A Complete Guide to the Different Types of Bedding


When it comes to kitting out your home or accommodation, nowhere is more important than the bedroom. Providing a great night’s sleep, adding a touch of warmth and comfort, and making guests feel at home all starts and ends with how you design and furnish your bedrooms. And the bedding is one of the most important aspects.

Cotton, sateen, velvet, percale, flannelette – the list goes on. With material being only the start of the decisions to make, choosing the perfect bedding can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to help with a complete guide to the different types of bedding to make your life easier when designing your interior.

Thread count

One of the most confusing aspects of choosing bedding is the thread count. Most of us don’t understand the difference between 200 or 1000 thread count, we just know that the higher the number, the better, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Thread count refers to the amount of threads that run horizontally and vertically within one square inch of the material. You can get bedding with a thread count of 144 to 1000. Not only does your bedding’s thread count affect the feel of the sheets, but the quality, durability and smoothness.

Broadly speaking, the higher the thread count, the better quality the bedding. However, thread counts in excess of 300 will be far more difficult to care for. A thread count of 180 provides a good balance between quality, comfort, easy care and durability, rising to around 300 if you want to provide a luxury feel.


There are a number of materials to choose from when picking the perfect bedding -from silky sateen sheets to classic cotton cases.


Durable, easy to clean, breathable and cool, cotton is one of the most popular bedding materials, and for good reason. 100% cotton bedding is entirely natural and can either be combed or carded to make the smoothness of the fabric. Or you could choose Egyptian or Pima cotton, with an extra-long staple fibre to create a luxurious, fine and smooth finish.


Percale bedding is made from a plain weave, to create a soft, smooth, and beautiful finish. This material produces a crisp, clean feel that is easy to wash, iron and maintain.


Similar to satin, but more affordable and versatile, sateen bedding is silky, smooth and luxurious. With a highly silky effect on one side and dull effect on the other, these sheets can be used in most situations and are easy to clean and take care of.


Velvet bedding is an ever-growing trend in the interior design world. And it’s easy to see why. The elegant, luxurious feel and glamorous look of velvet bedding is what attracts a huge number of people to this material.


When choosing the perfect bedding, not only do you need to consider the material and thread count, but the design that will fit your rooms.


Jacquards have been a common feature on both classic and modern bedding sets for a long time. They are created using a weaving loom in either multi- or single-coloured designs depending on your décor. The eye-catching pattern is the main focus on jacquard bedding, whether you choose a classic pattern or modern twist.


If you’re looking for something where the texture does the talking, waffle bedding is perfect for you. Often plain in pattern, waffle bedding is textured in both appearance and feel, giving you a cosy, soft duvet to cuddle into on cold evenings.


Similar to the waffle design, the focal point of quilted bedding is the texture over design. Available in a range of materials, quilted bedding gives you extra pockets of comfort, perfect for winter bedding or an additional bedspread.


Classic, crisp and beautiful, embroidered bedding comes in a range of patterns. From clean piped detailing to fun, vibrant patterns, embroidery can give you a variety of looks and feels when it comes to bedding. Choose from simple designs and colours or bold, eye-catching patterns to complete any room.


Choose from a world of colours and design, if you want to make a statement with you bedding, prints can be a bold and fun directions to go in. Though heavily printed sets can be a little courser, due to the level of dye used in the product.

Bedding pieces

There are a number of bedding pieces that make up a complete set. It’s up to you to choose as many or as few as you prefer. You can mix or match different styles or stick to a matching set, depending on the look you’re going for.

Bed sheets

The first addition to your bed when making it up, the bed sheet is one of the most important parts of making a comfortable bed. There are a number of styles and designs you can choose from…

Flat sheets

As the name suggests, a flat sheet is one single, flat piece of fabric that is tucked in to create a neat, tight bed sheet. They can also be used as an additional layer between you and the duvet, particularly in hotels and guest accommodation.

Fitted sheets

Fitted sheets have elasticated edges to allow you to easily fit the sheet onto the mattress, with the corners holding the sheet in place. You can choose various depths and sizes of fitted sheets to allow them to fit perfectly to your bed.


If you want to cover the base of your bed, to hide an unattractive design or simply to match with the rest of your décor, a valance sheet is the perfect choice. With added fabric draping around the bed, a valance covers the base of your bed with the mattress sitting on top of the sheet.


Similar to a valance, a divan sheet has additional fabric to cover the base of your bed, but sits on top of the mattress, doubling as a bed sheet and valance.

Duvet covers

Duvet covers are the main focal point of the bed. As the first thing you see, most of us choose a duvet cover to match the décor of a room. But they can also transform the look and feel of a space. You can choose from button, popper or zip fastening, all differing the ease of application. These can be purchased individually or as part of a matching set with pillowcases.


Often paired with a duvet cover in a bedding set, pillowcases are another key component of bedding. After all, it’s where you lay your head every night, you want it to be comfortable. There are a number of pillowcase styles depending on the size of your bed and your individual preference:


Housewife, along with oxford pillowcases, are the most common type. The housewife design is a simple rectangle shape with a fold-over design to keep the pillow in place. Often, if you’re buying a duvet set with pillowcases, these are the design you will receive.


Unlike the housewife pillow, the oxford pillowcase has a decorative border to give it a little extra design. An oxford pillowcase, therefore, often seems to appear larger due to the additional fabric so is ideal for a king size or super king bed.


For added comfort, support or design, v-shaped pillowcases are often an additional pillow, rather than the standard. Ideal for pregnancy, anyone with muscle or back troubles or those who often sit or sleep upright, the design of these pillows supports your lower back whilst keeping you comfortable.


Finally, a bedspread can be added to your bed to change the appearance or add another layer of comfort. Available in a range of sizes, styles and materials, a bedspread is a common feature in hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest homes as they create a homely feel without much effort.

Expert advice

At Homefords, we offer a wide range of high-quality bedding products for businesses across the UK. But we understand that choosing bedding to buy in bulk can be overwhelming – even with our complete guide! That’s why we have a friendly team of experts on hand to help you find the ideal price, design and style for you. Chat with us today and we’ll be happy to help.

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