Comforters are thick and fluffy blankets or bedcovers. They are designed to bring comforting warmth to your bed but they also have huge decorative value. Their ultimate goal is to create a matching décor arrangement that redefines how your bedroom looks.
A standard comforter set usually includes a large comforter (the blanket or duvet) and two decorative pillow shams.There are also deluxe comforter sets that offer more than that. A standard deluxe set will come with a duvet, more than two decorative pillow shams, and a bed skirt. Deluxe sets may also feature additional decorative throw pillows as well. Some sets may also feature valances for your bedroom windows.
In this post, we are going to give you a detailed guide on how to find the perfect comforters & sets for your bedroom, including some of the most important factors to consider.
What is the Perfect Comforter Size for My Bed?
One of the key things you will need to consider as you shop for a comforter set is the size. This is because people have different types of beds, each with different sizes.
Ideally, you want a set that is large enough to cover the entire dimensions of your bed while overflowing by several inches to kind of create an enclosure around it.
Here is a breakdown of the most recommended sizes for different bed types:
Crib: Consider getting a comforter set measuring between 26 and 36 inches in width and between 46 and 52 inches in length.
Twin Bed: For those of you who have a twin bed, a comforter measuring between 66 and 68 inches in width and 86 to 88 inches in length should work out fine.
Double/Full: As you can imagine, double/full beds require a large comforter. Ideally, you want a set that measures between 81 and 84 inches in width and between 86 and 88 inches in length.
Queen: For the queen size bed, consider picking out comforters & sets that measure between 86 and 88 inches in width and between 96 to 100 inches in length.
King: For the purpose of this post, we are referring to a standard or Eastern king-sized bed. In general, a comforter measuring at least 102 inches in width and between 86 and 88 inches in length should work just fine.
California King: The largest bed in our list will, of course, need the largest comforters & sets that you can find. Sets that measure between 107 to 110 inches in width and 96 to 98 inches in length are highly recommended.
However, if you’re not sure what type of bed you have, you can just measure up the dimensions (the width and the length) before buying comforters & sets.
You may also use the size of your mattress to determine the bed size. Either way, you want to buy a comforter set that neatly encloses the entire bed without necessarily overflowing to the floor.
What is Fill Power and Fill Weight in Comforter Sets?
There are many things that define the overall quality of a comforter set, but the fill power is perhaps the most important of them all.
Fill power is the aggregated measure of how fluffy the set is. It is seen as the true measure of quality for a comforter and may also affect the warmth of the set. Generally, a comforter set with a higher fill power gives you a lighter and fluffy cover with relatively more warmth.
However, it’s the fill weight that truly determines how warm the comforter will be. A higher fill weight will increase the warmth of the comforter dramatically. In case you are buying simply for the warmth, consider going for sets that have a higher fill power and a higher fill weight.
You may also want to consider the following factors when deciding on the kind of warmth level that you’re looking for in your comforter:
- What kind of weather do you have in your location all year? If it gets too cold for most parts of the year, go for a set that offers a high level of warmth.
- How often do you get chilly nights and snow in your area?
- How bad is the winter? Does it get way below freezing temperatures for days?
- How effective is your AC? Does it provide enough heating during cold winter night?
What is the Best Material for Comforter Sets?
Comforter sets are made using a wide range of materials. The choices you make will totally depend on your needs. However, cotton is one of the most popular choices for people and for several good reasons.
First of all, cotton is highly breathable. It’s also very easy on the skin and in most cases machine washable. Generally, cotton tends to be relatively affordable too. However, there are different levels of cotton used in comforters & sets.
For those of you who want a luxurious set made from cotton, consider buying products made with Egyptian cotton. Pima Cotton, on the other hand, offers a unique natural sheen that can add an extra level of beauty to your bedroom.
However, if you’re environmentally conscious about the things you buy, comforters made from Tencel are highly recommended. The material is made from a mixture of wood pulp and eucalyptus. It’s highly durable, soft, and environmentally sustainable as well.
Other materials to consider include silk, which is more of a luxurious and expensive choice, and polyester which is relatively cheaper and less comfortable. Either way, you must pick a material that’s more comfortable for your skin even if it means paying a little extra money for it.