Guide to Creating the Perfect Bed

To create the perfect bed a number of factors must be considered:


A change of bedding is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve your night's sleep. Scratching, bobbled sheets, or sheets which are too hot or too cool may be the culprit for restless nights. We need to choose a fabric which feels soft against the skin, such as cotton. You may find silk or satin sheets, although soft to the touch and fashionable, too cool, particularly during winter months in the UK.

One luxurious brand of bedding is Harlequin, who make quality duvet covers, pillowcases (in Oxford and housewife styles), and matching cushions, to finish off a room beautifully. Harlequin bedding is of the highest quality, made from fabrics such as 200 thread count cotton sateen, which has a gentle light reflecting sheen. Harlequin bedding's quality is clear from its appearance and its touch.

Harlequin duvet covers feature designs which are contemporary yet warm, and some are reversible to give you flexibility with changing the look of your bed. The Pod design is retro in style, featuring eye-catching aubergine and lime colours to really stand out, whereas Prato offers more muted aqua and stone colours and a striped design. Both Harlequin duvet covers feature a piped edge in one of the design's main colours, demonstrating the quality of these designs. These two designs are a small example of the Harlequin range. The quality fabric in these designs, and Harlequins other bedding, feels fresh, crisp and allows the skin to breathe. Optimum body temperature is maintained by Harlequin's threadcounts, which have been selected to be both warm and breathable.

There is more to Harlequin than bedding however. Finish off a room with luxurious silk cushions or a rich velvet throw, designed to match Harlequin's bed linen ranges.

Pillows and Duvet.

Pillows and duvets can feature natural or synthetic fillings. Synthetic pillows are less luxurious, but are more likely to be machine washable, which removes mould, mites and their droppings. This is particularly useful to those with allergies affected by dust mites, although eczema sufferers may find synthetic pillows too hot and uncomfortable.

Natural fillings for duvets and pillows include wool, silk and feather, which are more difficult to clean.They do tend to mould more successfully to the head and neck however, and have a more luxurious feel.


Mattress preference varies from person to person. Unlike bed linen, where everybody looks for quality and design in brands such as Harlequin, mattresses very much depend on the individual.

The most common type of spring mattress is open spring, where springs set within the mattress, with rods or wire giving the mattress a firm edge and helping it retain its shape. These tend to be the cheapest, yet least durable form of common mattress.

Pocket spring mattresses are similar, but feature individual smaller springs set in separate fabric pockets. This is ideal if there is a weight or size variation between the two people sleeping in the bed.

Memory foam mattresses are another popular form of mattress. They work by moulding and re-moulding to the shape of the body, providing support and helping to maintain a good posture. People with spinal conditions may benefit from a memory foam mattress because of this.