Our bedding is an important and often overlooked factor in determining the quality of our sleep. It’s crucial to create a sleep environment that encourages good quality rest. One way to start is by choosing the right bedding.
This can be challenging - there is so much available on the market today that consumers get easily overwhelmed. Not to mention the fact that high-quality bedding can be quite a big investment, especially when consumers are unsure about what they are going to get!
This is why it’s important to garner an understanding of the different materials used in bedding so you, the retail buyer, can make the most informed decision based on your customers’ needs. Today, we’ll be taking a deep-dive into the world of bamboo bedding!
When you hear the word bamboo you probably automatically envision a panda, but bamboo is more than just this bear’s favourite snack! Bamboo has many uses in furniture, home décor, and even housing materials. It was only a matter of time until these fibrous plants were being used by bedding manufacturers in their products.
Bamboo duvets, pillows, and even mattress toppers have been gaining popularity over the years, and rightly so. Bamboo can be made into a naturally moisture-wicking, hypoallergenic, durable, and soft fabric to be used in bedding textiles. As a material, bamboo is also one of the most sustainable choices, which adds to its appeal.
So how does bamboo fare against the more traditional bedding fabrics that we are used to?
Benefits of Using Bamboo in Bedding
Hypoallergenic and Antibacterial
The bamboo plant consists of natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and when used in bedding these properties are also transferred to other items such as bed sheets. If your customers are prone to suffering from allergies, then bamboo can be the healthiest bedding choice because it naturally repels allergens.
It does this because it eliminates the key condition that allows allergies to build up - it does not hold moisture. Moisture encourages allergens like dust mites, mould, and mildew to gather and without it, they cannot thrive.
Once bamboo is made into bedding, it becomes silky and soft to the touch. Comfort is one of the most important qualities of bedding, and bamboo is no exception. Organic bamboo bedding is softer than cotton.
Another characteristic that adds to its comfort is the fact that it is a breathable material. Bamboo duvets won’t trap excess moisture under the covers while you sleep. In fact, it keeps you comfortable no matter the season.
Compared to other materials, bamboo is known to last up to 15 years or more. This is because bamboo fibres are long, so the fabric is made with long threads instead of short fibres being thread together. This aids in durability because the threads stretch and cover the whole length of the product. This method reduces the chances of pilling and tearing which can shorten its lifespan.
Bamboo also resists discolouration because of its ability to repel natural bodily oils and sweat while we sleep, unlike cotton which absorbs them and can become discoloured in a short period of time.
Benefits the Earth
Bamboo is a naturally sustainable material and it grows at a shockingly fast rate, which makes it a great renewable resource for bedding manufacturing. It also does not require the use of pesticides or fertilizer to grow. It is a wonderfully green and long-lasting option for bedding and allows bedding manufacturers to reduce our carbon footprint.
How Does the Bamboo Plant Get Manufactured?
Bamboo bedding is made from bamboo fibres. After harvesting, the bamboo will be crushed and soaked in a solution that works to break down the plant into workable fibres. Once the fibres are removed from the rest of the plant, they can be woven into a fabric or textile and then, voila! They become the bamboo mattress protectors or bamboo pillows that customers see in store.
To get the most benefit out of using bamboo bedding, customers can pair bamboo duvets or comforters with a bamboo pillow or mattress topper. By completely using bamboo products for your bed, you can create a haven of comfort and luxury right at home.
Tips for Choosing Bamboo Bedding Products
Now that you understand how important it is to pick high-quality materials for bedding, here are our top tips for choosing bamboo bedding:
- Always look at the material label to make sure you are buying bamboo. Bamboo lyocell and bamboo linen are the eco-friendlier choices.
- We do not recommend going with a bamboo blend, as it is not as sustainable as the other types of bamboo fabrics that are available on the market.
- Bamboo is offered in two different weave patterns. Choose a twill weave if your customers prefer a softer feel.
- Choose a sateen weave if your customers want something like silk, but not as slippery.
- In the case of bamboo duvets, thread count does not matter as much as it does with cotton, for example. You can find great quality bamboo duvets at a thread count of 300.
- Ensure that your chosen bedding supplier and manufacturer offers warranties or money-back guarantees so your customers can feel more comfortable investing.
When you choose to make the switch over to bamboo bedding and begin stocking bamboo products in your store, you are giving your loyal customers the gift of higher-quality sleep. The benefits of having better sleep are plenty:
- Improved concentration and productivity throughout the day
- Wake up feeling rested
- Decreases risk of heart disease and diabetes
- Improves physical health
- Healthier immune system
- And better mental health
As you can see, how your customers sleep at night is just as important as the choices they make during the day. And switching over to bamboo bedding can make all the difference if your customers want to find an effective and environmentally friendly solution to their bedtime woes.
Are You a Retailer Interested in Working with a Bedding Manufacturer?
Here at Westex, we supply a range of bedding items using various materials and duvet fills including traditional Down and Down-Alternative options such as bamboo, silk and recycled microgel.If you are interested in partnering with our bedding manufacturing business for your retail store, get in touch with us here. We work closely with several home retail companies across North America.