The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

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How to keep Bamboo Towels soft and fluffy

If you’re a fan of our Bamboo Towels, then you know how luxuriously soft and absorbent they are. Like any quality linen, you’ll want to keep your towels at their best. To protect your lovely towels from detergent buildup, hard water and roughness, here are some simple tips to try.

1. Do not use fabric softeners- Ironically, fabric softener creates a waxy residue on towel fibers, causing them to become stiff and less absorbent. To get your towels nice and fluffy, try using dryer balls, clean tennis balls or our down fluffer rings.

2. Use the extra rinse cycle- Over time, detergent residue can also build up on towel fibers, especially if too much detergent is used. To prevent this from happening, use the extra rinse cycle and make sure your washer isn’t overloaded so that the towels have room to move freely. To remove detergent build-up, add a cup of white vinegar when washing and don’t forget the extra rinse cycle to keep the towels from smelling like vinegar!

3. Lastly, our Bamboo Towels should be washed and dried on lower settings, as hot temperatures can break down the fibers. We recommend washing with warm water and drying with low heat. Also, take care when using cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide, as it can cause discoloration in fabrics.

We hope these tips help and if you ever have any questions or comments about caring for your Cuddledown products, please let us know!

How much sleep do you really need?

Infographic via the National Sleep Foundation

Since everyone has differences in lifestyles and genes, the exact number of hours needed for sleep varies from person to person, but sleep experts have been able to produce a general guideline to use as a rule-of-thumb. Recently, the National Sleep Foundation updated its recommendations after two years of extensive research and examining more than 300 studies. The Sleep Foundation warns that getting too much or too little sleep on a regular basis is linked to, among other consequences, diabetes, obesity and poor judgment. In other words, make sure you get enough rest! Visit www.sleepfoundation.org to learn more.

Snowed in

Monroe Street After Blizzard by Mr.TinDC via Flickr

If you live in the Northeast, then you probably know that even more snow is expected to come following Storm Juno. After your driveways are cleared, we hope you get the chance to relax and enjoy the cozy, homey feeling that comes with a snow day. Here are some fun, low key activities for your next unexpected day off.

1. Bake or cook- If you’re going to be stuck inside all day, might as well fill your home with the scent of something freshly baked! We love searching Pinterest for baking ideas. Stews are also great to make on snow days since you can throw just about anything into it. That way, there’s no need to go to the grocery store. Click here to learn how to stew anything.

2. Binge watch movies- Since going for your daily run or walk won’t be the safest thing to do (watch out for slipping and impending snow plows!), you won’t have to feel guilty about vegging out in front of the T.V. If you need movie suggestions, here’s a list of Oscar nominated films available for streaming.

3. Read- You can finally dust off that book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten the chance to. Make it even better by curling up in your favorite blanket with a warm drink and sitting next to the window so you can view the winter wonderland from the warmth of your home.

What are your favorite snow day activities? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!

DIY- Upcycling Bed Sheets

Love the color or print of your sheets, but no longer have a need for them on your bed (maybe you got a different size mattress or simply found a new set you like even better)? Instead of shoving them into the back of the linen closet, put them to better use with one of these fun upcycling ideas!

Wall Art- You don’t need to be a master painter to create your own beautiful wall art! All you need is a canvas, some staples and any fabric of your choice to create some lovely pieces- you can follow an easy tutorial here. Our customer Jodi did this using our Monet fabric, and they make great accents on her beige walls.

Monet Canvas From Sheets DIY

Monet Canvas Wall Art by Jodi

 

Reusable shopping bags- Another idea for upcycling your sheeting is to turn it into reusable shopping bags. Not only are you saving landfills from plastic bags, but you won’t have to buy the branded ones that everyone else at the grocery store has.

Cloth Grocery Bag by katbaro

Cloth Grocery Bag by katbaro via Flickr

Gifts- By gifts, we don’t mean presenting someone with your old sheet set, but turning it into something one of a kind! Mary, of Mary’s Custom Sewing and Design, turned our Antique Map quilted sham into a beautiful stocking for the holidays.

Antique Map Percale Stocking

Stocking by Mary of Mary's Custom Design and Sewing

Curtains- Fashioning your sheets into curtains is one of the easiest upcycles to do! It’ll also allow you to perfectly match your window dressings to your bedding. Click here for a tutorial on how to turn a duvet cover into lovely curtains.

curtain by Thomas Weidenhaupt

curtain by Thomas Weidenhaupt via Flickr

Happy New Year!

We hope you have a happy New Year full of happiness and good health, which means getting plenty of rest! A good night’s sleep has numerous of benefits, including improved immune function, weight management and memory.

To help catch more ZZZzs, refresh your bedroom with comfy, new bedding! Start the New Year off right with great deals on the loftiest, coziest comforters, mattress pads, bedding and sleepwear. Shop our Winter White Sale now through January 18th!

Happy Holidays!

We hope your holiday season has been full of good times and cheer with all of your loved ones. Here at Cuddledown, we’ve had lots of fun decorating the office and sharing yummy, festive treats!

 

P.S. Our tree topper was handmade by the marketing and e-commerce departments!

3 easy ways to wrap large gifts

One big bag of presents by Steve Baty via Flickr

Have a big gift that would be hard to hide using ordinary wrapping paper, like one of our plush comforters or lofty featherbeds? We’ve got your solution!

