How to choose the best type of bedding for your bed

How to choose the right bedding to make your sleeping area cozy and comfortable

To ensure you a quiet and comfortable rest and to better furnish your sleeping area you will need to carefully choose bed linen and take into account several factors. The choice of sheets and coordinated, in fact, is not only about the aesthetics, but also the tactile feel, the quality of the fabrics, the ease of washing and maintenance, as well as, of course, the atmosphere that you would like to create in your bedroom. On the market you can find several options available, depending on the size of the bed, the features of the room and other furniture items.

To help you choose, here are some tips to buy the right bed linen and make your sleeping area cozy and comfortable in any season of the year.

Laila double bed bedspread

Bed linen set: what can they consist of?

A bed linen set can consist of several elements, which may vary depending on the season and personal preferences. Sheets are definitely the main elements of bedding for the sleeping area: usually a sheet set includes a top sheet and a bottom sheet (fitted or not-fitted), which must be firmly attached to the mattress to ensure a snug fit. The sheets can be made of different fabrics, such as cotton, cotton percale or satin.

Pillowcases are another essential element of bedding sets. There are different sizes of pillowcases to fit different types of pillows: generally the standard sizes are 50x80 cm. The pillowcases can be combined with sheets or different colors and designs to create a more particular and modern effect.

The bedspread is an additional element that can be included in a set of linen, useful in any season of the year. In addition to protecting the sheets, in fact, it also has an aesthetic function and can help to furnish and make the sleeping area more elegant. This decorative accessory is placed over the top sheet and in the colder months can also be used as an extra layer to give more warmth. Bedspreads are available in a wide range of colors, designs and fabrics, allowing you to customize and renew the look of your bed in any season.

An element that can not be missed in winter is the duvet cover, which generally consists of four pieces: a bag, one or two pillowcases (in the double version) and a sheet with elastic or taut corners (top). The duvet cover not only protects the duvet from stains and dust, but also contributes to the overall aesthetic appearance of the bedding set and can be easily replaced or washed separately for added convenience.

How to choose bed linen: the measures

It might seem obvious, but to buy the right bed linen is essential to know first the precise measurements of the bed and mattress. To choose the right size of bed linen you will then need to take the measurements of your mattress and pillows first. Follow these steps to make sure you get the right size:

  • use a tape measure to measure the width, length and height of your mattress. Be sure to also measure the height, because some mattresses can be thicker than others;
  • check standard sizes: Standard mattress sizes may vary slightly from country to country. For example, in Italy the standard dimensions of matrimonial mattresses are usually 160 cm wide and 190 cm long. Check the standard dimensions and compare them with the measurements of your mattress to make sure you buy the right size linen;
  • consider the type of bed linen: the dimensions, in fact, can vary according to the type of product. For example, sheets can be made to fit mattresses with different heights, so be sure to choose those that fit your specific mattress;
  • measure the size of cushions: if you want to buy pillowcases, also measure the size of the cushions. Usually the standard pillows have dimensions of about 50 cm x 80 cm, but in some cases there may be variations. Check the size of your pillows to make sure you buy pillowcases of the correct size;
  • check the manufacturer's instructions: each manufacturer may vary the size of their products slightly. Before you make your purchase, check the information on the label or package of the bed coordinates to make sure you choose the right size.

The choice of fabrics for bedding

Choosing the right fabrics for bedding is essential to ensure a comfortable and restful sleep, because the materials can affect the breathability, softness and durability of the sets, but also the aesthetic performance. Cotton is definitely the most suitable fabric and used for sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads and duvet covers because it is soft, breathable and durable. Cotton allows the skin to breathe during sleep, absorbs moisture and provides natural comfort.

Percale cotton stands out for its dense and particularly fine texture and is fine and soft to the touch, perfect for those who want maximum comfort and freshness, and want to recreate an elegant atmosphere in the bedroom. In addition, cotton percale is known for its strength and durability. The best percale sheets retain their beauty and integrity even after numerous washes, always remaining soft and comfortable in contact with the skin.

Another precious fabric often used to make sheets and bedspreads is cotton satin. This fabric with a smooth and shiny appearance stands out for the prevalence of warp in the weave and is able to ensure a pleasant feeling of freshness and lightness, in any season of the year. It can be washed in the washing machine, but in the case of particularly delicate linen elements, with embroidery or applications it is always preferable to opt for hand washing. In any case, it is always better to wash according to the indications on the product label.

Best bed linen: plain or patterned?

As we have seen, bed linen is a key element to create a cozy atmosphere and furnish the sleeping area with a unique and personal style. The choice of colors and imagination depends, of course, on the personal tastes and characteristics of the environment and other furnishing elements, but also on the season and the atmosphere you want to create in the bedroom.

The choice of sheets and bed linen in solid color can be the ideal solution for bedrooms in classic or modern style. Simple, but at the same time elegant (especially if chosen in soft, neutral or pastel colors), they adapt to any type of furniture and they are easily combined with blankets, pillows or furnishing accessories of the same color, but also of different patterns and textures. This versatility allows you to change the style of the bedroom simply by adding different decorative elements. Lory sheets in neutral tones, for example, are perfect for giving an elegant and refined look to the bedroom, while Genziana sheets, with more vibrant colors can add a touch of vivacity and personality to the environment.

On the contrary, printed bed linens are ideal for rooms with minimal style or with walls or furniture in soft colors, because they offer the opportunity to express your personality and play with contrasts, completely transforming the environment. Patterned sheets can become the focal point of the bedroom, creating a distinctive and unique style. A wide range of patterns are available, from stripes to flowers, from geometric patterns to polka dots, up to more abstract designs. Also in this case the choice depends on your tastes and on the style of the sleeping area: for the most classic bedrooms are perfect sheets or bedspreads with floral patterns, such as the double Lilibet sheets in delicate pastel tones, or the Labuan bedspread with romantic roses.

The sheets with prints and designs also offer the possibility to change the atmosphere of the bedroom depending on the seasons or occasions. You can prefer fresh and colorful patterns for the summer and patterns in darker, warm and cozy tones for the winter.