Bedding Buying Guide
Choose an option below to learn how to pick the right bedding essentials.
Bedding & Comforters
Down and Down-Alternative Comforters
Down and down-alternative comforters give you the option to select the level of warmth you’d like, based on the climate you live in and your personal preference. Light, fluffy down clusters expand and intertwine to create pockets of air, which provide insulation and warmth.
To determine the type of comforter you’d like, you’ll want to take fill power and fill weight into consideration. For a fluffier, more insulated feel, choose a higher fill power. If you’re looking for a heavier comforter, but don’t want to get too hot while you sleep, choose a comforter with a lower fill power and a higher fill weight. The fill weight is measured in ounces, so the higher the number, the heavier your comforter will be.
To keep the fill from shifting, many comforters employ baffling, which is an open construction that uses extra vertical fabric to connect the top layer to the bottom layer for additional loft. They may also have sewn-through boxes, which have horizontal and vertical stitches in the top and bottom layers to create individual compartments that keep fill from clumping.
Duvet inserts are comforters that can be used alone or as an insert to fill a duvet cover. They are available in down and down alternative fills and the varying warmth levels provide a variety of options to suit your individual sleeping needs. A beneficial feature to consider when purchasing a duvet insert is the added corner loops that attach to the corner ties in the duvet covers. These ties anchor the insert and minimize shifting.
Down material is a natural, durable fill option. A well-cared-for down comforter will last longer than a synthetic fill, as down will revitalize with regular washing, making it a worthwhile investment. Down alternative is a hypoallergenic, synthetic fill that mimics down’s loft and insulation. It is generally less expensive.
Light, puffy down clusters expand and intertwine to create pockets of air, which provide insulation and warmth. Increasing fill power and fill weight increases the warmth level. A higher fill power means larger down clusters and better insulation. While properly processed down is hypoallergenic, those who suffer from allergies should consider down alternative for a more peaceful night’s sleep.
How to Create a Stylish Bed
Fashion comforters come in a variety of colors, patterns and techniques. Their main purpose is to add style and another layer of comfort to your bed. Comforters typically have a polyester fiberfill and come in a variety of weights to give a lofty and cozy appearance. Although comforters are made to fit standard size mattresses, the actual dimensions of your comforter will vary across price points and brands. A good fit allows the comforter to drop over the side of the mattress and overhang the bedskirt or a platform bed frame.
Duvet covers slip over your duvet insert or comforter, which allows you to quickly and affordably refresh your room. They typically have a button closure to conceal the insert and protect it from dirt, dust and wear. Some duvet covers also feature corner ties to help anchor your insert to the duvet cover to minimize shifting. Since duvet covers are separate from the insert, you can enjoy the benefit of easy, at-home washing.
Quilts and Coverlets
Quilts and coverlets are a lighter bedding option with a thinner fill. They are usually held together with intricate stitching that provides just as much style as the print itself. They’re a great choice because they offer a layered look with the addition of blankets and comforters for customized warmth and style.
Bedspreads, much like coverlets and quilts, are a lightweight option for your stylish bed. The oversized design will brush the floor, covering your frame and making a bedskirt optional.
Types of Blankets
Blankets are a lighter to medium-weight bedding option. They are sized to fit your bed and are perfect for providing versatile and adjustable warmth throughout the year.
Throws are smaller in size than blankets and can be used as decorative accents or to provide warmth when lounging.
Plush offers a feeling of cozy luxury with superior softness and ultra-lightweight warmth.
Cotton is soft, durable and offers superior breathability. It can withstand repeated washes and general wear-and-tear, making it a popular choice.
Fleece is soft, ultrawarm and lightweight. Because fleece is low-pilling, it maintains a like-new look longer.
Safe and extra cozy, heated or electric blankets have an integrated electrical heating device that adjusts to provide customized warmth levels.