1. The easiest way to wrap a large gift is to use an extra large gift bag! If you want to make the gift even more special, try something reusable, like our Cotton Velvet Gift Bags. It’s like two gifts in one! They’re big enough to hold pillows, blankets and even comforters!

2. During the holidays, it’s easy to find inexpensive and festive vinyl tablecloths. Since the material is much stronger than wrapping paper, it will be easier to wrap a large gift without worrying about crinkles and tears in the paper. The large surface area will help you conceal that gift in no time! You could also look for holiday printed fabric at a craft store.

3. Another idea to conceal the gift is to put it in a discreet location and give the person an envelope with clues as to where it is. This will make the gift opening experience even more fun and exciting!

If you have any ideas for wrapping a large or oddly shaped gift, we’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!

Six ultimate gift ideas!

Not sure what to get your loved ones this holiday? We’ve got you covered with ideas for everyone on your list. For even more options, check out our complete holiday gift guide!

For the one who’s always cold- Micro Fleece Electric Blanket or Throw

With ultra-thin elements that are virtually unnoticeable, our super plush microfleece blanket uses low voltage technology to create even, toasty warmth. It also features a pre-heat and hold feature, plus ten temperature settings. If your friend or family member is forgetful, there’s a 10-hour shut off feature!

For the one who loves lazy Sundays- Ella Zip Front Lounger

Made from cozy microplush fabric, our Ella lounger has a full-length separating zipper and is elegantly styled with quilted satin trim at the collar and cuffs.

For your four-legged furry friend- Microsuede Cozy Cave Pet Bed

Give your pet an extra cozy place to rest with this innovative, uniquely designed bed. The soft micro suede cover is lined with plush, faux sherpa fur for extra warmth, and a half-circular hood creates a cozy cocoon that your pet will love to snuggle in.

For the one who’s always too hot- 700 Fill Power Temperature Regulating Comforter

Our Temperature Regulating Comforter uses hi-tech mesh fabric to transport excess warmth away from the body – preventing perspiration and bringing sleeping temperatures back to a comfortable range. Plus, during colder weather, the two-layered climate zones work as a pocket, warming the cooler air to the same temperature as your body.

For the organic lover- 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Percale Sheet Set

Our crisp percale weave is more breathable than either sateen or twill, and the soft organic cotton provides lasting peace-of-mind.

For the one who has everything- Cuddledown Gift Certificate

Finally, if you’re not quite sure what your family and friends like or need, you can’t go wrong with a Cuddledown gift certificate!

Cyber Monday- 25% off sitewide, including clearance

Save 25% off everything sitewide, including clearance items during our Cyber Monday sale*! Click the image to get the discount!

Plus, it’s the last day to save 25% storewide – including clearance merchandise – at our Freeport, Maine outlet store.

*The following rules and exceptions apply: Cyber Monday Sale includes 25% off regular and clearance items on the cuddledown.com website. Offer is valid today only 12/1/14, and ends at midnight EST. Orders containing UGG, Calida, or Cuddledown’s Gifts of Warmth items, do not qualify for discount. Previous purchases are not eligible for this promotion. Discount will be applied during checkout.

Last day to save 25% off sitewide!

Don’t miss our Black Friday weekend event with 25% off sitewide*! Take a break from the mall and make gift giving easy. Click the image below to get the discount!

*The following rules and exceptions apply: Black Friday Sale includes 25% off regularly priced items on the cuddledown.com website. Offer is valid 11/27/14 through 11/30/14 midnight EST. Orders containing UGG, Calida, Cuddledown’s Gifts of Warmth Sale items, or clearance items do not qualify for the discount. Previous purchases are not eligible for this promotion. Discount will be applied during checkout.

Black Friday Sale- 25% off online and in-store!

Why fight for a parking space? Shop from the comfort of your couch and save 25% off sitewide* ! You can skip the lines and crowds at the mall. Click the image to get the discount!

If you’re in Maine, stop by our outlet store and save 25% storewide! In addition to our regular products, our Freeport store includes some great outlet savings — up to 70% off on discontinued merchandise and one–of–a–kind samples. Plus, we offer unique gifts and other items not found in our catalog or online. And we have plenty of parking!

*The following rules and exceptions apply: Black Friday Sale includes 25% off regularly priced items on the cuddledown.com website. Offer is valid 11/27/14 through 11/30/14 midnight EST. Orders containing UGG, Calida, Cuddledown’s Gifts of Warmth Sale items, or clearance items do not qualify for the discount. Previous purchases are not eligible for this promotion. Discount will be applied during checkout.

Happy Thanksgiving- enjoy the day and save 25% online!

It’s finally the day where you can indulge in as much Turkey, pie and delicious sides as you want! It is after all, only once a year. In addition to all of the yummy food, we hope you’re enjoying Thanksgiving with friends and family- that’s what we’ll be doing! Unlike some of the big box stores, Cuddledown is closed for the day as we believe Thanksgiving is a time to relax and be home with family, but our day off isn’t going to keep you from a great sale! For our customers who want a head start on Black Friday deals, you can save 25% sitewide! It’ll be the perfect cure for your food coma. Click the image to get the discount!

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