Articles from December 2011

Antique Beds No Longer an Item of the Past

Antique beds, once relegated to basements and attics as family relics, are making a major comeback. Whether for their smaller, yet comfortable size, the beautiful design, detail and craftsmanship they normally possess, or for their sentimental value, these beds are quickly becoming increasingly popular for small bedrooms and guest rooms.

An antique bed, also called a ¾ bed or ¾ full, typically measures 48 inches wide by 75 inches long. This means that it retains the length of a conventional full-size bed but is actually six inches narrower. This particular size is a big part of its appeal, since it can fit comfortably into smaller bedrooms, allowing for cozy, elegant room design that is not completely manipulated by either a too-small or too-large bed. The size is also similar to that of the beds installed in RVs. However, RV beds are usually longer, measuring 80 inches long, instead of 75. They do retain the same width of 48 inches.

Since many antique beds have been passed Antique Bed Linensdown through the years within a family, most people either have a frame with a very old mattress or just the antique bed frame. Replacement mattresses must be custom-ordered due to their unconventional size. There are a few manufacturers in the United States that specialize in custom-made mattresses, and orders for this size mattress are on the increase.
Once the bed is outfitted with a correctly-fitting mattress, the next step is acquiring ¾ bed sheets to fit this special size. Because of its unconventional size, ¾ size bed sheets are not easily found in department stores. That’s where Cozytown Linens can help. We offer 3/4 sheets and mattress pads to fit antique beds in the ¾ full size (48 x 75), as well as ¾ xl full (48 x 80), the common size used in RV’s. With several fabrics and colors to choose from, you will be sure to find the perfect ¾ size bedding to match your lifestyle and décor. And best of all, they are made right here in the USA!

We Are Who We Choose To Be

The other day as I was sitting at my computer, my seven year old son came up to me and said, “You are who you choose to be”, as he positioned his way onto my lap. To him it was just a casual passing statement, but I was quite stunned that such profound words came out of the mouth of a seven year old. I asked him where he heard that saying and he so matter-of-factly replied, “Spiderman.” He’s always been a Spiderman fan, so I was delighted that his cartoon hero was planting good seeds in his mind — seeds we could water, seeds that would hopefully grow into nourishing food for his soul. We Are Who We Choose To Be

Isn’t it true that we are who we choose to be?  From the moment we wake up in the morning, we begin making choices, and those choices influence not only ourselves and our future, but loved ones and everyone we come in contact with.

We choose to encourage or tear down, to love or to hate, to accept what God has placed in front of us, or grumble about our circumstances. We choose to smile or frown, be positive or negative. We choose to pursue our dreams or do nothing at all, and we choose to enrich the lives of others, or only our own.

Our entire life is full of choices and the choices we make determine the person we become.

Who will we choose to be?

Feather Beds vs. Fiber Bed Mattress Toppers

Getting a relaxing, refreshing night’s rest is not only about the mattress. Sheets with high-thread counts, large, fluffy pillows and bed toppers can all be part of the equation to turn the bed into the perfect resting spot. If added comfort is the goal, a luxurious bed topper is the answer. Bed toppers can be either feather beds or fiber beds. Each option has different benefits, but once the correct one is chosen, the end-result is the same: a more comfortable bed for optimal rest. Feather Bed verses Fiber Bed

Feather beds are made either from 100 percent feathers or a mixture of snow-white feathers and down. This fill material allows feather beds to provide additional warmth, an added benefit for the cold months. Some feather beds are large enough that they create the illusion of a cocoon to sleep in, not on, when placed on the bed. Though the styles and thickness of each feather bed varies, most styles tend to be between two and three inches thick.

Fiber beds are made with polyester fill so that they are hypo-allergenic, providing the coziness of an old fashioned featherbed without the allergy worries.

Both hypo-allergenic fiber beds and feather bed toppers vary in size and weight. Weight is either calculated in pounds or ounces, and the higher weight is an indication of higher quality. They each are available in a variety of fabric coverings and thread counts.

Whether your goal is to revive an old mattress or create a luxurious sleeping environment, a feather or fiber bed is a great investment.