Bedroom Fashions Guide
Fabric & style terms
Acrylic Blanket: Known to resist pilling and shedding; great for year 'round use.
Attached Sham Bedspread (or Flip Top Bedspread): A fully quilted bedspread or embellished bedspread designed so the top of the bedspread flips over your pillows creating a look of your pillows in a sham.
Bed-In-A-Bag: Usually includes a comforter, shams, bedskirt, sheet sets; some may also include pillows or a window treatment.
Bedskirt (also bed ruffle, dust ruffle): A fabric designed to coordinate with a comforter or quilt; platform-style rests between the boxed springs and mattress and reaches to the floor on three sides of the bed; wrap-around style stretches to fit around the boxed spring with a ruffled skirt that drops to the floor.
Bedspread: Decorative bed covering that reaches to the floor and has extra fabric to allow for covering pillows at the head of the bed.
Chenille: Plush fabric that's created when cotton or cotton-blend tufts are sewn into a base cloth of muslin sheeting. The more tufts sewn in, the more luxurious and heavyweight the fabric is. The tufts can be sewn to create an all-over pattern, or a pretty floral or paisley design. Chenille is a favorite from generation to generation.
Chenille Bedspread: Throw style bedspread usually made of cotton or of a cotton blend with a velvety surface produced by an extra set of looped filling that is cut and sheared.
Comforter: Bed covering filled with synthetic or down fibers. Drops over the top of the mattress, extending down to the top of boxed springs. Use with shams and a bedruffle.
Comforter Set: Consists of comforter, bedskirt and pillowshams for one price.
Comfortspread: Bedspread that appears to be a comforter and bedruffle all-in-one.
Coverlet: Lightweight bed covering that drapes over the top of the mattress, extending down to meet the top of the boxed springs. Use with a bedruffle.
Duvet Cover: Decorative,removable comforter cover.
Embellished Bedspread: Bedspread that is ¾ quilted with an attached coordinating ruffle.
European Sham (or Euro Sham): A decorative pillow covering which fits a large 26" x 26" pillow. These are often placed behind the standard size pillow shams as a backdrop for all of the other pillows.
Flannel: Soft woven fabric, usually made from cotton, and often brushed for extra softness. Great choice for winter sheets because of their plush warmth.
Fleece Blanket: A soft, bulky, deep-piled knitted or woven fabric of wool or cotton in a plain, twill, pile or knitted weave. Fleece has a deep, soft nap or pile obtained by heavily brushing with a wire brushes, which provides air space for good insulating properties without too much weight.
Jersey Knit: Stretchy, insulating fabric often made from a cotton or cotton blend.
Memory Foam: Dense polyurethane foam that's supportive, yet molds to your body to perfectly for extraordinary comfort. Used for mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows.
Matelasse Bedspreads: Usually heavy fabric woven to give the appearance of hand-stitched quilting.
Mitered Bedspread: A fully quilted bedspread with mitered corners that are specially sewn for a tailored look.
Microfiber: Fabric commonly created from micro-size fibers of polyester; known to be moisture-wicking, insulating, very elastic, and extremely soft (almost silky) to the touch; incredibly durable, as well.
Percale: Closely woven plain-weave fabric used primarily for bedding. Noticeably smoother than other standard bedding fabrics, with no gloss.
Plisse Bedspread: Throw-style bedspread with a puckered effect finish similar to seersucker.
Quilt: A hand-made or printed bed covering which can be either coverlet size or bedspread length; featuring beautiful patchwork squares forming an intricate design.
Quilt-top Bedspread: A bedspread with a quilted top and attached ruffle that drops approximately 20”, reaching to the floor.
Scalloped Bedspread: One-piece bedspread that goes to the floor with scallops on 3 sides.
Shams: Decorative fabric cover for bed pillows.
Thermal Blanket: Loosely woven construction, which allows air to circulate freely, providing less warmth for supreme comfort in warmer weather.
Thread Count: Defined as the number of threads woven together per square inch of fabric. Higher thread counts yield softer, smoother, more luxurious fabrics.
Throw-Style Bedspread: A bedspread that fully reaches the floor, but is "Not" quilted, rounded bottom corners.
Washable Wool: Pure sheep's wool, which is one of nature's original and best insulators, for excellent comfort in the winter months, but with easy machine wash/dry care.
Woven Bedspread: A throw style bedspread with a woven jacquard pattern; finished with fringe on 3 sides or turned back hem.