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Bedding Glossary for Interior Designers

April 13, 2012 IADT Seattle, Interior Design 0 Comments

Interior Design - BedroomConsulting a bedding glossary is a good idea for interior designers who work on bedrooms. After all, who else needs to know 20 different names for what appears to be a simple blanket?

Actually, anyone who wants to spruce up their bedding can benefit from learning a few bedroom design terms. Knowing the types of pillows and covers out there can help you coordinate your bedroom’s style and color scheme. By arranging a variety of bedding types, you can create a bedroom that conveys personality as well as comfort.

Check out the bedding glossary below to get started on your bedroom interior design plans.

Bedding—the useful catchall term for everything design-related that adorns your mattress, including sheets, pillows, blankets, and pillowcases fitted sheet—a sheet that fits around the mattress with the help of its elastic corners

Top sheet—the flat sheet used on top of the fitted sheet

Bed or sheet set—a convenient package designed for a particular bed size that typically contains a fitted sheet, top sheet, pillowcases, and sometimes pillow shams and a bedspread

Blanket—a bedding cover used for warmth, typically made out of woven cotton

Comforter—a thick bedcover filled with an insulating material, usually natural down or a synthetic substitute, used to provide extra warmth

Duvet—usually refers to a decorative cover that can be buttoned or zipped around a comforter, either to protect it or spruce it up

Quilt—a type of bedspread that’s traditionally hand-stitched together from multiple squares of fabric

Coverlet—a light bedcover that has aesthetic appeal and is used to cover heavier bedding

Bedspread—a term used for the cover that lies on top of all the other bedding. Bedspreads can include quilts, coverlets, comforters, and duvets, although the term is most often used for lighter covers rather than comforters.

Throw blanket—a type of blanket that’s smaller than normal bedding. Throws can be found on couches, chairs, and the foots of beds to provide additional warmth when needed.

Bedskirt or dust ruffle—decorative fabric that attaches to the bed frame around three of its sides

Pillow sham—a type of pillowcase that typically coordinates with the bedspread. Most shams are made out of a heavier or more textured fabric and embellish the pillow with a rim of fabric around the edge called a flange.

Throw pillow—a pillow that adds style to a bed. Throw pillows don’t have to be functional and are taken off the bed prior to sleeping.

Boudoir pillow—a rectangular type of throw pillow used as a design accessory

Neckroll or bolster—a throw pillow that’s shaped like a cylinder, meant to provide neck support but most often used for decorative purposes

Down—the filling in pillows that’s also used to insulate comforters. Traditionally goose down, or soft goose feathers, is used, but hypoallergenic down has been developed as a synthetic alternative.

Thread count—the number of threads found horizontally and vertically in each inch of a fabric. Often higher thread counts are considered an indicator of good sheet quality.

If you want to put your bedroom design skills to the test, consider enrolling in an interior design program.

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