Take a quick look at your bed? Can you remember the last time you replaced your sheets, pillows, blankets, or bed covers? How long should your bed covers and other bedding items last?
As you look at your bed, take a moment to think how each item is used. Let us take a moment to think about each item and how long they should last.
Bed sheets come in direct contact with your body every night. You lay on the fitted sheet, rolling, tossing, and turning. Sheets get washed frequently due to absorbing body oils, sweat, and dirts from our bodies. Sheets that are used regularly last around two years before they start to show signs of wear. You will notice the fabric thinning and the colors fading.
Pillowcases and pillows take a lot of abuse on a nightly basis, too. They can absorb high amounts of oil from our faces. Pillowcases are usually replaced at the same time as sheets, so estimate a two year life for them. Pillows should be replaced at about the same time. You can tell a pillow needs to replaced when you see the outside of the pillow is starting to darken. Pillows lose their fluff and comfort with time, also.
Blankets and bed covers fall into a different category than sheets and pillows. They usually do not make as much contact with our body, so do not get a much wear. Watch your blankets for signs of wear or tears. Blankets can often last 5 years before needing to be replaced.
Bed covers are used in different ways by everyone. Do you use your bed cover as an added blanket? Do you carefully fold your bed cover when you turn down the bed at night and not use it? If you use your bed cover as a blanket, then you will want to replace it every 2 to 5 years. Watch for signs of wear or when it starts to lose its bright coloring.
If you put your bed cover away at night, then your bed cover will last longer. Some comforters and bed
You will probably choose to change your bed covers before they wear out. The most common reason to change bed coverings is to update the look of the bedroom. A quick change of style can update the brightness and feel of the entire bedroom in moments.
You may want to think about changing your bed covers at the same time you buy new sheets. You can find bundled sets including sheets, pillowcases and bed covers that cost only slightly more than buying the sheets alone. This gives you the opportunity to change the entire look of your bed, keep everything fresh, and have a stylish matched look in your room.
Plan on replacing your bed covers about every 5 years. If you choose to update the look of your room when you purchase new sheets, you will be getting new covers every two years. Hopefully these guidelines help you keep your bed looking fresh, elegant, and feeling comfortable.