According to statistics, the average nights sleep is 8 hours. That’s 1/3 of your day! If you live to be 75, that’s 25 years! 25 years?! You’ll want some decent bedding!

Comforters, duvets, coverlets, and bed sheets all fall under the bedding category. Like many other things in interior decorating the choices are overwhelming. How do you know if you want a comforter, duvet, or coverlet? And what’s all the hype about thread count? And of course there’s style to consider. Color, prints, size, etc. Touching on all of this in one blog post would be information overload so we’ll just stick to the basics here.

Bedding From The Ground Up

Bed Skirts

I think the easiest approach would be to start at the bottom and work our way up. So, we’ll start with bed skirts and dive right into the ongoing debate: to skirt or not to skirt. There is no right or wrong answer to that question. It does provide some function – to cover a box-spring, under bed area, or an unpleasant bed frame. Aside from that, you may just like the way it looks. How it anchors the rest of your bedding.

bedding with striped skirt

Striped detail

bedding with linen skirt

Matching linen

bedding with pleated skirt

Sweet Pleats

bedding with coordinated skirt

Coordinating print


Cotton sheets are the most popular sheets on the market today. They are durable, comfortable, and breathable (trapping heat in the winter and letting cool air pass in the summer) making them a good choice in any climate. Egyptian, pima, and Sea Island cotton are the top quality. Supima, a trademarked name combining ‘superior’ and ‘pima’, are 100% pima cotton sheets made from cotton grown in the United States. They are a luxurious, fail safe choice for any style bedroom.

There’s a lot of talk about thread count and how it relates to comfort and longevity. High thread counts do make for better quality sheets but it is also the type of thread used that matters. Lower quality fiber with a higher thread count will not stand up as well as a higher quality fiber with a lower thread count.

We love the embroidery detail on these sheets. Warning: you just may hit the snooze button (again)!

bedding with embroidered pillow sham
bedding with embroidered pillow sham
bedding with embroidered pillow sham
bedding with embroidered pillow sham

Comforters, Duvets, Coverlets

Comforters and duvet covers offer the same functionality so choosing one over the other is a matter of personal preference. Duvet covers can be easily removed and washed while comforters are more cumbersome and often require dry cleaning. If you like to change out your bedding throughout the year then a duvet cover would be the better choice.

The duvet, or insert, can be made with feather and down or if you have allergies you can opt for a synthetic choice.

bedding with duvet cover and comforter

Coverlets add another layer of dimension to bedding design. They are lightweight and can be used under a comforter or duvet or folded and placed at the foot of the bed. In more modern designs, they can be used in place of the comforter or duvet. We love the way they look when used as accents.

bedding with coverlet
bedding with coverlet

Pillow Shams and Decorative Pillows

Have you scrolled through some of the pictures here and thought, “I love the look of all those pillows but if I’m already spending 1/3 of my day in bed I don’t want to spend another 1/3 putting pillows on and off of it!” We hear you! The reality of it is it doesn’t take that much extra time to take the pillows on and off the bed. Decorative pillows are made to stay intact, in other words, your not putting a cover on or off of them each day and night. In most of the designs you have seen here the pillows you actually use for sleeping are not in any sort of sham or cover aside from the pillow case which has been designed to accent and coordinate with the sets.

I’m willing to make the sacrifice…

bedding with pillows

In homage of our British friends

masculine bedding with pillows

Textiles of 1960’s London

Time for Bedding?

If your considering new bedding be sure to check out custom options as well. There are literally thousands of fabric selections to choose from to give you the exact look you’re going for. Stop by The Cob Collection and browse through our selections or ask us about additional options we have. We can work with you and put together design ideas to give you a one-of-a-kind look that will last for years to come.

Need help? Just ask! We’d love to hear from you!

Let’s create great design.

Sleep Easy ~ Stay Healthy

Consider organic options!

dog sleeping on pillow

Environmentally friendly practices continue to gain traction in the design industry and bedding options are taking a greater trend in that direction. At The Cob Collection we’re committed to doing our homework and seeking out the highest standards in environmentally friendly product choices. If you’re considering a healthier approach to bedding, go for 100% organic cotton certified by the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), made without harsh chemicals, and free from added finishes. Remember, 1/3 of your life is a long time, treat yourself well. Contact us for more details.

Be kind to Mother Earth.