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Different Types of Bedding and their Definitions

by Baneet Gurwara on June 07, 2019

Shopping for bedding can be overwhelming for anyone, especially for those who know nothing about the difference between types of bedding. There are various types of sheets, bed coverings, pillows, among others. On top of that, these items also come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and sizes as well. This is why knowing the definitions of the basic bedding types and terms such as bed coverings, duvets, or comforters can be extremely useful.


Types of Bed Linen:
  1. Top Sheets or Flat Sheets

A top sheet or flat sheet is commonly used in North America, but not so much in Europe. It is the sheet that lies between you and your comforter, quilt, or blanket. In Europe, the duvet cover is usually placed on the top sheet.


  1. Bottom Sheets or Fitted Sheet

A bottom sheet, also known as fitted sheet, is the sheet with the stretchy edge that covers your mattress. Since mattresses nowadays are much thicker than before, it is recommended that you get the measurements of your mattress before purchasing a bottom sheet to make sure that it will fit. 


  1. Bedspreads

A bedspread is a thin and pretty covering that typically covers the whole bed and touches the floor. Common bedspread materials include wool, cotton, polyester, and chenille.


  1. Coverlets

A coverlet is a fabric covering that usually does not touch the floor and does not spread over the pillows. It is often used as a decorative piece and is placed on top of bedspreads. In many hotel rooms, coverlets can often be found at the foot of the bed as foot runners. 


  1. Blankets

Blankets are essentially used for providing warmth. A blanket can be used on its own, or it can be topped with a more decorative quilt, comforter, or duvet. Most common materials of blankets are wool, polyester, cotton, microfiber plush, or a blend of fibers.


  1. Comforters

A comforter is a bed cover filled with fibers or down. This is possibly the most common bed topper in North America. Comforters come in a countless range of styles, patterns, and colors, making them one of the best decorative pieces in the bedroom. Cotton and polyester are two of the most popular materials for comforters.


  1. Duvets

A duvet is closely similar to a comforter, but it requires a duvet cover to complete the set. Usually, a duvet is plain white and stuffed with down or a down alternative.


  1. Duvet Covers

As the name suggests, a duvet cover covers a duvet. It comes with an opening in which the comforter or duvet can be inserted inside and closed with buttons or a zipper. Duvet covers are usually decorative and also come in many different colors and styles. They are particularly popular in Europe. 


Types of Pillows:
  1. Euro or Continental Pillows

A Euro, also known as a continental pillow, is a large square pillow that usually sits back against the headboard. The cover can be removed for washing.


  1. Sleeping Pillows

A sleeping pillow is an average, rectangular pillow that you use when sleeping. Sleeping pillows come in three sizes: standard, queen, and king. Of course, there are various styles of sleeping pillows that you can choose from.


  1. Decorative or Throw Pillows

A decorative pillow - sometimes referred to as an accent or throw pillow - is a small pillow that serves a decorative purpose. 


  1. Bolster Pillows

A bolster pillow is a tube-like pillow used to support the lower back, especially when sitting up in bed. That being said, it can also be used as a decorative pillow as well. Bolster pillows can be very small or very long and large.


  1. Pillowcases

A pillowcase is used for encasing a sleeping pillow and sometimes bolster or decorative pillows. It typically has a rectangular shape with an opening on one end to insert the pillow. The pillowcase should be changed at least twice per week to prevent breakouts and any skin irritation.


  1. Pillow Shams

A pillow sham is a decorative cover for pillows. It is often designed with ruffles, trims, flanges, and cording.


Bed Accessories:
  1. Bed Skirts or Bed Ruffles

A bed skirt or bed ruffle is a decorative fabric placed between the mattress and box springs. It stretches out to the floor at the mattress’s sides and bottoms. The main purpose of bed skirts is to hide the box spring while also serving as a piece of decor to the bedroom.


  1. Throw Blankets

A throw blanket or toss blanket is smaller than a regular blanket and is used to add warmth at the foot of the bed or wrapped around the shoulders. Throw blankets can also be used as a decorative piece.


  1. Mattress Pads

A mattress pad, also known as a mattress topper, is a layer of padding placed above the mattress and beneath a bottom sheet for extra comfort.


  1. Featherbeds

A featherbed is made of feathers stuffed in a fabric shell that is put on top of a mattress as a mattress topper. Featherbeds usually come with elastic straps or a fitted sheet so that it can fit over a mattress and remain in place.


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