Accent your decor with chic, comfortable bed linens

You could have the best bed that money can buy, but without the proper bedding you'll find it difficult to get a comfortable night's rest. Even a spacious bed with the right level of firmness will be useless if it has blankets or sheets that chafe your skin. To have a great night's sleep, you don't need to spend a bundle on designer bedding. Here are some of the things to look for when shopping for bedding.

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Bedding Types

The following bedding elements are universally used:

  • Pillows. Like mattresses, pillows can be purchased according to your firmness preferences.
  • Sheets. There are two types of sheets used on a bed: fitted sheets to cover mattresses and loose sheets that act as a buffer between you and the blankets.
  • Blankets. A blanket is heavier, thicker and warmer than a sheet and forms a layer between the sheet and the bed spread.
  • Bedspread. Quilts, duvets and comforters are different kinds of bedspreads. These may be used along with blankets during the winter.

Bedding Materials

There are many different types of materials used to make bedding and bed linens. Some of the fabrics commonly used include cotton, fleece, polyester, satin, silk, chenille, velvet and even polypropylene. Fleece sheets are much warmer than regular cotton or polyester sheets and are popular in cold climates. The fabrics are combined in various blends to create specialized bedding linens that have features and characteristics such as:

  • Fire resistance
  • Stain resistance
  • Water resistance
  • Breathability
  • Fungus resistance
  • Bacterial resistance
  • Allergen resistance

There are plenty of bedding and linen options available no matter what your particular needs may be.

Bedding Costs

The cost of bedding will range, depending on the fabrics used to make them; fine bed linens of woven silk or satin will cost much more than discount bedding made from blends of cotton and polyester. A great way to save money is to buy bedding sets rather than shopping for each piece individually. You save time and money, and end up with perfectly matched sets of pillowcases, sheets and bedspreads. This may not make a big dent in the overall cost of luxury bedding, but every little bit of money saved helps in the long run.