What is Bed linen

What is Bed Linen

What is Bed linen

Are you new to the world of bedding and are at a loss in wondering what does the term ‘bed linen’ mean? Then you have reached the right spot. To make it simple, bed linen comprises of sheets, pillow cases and covers that you put on your bed. Apart from offering functionality, these various pieces also enhance the beauty of your bedroom and add character to it.

With enough information given so their choice of bed linen comes from a well-informed conscious decision. What is Bed linen varies in color, size, texture, and quality? Bed linen or beddings are called by different names throughout the world. For example, in Australia, bed linen goes by the name Manchester, in the US it’s called bedding.

Whichever it’s called all must agree that a bedroom décor is not complete without the right Manchester or bedding. Rightfully, bed linen consists usually of sets, for example, a flat sheet, fitted sheet, blanket and or a quilt. Sometimes sheets set consist of pillowcases also called pillow shams.

Let’s have a look at each of the various elements that come under bed linen.


Top Sheet or Flat Sheet – This sheet is used to separate you from your quilt, blanket or comforter. This is more often used in North America. In Europe, the duvet cover works on similar lines.

Bottom Sheet or Fitted Sheet – The bottom or fitted sheet features an elastic edge that fits over the ends of your mattress. It gives the bed a more defined and neat look.


A duvet cover set comes with duvet, a duvet cover and pillow shams. A duvet is similar to a comforter although it is lighter than a comforter. A duvet cover is something that covers the duvet and protects it from getting soiled and makes it look attractive. pillow shams are decorative covers for pillows designed with ruffles, rims and other decorative features.


A pillowcase is used to cover a sleeping pillow. Generally, rectangular in shape it has an opening at one end which allows you to put the pillow in.

Nothing makes you feel better than waking up on a bed with soft, cozy and attractive bed linen. A good night’s sleep is directly related to your happiness quotient. It makes sense to invest in bed linen that spells luxury, durability, elegance and superlative comfort.

Each of the bed linen pieces is made from 100% long staple cotton of Indian origin. The Fine Yarn Technique lends a softness that’s hard to miss. The fabric is soft and breathable and gives a cooling effect. Thanks to the special Single Dent satin weaving, the texture is smoother and without a shine

Types of Bed Linens

Top/ Flat sheets

We have already discussed the top sheet and fitted sheet, these top sheets are slowly being introduced in the UK, where the duvet cover is used as the flat sheet.


A bedspread sewn together in a rectangular or square shape stuffed with layers for warmth. The comforter is used by most in North America as a second “top sheet’. The comforter comes in varying sizes, colors and is a decorative piece to beds.


Mostly a thin, light sheet that covers the entire bed and touches the floor. This decorative is made with polyester, wool, cotton or chenille.


Usually woven and can be seen mainly at the top of the pillow or the foot of the bed. As its name, the coverlet is used as the sheet that covers users during the night. This bed linen can be found in hotel rooms or little inns. 


Blankets have their own personal use, some prefer to use it in place of a duvet, and others may use it as a comforter. However, the ways they are used, blankets are attractive and provide warmth on a rainy night. Made from wool, microfiber plush, cotton and sometimes a blend of fabric blankets are also the ideal choice for baby’s cots.


Make no mistake with a duvet, a duvet may be similar to a comforter but unlike a comforter, a duvet has to be used with a duvet cover. The cover protects the duvet, it encloses the duvet with either buttons or zippers. Covers are very chic and well decorated. In the UK duvet cover is the ‘top sheet’ used the Americans are quickly catching up to the ‘duvet’ concept.

Flat Sheet Most Important Part of Bed Linens


For the uninitiated a flat sheet may sound confusing. In simple terms, a flat sheet is a bedding frill or also commonly called as the top sheet. It is placed between your body and the blanket.

It is an extra layer over the bedding that keeps your comforter and blankets from dirtying. Getting your comforter or blanket laundered every now and then can be quite a painful, expensive and time-consuming activity. This is where the erstwhile flat sheet comes in as a savior.

Flat sheets reduce your laundry trips and also extend the lifespan of these products. Lesser washes mean lasting bright colors, reduced pilling and keep the wear and tear down too.

Besides protecting the blanket, bedding or duvet from getting dirty, they also add to the attractive quotient of the bedding linen.

After a long day’s work, you just need to flip over the flat sheet and snuggle in the cozy confines of your bed. On warmer nights, you can just pull the flat sheet over you and sleep. That’s the beauty of using a flat sheet.

History of Bed Linen

For the most, the question of ‘what is bed linen” can be answered quite simply, however, the clearest meaning will be, the covering of any bed top or mattress. The history of bed linen dates back to 3000 BC when the Kings of Egypt will raise their beds from the floor and decorate their bed top with rich, high-quality linen. The Roman Empire also used bed linen, their mattresses were stuffed with feathers and the top of the bed was decorated with different paintings, gold, silver, and bronze. Throughout the ages bed linen has evolved to what we have now, and they are used by everyone. Moreover, bed linens were first created with a center stitch on a rectangular fabric. Today, our linens come with hems, at the bottom and top.

Linens have revolutionized from being course and stiff to soft, plush and very exquisite. Bed linen generally comes in two styles- flat or fitted as mentioned earlier. The fitted sheet is used first when preparing a bed; it comes fitted with elastic and can only be used as a bottom “sheet’. The elastic on the four sides keep the fitted sheet in place and covers the entire mattress. The flat sheet, usually rectangular in shape is used over the fitted sheet; this bed linen is more beautifully crafted as it is the top sheet. Fitted sheets are popular more today than before because of the simplicity of using, more people prefer a sheet set with these important pieces incorporated.

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