Bedding Buying Guide

Purchasing bedding can be fun and exciting, especially if you're in the process of renovating your bedroom. You'll find there are many bedding items to choose from including comforters, quilts, coverlets, duvets, mattress pads and more. With the right knowledge of bedding and what to look for, you can easily turn your room into a functional and attractive showplace that will provide you with years of comfort.

Common Bedding Items

Comforters are probably the most widely used bedding item. They may be either down or down alternative comforters. Although down comforters are said to be the warmest, down alternative are easier to clean and maintain. Comforters are popular because of the warmth and comfort they provide. Down usually comes from either ducks or geese, with geese being more popular because their warmer and fluffier. The most common are Hungarian down, Siberian down, goose feather and down, goose down, duck feathers and down and duck feathers. The higher and purer the fill, the higher the price but the more comfort and durability they'll have.
Although thread count play a large part in quality of bedding, when buying comforters, you'll want to look at design and fill power. Fill power is a term used to describe the amount of space one ounce of down will take up in cubic inches. Fill power of 600 is considered good, 700 is excellent and 800 or higher is excellent.
Comforters are usually made of two construction designs: a box stitch design or baffle-box stitch. The box stitch will prevent the down from moving by holding it down with the box stitches and the baffle box has baffle gates (vertical fabric covering the top and bottom of the comforter) going down the entire length of the comforter to hold the down and provide maximum loft.

Duvets are like slipcovers for comforters. Although they add a lot to the appearance of your bed, duvet covers are most often used to protect comforter, specifically down comforters, from wear and tear, dust or dirt to add to the life of the comforter.

Coverlets & Bedspreads are used more as a decorative touch to your bed than anything else and generally need to be used with a blanket if your goal is to be warm. Coverlets and Duvets are commonly made of fabrics such as cotton with weaves of corduroy, chenille or jacquard and often have embroidery, fringed edges or eyelets for decoration. When you buy coverlets, keep in mind that they should reach to the floor so they will need to be wider and longer than comforters, quilts and other bed coverings.

Quilts have been around since the beginning of time it seems. They are a bedding item consisting of three layers: a top layer, which is machine or hand sewn pieces all sewn together, a middle layer which is a filling of cotton, fill, polyester or down and a bottom layer which is usually one piece of fabric. Quilts can be hand made or machine sewn and may be thin or very thick. A consideration when purchasing a quilt is that it be machine washable.


Blankets have been around forever and consist of a variety of fabrics. The kind of fabric you choose will affect its softness and warmth. Blankets made of cotton are going to provide the most breathability. If you want a softer and lighter blanket, you may want to choose a synthetic fleece blanket. Although durability should be your ultimate factor in choosing a blanket, your personal preference is going to play a part in what blankets you choose.

Common bedding Sizes for Quilts, Duvet & Comforters

Twin68" X 86"
Full80" X 90"
Queen88" X 94"
King108" X 94"
California King104" X 98"

What is the purpose of a mattress pad?

A mattress pad serves several purposes in your bedroom. A mattress pad will provide you with a soft feel and comfort while you sleep. It also protects the top of your mattress from wear and tear, which will add years to the life of your mattress. Your mattress pad will have a care label telling you how to care for it so it will provide the maximum protection for your mattress. Unless your mattress pad is foam, it can be cared for with normal machine washing and drying.

What Different Features are in Mattress Pads & what do I Want?

The first thing you'll need to do is measure your mattress to determine what size you'll need. Then you can look at the different kinds of mattress pads available, what their functions are and what will best serve your needs.

Waterproof mattress pads are perfect if you need protection from moisture. While they're made like other mattress pads, the underside of the pad has a vinyl liner to prevent moisture from seeping through to the mattress and ruining it.
Convoluted mattress pads are the perfect choice for individuals that need additional back support. These foam pads are constructed of soft foam in the shape of an egg carton. Not only do they offer extra support but also provide extra comfort on pressure points that might otherwise be uncomfortable.
100% cotton mattress pads are almost considered the all purpose but work exceptionally well in warm climates as they'll keep you cooler.
A Wrap is a mattress pad with quilting on the top and sides of the pad. It is designed to provide a snug fit on the mattress. The one-piece construction and contour styling make it very easy to put on the mattress.
A Fitted mattress pad has a quilted top and either an expandable grip fabric or an attached fabric skirt to cover the sides of the mattress. These are made to fit all mattresses.
An Anchor band also has a quilted top buy has elastic anchors on all the corners to keep it in place on the mattress. For extra protection and comfort, you may consider purchasing a Memory Foam mattress topper to be used with your mattress pad.

Care for All Your Bedding Items

Although you may occasionally find bedding items that require special, you'll find most bedding requires the same type of car. Don’t use any more detergent than what's required. Too much soap can make bedding items feel scratchy. You may consider using ½ the amount you would normally use for laundry. Avoid using chlorine bleach as it will not only weaken certain fabrics but will also cause fading.
Avoid using fabric softeners ad they not only also weaken the fabric, taking away a lot of its durability but may also cause them to not absorb moisture as they should. Remove bedding from the dryer as soon as they're dry to prevent wrinkles. If your large bedding items don't comfortably fit into your washer and dryer, take them someplace where you can use industrial size washing machines and dryers.