I was so enamored with our bed in our Holiday Inn Clark staycation that when we shopped at Puregold Duty Free Plaza before we headed back home, I went straight to the linen department. If at first I never cared for thread counts and all, I do now!
Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet, and the more likely it will wear well-or even soften-over time. Good sheets range anywhere from 200 to 800, although you’ll occasionally see numbers over 1,000. Astronomical thread counts don’t necessarily mean the sheet is better-there are even tricks to inflating the thread count (such as using multiple yarns twisted together) that don’t actually improve the hand of the fabric and may even detract from its quality.
I bugged the sales people what Holiday Inn Clark used in its bedrooms. Lucky me, bedroom linens were on sale that day!
In the end, I was able to buy two new pillows (apparently, the fiberfill of pillows are not created equal! I wanted to buy goose feather pillows but they were soooo expensive. And the Duty Free salesman said Holiday Inn used high quality fiberfill pillows lang naman), two new 500-thread count pillow cases, and a duvet-filler. The Cory Quirino and Cory Aquino (that’s kuripot in bekimon) was shoved aside, because I really, really want that super good night’s sleep that Holiday Inn gave us.
My quest for a bedroom overhaul was perfect because apparently, August is the month that most stores put bedroom furniture and linen on sale!!! I had to do more shoving of the natural Cory Quirino and Cory Aquino in me because I finally took the plunge of buying a new bed frame and new matress!!! They’re going to be delivered within the next weeks and my aching back is so ex-zoiiii-ted!!! Here’s the bed frame I ordered:
What can you say holiday? Maganda ‘ba? 🙂 That’s from SM Our Home. The salesman was bragging that the set of Annakarenina uses this bed. Though kebs ko naman, I don’t watch Kapuso shows. Hehe.
By the way, that’s queen-sized; the king-sized version I ordered will still be made. The wood is mahogany. I’m crossing my fingers it will last long! Kasi ‘yung in-order naming office furniture sa BLIMS sirain. Nakakainis. So even if BLIMS is sending me an email that it is on super sale, deadma. I hope OK naman ang quality nito. Randy said tiisin na namin ang presyo basta matibay and will last a loooooooong time.
By the way, we were supposed to get this because of the drawers:
It is less stylish but more practical because of the drawers. But Mom said that our old bed had drawers and cockroaches just hid in them. This was despite the fact that she opens and cleans those drawers every day. And if you know my mom, she’s very OC about cleanliness.
I also got a pillow top mattress with pocket springs from Salem Beds. See, the springs on our mattress were already popping up (nope, not because Randy and I are too “randy”, if you know what I mean.) I was supposed to buy something half the price, but when I lay on this pillow top mattress homaygosh!!!! May difference talaga! I called Randy before buying and told him about the price and comfort differences of the regular mattress and he one with pillow top and pocket springs. He told me that if there really is a huge difference when it comes to comfort, then the price difference may be justified (I have the greatest husband, don’t I? :))
A pillowtop mattress with pocket springs looks like this:
Image lifted from mattressonline.co.uk. This is not what I bought; this looks better and is probably way more expensive, yet our future mattress looks something like this—may parang pillow sa taas ng main mattress na may butas-butas.
It was also a good thing that the Cory Quirino and Cory Aquino in me shut up, because the very first tip in Genevieve Shaw Brown’s article “How to Get a Hotel Bed at Home” published at abcnews.go.com is:
Get a pillow-top mattress. OK. There’s my first mistake. I purchased a mattress without a pillow top. You did too? OK, next-best thing, according to Garcia, is to buy a pillow-topper for your mattress, at least three-to-four inches thick. Then she said, cover it with a fitted sheet. “It’s all about packing it in,” she said. “The fitted sheet is key to getting enough cush.”
While my bedroom project may be come with an expensive price tag (again, at least for a cheapskate like me), a good night’s sleep is priceless. Plus, the total price tag of this overhaul may be just a few overnights at a luxury hotel ‘di ba? I eagerly await the delivery of our new mattress and bedframe as I sleep at night petrified for fear of crushing Raviv.
If you too want that luxury hotel bed at home, here’s a nice diagram and inspiration from fieldstonehilldesign.com:
Sleep tight(ly) and don’t let the bed bugs bite everyone! 🙂
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