4 Expert Tips To Choose Bedding

Getting a good night's sleep is super important, and the type of bedding you choose will affect how easy that will be for you. There are countless confusing factors that need to be taken into account when choosing your bedding, and we're here to condense all of that information into one helpful guide.

Read our expert tips on choosing the right type of bedding for your needs, and never suffer a sleepless night again!

What are the different types of bedding?

Bedding is an umbrella term for many different items that you'll find in your bed, and figuring out the difference between some of them may be tricky. While to some people it won't really matter exactly what they're using as bedding, others may only need or want a specific item, so these tips are here to help you learn the difference between them all!

Comforters are thick, quilted blankets that are usually placed as the top layer on your bed. Depending on your climate, you may only sleep with one comforter, or you may use some additional sheets or blankets under the comforter to keep you warm. They often come in a coordinated, matching set with other sheets and pillows.

Gray Microfiber Polyester Comforter Set
Indigo Microfiber Polyester Single Comforter
Gray Microfiber Polyester Shaggy Comforter Set
White Microfiber Polyester Comforter Set
Blush Microfiber Kids Reversible Comforter Set
Blush Velvet Polyester Comforter Set

Duvets are basically the flatter versions of comforters and can be used in the same way -- as the main blanket layer that keeps you warm. However, duvets are meant to act as an insert for duvet covers or slips, making them more universal than comforters. You can mix and match duvets with their covers, without having to stick to one coordinated set like with comforters.

Polyester Microfiber Down Alternative Comforter
Calm Sea All Season Down Alternative Comforter
Polyester Filled Down Alternative Duvet Insert
White Goose Down Duvet Insert
Cotton All Season Down Duvet Insert
White Polyester Down Alternative Duvet Insert

Duvet covers are what most people use to cover their duvets. They are filled out by the duvet (rather than just laying on top of it) and usually attach to it by buttons or ties. They're meant to be easily removable, so you don't have to wash your whole bedding set, and are interchangeable with other covers. They can be used with comforters as well, though not all sizes will fit -- comforters are usually larger and thicker than duvets.

White Plush Single Reversible Duvet Cover
Silver Microfiber Polyester Duvet Cover Set
Light Gray Microfiber Reversible Duvet Cover
Ochre Teddy Bear Single Duvet Cover
White Microfiber Reversible Duvet Cover Set
Watercolor Cotton Duvet Cover Set

A coverlet (also sometimes known as a bedspread) is a simple, thin, non-reversible top layer that's usually only used for decorative purposes on the bed. They don't attach to any other bedding pieces and can be bought either as individual items or as part of a bedding set. Coverlets can also be used on other furniture like chairs and sofas as decoration or a protective layer.

Sage Cotton Oversized Single Bedspread
Coral Cotton Blend Coverlet Set
Natural Cotton Single Twin Coverlet
Aqua Microfiber Skirt Bedspread Set
Spice Cotton Single Twin Coverlet
Multi Colored Microfiber Twin Coverlet Set

Quilts are traditionally made up of three layers, with the top layer displaying an attractive pattern. They have two main uses, acting as the main blanket layer when it's hot, and as an additional warm topper for colder days. Although it isn't necessary, some people may choose to use a duvet cover with a quilt.

Pelican Gray Cotton Reversible Quilt Set
White Cotton Reversible Quilt Set
Gray Microfiber Reversible Quilt Set
Deep Celadon Microfiber Reversible Quilt Set
Blue Cotton Reversible Quilt Set
White Cotton Reversible Jersey Quilt Set

What material should my bedding be made of?

The material of your bedding can really make a huge difference, especially if you're sensitive to low and high temperatures. While most people simply decide on the material based on the cost, there are many factors that will influence which material is better suited for your needs.

Want something affordable and fairly durable? Cotton

  • Cotton is the most popular material used to make all types of bedding, and it has lots of variations.
  • It's generally quite durable, soft, and easy to take care of, and while it is usually pretty cheap, the price can vary depending on which type you choose.
  • Egyptian cotton, for example, is the most expensive type of cotton as it's super soft and smooth.
  • Upland cotton is the cheapest and most common type of cotton used when making bedding.
Egyptian Quality Cotton Damask Duvet Cover Set
Red Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover Set
Cotton Percale Reversible Comforter Set
Cream Sateen Cotton Duvet Cover Set
Cotton Blend Stripe Comforter Set
Light Gray Cotton Reversible Comforter Set

Enjoy a bit of luxury? Silk

  • Silk is an incredibly soft, cool, and even sensuous material, making it a pretty popular choice for couples.
  • This material is actually naturally hypoallergenic, meaning that it's safe to use by individuals with allergies or sensitivities to certain materials.
  • However, real silk is very expensive and can get ruined super easily, so avoid it at all costs if you have children and pets, or if you simply won't have the time or money to maintain or replace the sheets regularly.
White Silk Duvet Cover Set
Silk Queen Duvet Cover Collection
Gray Silk Luxurious Single Quilt
Silk Quilt Single Reversible Coverlet
Silk Knot Queen Duvet Cover
Pink Silk Contemporary Comforter Set

