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Best Bedding Products Guide

Some sleepers don’t see the point in using additional layers, and in this guide, we will explain why bedding products are actually very useful.

Shoppers usually focus on researching the mattress, but most of them do not think about bedding. Bedding stands for all kinds of bed sheets, pillowcases, comforters, blankets, or any other cover that goes on top of the mattress. Most sleepers choose their bedding based only on aesthetic or price, and they are not aware that quality bedding can also impact their overall sleep experience. Same as with mattresses and pillows, different bedding options are available on the market, and there is something for everyone’s needs and preferences.

Many mattresses come with a removable and washable cotton cover, but the easiest way to protect the mattress and the duvet is to use sheets or bedding. There is only one way to use bottom sheets, but the top sheet can be used in two ways, depending on sleeper’s preference. It can either rest atop, or be placed beneath the sleeper’s body. Mattresses and duvets are very sensitive, and apart from protection, bedding and sheets can help to ease maintenance. Some sleepers don’t see the point in using additional layers, and in this guide, we will explain why bedding products are actually very useful.

Bedding 101

Mandatory basics among bedding include sheets and pillowcases. They are usually included in sheet sets, but can also be bought separately. A sheet set contains the following types of linen: fitted sheet, top sheet and matching two pillowcases. Fitted bottom sheet comes with an elastic band around its edges, so it can tightly fit your mattress without sliding or wrinkling during the night. Unlike it, the top sheet does not feature an elastic band, and it rests freely atop of sleeper’s body, which is why it slides and moves around so easily. Another bedding item is valance or bedding skirt, its purpose is purely decorative, as this piece of fabric is placed between the box spring of a bed and a mattress. Since they do not get in touch with sleeper’s body, their prior purpose years ago was to keep the dust away from the storage space underneath the bed, but nowadays it just hides the sides of a bed box making the overall bed appearance more attractive and rounded up.

When shopping for bedding sets or top and fitted sheet only, take some of our advice into consideration:

Materials for pillowcases and sheets can vary in their price and composition, so we have created a chart to sum it up for you.

Material Synthetic / Natural Price
Upland Cotton Natural $
Polyester Synthetic $
Pima Cotton Natural $$
Flannel Natural $$
Lyocell Synthetic $$
Bamboo Synthetic $$$
Linen Natural $$$
Silk Natural $$$
Egyptian Cotton Natural $$$

Beside sheet sets, bedding category also includes blankets, comforters, duvets, and bedspreads which are heavier and thicker types of covers. Due to their composition, they are warmer, but they are also more visible because unlike sheets they are not always hidden below other layers of bedding, so the greater attention has been dedicated to their design, pattern, and color.

The blanket is a layer that usually goes between the top sheet and the comforter, but they can also be placed underneath the sleeper’s body for an extra cozy and warm sleep surface, perfect for cold nights. Blankets are usually slightly larger than the average mattress size so that they overlap its sides or provide more material for snuggling. Most blankets come in four sizes: Twin, Full, Queen and King. One type of blanket is a so-called throw-blanket which is smaller in size and usually used as a leg warmer or like a decorative item thrown over the bed.

When it comes to techniques of production, blankets can be knitted, woven or quilted in different styles. Price and material composition comparison is in a table below.

Material Synthetic / Natural Price
Cotton Natural $
Fleece Synthetic $
Acrylic Synthetic $
Polyester Synthetic $
Wool Natural $$
Cashmere Natural $$$

Bedspreads, comforters, and duvets are somewhat similar and often mixed due to their features and purpose. The bedspread can be any cover that goes on top of as a bedding layer, and bedspreads are mostly divided into two main categories, duvets, and comforters.

Comforters are bedding covers filled with wool, down, down alternative or feather materials. All four sides of the comforter are quilted or stitched to prevent the stuffing from escaping. Comforters can also be placed in a duvet cover and function as a duvet. Both comforters and duvet should match the size of a mattress or be slightly larger. In the table below we have compared these two very similar forms of bedspreads.

Bedspread type Material Filling Maintenance Cover
Comforter Cotton or polyester Feathers, wool, silk, down, down alternative Can be machine washed, but some models demand professional cleaning It does not come with a cover, but it can be used with a duvet cover or a top sheet
Duvet Cotton or polyester Feathers, wool, silk, down, down alternative The duvet cover is machine washable, but the duvet insert requires professional cleaning only It comes with a cover, so it does not request any additional layer, sheet or bedding accessorize

And we have also prepared a chart which compares their prices and compositions of both, duvets and comforters.

Filling material for duvets and comforters Synthetic or Natural Price
Down alternative Synthetic $
Feathers Natural $$
Down Natural $$$
Wool Natural $$$
Silk Natural $$$

The Grand Sheet Debate

Recently, the necessity of using the top sheets was brought into question, while some sleepers cannot imagine sleeping without them, others see no reasons to continue using them, and the millennials were the ones who lit this subject up. We have been witnesses that lately it has become quite popular to accuse millennials of ruining some conventional things or habits, so are the sheets the next thing that we are going to get rid of? Considering how annoying can it be to strain the top sheet properly or to iron it, can we blame the millennials for simplifying their house chores and saving their precious time?

By the good old fashioned way, a bed should have a proper bottom sheet, top sheet, blanket and another final layer over it all, like a coverlet or some kind of top sheet. That is quite an amount of sheets per one bed, and it can quickly fill in your washer and dryer leaving little to no space for all the other stuff. And, the crucial question is, do all these layers have a real function?

The truth is that the top sheet requires extra work, and it can be easily bunched up during the night which means that every morning, or every night before sleeping, you have to spread it in place over and over again. Besides the fact that it takes extra space in the washer, sheets will also take away extra two or three minutes of your time. It is not too much, but when you are dead tired or rushing to go to work, you would probably want to avoid it. If you do not do it in the morning, that small chore will wait for you when you go to sleep. Also, these top sheets somehow always manage to slide down, so by the morning they always end up all wrinkly and twisted around somewhere between the ankles.

On the other hand, here are some arguments that millennials might not like as much. Despite the fact that it takes an additional effort, a flat sheet will help with temperature regulation during the night. During the hot summer nights, a top sheet will keep sleeper’s body cool and provide solid airflow, while during the winter this additional thin layer will warm you up a bit more. Top sheet’s primary function is to separate the sleeper’s body from the duvet cover or a blanket, prolonging their wear and preventing that the sweat, oils, etc. get in touch with them. Although some duvets come with a cover, it is always such a struggle putting that cover back on. If you are going to stick with top sheets anyway, think about them as some daily ritual, spend five minutes less on social media and do something for your self-care.

While in the US vast majority of bedding sets include a top sheet, sleepers in Europe have different habits and rarely use a top sheet between a fitted one and a duvet. Luckily, there is no need to switch continents when you can simply exclude the top sheet if you do not feel comfortable using it, it is always a great solution for a last minute Halloween ghost costume. In the end, we will leave it up to you, our dear sleepers, to decide what is best.

 

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