How to

Choose the Right

Bedding for Your Registry

How to Choose the Right Bedding for Your Registry

What makes your perfect bed? Is it a fluffy duvet in a classic pattern or a cozy patchwork quilt? But wait: what’s the difference between a duvet and a quilt? We put together this guide to everything from thread count to pillow fill so you can customize your registry checklist.

Lay the Foundation

Every bed starts with a mattress. A good-quality mattress is an investment, so treat it right. Using a mattress pad will protect it, and many even enhance your mattress by incorporating memory foam or a light down fill for comfort. Or, upgrade to a topper for that plush featherbed feel. Alternative fiber fills are also available.

Next Up: Sheets

Sheets stay closest to your body during that oh-so-important eight hours, so thread count and fiber content is a highly personal choice. Thread count is the number of threads per square inch. The higher the count, the smoother the fabric. Lower thread counts breathe better, so if that’s important to you, consider percale or linen. If you and your partner just can’t compromise, buy two different sets and take turns! (When laundry day comes around, you’ll be glad you did.)

Cotton is everyone’s favorite natural fiber. Breathable and durable, it can be woven in a range of thread counts for a different feel. Percale is a simple weave (usually 200-300 thread count) that gets softer the more you wash it, while sateen is a denser weave (usually 300-700 thread count) with an irresistibly smooth touch that wears well.

Linen is a natural fiber sourced from the flax plant. It has a textured, open weave which is light and breathable and wicks moisture, making it perfect for warmer weather. Our linen sheets are woven from high quality Belgian flax, which has longer fibers for a soft, luxurious feel.

TENCEL® Lyocell is a renewable natural fiber spun from wood pulp. It forms a breathable fabric with a smooth touch that rivals silk and a soft luxurious drape.

Rest Your Head

Depending on how you sleep, the right pillow can give you the best rest. A down fill offers soft support, and down-alternative is great for those prone to allergies. Add pillow protectors to keep them clean and extend their wear.

Top it Off

A duvet insert is filled with down or a down-alternative in a range of warmth levels. A duvet cover keeps it clean and adds some style. A quilt is filled with a light layer of cotton or polyester batting, and then stitched all over to add decorative texture.  A comforter is a cross between a quilt and a duvet, with a stitched-on cover and thick batting.

Finishing Touches

To sham or not to sham? Extra pillows can offer support and style, but not everybody needs them. Stock up on blankets for chilly nights, or keep a throw handy at the foot of the bed. Add a colorful throw pillow (bonus points if it’s monogrammed!) to complete the look.

From supersoft cotton to luxurious Belgian flax linen, there’s a texture and weight that’s right for everyone. Register your dream registry today at potterybarn.com/registry.