What to look for when choosing bedroom and bath products
At the end of a hectic day, you'd love to have a place to unwind. With cozy bedding, plush bath towels and more, you can transform your bedroom and bath into a relaxing hotel-style retreat. Here's what to look for when shopping for bed and bath products.
A comfortable bed starts with high-quality sheets. When purchasing sheets consider thread count, which is the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. A higher thread count offers a softer feel, but a finer weave also means less durability. For a blend of softness and durability, look for sheets with a thread count between 200 and 800 made from single-ply, pima cotton yarns. In addition, sheets with a Percale weave offer a crisp, hotel-like feel and they are ultra-breathable, ensuring comfortable sleep in summer or winter.
If you're shopping for a comforter, look for one with the proper fill. Down comforters are made from the fine feathers of ducks or geese, and while they are toasty-warm, these products are also very lightweight. Comforters made with synthetic fill (aka alternative down) make a good choice if you have allergies, and they are budget-friendly and easy to clean. For an extra money-saving option, consider a bedding set featuring sheets and a comforter.
After a warm shower, it's nice to dry off with a soft, fluffy bath towel. For durable, quick-drying bath towels, choose products made with a blend of cotton and polyester. Spend a little bit more for bath towels made from 100 percent Egyptian or pima cotton. These products are super-absorbent, extra-soft and resistant to wrinkling, fading, pilling and tearing.
A shower curtain can transform the style of your bathroom. With a wide variety of colors and patterns available, it's easy to find one that reflects your personal style. If you're looking for a low-maintenance, waterproof shower curtain, purchase one made from vinyl. If you want a more luxurious look, shop for a fabric shower curtain made from polyester, microfiber or a cotton-poly blend, and pair it with a vinyl liner.
To find the perfect shower rod, measure your opening and purchase a product in the appropriate size. For long-lasting style, choose a wall-mounted, adjustable shower rod in a straight or curved design. A double-curved rod offers a home for your shower curtain and a place for a liner or damp towels. If you prefer quick and easy setup, choose a tension shower rod. For your convenience, adjustable mounted rods and tension rods come in many sizes, spanning 24 to 86 inches.
There are shower hooks in a variety of styles to suit your personal taste. For functional hooks that won't come off the rod, choose a metal ""V"" design in a gold, silver or bronze hue with a hinge opening. Look for products that guarantee no rusting, and choose beaded hooks for a smooth, easy glide over the shower rod. Hinged hooks also come in a round shape and are available in metal or plastic.
If you're looking for decorative shower hooks, you can choose between ball, button or T-bar designs, and you can find sets with a shower rod to match. Decorative products with a double hook hold a curtain and a liner, making it a snap to change out your shower curtain for varying seasons and holidays.
A bath rug offers a blend of style and function. It can enhance the look and feel of your bathroom, and it absorbs water after a shower or bath. For the best absorbency, choose a cotton bath rug, and pick a chenille rug for an extra-wet bathroom, as this material is more resistant to water damage than cotton. If you're looking for extra durability for a high-traffic bathroom, choose a bath rug made from polyester or nylon. Before you make your purchase, measure your space to get a rug that fits to scale. If you are elderly or have small children, consider a bath rug with a non-slip lining.
More bed and bath products
Luxurious living spaces require attention to detail. Hunt for even more products to make your bed and bath hotel-chic:
- Duvets and duvet covers
- Bed pillows
- Pillow shams
- Hand towels
- Bath soaps
- Soap dispensers
- Decorative bins