go a long way towards getting a good night’s sleep.

So how much would it cost to replace your entire bedding with wool? Contrary to what you might think, your new wool bedding doesn’t have to be expensive if you do your research and shop around. With a minimum investment, you can have wool bedding that is both long lasting and comfortable.