Sleep On It: Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Bedding

With about 35% of Americans reporting they sleep less than 7 hours a night, the right bedding can play a big part in how well you rest.

On the hunt for new bedding?

With so many options when it comes to sheets, quilts and pillows, buying bedding can seem overwhelming.

With about 35% of Americans reporting they sleep less than 7 hours a night, the right bedding can play a big part in how well you rest.

Check out our handy guide to help you navigate the world of bedding and select the best options to help you catch those Zs.



In most cases, people opt for a fitted bottom sheet and a top sheet that goes above their body and below a quilt or comforter.

These two sheets typically come with a set of 2 matching pillowcases in the same material.


A set of sheets in 100% cotton is usually a safe bet. This material feels cool and crisp on the body but still has a softness to it some other materials lack. Cotton is breathable and only gets softer the more you wash it.

The same goes for linen; another beloved yet more expensive material Some feel like linen can be a touch rougher on the skin however it’s also a breathable fabric that helps keep moisture at bay.

Thread Count

You’ve probably heard that the higher the thread count, the better the sheet quality. What thread count really signifies is the number of threads for every square inch of the sheet.

This does not always mean it feels softer or that it will last longer so don’t simply buy sheets with a high thread count for the sake of that number.

Quilts and Covers

Quilts and Covers
Next up is a decision about how you will stay warm.

There are several types of quilts and quilt covers. Some are thinner and perfect for the warmer months while a down quilt with a cover might be the way to go in the winter.


These are stitch patterns in a mid-weight material. Quilts are a great option for those who sleep hot or who are allergic to down material.

A quilt is a great chance to add some color and flair to your bed because they come in so many varieties. Quilts can even become a cherished item and family heirloom that gets passed between generations.


A duvet quilt and cover is a more modern take on bedding. While most duvet’s do contain goose down, there are plenty of down alternative options on the market that still achieve the same cloud-like effect.

The nice thing about duvets is that you can pick between a variety of weights so people who want a heavier comforter and those who want something light as a feather can all have the option.

Unlike a normal quilt, your duvet will need to be accompanied by a cover. You can pick one out to match your sheets and pillows or take this opportunity to use it as an accent piece on your bed.

Materials vary when it comes to duvet covers but the most common and durable are linen and cotton.

Start Buying Bedding Today!

Start Buying Bedding Today!
With the guide above, you have a simple cheat sheet for buying bedding.

Be sure to go in person and touch the materials to see what you like best because everyone has a different preference when it comes to achieving the perfect night’s sleep.

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