Bedding terms

Bedding terms

Bedskirt : Wraps around the frame of the bed to hide the box –spring. If your mattress sits on a metal frame, a bedskirt is essential. Bedskirts can be tailored with or without pleats or gathered for a more feminine look. Always get an exact measurement for the height of you skirt so it’s not too short or dragging on the floor.

Box spring cover: A box-spring cover is similar to a fitted sheet generally in thicker decorator fabrics, and gives a clean airy look to the bed.

Coverlet: Also known as a blanket cover, blanket, or matelassé, it typically comes in cotton and is as versatile as a duvet. It can be folded at the foot of the bed to add texture to the décor, or pulled up over the bed and used instead of a blanket in warmer temperatures.

Duvet: A soft bag filled with natural down or synthetic down alternatives, and then quilted through to prevent the fill from shifting. Sometimes also referred to a comforter, the word duvet comes from the French word meaning “down.” Goose down is considered the most desirable of fills for a duvet because of its lightness and thermal insulation properties. Prices for duvets vary widely according to a number of quality indicators. Modern high-end synthetic down alternative duvets emulate closely goose down duvets because the type of fibers used and the specialized manufacturing techniques.

Duvet cover: A decorative envelope for a duvet or comforter. It gives a cozy, luxury look to the bed in contrast to a stiff bedspread, and is essential to protect the duvet. A duvet cover is easily removable and washed without any need to launder the duvet.

“Euro” pillow: A 26”X26” square pillow that is both decorative and versatile. Esthetically, “Euro” pillows give the bed height and are especially useful if the bed does not have a headboard.   They are also wonderful for reading in bed. Use two for a Queen bed and three for a King bed.

Mattress toppers: Also know as pillow tops, mattresses toppers are a soft, thick quilted cover that sits on top of the mattress and feels like a pillow. They are the modern version of old-fashioned feather beds,  but instead of being made of feathers they are made of synthetic materials as used in pillows and are easier to maintain and for bed making. Mattress toppers substantially increase the comfort of any bed, and give a more romantic, sumptuous look to the bed. They are essential for tired mattresses or mattresses that are too hard.

Mattress protector: A protective layer that covers the mattress that is essential to keep the mattress clean. Mattress protectors vary in terms of the amount of padding and the protection they offer against liquids.

Pillow protector:   As for mattresses, protectors for pillows are essential to keep pillows clean . Available in either zippered- or envelope- styles , pillow protectors completely encase the pillow, and act as another layer of protection for the pillow, in addition to the pillowcase.

Sham: Shams are usually made from the same or coordinating fabric as the duvet cover and add an elegant finished touch to the bed. They cover those pillows added to the bed to increase comfort for reading TV watching etc., but are not usually used for sleeping.

Sheets: Sheets include pillowcases, flat and fitted sheets ( with elastic). Cotton and polyester are the two most widely used fibers for sheets. 100% cotton sheets are softer, fresher and more breathable than polyester or polyester/cotton blend sheets, which also tend to pill more easily ( “to pill” refers to the sheet forming small balls from fibers that are shed from the sheets usually due to friction).  The quality of the cotton, the number of threads per square inch ( thread count), and the type of weave are all important determinants in the softness and durability of the sheet. The better the quality of cotton, often denoted by the terms “Egyptian”, “Supima” and “Pima” , the softer and more durable the sheet. Higher thread counts usually mean sheets that are softer and silkier ( within a range, as after a certain number of thread counts, the thread count is simply “forced” by manufacturers and there is no increase in quality) . Given the same thread count and quality of cotton, a percale woven sheet is crisper to the touch and more durable than a sateen woven sheet which is softer to the touch.

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