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The Ultimate Guide To Bedding

  • From bedding basics to decorative layers, there are many components to consider before purchasing bedding. Since we spend so much time sleeping and relaxing in our beds, it's key to pick bedding that meets both your style and comfort needs. We've compiled a list of bedding elements and tips to get you started. 

    In this Guide: 

    1. Bedding Size
    2. Mattress Pad & Toppers
    3. Bed Pillows
    4. Kids' Bedding
    5. Making a Bed
    6. Bedspreads
    7. Bed Sheets
    8. Complete the Look
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    Bedding Size


    Before shopping for any type of bedding it is important to know the size of your mattress so you can purchase sheets and bedding that will fit. The most common sizes of beds are; twin, full, queen, king, and California king. No matter what size mattress you have, it's also important to keep in mind that mattresses can vary in thickness of up to 7 inches.

    Oftentimes, it can be easier to find sheets for twin, queen, and king size beds. Sheets for a full and California king size bed can be a bit harder to find. For more details on bed sizes, please read our Standard Bed Size Guide


    Did You Know: You can buy a full-size flat sheet instead of a queen flat sheet as a budget-friendly option, and there will be less material hanging over the edge of your bed.  

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  • Store extra sheets in a cool, dry area; such as a closet or drawer. To prevent the sheets from yellowing, line the drawers with acid-free tissue paper. 

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    Mattress Pad and Toppers


    A mattress pad, also known as a mattress topper, provides extra padding and protects the mattress from allergy-causing dust and perspiration. Finding the right mattress pad style, thickness, and size depends on your personal sleeping patterns and your bed. Mattress pad materials include cotton, wool, and latex. A cotton mattress pad is machine washable and is usually thinner and quilted. A latex mattress pad is a more durable option resistant to dust mites and mold. Read our Mattress Pad and Toppers Guide to learn more about what style meets your needs. 

    Did You Know: Fit is the most important factor in choosing a mattress pad. To ensure the mattress pad will fit, make sure you know the depth of your mattress. Common mattress depths range between 9 to 14 inches. 

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  • For ultimate comfort and softness, invest in a mattress topper that's quilted or padded with feathers. These covers should be washed at least once a month. 

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    Bed Pillows


    Rest your head at night on a bed pillow that complements your sleeping habuts. Firm or soft, bed pillows play a crucial role in how soundly you sleep at night.

    ​Is your bed overflowing with pillows? No worries! Keep an empty basket near your bed and toss in any extras you're not using at night. To learn more about what kind of bed pillows are available, read our Bed Pillow Buying Guide

    Did You Know: A pillow protector—a zippered cover that goes on your pillow under the pillow case—will help maintain the longevity of your new pillow. It guards the pillow from dust mites and stains.

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  • Replace pillows every 12 to 18 months. Over time, pillow fills deteriorate and become less comfortable. The deterioration will impact the quality of your sleep.  

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    Kids' Bedding


    We can't forget about the little ones! The best place to start decorating a kids' bedroom is with a playful and durable bedding set. Shopping for kids' bedding is easy (and fun!), because these sets typically come with everything you need—sheets, pillow shams, and a comforter. Some sets also include decorative pillows and bed skirts. Kids' bedding comes in tons of playful motifs, colors, and patterns! Get inspired by reading Customer-Favorite Kids' Bedding

    Did You Know: Children's bedrooms often double as playrooms, so it's important to choose bedding that is comfortable and durable to be able to withstand all those monkeys jumping on the bed. Opt for cotton fabrics that are machine-washable and easy to spot clean.

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  • Consider neutral bedding for your kids' bedroom. This allows you to switch up accents (pillows, wall art, blankets, rugs) as your child grows, and  ensure the bedding will always work!

  • How to make a bed

    Making a Bed


    Whether you're making your bed in the morning or for your guests, we provide a helpful step-by-step for how to make your bed from start to finish.

    • Cover your mattress with a mattress pad or topper of your choice. 

    • ​Place a fitted sheet over the mattress pad by tucking the elastic ends of the sheet around the corners of the mattress. 

