2 - 3 Days Shipping Available || Call or chat us: 415 - 432 - 7611 || hello@3hlinen.com
3HLinen Inc. sewing studio works for you during global quarantine!
0 Cart
Added to Cart
    You have items in your cart
    You have 1 item in your cart
      Total

      Blog

      How to choose the right bed skirt

           Have you ever thought of adding something new to your bedroom, but didn’t know where to start? The bed skirts, or you may also know them as dust ruffles, can help you to refresh your bedroom’s look and make your bed a comfy cloud which you wanna come back to after a long day at work.

           In fact, a bed skirt and a dust ruffle aren’t actually the same thing. While dust ruffle is supposed to be equipped with a stretchable band around the top, so it fits around the box springs tightly and is kept in place by the band, the bed skirt has a fabric body (also called decking) that is to be inserted between the mattress and the box spring. 

           Based on our experience we choose bed skirts with fabric body (decking) since they fit the bed much better.

           Bed skirts come in various colors, patterns, and sizes. They can be ruffled, tailored, pleated, with split or pleated corners, with lining or no lining at all. Pretty overwhelming, huh? But don’t worry, with this useful guide to the world of bed skirts it will be easy for you to choose the right one.

           WHAT BED SKIRT STYLE TO CHOOSE

           Let’s start with the style of a bed skirt. We have 3 options here: ruffled or tailored.

           A classic tailored linen bed skirt will help you to create a modern look that won’t distract all the attention from your other bed linens. If you want to create a classy simple look you might just want to go with a not pleated version of this bed skirt. However, if you want to add a dash of elegance to your bed skirt’s style, the skirt with pleats on the sides or even on both sides and corners is the one you should go for.

           If you decided to go for the light and more see-through colors, such as white, off-white, or cream, make sure the skirt has a lining underneath it so that the base of the bed won’t be seen through the fabric.     

           If you want to bring to your space a sense of some sophisticated and romantic style, the bed skirt with gathered ruffles will be a perfect fit. It can be successfully used with any bed linens while adding a graceful and shabby chic note to your bedroom.

           Another style of bed skirts that becomes more and more popular these days is the oversized one. It will go well even with Industrial interiors, which classic bed skirts will not fit and bring a sense of ease and comfort to your house.

          HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE

           After you made up your mind about the style of the bed skirt, it’s time to choose the right size. The right size is key to the perfect look of the bed skirt. You may choose from the standard sizes such as Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and CalKing. And of course, we know that not all of us have standard-size beds, that’s why we are always ready to help our customers to turn their dreams into reality and create something individual and special for them.

      WHAT DROP SIZE DO I NEED?

           Choosing the right drop size will determine if the bed skirt will hang properly on your bed and create the desired atmosphere in your bedroom! And measuring the drop is actually much easier than it looks – using the tapeline just measure the distance from the top of your box spring to the floor.

            If you’d like the valance of your ruffled bed skirt to lay on the floor - add 2-3 inches to your measurement for the more relaxed look of your bed skirt. Otherwise, take just an amount measured. As for the tailored bed skirt, there is no need to add some extra inches to the drop length, just go with the initial measurement.

      DO I NEED SPLIT CORNERS OR NOT?

           If your you have a footboard, then the answer is “Yes”, you do need a split-corner bed skirt as it hides the underside of the bed and allows the skirt to fit around the posts of the footboard. Otherwise – no, the split corners are not actually needed.

      HOW DO I PUT THE BED SKIRT ON?

           After bringing your brand new bed skirt home we recommend ironing it first for a while to soften the fabric and eliminate the wrinkles. You can also speed up your ironing and make it much easier by spraying some water onto the fabric.

           Then remove your mattress, place the skirt on the top of your bed’s box spring, and then place the mattress back on the bed. And voilà! The installation is complete and now you can make up the bed with the rest of your bed linens and enjoy the magic.

                 CAN I HAVE A BED SKIRT FOR AN ADJUSTABLE BED?

           For those of you, who have an adjustable bed, we recommend to choose the bed skirt with no decking and just attach the skirt around the top to your bed frame using Velcro (self-adhesive Velcro strips). If you have a bed with two separate bases that move independently of each other we recommend purchasing 2 smaller bed skirts, for each of the bed parts. Message us about your bed type - we will be glad to create a tailor-made bed skirt just for you.

