Making Your Bed with Eco-Luxe Layers
Gift-giving is in the air, and we are excited to share an Eco-Luxe Gift Guide for the Holiday Season!
A beautifully appointed bed is a wonderful gift, but being in bed because you are unwell is made even worse when the bed itself is uncomfortable or utilitarian. Whether at home, in the hospital, or in hospice, our approach is to elevate the experience of “The Bed”! Since eco-luxe is the sweet spot we aim for with our own products and those we use and endorse, our recommendations also sit in this spectrum. They are based on personal experience mixed with careful and thoughtful curation. Here in one place are our suggestions for making up a soft, supportive, and sumptuous bed with all the trimmings. Spoiler alert: softness abounds!
Starting with the foundation... SHEETS!
Note that most hospital and hospice beds require XL Twin fitted sheets.
Coyuchi products are the cream of the crop for their considerations to the environment and to the humans who insist upon fine products with a light footprint. Their organic jersey sheets are made from an easy-care 100 percent Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified organic cotton knit that is as soft as your softest tee and highly breathable for year-round comfort. The color options range from light to dark neutrals, and the set comes in a reusable bag made of the same organic cotton fabric. A present at the ready!
We can’t resist bringing your attention to this company’s luscious flannel sheet set as well. Just note that it does not come in an XL Twin size. But if the size does not matter for your purposes, indulge your loved one with sheets made of six ounces of 100 percent GOTS Certified organic brushed, velvety cotton for its instant warmth. The set is available in soft, muted colors which can easily pair with existing bedding to create an aesthetically welcoming bed. This easy-to-give thoughtful present comes “wrapped” in a reusable organic cotton bag.
Leesa’s Cotton Sheet Set
These sheets are 100 percent organic cotton, brushed for extra softness—a half step toward flannel! They are GOTS certified and 400 thread count—breathable and oh so comfy! Choose from soft white, cream, light gray, or beautiful blue breeze: a variety of colorways to mix and match for a heavenly bed.
Leitner’s Linen Duvet Cover
Our founder owns and loves the Linen Duvet Cover from Leitner Linens. She appreciates the company’s solid craftsmanship and use of luxurious fabrics made from natural materials. Her duvet cover has only improved with washings and usage becoming more and more supple for an extremely cozy feel. If you prefer a blanket to a duvet cover, check out their waffle-weave blanket made in Austria from classic pique linen. Whatever you choose from this fine company, you are guaranteed an impressively beautiful product that you will be proud to gift to a loved one.
Parachute’s Marble Cloud Cotton Quilt
Overstuffed and fabricated from the finest 100 percent long-staple yarn-dyed Turkish cotton, this quilt is also garment washed, all of which makes for an extra soft, extra fluffy bundle of warmth with an unexpected marble-like visual texture. And it’s machine washable! They call it your “bed in the clouds,” it’s so soft and fluffy!
Garnet Hill’s French Stripe Lumbar Pillow
A subtle stripe on a rustically high-end linen pillow, these sophisticated covers are made in heavy-weight 100 percent linen with a hidden zipper for extra comfort. There are two lumbar lengths: oversized at 12-by-48 inches or small at 14-by-20 inches). We like them in gray for the bed or a guest chair. They will make extended time in bed (or sitting at your loved one’s bedside) more comfortable. Be sure to get a corresponding insert!
Crown Linen Designs’ Zen Linen Lumbar Pillow
There are several linen lumbar pillows to choose from at Crown Linen Designs based on personal taste, of course, but they are all extra-long at 14-by-34 inches and made from supersoft 100 percent European linen, each filled with hypoallergenic poly fill. Not to mention their easy-care machine washability! The Zen version is our favorite, sure to add a peaceful feeling to any bed and leave its receiver feeling both calm and pampered.
Coyuchi’s Organic Latex Body Pillow
A body pillow is helpful to side sleepers and pregnant women who benefit from the support it offers on joints and back. Our recommended insert is made of pure, GOLS-certified organic Dunlop latex rubber foam known for its breathability, durability, and biodegradability. Because of its fabrication, this amazing pillow will support even those who are highly sensitive to dust and mold. It comes with an organic cotton sateen pillow cover, removable for easy washing. Its generous 68-by-7.5 inch size offers the ultimate in support so your loved one can rest or sleep comfortably and peacefully.
Naadam’s Kilo Cashmere Throw
Named for its weight, this sustainable cashmere throw is made from 1 kilo (over 2 pounds!) of 100 percent sustainable Mongolian cashmere. Naadam's fabulous cashmere boasts high breathability, high-gauge fabric, and odor-blocking properties. This luxurious throw can be handwashed for relatively easy care, adding the desired comfort and warmth to any bed or body for years to come. It is offered in many gorgeous neutral color options to suit you or your loved one: white, cement, smoke, black, and oatmeal.
Quince’s Luxe Knit Cashmere Throw Blanket
Made from 100 percent Grade-A Mongolian cashmere, this soft, flat-weave throw is finished with a classic ribbed edging. It measures in at the perfect throw size of 50-by-60 inches, and comes in two lovely neutrals: heather gray and ivory. The epitome of luxurious comfort, it’s an extra layer of warmth for anyone on your gift list during the cold winter months.
Crown Linens Designs Jacquard Linen Throw Blanket
Enjoy the wonder of 100 percent linen with this lightweight throw blanket in a stunning jacquard pattern with flax linen edging. Its natural taupe color that will easily layer into any environment. At 52-by-64 inches, it is a generous size appropriate for the bed or bedside chair. It will stay lovely via machine washing in cold and lying flat to dry. And don’t stop there: we recommend pairing the throw with their Jacquard Linen Lumbar Pillow for a simply sumptuous bed!
Mamu Studios Hot Water Bottle
For an item that will warm the heart and body of any recipient, explore Mamu's hot water bottle plus cover. It is crafted with ultra-soft sheepskin and a silky cotton lining. Its subtle zip along the back allows for easy cover removal and care. This indulgent accessory comes in three gorgeous colors—khaki, cream, and dark gray—made all the better knowing that each item is crafted with sustainable materials, and packaged in an eco-friendly cotton bag. Mamu Studios makes it an easy choice for everyone on your shopping list this holiday!
We at Arkeras hope our list has inspired you with thoughtfully made gift options this holiday season. Our hope and wish is that The Bed curation has brought your attention to some sustainable companies and products that will let you feel good about gifting an item that will make its receiver feel good too. Happy Holidays from the entire Arkeras Team!