A Handy Guide to Sorting Out Your Bedding Sheet-uation

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Flat sheet or fitted sheet? Duvet, quilt, what gives? g.spot PH gives you the answer once and for all so you can level up your bedding game.

Considering that a lot of people have been asked to work from home, it’s more important than ever to set boundaries between rooms in your house, so you can strike the right balance between productivity and relaxation. 

Ideally, your bedroom should be a place to rest; however, it’s not possible for everyone to keep their bedrooms strictly work-free. Perhaps it’s the only place where you can have some semblance of privacy or where you wouldn’t be disturbed by everything else in the household.

Whichever may be the case for you, you’ll find that making your bed can go a long way. It’s one of the most compelling things about a hotel room, and nothing compares to the feeling of crawling into a clean, welcoming bed at the end of a tiring day.

Emulate the feeling of a luxury hotel room with a well-dressed bed. Here’s a handy guide on all the bed coverings you may want or need. And remember — it isn’t just about how you outfit your bed, but starting the habit of doing your bed every morning as well!

Fitted Sheet

You’ll find that most bedding sets come with two sheets — a flat and a fitted one. If you’re like me, you once thought that the non-garterized one serves as your blanket. While there’s nothing wrong with that, if you want to level up how you do your bed, here’s the sheet-uation.

The fitted sheet — yes, the one with the elastic and is a nightmare to fold, tbh — goes over your mattress directly. It’s very pivotal to make sure that you get sheets of the right size, or else they will come undone especially if you move a lot in your sleep. That said, it’s slightly better to deal with bigger sheets as long as you tuck in the sides tightly or use sheet grips. You want to achieve a smooth surface, not bunched-up sheets.

Printed sheet set from Home Luxury Collection, available at Landers

Flat Sheet

The flat sheet, also known as the top sheet, is more versatile than you think. It can be an alternative or addition to a fitted sheet, and it can be the perfect blanket — thin enough for the Philippine climate.

In some cases, the flat sheet can be between the body and the comforter or duvet that you use. It can also be used over them, providing coverage to these layers especially during the day, when you’re simply lounging in bed to watch TV or read a book.

It all boils down to your preference, as well as the materials of your bed linens. Personally, I like to double-layer both a fitted and a flat sheet because it helps me stretch out the time before I need to wash my sheets. I take out the flat sheet first and continue using the fitted one until it also needs to be washed. Do note that double-layering does result in a slightly warmer bed, so it’s ideal when you’re living in a cooler climate or use air conditioning in your room.

Geometric sheet set by Aki Taigan Apparel & Fabrics

Quilt

A quilt is a bed covering made with three layers that are stitched together in an ornate pattern. The middle layer is usually a filling made from either cotton, down, or polyester. It is often stiffer and structured than a flat sheet, and I found that this form factor actually encourages me to make my bed in the mornings!

Quilts are great for hot sleepers or for those who have a warm room because they are lighter and thinner than a heavy comforter or a duvet. It’s also way easier to wash.

Reversible quilt from Mandaue Foam

Comforter 

When you want to have a dreamy, cloud-like sleeping experience, look no further than a comforter. This fluffy bed covering usually packs a thicker filling — usually fibers or down — than the quilt, and its stitches are widely spaced apart for better insulation.

While it’s very luxurious to have a comforter, it’s also more ideal for bedrooms that use air conditioning because they can get very warm. They’re also notoriously heavier and can be challenging to wash.

Arlesheim Comforter from Family Home, available at SM Department Store

Duvet (Cover)

What most people don’t know is that the duvet they mean is actually a duvet cover. A duvet is technically the insert, which is very similar to a comforter but requires a covering. 

The advantage of a duvet over the comforter is that it’s easier to clean, all because you just slip off the filling and throw the cover into the laundry basket. It’s also ideal for those who like to change up the looks of their linens so often, and those who don’t necessarily have a lot of storage for multiple heavy comforters.

Amalia Prado Duvet Cover and Pottery Barn Micromax™ AAFA Certified Down-Alternative Comforter Insert, both available at Rustan’s

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