How to Pick the Perfect Bedding for a Cosy Night’s Sleep

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Guess what can make a huge difference in how well you sleep and how your bedroom looks? It’s bedding (if it fits just right). Not quite a surprise, is it? So, let’s look at how to pick the best bedding, be it duvet covers or sheets, and how to care for them so they never stop being fresh and comfy.

Types of Bedding

There are a few pieces that make up a good bedding set.

Duvet Covers and Duvets

The duvet is the big fluffy part that keeps you warm. A duvet cover works pretty much like a pillowcase, only for the duvet. That’s great because you can take it off and wash it easily. You can change the cover to switch up the bed’s look whenever you want.

Sheets

There are fitted sheets that go over the mattress and have elastic to hold it in place and flat sheets that don’t feature elastic. Good quality sheets up your comfort level so don’t neglect them just because they aren’t the most visible items.

Pillowcases

Pillowcases cover your pillows and keep them clean while providing some soft, gentle comfort.

Bedspreads and Throws

Bedspreads and throws are the extras you can add for warmth and style but they aren’t always necessary. Bedspreads cover the whole bed, while throws are smaller and can be tossed over the end of the bed or used as an extra cosy layer.

Choosing the Right Bedding Material

The material that makes up your bedding affects how it feels and how well it regulates temperature.

  • Cotton is awesome – soft, breathable, and will surely last. Egyptian and Pima cotton are top-notch if you want something luxurious.
  • Linen is great for hot sleepers because it’s breathable and wicks away moisture. Linen has a nice, relaxed look and feels cool and comfortable.
  • Polyester often mixes with cotton to make polycotton. It’s durable and easy to care for but might not be as breathable as natural fibres.
  • Bamboo is super soft, light, breathable, and best of all, eco-friendly. It’s also hypoallergenic, so it’s good if you have allergies.

Picking the Perfect Duvet and Pillows

Here’s what to bear in mind regarding your duvet and pillows for a good night’s sleep.

Duvet Tog Rating

Duvet tog ratings tell you how warm the duvet will be. A lower tog (4.5-7.5) is good for summer, and a higher tog (10.5-13.5) is better for winter. You can also get all-season duvets to combine a lighter and a heavier duvet you can use separately or together.

Pillow Filling

Pillow filling affects how the pillow feels and supports your head. For example, feather and down pillows are soft and comfy, while memory foam pillows give you a bit extra support if you have neck or back pain. Synthetic pillows are good if you have allergies.

Styling the Bed

Your bed is the bedroom’s centrepiece. Here’s how to make it look great:

  • Get a fitted sheet, add a flat sheet, and then your duvet. Put the duvet cover over the duvet. Add your pillows and maybe a bedspread or throw for a little extra comfort.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix up patterns and textures. For example, pair a patterned duvet cover with plain sheets or mix cotton and linen. Doing so will make the bed a little more interesting.
  • Pick colours that complement the rest of the bedroom. Soft, neutral tones are calming, while bold colours bring splashes of personality.

Care for Your Bedding

You want the bedding to look its best and last as long as possible.

Washing

The label will have care instructions, so be sure to read them. Most bedding is machine-washable, but some materials like silk or wool might need different steps for care.

Drying

If possible, dry the bedding outdoors. Fresh air and sunlight have a better chance at removing odours and keeping the bedding fresh than indoors air. If not, at least open up the windows so the air inside doesn’t feel too stale. If you use a tumble dryer, pick a low heat setting to avoid damage.

Storage

Store spare bedding somewhere cool and dry, but try to avoid plastic bags. Sure, they might seem convenient and even protective, but plastic traps moisture that could lead to mould. Use breathable cotton storage bags or pillowcases instead.

Better Bed With Best Bedding

Good bedding will make your bedroom look great and you’ll sleep so much better. With the right materials and a bit of care, you can set up a cosy bed that makes you look forward to bedtime. Treat yourself to some new bedding and make your bedroom a comfy retreat.


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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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