Articles from November 2010

Sofa Beds ~ The Perfect Solution for Limited Space

Moving into a new house or apartment can be exciting. Figuring out where to put your belongings can be a bit unsettling though, not to mention where or how you will accommodate overnight guests when the time comes. For tight spaces, consider obtaining a sofa bed. Perfect for the common areas, game rooms, studies, or for new families whose bedroom space comes at a premium, you’ll be able to provide accommodations for overnight guests while saving space for your children’s needs and your daily affairs. Sturdier and more elegant than a futon, it’s easy to find one that looks great and fits your budget. There are also slip covers to match various sizes for just the right touch to your new home.

There are many styles available to fit your comfort and space needs. Several sizes are displayed, often including possible upgrades for mattresses to suit your soft or firm preferences. Most commonly you will find Full size or Queen size mattresses that typically come standard with sofa beds, but there are a few new options that have recently hit the market that are selling fast. These new additions include Queen (60×80), Olympic Queen (66×80), and now King (76×80) sizes, and also feature upgrade mattress options. Many sofa beds come equipped with additional storage space in hidden compartments to store linens, pillows, and blankets. Now that you’ve found your space saving solution, it’s time to find the right linens that will fit your new sofa bed.

Finding properly fitting sofa bed sheets can be challenging at first, especially since the standard Full and Queen size sofa beds are not the same measurement as the conventional Full and Queen beds. Although the width is the same as the conventional sizes, the length is shorter at 72” each.  The mattress depth is also quite shallow in comparison to standard beds. Most sofa bed mattresses are four to six inches deep, so even if you have a standard size Queen, Olympic Queen or King size sofa bed, the conventional deep pocket sheets sold in department stores will make for a sloppy fit with a lot of bunching in the sleep surface.

So where do you find properly fitting sofa bed sheets?

Cozytown Linens offers a variety of sofa bed sheets as well as sofa bed mattress pads that are designed specifically for sofa beds. If you happen to have an older style with the uncomfortable support bar on the underside, a foam sofa bed mattress pad is a great way to give new life to an old mattress, allowing your guests a more restful night’s sleep. And to help protect your hard earned investment you may want to consider a waterproof sofa cover.

Whether you are considering purchasing a new sofa bed or have an existing one, spending a little more money on properly fitting sofa bed linens is a wise investment. You and your  guests will be glad you did.

Be King of Your Bedroom with Eastern King Sheets

With all of the different bed sizes being offered on the market these days, finding just the right size sheets for your bed can sometimes be challenging. For example, when it comes to Standard King, Eastern King, and California King mattresses, so many people are left scratching their head when it is time to buy new bed sheets.

Eastern King vs. Standard King vs. California King

Many believe that the California King mattress is the largest, however by square inch the Eastern King is actually the largest of all three. That is only part of the story though. The California King is longer and narrower; the Eastern King and Standard King are shorter but wider. Here are the measurements:

Standard King Size Mattress: 76 inches wide x 80 inches long.

Eastern King Size Mattress: 78 inches wide x 80 inches long.

Western (California) King Size Mattress: 72 inches wide x 84 inches long.

With the size difference between the Eastern King and California King beds, I have to wonder what the bed manufacturers are trying to tell us. Do they assume that Californians are tall and slender and the folks on the East Coast are short and wide? What’s up with that?

It’s not really a question of which size is better, but which one is right for you. Often individuals over 6’ tall prefer the California King due to the extra length. Also, having limited space in a bedroom may be another reason to consider the California King over an Eastern King size bed since the width of the Cal King is a little wider than a Queen, yet not the full width of the Standard and Eastern King. For those couples and individuals who prefer to have more room to stretch out, the Eastern King or Standard King is often preferred. To find out which type you have you can always check the tag, or if the tag is missing (uh-oh, did you remove the tag that says “do not remove”) you can always measure the mattress to be sure of its size.

So Where Do You Find Eastern King Bed Sheets?

Sometimes Eastern King and California King sheets are difficult to find because mattresses of other sizes are much more common. Typically, department stores only carry sheets for the Standard King, leaving the California King and Eastern King Sheets to be found only in specialty bedding stores. And if you are looking for a specific look, thread count, or fabric, it can make an already difficult task even more challenging. So to help you with your bedding needs, we offer all of the wonderfully durable and comfortable Eastern King and California King Sheets you could possibly want, with colors galore to match your décor. And best of all, they are made right here in the USA!