Dressing a bed properly can create both a comfortable sleeping are as well as a beautiful focal point to any bedroom. One needs to start from the bottom up, using luxury bedding items, to be successful at this. The result will be a pleasing effect to the eye.
Starting with the box springs, one will need to cover this area for a couple of reasons. First it will provide protection for the box springs themselves. Having it covered will extend its lifespan. It also can make a beautiful foundation to work off of. A bed skirt both protects and looks prettier than being able to see under the bed, especially if this area is used as storage.
The mattress sits on top of the covered box springs. A mattress pad should be put in place with a fitted sheet over top. Mattress pads come in a variety of thicknesses and styles. Memory foam is used for a soft, cooling effect, while thinner polyester pads provide protection for the mattress without changing the comfort level. One can also purchase water proof varieties. The fitted sheet should match the sheet that will be used as a cover. The higher the thread count in a sheet set, the softer and more luxurious it will be.
Many people like to place a cotton blanket over the sheet as an additional layer of warmth. The final piece will be a bedspread, comforter, quilt, or duvet. Standard bedspreads are thin and stitched similarly to a quilt which means they are durable and remain looking good after several washings. An actual quilt is a wonderful way to add charm and color to the room. Created from pieced fabrics in a variety of hues, they can help coordinate an eclectic room.
Comforters are a common choice as a bed topper. They are thick and provide plenty of warmth. Duvets are similar in thickness and appearance. Duvets have an inner base typically made of down, but hypoallergenic versions made of synthetics are available. Duvets are placed inside of a decorative cover. Their advantage is that the covers are easier to wash than an entire comforter. The look is completed with coordinating pillow shams. Throw pillows add a splash of color. All of this bedding can be found in retail stores as well as from online merchants like BeddingStyle.