How do I choose and accessorize a bedding ensemble?
Whether you want to create a complete look for your bedroom or just add a few accent items, The Company Store has something for everyone. Here's how to get started:
|1.||Select your comforter first; its size makes it the focal point of your bedroom. If you're on a budget and have an existing comforter that's in good shape and you just want to update the pattern, a duvet or comforter cover (a "pillowcase" for your comforter) can be an affordable choice. Just make sure you choose a comforter cover that's darker than your current comforter so the colors don't show through, and the size that fits.|
|2.||Choose three sets of sheets. An easy rule of thumb is one set on the bed, one in the closet and one in the laundry. A set of sheets usually includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases (twin sets include one pillowcase). Two sets should match the comforter because these sheets will be washed often and rotating them will make them last longer. Add a set of coordinating solids for seasonal changes and mix and match possibilities.|
|3.||Mix two styles with accessory pieces. Add a bedskirt, decorative pillows, shams or a table round to accentuate a particular color, or to mix and match.|
|4.||Don't forget the basics...a coordinating blanket, mattress pad, pillows (don't forget the extra pillows for your shams!) and a comforter cover are always useful.|
|5.||Remember your guests. Whether it's an extra bedroom or a pull-out couch that needs a more inviting look for overnight guests, choose any of the above suggestions to create a tastefully decorated, comfortable sleeping area anywhere in your home.|
Bedroom Basics Checklist, per bed:
|•||1 to 2 comforters|
|•||1 comforter cover|
|•||3 sets of sheets per comforter (2 matching sets, 1 set of coordinating solids)|
|•||1 to 2 mattress pads|
|•||2 to 4 pillow shams|
|•||1 to 2 blankets (1 lightweight and 1 winter weight)|
|•||2 to 4 decorative pillows|
|•||accent furniture and decorative accessories|
What does thread count mean and why is it important?
Thread count helps determine the quality of the sheet and is simply the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. Quality sheeting begins at 180 threads per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the "hand" or feel of the sheet and the more pill resistant it will be. Look for the word "percale", which means the sheet has a thread count of 180 or higher. The Company Store sheets range from 200 to 340 thread count, a silky soft luxurious feel.
Should I choose cotton or blend sheets?
It is truly a matter of personal choice. There is no better or worse choice, no right or wrong decision. Cotton is often chosen because it's a natural fabric and feels cooler and softer to the touch. Blends of polyester and cotton are popular because they are more wrinkle-resistant. You can further reduce wrinkling by not drying your sheets with heavy items such as towels, and by removing them from the dryer and folding them while they are still warm.
What are the different types of materials used in sheets and accessories sold by The Company Store?
Our bedding products are made of a variety of materials, mostly different types of cottons. Here's a handy glossary of terms to guide you when selecting our products:
|•||Combed Cotton: Cotton fibers are obtained from the seed of a cotton plant. Combing separates the long, desirable fibers from the short, immature fibers to create a stronger, smoother yarn.|
|•||Egyptian Cotton: Cotton grown exclusively in Egypt and the longest fiber staple in the world. This means less linting, more durability, more luster and a softer feel.|
|•||Flannel: 100% cotton fabric brushed on both sides for softness and warmth.|
|•||Knit: A very soft, relaxed cotton fabric that feels like a t-shirt. Not as warm as flannel, but Jersey knits will keep you cozy in the wintertime.|
|•||Percale: Cotton or blend sheeting of 180 threads per square inch or higher.|
|•||Sateen: Woven fabric with a smooth surface and lustrous sheen that resembles satin. These super-smooth sheets frequently have thread counts of 220 and above.|
|•||Silk: The softest and most luxurious of all bed linens, silk is surprisingly also the strongest. It's also lightweight and keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.|
What bedding sizes do you offer? Do you sell bedding for hard-to-fit beds?
At The Company Store, we sell bedding for a wide variety of sizes: daybeds, bunk beds, twin (adult and children's bedding), full, queen, king, and California king, deep pocket, extra-long twin, and supersize comforters. In fact, we will custom make any shape you like! You wouldn't be the first that asked about sheets for your round bed!
How should I care for my The Company Store bedding products?
To keep your The Company Store bed linens in great shape and help them last longer, follow these simple guidelines:
|•||Your sheets will last longer if you follow the "three set rule": one set on the bed, one in the linen closet and one in the laundry. This way, your sheets can last three times as long, because each set will be laundered less frequently than a single set would be.|
|•||To brighten your white sheets, you don't need to do what they did decades ago -- laying sheets on the grass at dawn for the morning dew and sunshine to work their magic. Today, you can simply add 1/4 cup lemon juice to the wash cycle. Then, line dry sheets in the sun to increase the whitening effect.|
|•||Be sure to wash brand new sheets before putting them on your bed. Machine wash according to the instructions on the care label with similar colors and then tumble dry on medium heat.|
|•||If you store your linens in a wooden chest, line it with muslin or acid-free paper to prevent the wood from staining the sheets. To deter moths, fill a muslin pouch with dried lavender flowers, rosemary leaves and cedar chips.|
I bought some items from a bedding ensemble you've offered previously, but I don't see it on your Web site or in your current catalogs. How can I find out if the pattern is still available?
Our bedding collection varies with the seasons, with many of our popular patterns reappearing as the seasons change. During the summer, you might not see our full flannel collection, and you probably won't see our summer theme prints in mid-winter. Generally speaking, you will find most of our currently available patterns on our Web site unless they are out of stock.
Occasionally, highly popular merchandise becomes unavailable. While we do our best to restock as quickly as possible, sometimes we are unable to offer specific items again once they are sold out. Therefore, we will suggest similar items or comparable products in their place.
If you've previously purchased an ensemble that you don't see on our site or in our catalog anymore, call us at 1-800-289-8508 or send us an email at email@example.com, with the name of the pattern or as much descriptive information as you can, as well as the specific pieces you're interested in. We'll do our best to find them for you. We frequently do special orders for our customers, but please be aware it can take some time for us to fulfill the request. Many of our customers agree it's worth the wait!
Does The Company Store sell accessories that coordinate with your bedding products?
Of course! Our merchandising team searches the world over for unique items that coordinate with our bedding and bath ensembles, home furnishings, and more. You'll also find plenty of top-quality stand-alone items that will look beautiful with household furnishings you already own. To view our suggestions, click on the Shop TCS tab at the bottom of the page, then click on View Recent Catalog to take a peek at our catalog with suggestions for coordinating bedding products.
What is The Company Store "Lifetime" guarantee?
All products manufactured in our La Crosse, WI factory are covered by our Lifetime Guarantee. These products may be returned at any time (certain exclusions apply). We will gladly offer you an exchange, refund or merchandise credit (excluding delivery and service charges). Look for this symbol throughout the catalog and website which indicates the product carries a Lifetime Guarantee.