The average person spends about a third of their lifetime sleeping, making the bedroom a great place to invest in quality and style. From sheets to duvets and pillows, there are many different components that go into a well made bed. We’ve complied a complete guide to bedding to help you before you start shopping. Just don’t blame us when your bed’s so perfect, you never want to get out of it!
Types of Bedding
- Duvet: Comparable to a sleeping bag, a duvet is a soft flat bag typically filled with down, feathers, wool, silk, or a synthetic batting. The duvet itself fits into a duvet cover, usually made of cotton or a cotton-polyester blend. The duvet cover can be removed and laundered as often as sheets and pillow cases. Duvets can be used without a top sheet, or other bed covers. Duvets are perfect for keeping in warmth without feeling too heavy.
- Comforter: Similar to a duvet, a comforter is an outsider layer that drapes over the bed for warmth. The main difference is that comforters are often used on top of the bed, without a cover. Also referred to as bedspreads, comforters come in many different patterns and colors. Comforters also come in different weights, from lightweight to thick. It’s a good idea to have two different comforters, a thicker one for colder months and a lightweight comforter for the warmer months.
- Sheets: The bread and butter of bedding, sheets are come in fitted and flat varieties. The quality of your sheets is often conveyed by the thread count —the number of threads per square inch of material. In general, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet, but the weave used also effects how the sheets feel. A sheet with a lower thread count could actually be softer than one with a higher count, so make sure to pay attention to weave as well as thread count when sheet shopping.
- Quilts and Coverlets: A bit lighter than a duvet or a comforter with a thin layer of batting, quilts and coverlets are the perfect layer for in-between seasons such as fall and spring. Most quilts and coverlets have decorative stitching, and can be also used as a decorative layer to go over thicker bedspreads in the colder months. When you aren’t using your quilt or coverlet on your bedding it can be used like a throw placed over the back of a sofa.
- Throws & Blankets: Extremely versatile, throws and blankets are not only decorative but functional. Throws and blankets are an easy way to add color and pattern to your bedding. Keep them folded or draped at the end of your bed for decoration, or use them as another layer of added warmth in between your sheets and your duvet. For very warm nights, you can get by with just a blanket or a throw over your flat sheets.
- Shams & Accent Pillows: Just like throws and blankets, pillows can be used as decoration on your bed and are an easy way to add color and pattern to your bedding. There are many different ways to organize your pillows like stacked, two rows, and three rows. If you decide to go the three row route, we recommend making sure the pillows in each row match each other, the back and front row coordinate, and the middle row is contrasting.
How To Make Your Bed
Step 1: Start with the mattress. Make sure to invest in a mattress topper and protector. Place the mattress protector securely around the mattress and on top of the protector, place the mattress topper.
Step 2: Place your fitted sheet around your mattress topper and mattress, stretching the elastic hem under the mattress. Then place the flat sheet over the fitted sheet. Tuck the flat sheet in at the sides and the bottom.
Step 3: Fluff your comforter or duvet. Then pull your comforter or duvet over the flat sheet, but do not tuck it in.
Step 4: It’s time for the decorative elements! Layer your pillows, placing the sleeping pillow in the back row followed by decorative and accent pillows. Fold and place a decorative blanket or throw long ways across near the foot of of the bed.
When it comes to the lifespan of your bedding, a little caution can go along way. When washing your sheets, always check and follow the care label. However, most sheets will be fine in a gentle care cycle with gentle detergent. Always wash your sheets separately from clothing items to avoid lint and piling. Because we use our beds everyday, overtime you’ll need to replace your pillows and sheets and comforter. A good rule of thumb to follow is replacing your pillows every 12 to 18 months, replacing sheet when they show signs of aging or have stains, and replacing your comforter when it has flattened out or shows signs of wear and tear. To increase your bedding’s lifespan, rotate your sheet sets & pillowcases once a week. You can also rotate your comforter with a duvet or quilt to increase its lifespan too. When rotating out your bedding, pay attention to where you’re storing it. It’s very important to store your bedding in a cool, dry place to avoid mold or mildew.
For more inspiration before you start shopping, check out our top picks for bedding on our Pinterest board here.