Why are magazines full of snuggly cozy beds with full and fluffy bedding, while at home even the best made bed still looks… flat? Bedding stores know exactly how to make a bed to make people want to buy their bedroom sets- but let’s do it without 40 pillows! I am sharing where I found my white fluffy bedding and how to make your bed look inviting.
This is what people on the sales room floor at furniture stores are taught to do, and what photoshoot stylists are doing.
7 Things To Do To Get A Cozy Bed and Fluffy Bedding
Pick out just a few of these to make your bed better than ever!
1. Start With A Cooling Mattress Topper
You are going to layer your cozy bed with big warm blankets, so start with a cooling mattress topper that will let you sink in to the bed and whisk sweat off your body instead of holding on to it. These are not expensive and fit just like sheets over your bed. A “cooling” mattress topper does just that: keeps your body at room temperature. This is mine we bought on Amazon.
I am a hot sleeper and yes this makes me a horrible person. I hate to be breathed on or have anyone too close to me or facing me while I’m sleeping. Obviously, my husband loves this side of me!
2. Add A Textured Blanket or Quilt
This is about TEXTURE, not thickness, so use a blanket with a woven weave or a puckered quilt. You will first put your flat sheet on upside down, and then fold it over itself a few inches at the top of the bed so that pattern peeks out. Pull your blanket all the way up just towards the top of the sheet so you can still see the sheet’s pattern, and then the blanket’s texture.
This is the luxurious blanket we have on our bed, and I cannot say enough good things about it. It is linen on one side, cotton on the other. It is a splurge- but it is gorgeous and it is my favorite piece of bedding! I take pretty good care of it because we want to have it for a long time.
If you are looking for a more reasonably priced blanket, I have this blanket for our guests, which is great for those who sleep hot (it has great reviews!). And a total budget find is Target’s beautiful cotton sateen quilt. I suggest white in blankets.
3. That Cozy Bed Might Actually Have Two Thick and Plush Inserts
Use bigger sizes. If you have a queen bed, fill your duvet cover with a king sized duvet insert for maximum fill.
- It’s also about the quality of the inserts – don’t skimp.
- Use two inserts! You can put TWO lightweight inserts tied up inside a duvet cover. This little trick is one I saw a stylist use on a magazine shoot (I just stood behind her making mental notes!). Isn’t that clever? This will give you the fluffiest, cozy bedding.
The key to this is to make sure it is breathable. This is where all the cozy bed elements come from and the fluffy bedding!
I have down inserts I have owned for years. This insert is our current insert (the reviews say it all!) and it is affordable! It’s just the right temperature and won’t make you sweat. One is not quite enough though- I have two and put them both inside the duvet and it looks amazing.
For the winter months, we use this down and feather insert which is very fluffy, thick, and warmer.
I linked our bedding at the bottom of the post.
4. What To Do If Your Duvet Looks Flat
Sometimes this happens right out of the package, or maybe over time your duvet insert just lost its fluffiness. If this happens:
- Try a quick spin in the dryer
- Sit it out in the sun for several hours. This will fluff it up.
5. Folding the Duvet Cover to Make It Look Cozy
Fold the duvet into two halves or thirds, fluff it all up nice and big, and place at the bottom of the bed but on top of your blanket. If the blanket is textured, even better. Then let the blanket peek out on both sides of the duvet so you can see the layers.
You can find quality duvet covers in all price ranges. For instance, this is our affordable white duvet cover we own – (from Target!). It is 30% linen – enough to give you the softness and texture, without the wrinkled look. It also zips, instead of buttons. This is a fantastic bargain! We have another linen duvet cover one (a darker gray duvet cover below) from Pottery Barn; that’s a touch more high end.
Our darker gray Belgian Linen duvet cover just feels lux. I don’t find that this cover wrinkles enough to look sloppy. Linen is great at that beautiful without trying hard look.
6. Use Down/Feather Pillow Inserts A Size Large Than The Pillow Covers
Buy high quality inserts – no cotton or polyester fill please, please, please! A home decor group I am part of recommended these amazingly affordable option for inserts here off Amazon and they live up to their reviews. Nice and perky. I want my pillows to be fat and perky- no floppy or sad pillows here.
I use these down inserts in some of my decorative pillows – they are pricier than the other one I mentioned (but fuller and heavier) so I only have a few. Our 26″ white euro pillow covers are also from Amazon; I just stuffed with a 26″ insert inside.
- Stick to pillows 20″ size and larger. Anything smaller looks a little dinky on a large bed.
- The pillow covers you use are not as important as the inserts. If the insert is high quality, just about any pillow cover will look good.
7. Extra Credit For an Extra Cozy Bed: Pop A Throw On the End
All you OCD friends – just lay it across the end of the bed casually, making it look like you spent zero effort at all making it look casual. A chunky knit in the winter months, or a woven knit blanket in the summer adds one more layer of texture.
Our Fluffy Bedding Breakdown
- Our cooling mattress topper
- Our white linen sheets
- our lux quilted blanket
- our affordable linen duvet cover
- our Belgian linen duvet cover
- our summer down duvet inserts | our winter down/feather insert | a down insert we don’t own / need but I have heard great things (not Amazon)
- our affordable chunky knit throw
But How Many Pillows Do I Need For A Cozy Bed?
Let’s be honest – they all end up on the floor at night! We like our two sleeping pillows in the back on either side (4 in total), followed by 3 Euros (we have these basic crisp white ones off Amazon), and then 2 colorful pillows in front.
You could easily have 5 and still achieve the “full cozy bed” look (two sleeping pillows, two Euros, and a lumbar is a nice combo). For a queen-sized bed, five is sufficient.
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