It's easy to surround yourself in comfort when you know what you're looking for. Because we understand that shopping for bedding can be an overwhelming experience, we've made it easier for you by breaking bedding down into its essential components.
We've put together a list of everything you need for a bed as well as a checklist that you can take along with you when you go shopping.
A. The fitted sheet
This sheet is placed on the bottom of a bed and comes with four corners fitted with elastic so that it fits snugly over your mattress. While some use flat sheets instead of fitted, we prefer a bottom fitted sheet that doesn't bunch up when we're tossing and turning! The fitted sheet should be the same size as your mattress, so make sure you know your mattress size before shopping for a fitted sheet to avoid buying one that is too small or too loose.
B. The flat sheet
This is the big sheet that is laid on top of the fitted sheet and below the duvet cover or bedspread. This top part of this sheet is usually printed or embroidered, and that part is folded over the duvet or bedspread, giving your bed a touch of color or pattern. We recommend using both a fitted and flat sheet along with a bedspread or duvet on top of the fitted sheet. However, some prefer to use a duvet cover directly on the fitted sheet, bypassing the flat sheet. We find that using a flat sheet in between makes it easier when it comes to changing your bedding because you don't need to change your duvet cover as frequently since it's easier to change and wash a flat sheet than to change a duvet cover. Remember to read up on the different fabric options for choosing bed sheets before you buy them to make sure that you choose the one that's right for you.
C. The duvet cover
This is typically the most important element of your bed since duvet covers are usually more decorative than bed sheets, so here is your chance to show off your personal style and taste. Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, so fall in love with the color and pattern of your duvet! We recommend choosing something you will love for years because that's how long your duvet will last.
Pillowcases are what cover your pillows. A bed usually has four pillows, and therefore four pillowcases. Typically pillowcases have a printed or solid colored border that matches the flat sheet and/or duvet cover. They are usually sold in pairs, and tend to come with the bed sheet or duvet cover.
E. Throw cushions
Purely decorative, these cushions are the best way to add color, texture or prints to your bed! They can be classic, trendy or seasonal and you can change them up every once in a while! They're also a great way to tie all the colors in your room together, whether it's the curtains, carpets, headboard or wall color.
For those of you who prefer not to use a duvet cover in the summer months, a bedspread is a perfect way to add color to your room. Most bedspreads are made from cotton and are either folded at the foot of your bed or spread out on top of the flat sheet.
G. Throw blanket
We're assuming the term "throw" came about because you can just throw this small blanket on your bed, sofa, chair or just wrap it around your shoulders to stay warm and snug in the wintertime. On a bed it adds a fun dash of color and can be coordinated with the throw cushions and to tie in all the colors and textures in your bedroom.