Bedding is commonly known as the materials laid above the mattress of a bed, for hygiene, warmth, protection of the mattress and all round decorative effect.  It’s all your added extras on top of your standard bed frame and mattress, so whatever you choose to add is the outcome of your finished bed.

Duvet

We all love a duvet, on a cold night there is nothing better than a thick duvet to pull over yourself and snuggle up to. A duvet generally consists of a soft bag filled with down, feathers, wool or silk, they originated in rural Europe and were made from the down feathers of ducks. The best quality of duvet is usually from the eider duck, known for its effectiveness as a thermal insulator. Although you may lose the need to use your duvet during the summer months were the hot nights are just unbearable, it will still be your best friend in the winter. Duvets are normally given a tog measurement, which is the measurement of the thermal resistance.

British duvets are sold in different steps of 1.5 tog from 4.5 tog (summer) to 15 tog (extra warm)

  • Lightweight summer duvet – 3.0 – 4.5 tog
  • Spring/Autumn weight duvet – 7.5 – 10.5 tog
  • Winter weight duvet – 12.0 – 13.5 tog

Mattress Protector

A mattress protector sits on top or encases a mattress to give it the protection it needs. Some mattress protectors also provide provide protection to the individual sleeping on the mattress from allergens and irritants dust mites and bedbugs.They can be sold fitted to your exact mattress size which means there will be no overhang and it will keep the bed looking tidy. It saves you from sleeping on the bare mattress itself

Mattress Topper

A mattress topper is a separate item of bedding to the mattress itself that you can add to increase the longevity to the built in primary layer and to also add an extra layer of primary comfort to suit you. They aren’t the most popular item of bedding in the world, a normally not many people will choose a mattress topper. However even if your mattress is comfy, this will add that extra comfort and luxury making your night’s sleep even better. It works as an extra layer on your already comfy mattress, to prevent stains and dust attacking your mattress. It can prove highly effective for those in desperate need to increase the longevity of their mattress.

Pillow

Without a comfy pillow then sleep would be a lot less satisfying. A pillow is a support mainly for the head, but can be for other parts of the body used whilst sleeping in bed. They are vital as neck pain can be a very serious health issue if not looked after. They consist of a fabric envelope which contains a soft stuffing which may range from down feather to synthetic foam. There are a wide range of pillows on offer around the UK, including HollowFibre, Goose Feather

Bed Linen

Bed Linen itself can range from Pillow Protectors to Duvet Covers. It is a very important cog in the bedding category as it contributes to maintaining the freshness of the item that it is protecting. It is recommended that you use 100% cotton bed linen as it is known for maintaining freshness and providing the utmost luxury.

Buying Advice

Overall, every single item of bedding is extremely important for consumers looking to get the best night sleep they possibly could. Your main priorities should be Duvets and Pillows as they are clearly the main focus along with the mattress. And if you want a high level of freshness, of course your bed linen plays a key role. We hope our knowledge has allowed you to gather an understanding of bedding and all the different forms it comes in.

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