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If you see spots before you eyes when you go to bed at night, let’s hope it’s just your glorious leopard print bedding.
Animal prints of all kinds tend to go in and out of fashion in both home decor and apparel, but lately it seems as though furnishings such as leopard print bedding are holding their own against all newcomers. If a touch of the wild is what you need to liven up your bedroom – or your child’s bedroom, since children love animal themes – it’s best to know a little about how to choose quality bed linens.
First, know a little about the animal whose print will soon decorate your home. In the case of leopard print bedding, be sure to look for a pattern with dark brown or black rosettes that are closely spaced together. Too often, manufacturers will mistake a leopard’s spots for those of its cousin, the jaguar. The way to tell the difference is that a jaguar’s rosettes have a black center, while a leopard’s rosettes don’t. After all, using a manmade leopard print, rather than the actual coat of the animal as people did a century ago, shows not only good fashion sense but also a sense of care for nature. This can be an especially important lesson to teach a little one if the bedding is for a child’s room.
Next, keep in mind the basics of choosing any quality bedding. Remember that lighter colors show stains more easily, while darker colors tend to fade faster. Even with a pattern such as leopard print bedding, the light or dark background of the pattern may make a difference in how good the sheets look after several washings. Also be sure to choose the right size for the bed (twin, full, queen, king) and the mattress depth or “pocket” (measured in inches). Most home decorators recommend actually measuring the width, length and depth of the mattress, since these measurements can still vary even with standard sizes. Leopard bedding often comes in more limited fabric types than solid color sheets or more traditional prints. As a rule, sheets are made from cotton, polyester, satin, silk charmeuse and now even bamboo cloth.
For example, Egyptian cotton sheets are thought to be among the world’s finest, because they are spun from longer, thinner cotton fibers. Always touch and test sheet fabrics in person, and look for the highest possible thread count to assure good quality construction. A 300- to 400- thread count or higher is considered good quality. At the highest luxury end thread count becomes less important, since a sheet of 800-thread count feels the same as a 1,000-thread count. Comparing prices online also is a wise step when looking for quality in leopard print bedding. Buying quality bed linens from an online vendor can be chancy since there’s no way to test the fabric, so always be sure to find out the vendor’s return policy before purchasing. Also keep in mind that the lowest price may not be the best bargain because of the quality of the sheets. Armed with comparisons from online searches, it’s often possible to get a bedding store to match prices found online.
Once you’ve found the leopard print bedding that makes you purr with contentment, snatch up those spots right there and then; something this good is not likely to be in the shop too long!