Are you wondering about what items to include, when you're registering for linens? There are some neat gift ideas that are a no-miss bride pleaser. What are they? Sheets, blankets and towels, are just a few of the great items you should include into your gift registry. These linens serve a dual purpose in that, they help to keep you warm and dry, while adding a touch of decor to your bedroom and bathroom, not to mention, these are easy room transformations!
Sheets generally have a thread count that ranges from 100 to more than a thousand. However, a high thread count doesn't necessarily mean that the sheets will be softer or long lasting. As an example, jersey knits, flannel and linen can all have a lower thread count than more expensive varieties and yet be softer.
When registering for linens, you'll want to go to a department store to see what they have. You should then touch the fabric to see if it is soft and what are the care instruction. Remember, you'll be spending a lot of time in bed, so make sure to select sheets that are soft and comfortable against your skin. Once you've found a few sets, you can then register for at least three, although four would be best - one for the bed, two for the closet and one for the laundry.
Blankets are not only fashionable statement pieces for your bed, but they are wonderful to cuddle-up in. They come in many fabrics, of course, from machine-washable acrylic to super-luxurious cashmere and silk. When registering for linens, I suggest that you consider including at least one summer-weight wool, like 100% merino, this is a good item for those cooler nights during the Summer.
Regardless of what the weather is doing, you'll definitely be needing pillows!
Pillows are available in down, feather-and-down combinations, poly dacron or in viscoelastic foam, which molds to the shape of your head. As for which to buy? This is purely a personal choice (although if you or guests have allergies, you will have to take this into consideration when choosing pillows), as well as the level of fill (soft or firm). As for how many you should include when you're registering for linens? You may want to have at least five on hand, more if you're a multiple pillow sleeper.
Looking for something toasty to keep you both warm during the winter nights? Comforters are the perfect solution for this and a great gift to receive! They may be filled with either down, feathers or alternatives - usually polyester. Like with pillows, consider possible allergens. A good tip to remove dust, is to aerate down feather comforters and pillows in a cool dryer with a sneaker (old and clean) tossed in. Although, I personally love down feather comforters, if you really want to get them clean, you will usually have to have them dry cleaned and it will end-up smelling like chemicals; this is why I prefer poly-filled instead. But again, its about preference.
Another neat tip that will prolong the cleanliness of your down feather comforter is to add comforter covers, also known as duvet covers, when you're registering for linens. These come in a variety of fabrics and patterns, and not only does it protect but it also gives your comforter and your bed an instant makeover. It's nice to have at least two on hand.
Last and most certainly not least are the towels. You will want to register for at least four complete sets of matching towels, choosing everyday sets as well as luxury brands for guests and yourselves. Probably the most luxurious towels in the market today are Egyptian cotton. These towels are incredibly durable, have a brilliant luster and a silky feel. It's worth mentioning that the amount of loops in a towel determines its drying ability - the more loops it has, the superior the towel and absorbency will be.
As you're registering for linens, try to select towel sets that vary in the intensity of color, while matching your anticipated bathroom decor. Just like sheets, towels are wonderful for instant makeovers. Never underestimate the effects and impact that color can have in your decor and mood, so use it to your advantage. Good quality towels although expensive, will often last for more than 10 years, so be sure to like and love the ones you choose!
So there you have it, you have a wonderful selection of gift ideas to find and to include as you're registering for linens. I highly recommend that if possible, you go to the store to make your selections, nothing beats seeing and feeling the item in preson. As a final thought, I recommend that you take your time to find items that your heart says "I just have to have that" and then you'll know you're ready to register your gifts!