Want organic, environmentally-friendly sheets? Tencel

  • Tencel is actually the brand name for a fabric that's made from eucalyptus tree pulp.
  • Although it sounds pretty crazy, it's actually very durable and soft.
  • The fabric is also naturally antimicrobial and uses less energy, water, and harmful chemicals to make than cotton, for example.
  • However, it's not very breathable, which may prove to be a problem for those who get too hot at night.
  • It can also get a bit expensive as not many retailers offer sheets from this material yet.
Gray Tencel Sateen Sheet Set
White Tencel Plain Weave Sheet Set
Sandstone Tencel Satin Sheet Set
Gray Violet Tencel Single Comforter
Cadet Blue Tencel Plain Weave Sheet Set
Sand Tencel Plain Weave Sheet Set

Need stain resistant sheets? Microfiber

  • Microfiber bedding is made from very finely woven polyester, making it a quite inexpensive option.
  • This bedding is very soft and surprisingly stain resistant so it's a great material for families with children or pets.
  • However, the material is not very breathable, and it can get uncomfortably hot in the warmer months so we wouldn't recommend it if you're sensitive to heat.
Microfiber Bohemian Reversible Bedspread Set
White Microfiber Full Coverlet Set
Floral Microfiber Reversible Quilt Set
Gray Microfiber Satin Sheet Set
Garnet Microfiber Plain Weave Sheet Set
Glacier Gray Microfiber Duvet Cover Set

Does the weave of my bedding matter?

Yes, the weave of your bedding does matter. Just like the material, it will affect how well you sleep at night, as different weaves offer a different feel and temperature. There are two main types of bedding weave, percale and sateen, and we've outlined the pros and cons of each down below.

  • Percale features a one-over-one-under weave pattern and has a thread count of 180 to 200. It offers a very crisp feel, has a matte finish, and is overall very durable. It also gets softer the more you wash and use it without losing any of its durability. However, this weave pattern makes materials quite prone to wrinkles, so if you like your bedding to look spotless, this weave probably isn't for you.

  • Sateen weave ranges in thread count from 120 to 1000, though a thread count of 300 to 600 is the most common. It uses a four-over-one under weave pattern, resulting in a very soft and shiny fabric. It's a great option for individuals with sensitive skin as it isn't as rough as percale weave fabrics. However, it makes bedding a bit less durable and the pretty shine fades with prolonged use. It's also a less breathable weave than percale, so it's better suited for colder climates.

What style of bedding will suit my bedroom?

Having comfortable bedding is great, but it also needs to suit your bedroom's décor! Thankfully there are thousands of different color and pattern combinations out there when it comes to bedding sets, so you'll be spoilt for choice!

Decorating a child's bedroom? Lots of colors!

  • Most materials come in lots of different colors and patterns, but microfiber sheets are usually the best choice as they're super resistant to stains.
  • Your child probably won't care too much if they get a duvet rather than a comforter, or a coverlet instead of a quilt, so just stick with whatever will keep them warm or cool enough at night in your specific climate.
  • Also, don't spend all of your money on the most expensive bedding sets -- your child is bound to grow out of their pink or blue phase, so you need to be able to replace their bedding quickly without wasting money.
Microfiber Polka Dots Reversible Comforter Set
Floral Microfiber Reversible Coverlet Set
Multi Colored Microfiber Twin Comforter Set
Road Trip Novelty Printed Microfiber Sheet Set
Blue Microfiber Dinosaurs Comforter Set
Gray Microfiber Kids Reversible Quilt Set

Have a modern aesthetic? Keep things minimalistic

  • The majority of homes will have a quite straightforward, modern aesthetic in the bedrooms.
  • This involves fairly neutral colors, no eye-catching patterns, or clashing textures.
  • If you like this sort of style, go for bedding that's either grey, white, or black to create an air of sophistication and minimalism.
  • Cotton and Tencel beddings are usually favored with this style, as the sheets will be both visually pleasing and comfortable.
  • Some like to have a single sheet or piece of bedding that stands out a little to make the bed the focal point, while still fitting the neutral color scheme -- for example, a grey and black patterned coverlet found amongst white sheets.
  • This overall style is great for both master bedrooms and guest bedrooms as it's very universal and relatively simple.
Black Cotton Duvet Cover Set
Stripes Cotton Reversible Comforter Set
White Black Cotton Single Duvet Cover
Black Cotton Percale Duvet Cover Set
White Cotton Tencel Reversible Duvet Cover Set
Black Cotton Oversized Single Duvet Cover

Want a cozy and mysterious aura? Make it dark and luxurious

  • This is for someone who likes a cozy, mysterious, and even a little sexy atmosphere in the bedroom.
  • Go for colors like black, brown, dark blue, dark red, and even dark purple when choosing your bedding and accessories.
  • The best bedding material for this sort of bedroom would be silk because of its luxurious feel and shiny finish.
  • If you're tight on money, you can still achieve this look by getting some cheaper bedding that's woven in the sateen pattern, as that also gives it a shiny finish and makes it look more expensive.
  • Try adding a pop of gold or silver either on a quilt, some of the cushions, or a unique embroidered pattern on the comforter/duvet cover.
  • You'll get the best effect if even your walls, curtains, and floors are on the darker side.
Purple Satin Luxury Comforter Set
Brown Microfiber Elegant Comforter Set
Red Microfiber Plush Comforter Set
Red Microfiber Queen Comforter Set
Black Gold Microfiber Comforter Set
Navy Blue Cotton Cover Set

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.