A Comprehensive Guide to Important Types of Bedding Items
Bedding is one section of home décor which includes several items with varied choices in textures and styles. With layers of sheets and a variety of elements, choosing bedding products to make your dream bed can be a bit confusing. Moreover, your choice of bedding is an essential aspect of determining the comfort and aesthetic appeal of your bedroom. So, you need to be careful with the selection.
To create a picture-perfect bed straight out of a home décor magazine, you need to have an understanding of the different bedding products because it will make your shopping a lot easier. It includes several layers of sheets and covers that are used for various functions.
This blog post compiled by the experts of Dormio Organic Beds, a leading organic bedding store in Toronto, can help you learn about the important types of bedding items and their use.
A top sheet is a flat sheet that is usually placed between the sleeper and the blanket. Blankets, quilts and comforters are laid over the top sheet so that they don’t directly touch the sleeper or bed occupant. It is commonly used in North America, but it is not as popular in Europe because duvet covers are used instead of the top sheet.
A bottom sheet, also known as a fitted sheet, is laid above the mattress. Unlike a flat sheet which is a rectangular sheet of cloth, a fitted sheet has four corners fitted with elastics to go down over the corners of the mattress. It has a pocket-like shape and comes in direct contact with the bed occupant. The elastic prevents the sheet from slipping and provides complete protection to the mattress from getting dirty.
A bedspread is a decorative cover put on a bed. It is placed on the top of the sheets and other covers. It is made of a thin fabric such as cotton, chenille or wool. A bedspread is an all-encompassing piece that covers the entire bed and extends all the way to the ground. This bedding product is a traditional way of giving an elegant look to the bed.
A coverlet is a decorative fabric covering similar to a bedspread, but it does not extend to the floor. Unlike a bedspread that covers the entire bed, a coverlet does not cover the pillows. This lightweight bedding item is either quilted or woven. It is designed to go over thicker bedspread as an ornamental addition.
A comforter is a thick, fluffy, quilted blanket. It is filled with evenly distributed synthetic fibres, down feathers, silk or wool. It is a commonly used bed topper in North America. Available in a wide range of colours, patterns and styles, a comforter is placed on the top of the sheets to provide insulation and give a layered look to your bed.
A blanket is a large, rectangular or square woollen piece used as a covering on the bed for warmth. This bedding item traps heat and keeps the bed occupant warm when sleeping or lying down. It is commonly made of wool, polyester, cotton, microfiber plush or a combination of fibres. Some people use blankets on their own while others prefer to add a decorative top layer with comforters and duvets.
A throw blanket is a smaller blanket with colourful and artistic patterns. It is placed at the foot of the bed to provide extra warmth and act as a decorative accent. Generally, they have fringed edges to make them more distinguishable from a traditional blanket.
A bed skirt is a piece of decorative fabric that is placed between the box spring and the mattress. It extends to the floor from the sides of the mattress. The main purpose of a bed skirt is to conceal the sides of the box spring while giving a stylish appearance to the bed.
A quilt is a type of bed cover with three layers; top, batting and backing. The top layer is made up of several different layers of fabric pieces stitched together in artistic patterns. This stitching is known as quilting, an ancient art form. The second layer or batting is filled with down feathers, cotton or wool to create a thin inner layer and the backing is created with a solid piece of fabric. A quilt is used as a blanket topper for extra warmth and comfort during the winter. People who want to give a rustic touch to their bedroom prefer buying this bedding item.
Duvet and Duvet Cover
A duvet is a soft flat bag with down feathers or synthetic fibres used as fillers. It is protected with a removable cover known as duvet cover similar to a pillow and pillowcase. Many people use them in place of sheets as they reduce the complexity of making a bed with layers of sheets, quilts and blankets. Also, the duvet covers can be easily removed and laundered like bottom sheets.
A pillow is an important bedding item that is used to support the body when a person is resting in bed. It is a rectangular cloth bag filled with soft materials to make it comfortable to sleep. Feathers, downs, synthetic fibres, memory foam and buckwheat pillows are some of the commonly used pieces. However, if you’re allergic to synthetic pillows, you can consider buying organic pillows for a good night’s sleep.
There are several varieties of pillows used for making a perfect bed including continental or euro pillows, decorative pillows, sleeping pillows and bolster pillows. A continental pillow is a large square pillow that is placed against the headboard. A decorative pillow is used as a decorative piece on the bed. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is also known as a throw or accent pillow. A sleeping pillow is rectangular in shape. It is a commonly used pillow to support the head when sleeping. Lastly, a bolster pillow is a long narrow (tubular) pillow that provides firm support to a person’s back or arm. It is similar to a body pillow used in the United States that is designed to be hugged when sleeping.
A pillowcase is a protective cover used for sleeping pillows and sometimes bolster or throw pillows. It is a removable case with an opening at one end to insert the pillow. A pillowcase is usually made of a soft fabric like cotton and should be changed at least twice a week to prevent skin irritation.
A pillow sham is a decorative covering of a pillow, similar to a pillowcase. But, they don’t have an opening at one end. Instead, they have a tuck flap on the back and all four sides are decorated with flange or cording. They are used to add extra style to the bed.
There are a lot of elements that go into making a dream bed. From mattress to sheets, from bedspreads to duvets, every item has its place. You need to know the difference between each and use them accordingly. The above-mentioned guide will help you understand the important types of bedding items and how to use them to create a luxury bed which is both comfortable and attractive.
If you need help in making a perfect bed, then watch this video by Marks & Spencer Group, a major British multinational retailer headquartered in the City of Westminster, London.
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