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Creating luxurious comfort with utility bedding

Posted on 01/15/2015 by Holly Clark

When you think of refreshing your bedroom, you probably think of choosing new colors, patterns, and accessories—an easy way to bring an updated look to your sleeping space.

There’s more to making a bed, however, than just covering it with a beautiful comforter. To create an elegant, long-lasting foundation for good sleep, we asked Jessica Norris—Belk’s Product Manager for Sheets, Bath, & Utility Bedding—to share her expertise with us.

Building your foundation

Tencel mattress pad“First and foremost,” Jessica said, “it’s important to remember that you are creating a real foundation for your bed as well as a base for your decorative bedding. The words ‘utility bedding’ may not sound exciting, but they’re the starting point for a good night’s sleep!”

“One of my favorite opportunities for creating a utility bedding foundation is our new 400 Thread Count Tencel® Collection,” said Jessica. “I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to combine practicality with luxury. The quality is truly outstanding—something I’d consider a “must-have” when you’re investing in your basic bedding foundation.”

“When I think about the Vanderbilts and what they offered their family and friends,” Jessica said, “I think this collection is right in line with their standards of comfort, and of course, their legacy of hospitality and attention to detail is what inspires all of our Biltmore For Your Home bedding collections.”

What is Tencel?

Tencel is the registered name of lyocell, a versatile, biodegradable material made from wood pulp cellulose. It tends to be soft and durable, which makes it perfect for bedding purposes.

“In addition to the high quality with which the entire collection is created, it feels like sleeping on a bed of clouds,” said Jessica. “It contains both temperature balancing and anti-microbial properties, so it’s comfortable and hygienic. And best of all, it’s easy-care and machine-washable!”

Exploring the new connection

Tencel pillowHow does Jessica recommend creating your utility bedding collection? Start with a mattress pad. “Sleeping without a mattress pad is like having shoes without support or a caramel apple with no caramel. It just doesn’t make sense,” Jessica explained. “It’s the first layer of the foundation you’re creating, and it helps protect your mattress, which is another important investment piece in any bedroom.”

The next step, Jessica says, is to choose a good pillow. “The pillow in our Tencel collection is a Belk exclusive,” Jessica said. “Its shell is a blend of cotton and Tencel fibers, and it’s available in two different sizes to coordinate with the size of your bed or your personal sleeping preference.”

The final piece of the collection is the 400 Thread Count Tencel and Down Alternative Comforter—a luxurious way to complete your bedding collection.

Tencel bedding“A good night’s rest is a beautiful thing,” said Jessica. “It’s one of the most important contributors that helps shape how you feel the next day. If the Vanderbilts could have had access to this elegant 400 Thread Count Tencel Collection in the early 1900s, I feel certain it would have been on the beds in Biltmore House.”

Find our Tencel Collection at Belk and

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