Why I splurged on my bedding

October 19, 2015

Pottery Barn Linen Duvet and Shams and Comforter from Pacific Coast

There are tons of comforters out there to choose from; many times you can find a whole bed set for under $100! That was me when we first started living independently. I spent very little on a cute bed set, which included a queen sized comforter. But very quickly I realized that sleeping on, under, and around polyester was uncomfortable, slippery, hot, and sweaty. I then splurged a little bit more (maybe another $50? I can’t remember) and got a comforter that was polyester filling but cotton duvet. We used that comforter for almost two years. But it kept getting dirty (especially on my side, since apparently I like to chew it or something) and it was a pain to wash it. So I decided to upgrade.

Of course I had to do my research first! As I mentioned, there are tons of comforter options out there. I looked for hotel options and luxury options and decided that I wanted a down comforter… The next day I decided that I did not want a down comforter because I did not want to contribute to the potential animal cruelty market (just google it). So I started looking for plant based alternatives. The bamboo option seemed nice, but after reading more about it, I learned that bamboo material, rayon,  goes through almost three times the chemical processing that cotton does. I also pulled out a few pieces of clothing that I remembered seeing rayon on the label and did not like the feel of it. Either way it’s still synthetic.

So I decided to bite the bullet by comforting myself (see what I did there?) with the fact that the ducks are primarily being killed for their liver (foie gras anyone? Actually, I hope  your answer is “no”) and the feathers and down are plucked as not to go to waste. There was recently even a shortage of down feathers because the foie gras market was down. Ok, my goal is not to depress you or make you cry, but the older I get the more conscious I am as to where the product I am buying is coming from. Anyways, I convinced myself to purchase a down comforter and two feather/down combo pillows from Pacific Coast.

Since we live in Texas and it’s still almost 90 degrees outside in the middle of October I went for a light warmth comforter. I chose the deluxe version for the higher thread count. I had a cotton duvet cover from Ikea that I slipped on. The first couple of nights felt comfortable but a little more on the warm side than desired. So I also ordered a non-deluxe version of this comforter since it’s only 550 fill power versus 600 on the deluxe version. But the deluxe version has a higher thread count and higher quality of down, it actually ended up being lighter than the regular version. They have a 30 night comfort guarantee, so I think I will be returning the regular version. Also, after a couple of nights it’s almost like the comforter adjusted to us, or we adjusted to the comforter, I am not sure, but it became really comfortable! And even if it gets warm sometimes (Dmitry is definitely a warm sleeper, his body would adapt well in Siberia) I never sweat! I love the breathability of it! Same story was with the pillows, it took a couple of nights to adjust, and I was worried I might have to return them, but I absolutely love them now, three weeks later!

The Ikea duvet cover that I originally put on the comforter was a bit heavy, which also contributed to the warmth of the comforter.  I have been considering flax linen bedding for a while and as if it was meant to be, a friend of my mom’s showed me her linen duvet and shams from Restoration Hardware and raved about the comfort and how much she loved it. I was sold. I happened to have a $100 gift card to PotteryBarn, which I was saving to buy something meaningful and special. PB also had a 20% friends and family discount for Columbus Day, so the stars had aligned and I ordered a duvet cover and two shams from them.

Sure this bedding was a bit of a splurge, but I really noticed improvement in the quality of my sleep! I wake up much more refreshed even if I go to bed late (which I need to stop doing). We spend 3rd of our lives in bed and if you want to drive a nice car, why would you not want to have a nice bed? Now we just need to upgrade our mattress, which is TempurPedic and I do not love… I am interested in something softer and more breathable but that will have to come a little later.

RedBarberry.comn | Pottery Barn Linen Duvet and Shams and Comforter from Pacific Coast

RedBarberry.comn | Pottery Barn Linen Duvet and Shams and Comforter from Pacific Coast

RedBarberry.comn | Pottery Barn Linen Duvet and Shams and Comforter from Pacific Coast

RedBarberry.comn | Pottery Barn Linen Duvet and Shams and Comforter from Pacific Coast

RedBarberry.comn | Pottery Barn Linen Duvet and Shams and Comforter from Pacific Coast

Comforter from Pacific Coast, Pillows from Pacific Coast, Linen Duvet and King Shams from Pottery Barn, Throw Blanket from World Market (similar).

Never thought I would have so much to say about the bedding. :))

Oh, and as a bonus, PB sent me these coupons, which I am not going to use, so they’re all yours (first come, first served, one time use only).

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pottery barn kids
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Expires October 31, 2015
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By Iryna

2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Love Z

    I am allergic to dust and some kinds of feathers, so I have to avoid down comforters and pillows. We received a new synthetic bedding set for free a few years back. I don’t love it, but it does the job and it matches our room well. We have a beautiful quilt that was made by the Amish; it was a gift from my parents. I am reluctant to put it on my bed because it will be quickly destroyed by cats and/or my kids. So we’re sticking with this one until the time is right.

    Thank you for doing all of this research for me. It was very helpful!

    1. Reply

      Iryna

      This particular comforter is made with Hyperclean down, which claims to remove anything and everything that may cause allergens,and they are backed by Allergy Free Warranty. Haha, I think Pacific Coast should pay me, from my research they do seem to offer the best quality for the price. 🙂 http://www.allergybuyersclub.com/pacific-coast-hyperclean-down-bedding.html

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