So you’re thinking about updating your bed sheets. That is a fantastic decision. New, quality bed sheets brighten up the bedroom without breaking the bank, while elevating your comfort and make you feel as though you are spending your nights in a luxury hotel, every night. While nice sheets might be an investment, they are a worthy one.
Bamboo bed sheets are newer to the market than say, Egyptian cotton or linen, but do not underestimate these fabulous sheets! They are naturally antimicrobial, and woven into rayon textile from bamboo materials, these organic bamboo sheets (queen bamboo sheets for the purposes of this page) are eco-friendly because they are made from natural sustainable materials. So tonight, sleep easy (pun intended) knowing you’re doing more for the environment than you did yesterday.
The Most Comfortable Sleep
In addition to being eco-friendly, bamboo sheets are also moisture-wicking for ideal comfort, whether you’re taking a quick afternoon nap or getting ready for your nightly slumber. If you or your significant either run especially hot at night–somehow our bodies have the ability to turn into an absolute furnace!–then you’ll be happy to know that these work exceptionally well at regulating body temperature and ensuring you have a delightfully comfortable sleep. Those of us who suffer with our bodies overheating understand the nightly sleeping struggle.
Because of their luxurious, subtle sheen to the fabric, and an oh so soft feel, once you treat yourself to a set of queen bamboo sheets, you’ll wish you had bought them yesterday!
Because they are made of natural fibers, you have to be a little bit more careful when caring for your bamboo sheets so you can keep them shiny and soft for years (or decades) to come.
First, while we are all tempted to use laundry detergents with harsh chemicals that promise to get all the stains out, you should be aware that detergents like these (Oxiclean and bleaches, for example) can be too abrasive for your bamboo sheets.
Instead, use a mild detergent or go eco-friendly and make your own, DIY detergent at home. Try shredding one regular bar of soap and mixing it with half a cup of borax and half a cup of baking soda. Store in an airtight container and use one tablespoon for small washes, more if heavily soiled or larger washes. Make sure to always wash on cold, or warm if you must. Washing your bamboo sheets on hot might cause them to shrink or otherwise ruin their shape.
Don’t use fabric softener. It might seem like a good idea, but it’s actually counterintuitive; bamboo sheets are already very soft and using softener wears down their natural fiber, causing them to change their texture and become rougher. Line dry if you can to avoid pilling, but if you must use the dryer, make sure to always dry on low. Otherwise, make sure to follow the care instructions on each bamboo sheet package you buy.
Where do you stand on the bed making debate? Some people cannot leave their home in the morning without every sheet stretched out over the mattress, every pillow fluffed, every wrinkle smoothed out. They like the sense of peace and organization it gives them, and it’s very relaxing to come home to a house where at least the beds are made.
Meanwhile, others do not have the time for such an organized morning routine. In between coffee, breakfast, and getting ready for work they hardly have any time before they run out the door. Making the bed, for them, is an evening routine.
Whichever team you fall on, there is definitely something to be said for sliding into a well-made bed with crisp, clean sheets that aren’t bunching up under you. So how do you make the bed to ensure maximum comfort all night?
Well first, you can buy a fitted sheet that goes around your mattress. Simply make sure the fitted edges go on snuggly around your mattress and voila, you’re done. Easy peasy.
OR you can be even cooler and do hospital corners. Don’t be intimated. They might be scary to do at first because of all the folding and tucking involved, but they really are the best way to fit sheets onto a mattress. And the reason?
Nobody really knows how they came to be called hospital corners–the earliest mention of them comes in a letter in the 1800s–but they’re widely used in hospitals and the military because, if done right, the sheets should stay fit and tight through a turbulent night of tossing and turning. They’re more effective than fitted sheets, even.
To learn how to effectively make hospital corners, watch the video provided and follow along. Once you’ve achieved the pyramid the video describes, you know you’re good to go. If you mess up, don’t be afraid to fail and try again! One piece of advice, get a sheet that’s bigger than your mattress so you have enough fabric to work with. So, for example, if you have a full sized bed, you should get bamboo queen sheets.
As to how to fold fitted sheets–although, really, most of us just wash our sheets, dry them, and put them right back on the bed to avoid this dreaded task!–this is how it’s done:
- Turn the sheet inside out.
- Drape the sheet over your arms, so that your hands fit inside two corners, lengthwise.
- Now this is the tricky part. Move your right hand over to your left. Fold the right corner on the left one. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR LEFT HAND FROM UNDER THE CORNERS.
- Run your right hand along the edges of the sheet, once you reach the third corner, fold that over your left hand as well.
- Repeat until you have all four corners folded over. Your corners should now make an L-shape.
- Move to a table (or the bed) and fold in thirds or fourths.
Happy bed making!