You spend a third of your life in bed, so it’s best you know what makes for a really cosy bed. If you’re someone that’s just as intimidated with the different terms used for bed linen and also confused, let us guide you to help understand it, so you can make better and informed choices so you can create the bed ensemble you deserve!
SHEETS FOR YOUR BED
This includes the bottom sheet or the bed sheet as we commonly call it and the top sheet. A bottom sheet is what covers the mattress and generally the first layer of our bedding. Also, a fitted bed sheet is a great idea as the elastic towards the bottom will help prevent the sheet from moving around and ensure there’s no discomfort while you’re in bed. The top sheet is the layer that falls between the bottom sheet and the quilt/ blanket. It’s important you choose the right fabric for maximum comfort.Cotton and cotton satin are great choices, since they’re affordable and easy to maintain.
DUVETS COVERS & DUVETS
A duvet or a duvet insert is usually filled with down or synthetic fibres and can be used to keep warm in chillier seasons. A duvet cover is what we generally choose to cover the duvet insert with and can be replaced from time to time for a fresh and different look. There are various kinds of duvet covers and there’s countless colours, textures and patterns such as tufted and striped etc to choose from. Also, they’re very easy to maintain since the duvet insert hardly ever needs cleaning, the cover is all that needs laundering.
Quilts are lightweight alternatives and consist of three layers, while the top and bottom visible to us is mostly cotton, the stuffing is either in wool or down. Since all of the three layers are quite thin, a quilt is a great option if you aren’t someone that can handle the extra warmth and maintenance that a comforter requires. Quilts are also great when you want a bedscape that looks layered and tidy and offers a variety of textures and patterns and colours.
Comforters are a great option for you love the sight of a bed that pretty much resembles a cloud. Way heavier than quilts and stuffed with double the amount of down or another alternative, comforters are quite heavy and do not require any layering. They’re perfect for colder seasons or if you live somewhere that never gets hot. However, comforters are just heavier duvet inserts, also they’re quite limiting when it comes to colour and prints, which is why you can always invest in a great duvet cover and stuff your comforter into it for a quick refresh.
BEDSPREAD/ BED COVER
Bedspreads or coverlets (commonly, known as bed covers) are an extra layer of bedding that lay on top of the bed sheet to keep them from getting soiled, when the bed is not in use. They’re mostly decorative and can be sometimes used to layer over quilts or duvets for extra warmth.
Although not necessary, throws are usually added as an extra layer to complete the look of a bed ensemble. They’re light and breathable and can be made from various fabrics and into any texture, pattern and colour. They’re mostly decorative as well and add a lovely touch to the bedscape.