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People spend a third of their lives in bed. It is where we begin and end our day, so why not create an inviting atmosphere to ensure good quality sleep? And even though most yachties get by on substantially less sleep than normal people, that doesn’t mean their bed’s components are any less important.The daily ritual of the “turn down” sets the mood for sleep and a pleasant end to the day onboard.
The bed is the center of attention in any cabin. The care and concern that go into choosing the mattress and cover, linens, blankets, pillows and bed covers cannot be underestimated. The choice of linens sets the foundation for restful sleep.
When choosing bed linens, most owners want the finest quality that money can buy. Egyptian cotton, aka the “King of Cotton”, is often chosen. Only 4 percent of the cotton produced in the world is certified Egyptian cotton. It represents true luxury and has its own intrinsic value.
Certified Egyptian cotton is grown exclusively in Egypt, and producers go to great lengths to ensure that it is grown from top-quality plants and processed using the highest production standards. One hundred percent Egyptian cotton sheets are top-of-the-line in every respect. Look for 100 percent combed cotton in a variety of weaves for a finer sheet. Single-ply sheets of between 400-600 thread count are quite luxurious.
Regular care of linens
The frequency of laundering is a personal preference, but it is generally recommended to launder them at least weekly. Washing too frequently breaks down fabrics.
Pillows are a very personal choice. Whether you are a side sleeper, stomach sleeper, or back sleeper, the right type and quality of pillows matter. Protectors should be used to cover them and prolong their life. Covers should be washed at least once per month and pillows should be washed several times per year. Most pillows are machine-washable, but always check the care labels. Use a mild detergent, no fabric softener, and rinse a second time to be sure all detergent is removed.
Dry on the air fluff or low heat cycle. Use a dryer ball to fluff out the fill and prevent clumping.
The bed cover is important in creating the atmosphere of a room. You may use a blanket topped by a comforter with a duvet cover, or a bedspread, or you may have a separate “presentation” cover that is removed and stored daily. If you are using a duvet and cover, the duvet should be washed regularly. Check the care label and follow directions, or send out for professional cleaning. Be sure bed covers are fully dried and fluffed. Do not store in plastic.
A mattress cover protects the mattress from dust and perspiration, which will cause deterioration. The cover should be washed at least once per month. (Yes, crew, this means yours, too) If mattresses are rotated, it cuts down on wear. A very high quality mattress should last decades. Most midrange or foam mattresses should be replaced more frequently, as they lose cushioning and accumulate dust and mites.
Since we spend so much of our lives in bed (or wish we could) it is well worth it to make it luxurious, comfortable and inviting. Sweet dreams!
Alene Keenan is lead instructor of yacht interior courses at Maritime Professional Training in Ft. Lauderdale. She shares her experience from more than 20 years as a stew in her book, “The Yacht Guru’s Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht”, available at createspace.com/5377000 and on amazon.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.