Bow ties in bed? Jesse Tyler Ferguson says it’s a do.
The always-dapper Modern Family actor has teamed up with bedding company Thread Experiment to design two new sheet sets just for guys. The year-old brand, co-owned by Ferguson’s husband, Justin Mikita, is aimed at style-conscious guys who are ready to level up their bedding without stepping foot in the floral-filled bowels of most home goods stores. Their fall collection, out now, includes classic menswear-inspired patterns — houndstooth, windowpane check — and cheekier motifs, like one sporting a melange of mustaches.
For his turn as guest designer, Ferguson chose to introduce two prints that pay homage to his own wardrobe, both on and off screen. A classic paisley (aka “bandana print”) in navy blue is a low-key option that will mix well with most guys’ existing bedding. While an artfully illustrated black-and-white bowtie pattern is a playful nod to the actor’s go-to accessory. But his expertise on the subject of bedding doesn’t end there. The decor-savvy talent also has some strict rules about what makes a great bed. Step 1: forget everything you thought you knew.
1. Forget about thread count. “Don’t be fooled by the thread count,” says Ferguson. “While it’s typically used as a guide for how luxurious your zzz’s can be, you might be surprised by how stiff some of the highest thread count sheets feel.” The actor’s bedding for Thread Experiment is “long-staple cotton, soft and durable sheets!”
2. Mix it up. Ferguson encourages guys to face their fears and play around with combining different sheets, comforters, duvet covers and pillowcases. “Adding a pop of pattern here and there keeps it playful yet put-together,” he says. “A favorite from the collection are the navy bow ties – one of my personal wardrobe staples.”
3. Find your perfect mattress. “One of the latest home decor trends are beds-in-a-box.” Jesse likes Helix, Leesa and Hyphen. “They are comfy and compact — perfect for moving and easy on the wallet.”
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4. Keep a linen spray on your nightstand. The one from Thread Experiment & men’s grooming e-tailer The Motley — Glee’s Darren Criss is an investor and product developer — has “calming notes of neroli and white woods, to ensure your bedroom always smells fresh and inviting,” according to Ferguson.
5. Give a sheet about your bedding. “Ideally, your sheets should last three to five years,” explains the actor. “Simple tips like avoiding very hot wash temperatures, using mild detergent and staying away from bleach will help make your bedding both last longer and stay softer. Also, make sure you have at least three sets for each bed; one for the bed, one for the dirty laundry and one set ready and clean to swap on.” Bonus points if they coordinate with your wardrobe.