Bedding 101

What makes up a beautiful bedding design? Learn everything you need in Macy’s Bedding 101. From sheets to comforters, we’re here to teach you about all the different layers and types of bedding for an A+ look. Shop the top bedding brands including Martha Stewart Collection (Created for Macy’s), Charter Club (Created for Macy’s), Hotel Collection (Created for Macy’s), Lauren Ralph Lauren and more!

What Do You Need for a Luxurious Bed?

1. Sheets.

For the best value, we recommend purchasing sheet sets that include a fitted sheet, a top/flat sheet and matching pillowcases.

  • Fitted Sheet. Featuring an elastic hem, the fitted sheet is placed directly on top of your mattress and should fit snuggly.
  • Top Sheet. The flat sheet goes on top of the fitted sheet and provides a slight extra layer of warmth.

2. Bedspread. This lightweight, decorative topper is placed above your sheets and extends all the way to the floor. It’s generally used to cover your bed during warmer months.

3. Comforter. In cooler weather, enjoy the plush feel of this thick bed covering. A comforter is filled with down or synthetic fill to provide extra warmth. We offer a variety of fashionable comforters in the latest prints, patterns and colors. Looking for something more low-key? We recommend a down or down alternative comforter AKA a duvet.

4. Down & Down Alternative Comforters. These cozy comforters generally come in white. If you want to jazz things up and keep them clean, you’ll need a duvet cover.

5. Duvet Cover. A down comforter is placed inside this decorative cover and closed with buttons, snaps or ties. A duvet cover can be easily cleaned and switched up seasonally.

6. Coverlet. When the weather warms up, you might want to trade your comforter for a coverlet. It is a lightweight bed cover that is usually quilted.

7. Blanket. Do you want a cozier bed during colder weather? Layer up with a warm and fuzzy blanket.

8. Quilt. Patch together a toasty bed with a quilt. It’s stitched using a decorative pattern that resembles a grid.

9. Pillowcases. These fabric covers are placed over your pillows, and they typically match your sheet set. For an on-trend look, scope out graphic pillowcases with cute prints and messaging.

10. Throw. This smaller blanket is mainly used for decorative purposes. For a trend-right feel, place a faux-fur or chunky-knit throw on top of your comforter.

11. Bedding Sets. If you’re looking for an easy and economical way to decorate your bed, buy a bedding set, also known as, a bed in a bag. These convenient sets usually include a comforter and matching pillow shams. Larger sets might also include a bed skirt, sheet set, decorative pillows and Euro shams.

Styling Tips: For an “it” bedding look, layer on coastal or farmhouse designs depending on the season. Cozy up to plaid bedding in fall for a farmhouse feel, then switch to blue and white bedding in spring for a coastal vibe.

What Are the Best Sheets for You?

Fit to Fluff: Types of Pillowcases

Shopping Tip: Are you looking to replace your pillows? Enjoy the plush comfort of goose down pillows.

Blankets to Heat Up Your Bedding Design

Cozy Up to Comforters

Goose Down Comforter. Invest in ultimate luxury with a goose down comforter. Filled with feathers, these plush comforters keep you super cozy, while providing breathability. Unlike synthetic-filled comforters, goose down comforters maintain their loft for longer. If you’re concerned about allergies, Macy’s carries hypoallergenic goose down comforters.

Comforter Sets. Looking for a quick way to refresh your bedroom? Start by getting a new comforter set that includes a comforter and coordinating shams. Larger piece sets can include a sheet set, bedskirt, decorative pillows and more.

Styling Tip: Get a crisp feel for your bedroom with a white comforter. If you’re worried about it getting dirty too quickly, a gray comforter is a great alternative.

Patch Works: Types of Quilts

Cotton Quilt. Do you need a lightweight topper for your bedding design? A cotton quilt is the answer to sweet dreams.

Velvet Quilt. Turn your bed into a decadent delight with a velvet quilt. This plush fabric is perfect for colder months.

Finishing Touches: Throw Bedding

Throw Pillows. Create a glam look for your bed with tons of throw pillows—the more the dreamier. We’re loving decorative pillows with pom-poms, fringe and cute sayings. If you want to refresh your bedding, simply swap out your throw pillows.

Sherpa Throw. Cozy up to the incredible warmth of a Sherpa fleece-lined throw. You won’t want to be uncovered.

Faux-Fur Throw.
Infuse a trend-right feel to your bedding design with a faux-fur throw. Layer this “it” accessory on top of your comforter—sleep tight!