I sleep so soundly with my new Lifekind Wooly Pillow Top - I've been sleeping a solid five-hours every night - that's a lot for me!
The focal point of every bedroom is the bed and I aways take special care in my bedroom to make sure it is as comfortable and as beautiful as possible. I use an excellent quality mattress and mattress cover, and I always use the finest bedding. Recently, I was in need of a new pillow top. Similar to a featherbed, a pillow top provides additional padding at the surface for extra-soft comfort. Earlier this week, I received my new Wooly Pillow Top from Lifekind, a company based in Grass Valley, California, that offers environmentally responsible, organic products for the bed and bath. I was so excited to try it - I had it placed on my bed right away.
Here are some photos of my new topper and a step-by-step how-to for making a bed that is comfortable and luxurious. And don't forget - you can also find all your bedding needs from my Martha Stewart collection at Macy's.
Lifekind sells products made with 100-percent American-grown certified organic cotton – meaning the farms use only natural, non-chemical agricultural methods approved by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM). https://www.lifekind.com
Here is my housekeeper, Sanu, stripping all the bedding, so she can put my new Lifekind Wooly Pillow Top in place.
This is my mattress – it is custom made because my bed is slightly smaller than a standard Queen. A regular Queen sized bed mattress measures 60-inches by 80-inches. My bed mattress measures 57-inches by 76-inches.
My bed also has four posts, so the mattress has custom made corners. When buying a pillow top, always give the dimensions of the mattress itself – not the bed frame. Lifekind makes both standard sized products, as well as custom ones.
This is my current pillow top. Sanu will place the new one on top of this one.
Lifekind’s Wooly Pillow Top weighs 20-pounds. The inside is filled with pure wool. The outer shell is all-cotton.
Over time, this pillow top will take an impression of the body, similar to a featherbed or other fiber-filled product.
This is Lifekind’s fluffiest pillow top. It is about three-inches thick – all from the long-staple certified organic wool.
It is all hand-made – hand-tied on a loom, hand tufted and hand knotted. It takes about 10-days to make and send a custom piece.
The cotton shell is made from 400-thread count certified organic cotton sateen fabric. Similar to the feel of a featherbed, Lifekind’s pillow tops include temperature-control and moisture-wicking properties and can be used all year long.
It fits perfectly on my bed – and look how thick it is. The topper adds softness and comfort, especially for anyone with pressure point pain. Another advantage of using a wool pillow top is that wool is more resistant to dust mites and creates a cleaner sleep environment.
A pillow top should be treated like an extension of the mattress. It should never be washed in a machine or immersed in water. And, only use a nontoxic spot cleaner if necessary.
The best way to protect the surface from soiling and stains is to cover the pillow tops with a good quality mattress cover. Sanu places the mattress cover over the two pillow tops and the mattress. This also keeps all these components in place.
My dear Empress Tang watches all the activity from her Martha Stewart Pets bed.
Next, Sanu places a deep pocket fitted sheet over the mattress pad, pillow tops and mattress. If you do not have deep pocket fitted sheets, use one fitted sheet over the mattress and a separate one over the toppers – both will help protect the surfaces.
The next layer is the unfitted, or flat, top sheet. During the winter months, I always like to use flannel. Flannel was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool, cotton, or a synthetic fiber – use all natural fabrics whenever you can.
Do you make hospital corners on your bed? Many like the feel of the tightly tucked in corners. I like a looser corner with only the sides tucked, so it is easy to pull the sheets up if needed.
Sanu folds the corner neatly on both sides.
Fresh flannel pillow cases are placed on all my pillows. All my sheets are ironed after they are washed. It is a time consuming chore, but makes the bed all the more comfortable.
Here, Sanu puts on a fresh duvet cover on my comforter. And don’t forget – it is always recommended to rotate your mattress regularly. This is also good for the pillow top. Rotating and fluffing will keep it in the best condition.
The top of the flannel sheet is then folded over the comforter.
I love crisp, white duvets – this one has such pretty details.
Hull-filled pillows allow constant air circulation through the pillow, which keeps you cool and dry. Filled with buckwheat hulls or millet hulls, these pillows help to reduce stress on the neck, head, and spine.
My bedding is very comfortable and practical. I am fortunate to have my bedding changed every couple of days. How often do you change your bedding? I am interested to know – share in the comments below.