      The ultimate guide to choose your drapes

      We receive a lot of messages from customers about curtains: some of you are confused about choosing the style, other doubt if they measure the panel size correctly. Based on your FAQ we created a set of posts to help in choosing the right draperies. Below are the topics that we plan to cover:

      1. Interior styles
      2. What is the difference between curtain’s headings?
      3. Length - how to measure
      4. Width
      5. Functional features (darkening)
       

       

      1. Interior Styles

       

      Curtains are those part of interior that connects multiple pieces into one idea and represents the mood of the room. However, many find it difficult to choose among the variety of draperies, here are some tips with what to start.

      Linen (made of flax plant) is the material which itself is associated with such interior styles as:

      • Farmhouse (modern farmhouse)
      • Minimalist
      • Industrial
      • French country
      • Rustic

      However other interior styles will nicely pair with the linen, you just need to add particular accents, for example – choose proper panel top (heading).

      Below you will find what is the difference between different headings, how they may change the look.

       

      2. What is the difference between curtains headings?

       

      Rod pocket . The top of the panel has the “pocket” where you can easily pull the rod. Standard pocket size is 2.8” and it is suitable for the rod till 2”.

      Choose this style for the places where you do not need to close and open the drapes each day, or use tie backs to hold the panels when they are opened.

      Tie backs come with each panel in our store.

      Romantic look creates rod pocket curtain with additional heading. Standard heading width is 2”.

       

       Tab top heading is perfect accent for modern farmhouse or rustic room styles. White colour panels look fabulous in Scandinavian interior.

      It’s very easy to hang and even more easier to move, close and open it as many times as you wish.

       

      Hidden tabs or back tabs create classic look and make accurate folding (similar to the one with eyelets). Curtain panel top will be perfect for contemporary, modern or coastal interior.

      Standard hidden tabs fit the rod up to 2 “ thick.

       

       

       

      Eyelet curtains are very easy to hang and move. Eyelets are available in several metallic colors, which help to create additional accents in the room: industrial, modern or rustic design. The rings have an internal diameter of 1,4” and are suitable for poles with a diameter of up to 1,2”.

      Colors: chrome, bronze, silver, gold, white and black.

       

       

      Knot curtain panels is a boho (bohemian) style alternative to classic farmhouse tabs. Feature knots on the top. Perfect for Canopy beds as well.

      Knots add approx. 9 inches to the total curtain panel length.

       

       

       

      Top tie curtain panels. Ties are long enough to accommodate even very thick rod and to tie a nice bow.

      Usually they do not add any inches to the curtain length, unless they are tied in a relaxed look.

      Perfect for contemporary or shabby chic interiors, also used to dress four posts canopy beds.

       

      Panels for rings and hooks

      If you have the rings with hooks (for example N-hooks), then we attach the tape to the back side of the hooks. Modern tapes allow to gather the panel according to your wish and imagination:

      • S-fold curtain
      • Pencil pleat curtains
      • Pinch Pleat
      • Goblet Pleat

       

      Panels for rings and clips

      The top of the panel features accurate hem that will allow you to hang the panel. Choose this top for café curtains or small size panels, since the linen is rather heavy and larger panels especially lined ones may be challenging to make hanging with the clips.

       

       

       

      What is the best material for bed sheets?

      Choosing the right material to sleep on is a final step in making your bed really comfortable. Even once you’ve decided to go for natural fabrics you still have an important decision to make – to choose among two of the most common natural bedding materials: linen and cotton.

      Both of these fibers have their own distinctive feel and benefits, so how to choose one over the other? Here are some of their key differences that will help you make the right decision.

      Linen VS Cotton. What’s the difference?

      Linen

      Linen is the world’s strongest natural fiber and is often regarded as the best quality material to sleep in. It is derived from the flax plant that goes through a lengthy production process to become an end-product for your bed.

      Linen has a lot of benefits and is famous for its balance between its strength and the ability to become softer after each wash. Linen is one of the best breathable fabrics, it can keep you cool in summer and won’t let you get cold in winter.

