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These are all of the essential items you'll need for a comfortable bed that's dressed to perfection.

| By Rachael Thompson | Linen

This Is Everything You Need to Create Your Dream Bed

These are all of the essential items you'll need for a comfortable bed that's dressed to perfection.

Having all of the right bedding can create a comfortable and inviting sleeping environment that helps you get a good night's rest. High-quality bedding creates a welcoming and stylish bedroom that you'll get excited to retreat to. But what do you actually need as far as bedding goes to create your dream bed?

Below, we've outlined everything, plus a couple of extras that will take things to the next level – because given how many hours you spend here every day why not create a lovely snooze spot for yourself?

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Bedding set essentials

A mattress protector

As the name suggests, a mattress protector encases the mattress to protect it. A high-quality one can also protect the person sleeping on the mattress from allergens and irritants like bed bugs, mould, dead skin and dust mites.

A fitted sheet

Also known as the bottom sheet, the fitted sheet is the one with a stretchy elastic band sewn into the seam of the sheet material, which is designed to be pulled over a mattress to ensure a snug fit.

A flat sheet

Ah yes, the great flat sheet debate – to use or not to use? Well, because you’re after that luxurious feel, we recommend using one. The flat sheet, also known as the top sheet, is designed to be placed between the sleeping person and the duvet. Because it’s a simple rectangular piece of material, it can be used as your bottom sheet if you don’t mind having to tuck the corners in. On balmy summer nights, you can simply replace your duvet with a flat sheet, or in winter they provide an extra layer of much-needed warmth.

A duvet

The duvet is like a large flat pillow designed to span the expanse of the bed. If you’re after that Pinterest look, it’s recommended to size up a duvet size so it elegantly drapes off the edges.

A duvet cover

The duvet cover is like a giant pillowcase for your duvet.


For any bed bigger than a single or twin size, you need at least four standard pillows or two standard pillows and two European pillows. Twin and single beds can have two standard pillows or one standard and one European.


Pillowcases are essential to cover your pillows. We recommend selecting two different colours of pillowcase sets – for example, if you’re after a minimal look, select White for your two standard pillowcases and Fog for your two European pillowcases.


A valance

A valance is designed to fit over your bed base and fall gently to the floor. It’s the perfect solution to dress up a plain bed frame and hide everything you might be storing underneath your bed. Choose a contrasting valance to create an eye-catching combination, opt for a neutral shade that goes with anything, or go for a singular shade throughout – from pillows to valance – for maximum colour impact.

A throw

Draped over the duvet cover as decoration, used as an extra layer of warmth during the cooler months or a substitute for a duvet in the warmer months, a heavy-weight throw adds a touch of luxury to a bed.

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