All About Bedcoverings

Outfit Your Bed with Style

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There are many options today when it comes to decorating your bed. Whether you want the basics - sheets and a blanket - or a deluxe sanctuary with pillows and throws, the best place to start is by learning all about bedcoverings.
Before you buy anything, know what size bed you have. Nothing is worse than picking out a great set of sheets only to discover you bought queen size when you really need king. You might even want to consider measuring your mattress.
Some sheets, especially fitted ones, can vary in size, depending on who makes them. Once you know what size you are shopping for, you are ready to tackle the three main components of bedding: sheets, comforters/duvets and pillows.
Whether you are buying a packaged set of sheets, or purchasing each item individually, you will need a fitted or bottom sheet, a flat or top sheet and pillowcases. Ideally, you should have two to three sets of sheets for each bed. That way if you have an accident and something spills on a sheet, or one gets torn, you have a replacement. Having extra sets can also help when it comes time to change the sheets, so you don't have to wash your sheets immediately.
Consider Thread Count
If you find a brand or style of sheet that you really love, it is worth it to buy that extra set or two. Perhaps the trickiest thing about sheets is the thread count. The thread count gives you an indication of the quality of the sheets. The thread count is the number of individual threads per square inch of the sheet. The higher the thread count, the better quality and softer the sheets will be. Thread counts can get ridiculously high, but it may just mean that the individual threads in the sheet are thinner. Thinner threads may not wear as well or last as long. Your best bet is to aim for a thread count no lower than 175, and preferably one that is around 250 to 350.
Another bedding option with sheets is the type of fabric. Cotton is the most well-known choice, but you can also go with satin, flannel or silk. Flannel is certainly cozy during the winter. Another warm option is t-shirt material sheets. For a more decadent and luxurious bed, you could opt for silk or satin sheets. Special care may be required with silk or satin sheets, however, so be sure to consider that before you make your purchase.
Unsure? Invest in Pillowcases First
If you aren't sure you would like a different fabric, you can buy a set of pillowcases just to try it out, before committing to an entire set.
There are a host of options when it comes to what sort of bedcovering you use. Blankets, coverlets, quilts, comforters and duvets are the main choices. Blankets and coverlets are the thinnest bedcoverings, while the remaining choices offer a bit more heft. Quilts offer more variety than ever before. The traditional patchwork designs still exist, but modern quilters also create a range of bright, unique designs. Many manufacturers also offer their own takes on quilts.
However, most people tend to gravitate to comforters and duvets when topping their beds. Comforters can be purchased by themselves or as part of a set. Many stores offer coordinating beds in a bag that include a complete sheet set, decorative pillow shams and a comforter. This is certainly an easy and quick way to dress your bed.
You can also buy a comforter by itself. Just like with sheets, comforters come in different sizes and have a thread count that will determine how soft to the touch they are. Comforters are also available in a variety of fabrics, from cotton to silk. What you select depends on your decorating style and how much effort you want to put into cleaning your comforter. Many comforters also have decorative trims, ruffles or flounces.
What's a Duvet?
Duvets are down comforters without a cover. They are generally filled with goose down or feathers known as fill. Hypoallergenic fill is also available for people who are allergic to feathers. The term "fill" describes the amount and quality of the down in your duvet. The higher the quality of the fill, the warmer your duvet will be. Duvets also feature channels or baffles that are sewn into the duvet's fabric to keep the fill from shifting too much. You don't have to live in an extremely cold climate to have a down duvet. Lighter-weight duvets are available. Duvet covers look like a large pillowcase and are available in many fabrics, colors and styles. Duvet covers are easy to remove for cleaning.
Finally, consider pillows when learning all about bedcoverings. You will want to pick pillows that coordinate with the size bed you have. For instance, two king pillows will overwhelm a double bed; likewise two standard pillows would be too small for a king. Also think about the way you sleep and the type of fill you'd like for the pillows. Many pillows today indicate if they are for stomach, back or side sleepers, so you will have the proper neck support to rest comfortably.
Pillows are generally filled one of three ways: foam, feathers or polyester. Some pillows combine several fills. A foam pillow won't lose its shape throughout the night, while a feather pillow allows you to squish it into whatever shape you desire. People with allergies need to be especially aware of the fill in their pillows. Many manufacturers have hypoallergenic options in all three types of fill. The more fill a pillow has, the firmer it will be.

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