      The top flax growing countries in the world are France, Belgium, Italy, and Lithuania. They have the perfect climate conditions to grow it and produce the highest quality natural fibers that will be then turned into cozy linen sheets for your bedroom.

      Cotton

      Cotton is the other kind of natural material that is commonly used for bedding. Cotton is a soft natural fiber that gets its strength from spinning the fiber into yarn and then weaving the yarn into fabric. Cotton is breathable and moisture-wicking fabric, also because of the softness it’s really comfortable material to sleep in.

      The process of producing cotton is relatively easy compared to the linen process so that cotton textiles tend to be lower priced.

      The most common delusion about cotton is that the higher the thread count is, the higher the quality is. But what is actually the best thread count? In fact, the thread count itself only contributes up to 10% of a finished bedding product. Other factors that are much more important to measure the quality of the fabric include the species and quality of the source cotton, the country of origin, the yarning technique and finishing materials.

      We will get to these factors in our upcoming posts.

      Why choose Linen?

      Durable and strong

      Linen is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber. Not only is linen thicker than cotton, but it is also 30% stronger than cotton, that makes the linen bed sheets being more durable and lasts a lot longer.

      Able to soften after each wash

      High-quality cotton is inevitably softer than linen, especially within the first six months of purchase. However, high-quality linen becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash without losing its durability. Most linens that are used for bedding products (like Scottie’s) are high quality and are also ‘stonewashed’, which makes linen look more elegant and be even softer than usual.

      Highly breathable

      Linen is a natural insulator. It has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties that make linen a good conductor of warmth and a popular fabric to use for clothing or bedding in the summer.

      More environmentally friendly

      The cultivation and manufacturing of flax are environmentally friendly and require less irrigation, pesticides, and energy than most other fibers, including cotton. For example, the flax plant, from which linen is derived, requires only 1/5 of the pesticides and fertilizers that cotton requires.

      Naturally hypoallergenic

      Because linen is a natural fiber (so is cotton too) it is hypoallergenic, meaning that it is great for people who suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin, so they won’t need to worry about having an allergic reaction when touching the fabric or sleeping on it.

      Absorb moisture

      Linen has an incredible ability of moisture absorption and can absorb up to 20% of its weight before beginning to feel damp or wet. 

      10 Reasons to Love Linen Bedding

      Linen bedding is widely considered to be luxurious. Why is that? Why many celebrities, 5-star hotels, and restaurants choose linen bed sheets, pillows, and duvets? Why linen is considered by many to be the ultimate material for bedding?

      Made from flax fibers, linen has been grown for thousands of years and is one of the world’s oldest fabrics. For many decades before people have known and appreciated the unusual qualities of linen. So what are they?

      The Advantages of Pure Linen Bedding:

      – Because of its unique filtering, bacteria resistance, ventilating, moisture absorbing anti-static and evaporating capabilities, linen bed sheets are known as anti-allergic and are recommended for people with allergies and skin diseases.

      – A linen sheet has the capability of resisting dirt and other microbes.

      – Linen bedding has a light massaging effect because of the microscopic breaks throughout the fabric.

      – Linen is a highly breathable fabric – makes you warm in the winter and keeps cool in the summer.

      – Linen can absorb as much as 20% of its weight before beginning to feel damp or wet and always having a pleasant, fresh, cool feeling when touched or slept on.

      – It is anti-static and can even help soften and preserve the skin due to its naturally low pH balance.

      – Linen sheets a nice feature of becoming softer after each wash without losing its durability and strength.

      – Linen bedding is twice as durable as cotton bedding and can last the decades (an investment).

      – It is environmentally friendly – the cultivation and manufacturing of flax don't cause a lot of harm to the planet and all the flax used to make linen is can be reused in other ways.

      – To own bedsheets of pure linen is certainly a status symbol… a choice and reflection of a more prestigious lifestyle (and always has been).

      And it's not the end of this list, but isn't what we mention enough to convince you what is best natural fiber for your magically swift and restful sleep?! Try linen bedding from 3HLinen – it is well known for its marvelous design and high quality.

      Bring yourself the sheer comfort, peace of mind, a refreshing sleep, and overall better health and wellbeing with this 100% linen sheets. They are totally worth it!

      See you at our store!