    • Then, layer the top sheet over the fitted sheet. Make sure the side with the large hem is at the top of the bed. 

    • For a more styled look, try to make hospital corners by tightly folding the end of the top sheet under the mattress.

    • Once you've tucked in the sheets, add the comforter or duvet. Spread the duvet or comforter evenly over the bed. 

    • At the top of the bed, carefully fold the edge of the top sheet over the top edge of the duvet or comforter. Now, you'll be able to enjoy the color or pattern of sheets against your comforter.

    • Time to grab the pillows and give them a good fluff before placing them on the bed.

    • ​For a final touch, layer your bed with a few decorative pillows, as well as a throw blanket at the foot of the bed.  


    To learn more about making a bed, read our article How to Make a Bed.


    Did You Know: Try to keep your bed's pillow collection to less than five or six pillows. Too many pillows can overwhelm the bed, instead of creating a pleasing, decorative look. 

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  • Remember to wash your new sheets before using them to soften the fabric. It's beneficial to wash with warm water rather than hot, because hot water will shrink fibers. Also, preserve the color and prints of your pillowcases by washing them inside out.  

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    Bedspreads

    For an extra layer of warmth, bedspreads offer both a decorative and functional touch to your bedding. Four popular styles include: comforters, quilts, duvets, and coverlets. From the heaviest comforter to the lightest coverlet, each bedspread offers a different level of warmth, texture, and coziness. To find out what style bedspread works for you, read our Bedspread Buying Guide for more information.


    Did You Know: You can create a DIY (and budget-friendly) duvet cover out of flat sheets for a comforter. Start by taking two flat sheets in a desired size and style. Then, sew the sheets together on three sides (one short side and both long sides). For the final step, sew grommets into the fourth side and add a decorative ribbon to close the makeshift duvet cover. And voilà—now you have yourself a custom-made duvet cover. 

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  • Easy-care cotton or thermal blankets are a perfect option for warmer weather. These lightweight options allow air to flow through them. 

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    Bed Sheets

    There are four things to consider when buying bed sheets: thread count, material, weave, and the fit. Bed sheets come in three pieces: a fitted sheet, top sheet, and one or two pillowcases. First and foremost, it's important to find sheets that feel best for you. To find the ideal set for you, consider these four things:

    • Fabric: Common fabric materials include Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton, supima®, microcotton®, synthetic, microfleece, tencel®, blend, and modal. Universally known to be more comfortable and durable, consider cotton as your go-to choice of fabric. Look for 100 percent combed cotton because it's a finer sheet than carded cotton.

    • Thread Count: An indicator of the fabric's softness and durability, thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch when sheets are woven. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable the sheets will feel. Sheets with a thread count between 500 and 1200 are silky and dense, while 200 to 400 thread count sheets allow more air to travel through them.  

    • Weave: A determining factor in overall finish and feel, the weave is a process of interweaving fabric using different methods. The four main weaves are plain, twill, sateen, and patterned.

    • Fit: As explained above, knowing the size of your bed will ensure your sheet set fits properly over your mattress.


    For more information about buying bed sheets, read our Bed Sheet Buying Guide

    Did You Know: Purchasing sheet sets in multiples provides you with clean sheets at any time. It's recommended to purchase three complete sheet sets: one for the bed, one to be in the linen closet, and one that's being cleaned. Now when you have a guest arriving last minute, you have a spare set of clean sheets ready to be used! This will also help minimize wear of the bed sheets. 

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  • Touch the bed sheets before buying them to determine which feels best to you. Some sheet fabric feels soft and cool, other fabrics feel smooth and silky, while flannel feels warm and cozy.

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    Complete The Look


    The bed is the focal point of a bedroom, so create an eye-catching look you'll enjoy every day. Decorative elements, like an accent pillow or blanket, will add must-have personality to your space. Think about your room's theme and color palette to help you pick accessories that complement the look you're aiming for, whether it's traditional, contemporary, or even glamorous. 

    For more decorating ideas, browse the bedrooms in our Shop The Look gallery. You're bound to find a room that inspires you!

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