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 is 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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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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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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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 is important to find sheets that feel best for you. To find the ideal set for you, consider these four things:
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 is recommended to purchase three complete sheet sets: one for the bed, one to be in the linen closet, and one that is 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.