Getting a doctor's recommended eight hours of sleep a night is easier said than done—we all know that. Work, kids, events, stress, a good book—all those things can get in the way. But one thing that shouldn't disrupt your ability to sleep is your bed itself. Your bed should be a haven of comfort and warmth. And that means different things for different people.
Perhaps you prefer a firm mattress and a heavy down comforter, or maybe you need a softer mattress and could sleep with just a top sheet and a quilt. And depending on your height, you might be fine in a full bed or need a queen in order to properly stretch out. And don't even get us started on sheets and pillows! Actually, do... Because we love this stuff! Bedding matters to us!
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Decide What Type (and size) of Mattress You Need
In every way, your mattress choice is a highly personal decision. (And, you might have to make it with another person!) Along with selecting a size that you'll be comfortable with—you'll have to choose between, firm and soft, memory foam, springs and hybrid designs. (This Casper mattress promises to be cool, and has four layers of foam.)
Taller people will probably be most comfortable on a queen size mattress or larger, since full and twin sizes are a few inches shorter traditionally. As far as the makings of the mattress yourself, you may need to test a few out before you make a decision. The mattress will likely be the most expensive purchase you make as you start to build your bed set, and it is absolutely the most important one.
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Fix Your Budget
There's no question that we as humans spend a lot of time in bed. For that reason, creating a bed set that makes you feel like you're in heaven is worth the investment.
If you are on a budget, there are plenty of ways to save some money while building your bed from the ground up. First, pick a standard metal bed frame from somewhere like Amazon.com, and if you can, just accent it with a headboard (we love Wayfair and Overstock for deals) rather than a full bed frame that can be more pricey.
As far as mattresses, online-only brands like Casper (which you can actually buy at Target now), Bear, Leesa, and Tuft & Needle are on the whole more affordable than traditional department store brands like Sealy, Serta or Tempurpedic. (And just as comfortable!)
We recommend shopping at stores like Home Goods to find amazing deals on pillows, mattress pads and more bedding essentials you might not necessarily see.
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Your sheets really matter.
Sheets are another highly personal choice when building a bed set. Some like a cool percale in clean crisp white, while some prefer a soft cozy flannel in a colorful pattern.
These days thread count doesn't matter quite as much as it used to, you can get super high quality sheets at a more affordable price (without that thread count price hike) from brands like Crane and Canopy, Parachute Home and Brooklinen. (These are Brooklinen's classic sheets.)
Since your sheets are what touch your skin each night, you want them to be just right. Make sure they're the correct size for your mattress, and for your mattress depth. Sometimes thick pillow-top mattresses can be too tall for standard sheets.
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As does your blanket or comforter.
Do you need to be free and cool while you sleep, or warm, cozy and a little weighted down? There are a few things to consider when topping your bed—not the least of which being whether or not you're allergic to down, and need an alternative fill for your comforter.
We prefer a comforter and duvet cover to a light coverlet, but it really depends on the season and your body temperature at night.
Up-and-coming companies like Buffy are making comforters cool, offering a direct-to-consumer model that allows higher quality at a lower price point.
For more affordable comforters both down and down-alternative, check out Home Goods, Target, Macy's sales, and even other DTC brands like Brooklinen and Parachute make their own down goods as well.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Stick to a color scheme with your linens and throws.
Perhaps the easiest way to make your bed set look sophisticated and cohesive is to pick a color scheme you love, and stick to it. Does that mean you have to have all-white or all-blue bedding? Of course not. (Though we do love the look of an all-white bed!)
A family of colors that all play well together—like white, beige and red, for example, or black and white with punches of cognac and green, shown here on Parachute Home's Instagram—can be mixed and matched especially with different patterns and textures to create a unique and fully grown-up bedroom set.
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A headboard or frame is essential for an "adult" bed.
And finally, the finishing touch for a complete bed set: The frame. (Or just a headboard if you're on a budget.) The structure and the commanding presence of a bed frame adds an air of sophistication, completion and maturity to a bedroom. It also has the power to drive the energy and look of the whole room. A tufted velvet headboard telegraphs elegance calm, while a cool rattan frame (like this one from Anthropologie, shown here photographed by Sarah Sherman Samuel on Instagram) gives off and airy, beachy, bohemian vibe.