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Manufacturers of linens, mattress toppers and protectors create products that improve the sleeping environment and improve mattress characteristics

Mattresses provide comfort and support, but it’s the bedspread products that help complete the sleep ensemble – and come into closest contact with the sleeper.

Manufacturers continue to roll out new protectors, mattress toppers, and sheets that pick up on and augment many popular sleep set features, namely cooling, breathability, and durability. Let’s look at some of the latest trends and hottest products in the category.

Breathe and stay cool

To improve airflow and cooling in mattresses, bedding manufacturers use open-cell foam stocks, create channels and holes in foam slabs, add cool-to-the-touch fabrics, and incorporate such as pocket springs, which create a kind of bellows in the mattress. heart.

Bedspread producers also continue to find ways to make their products more breathable – to keep people cooler and to keep bedding products cooler.

Rize’s Cooling Protector was designed as the flagship of the brand’s protective products, says Rick Sterzer, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Rize, a division of Mantua Manufacturing Co., headquartered near of Cleveland, Ohio. “It uses a higher cooling content than most cooling protectors, providing a cooler mattress surface when the sleeper lies down,” he says.

Blue fabric helps convey cooling characteristics to consumers. “It definitely stands out from our competition in a sea of ​​white, but it’s subtle enough not to show under the sheets,” Sterzer says. It retails for $199.

Because “cooling continues to be in vogue,” Sterzer says Rize plans to unveil its Smart-Duvet concept at the Summer Las Vegas Market. In the final stages of development, the lightweight duvet will provide customizable cooling or heating on either side of the bed. It should cost $999. (The company also plans to unveil Dual-Cool pillows in Las Vegas.)

Bedgear’s Christopher Leary sees continued consumer interest in cooling and breathability.

“For mattress pads and sheets for adults and babies, consumers are looking for breathability. …And with the warmer months just around the corner, it’s important to have forward airflow to prevent overheating,” says Leary, chief marketing officer for the Farmingdale, New York-based company. “In addition, consumers are actively seeking cooling and moisture-wicking technologies in pads and sheets. Of course, these attributes are not only essential for hot springs and hot summers, but are also imperative for sleepers who are naturally warm sleepers or need help managing humidity. Bedgear produces adjustable mattresses and box springs, as well as pillows, sheets, protectors and blankets.

Bedgear’s latest mattress protector is the Air-X Performance Protector, featuring a patented breathable fabric technology called Air-X to allow “the body to naturally adjust to its ideal sleeping temperature,” says Leary. Bedgear markets its protectors as having Airflow certification.

The Air-X protector is made up of two layers of a 3D fabric that “creates an air cushion with elastic threads,” says Leary. “This allows air to move faster, providing continuous ventilation and maintaining a neutral temperature throughout the night.” It’s finished with a simple quilted geometric design and sells for $199.

Malouf’s Five 5ided mattress protector remains a perennial bestseller for the company, says Ashlee Willes, brand manager for the Logan, Utah-based company, which offers bedroom furniture, bases pillows, mattress toppers, sheets, blankets, protectors and other sleep accessories. The Five 5ided protector features microencapsulated Omniphase phase change material in a Tencel Lyocell fabric blend “which helps regulate temperature and humidity levels while you sleep,” she says. The protector also helps protect the mattress underneath from spills and stains, as well as dust mites and other allergens. It sells for $90.

Bedgear’s Air-X Performance protector features two layers of 3D fabric to create an air cushion for better airflow.

Malouf’s bamboo sheet set, made with rayon from bamboo, is also a best-seller for the company because the sheets “are more breathable and temperature-regulating, keeping guests comfortable all night long.” says Willes. Consumers also appreciate the silky, soft feel of the fabric, she says. They are available in four colors and cost $140.

For customers with tighter budgets or who prefer a crisper feel, the company launched its new Linen-Weave sheet set at the Winter Las Vegas Market. Sheets are made with cotton in a percale weave. They are also available in four colors but priced at $100.

“This sheet set…gives customers the luxurious look of linen with the affordability and easy care of cotton,” says Willes. “The airy, effortless style of these pure cotton sheets matches their feel-good factor. The crisp yet soft cotton stays breathable and helps you maintain the perfect temperature.

A cleaner, drier environment

Bedgear’s best-selling Dri-Tec Performance mattress protector tackles another problem: moisture buildup in the bed while people sleep. Estimates vary widely, but people can lose between 100 milliliters and one liter of fluid overnight through sweat and breathing. (Fun fact: fluid loss through breathing is called transepidermal water loss.) A cool sleeping environment, of course, helps reduce fluid loss from sweating.

The Dri-Tec Protector features a honeycomb design with soft, breathable layers and moisture-wicking fabric “for maximum comfort throughout the night,” says Leary. Like the company’s Air-X Performance, it has a quiet, waterproof barrier to help reduce dust mite buildup and resist stains, mildew, and mildew. It sells for $149.

Malouf’s sheet sets include his best-selling Bamboo (from rayon)
and its new Linen-Weave, in cotton.

This spring, Waterford, NY-based Soft-Tex launched its Clean Collective brand of hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, stain-resistant, moisture-wicking, odor-wicking, and allergy-friendly mattress toppers and pillows. for “a fresh and clean sleeping environment”. Through its brands, the company offers a range of mattress toppers, including fiberfill, foam and hybrid versions.

Soft-Tex launched several other new lines of bedspreads this spring, including a licensed collection of La-Z-Boy-branded fiber and hybrid mattress toppers and pillows designed to appeal to fans of the venerable brand. The company has also expanded its line of bedspreads to appeal to consumers looking to create a luxurious sleeping environment. Its new Night Bliss line features “natural infusions inspired by beauty promoting a more relaxing sleep environment with premium luxury fabrics.” Its recently introduced collection of Buddha Buddy mattress toppers and pillows has a luxurious Zen vibe, with luxe circular knit fabrics made from bamboo-derived rayon and plush fillings.

Lasting sleep

Consumer interest in healthier lifestyles and sustainability translates into bed cover product design in other ways as well.

Willes says Malouf customers are attracted to fabrics made from more sustainable fibers, such as bamboo rayon and Tencel Lyocell with fibers from sustainably sourced natural woods. “Sustainable options will continue to be a trend that interests us, especially from millennials,” she says.

And, Willes says, Malouf customers appreciate that the company is a certified B corporation. B Corps are certified by B Lab as meeting social and environmental goals. The certification “allows customers to rest easy knowing that their purchase aligns with their personal values,” she says.

Rize’s protective line is certified by Oeko-Tex to be free of harmful substances and produced under environmentally and socially responsible conditions. Its best-selling Ultra-Soft Terry mattress protector is Rayon from Bamboo ($49). “We tried samples from more than a dozen factories before deciding on the fabric,” says Sterzer.

Leary says Bedgear researches eco-friendly fibers for its sleep products and uses “fabric technologies (that) are machine washable with high efficiency that use less water, detergent and energy to stay clean yet strong. to creases and shrinkage”. (See sidebar on how often people wash their sheets. Spoiler alert: the industry needs to spread the word about frequent washing of bedspreads.)

Additionally, “because of Covid, there’s been a surge of interest in people spending more time outdoors and reconnecting with nature,” says Leary. “As a result, many consumers will be looking for more natural, earthy colors for sheets. There will also be collections of sheets in “fashionable” colors. Solid colors without designs or patterns will be more desirable as they can be easily mixed and matched, especially in a newly decorated bedroom.