The first step to styling your bed starts with the foundations. Whether you have a mattress or a full bed set, we recommend using a cotton mattress protector. It’s easier to clean than a mattress or topper and will help keep your Savoir bed lasting longer. We advise washing your mattress protector every 2-3 weeks and keeping a spare in the linen cupboard so you always have a fresh replacement on hand.
Your choice of percale or sateen depends on how you like your sheets to feel. The finest hotels opt for percale sheets in a minimum of a 300 thread count; they are crisp, cool to the touch and breathable. Hotels also tend to favour Egyptian cotton over other kinds of cotton because its premium quality fibres make sheets long-lasting. Bed linen gets washed frequently in hotels, so this is an important marker. If you prefer a smoother, silkier feel to your sheet, sateen bed linen may be a better option. They are also easier to iron, so no wonder it’s the fabric of choice for yacht owners.
When it comes to sheet size, choose the one that matches your bed size for fitted sheets, duvet covers and top sheets. For pillows and pillowcases, King size is best for Super King beds (King in the US) and larger. Standard pillows and pillowcases are best for 150cm wide (60″) or smaller beds.
After your mattress protector, add a fitted or flat sheet. If you have a topper, you will need a deep fitted sheet to ensure it covers both your mattress and topper. The best hotels use flat sheets and usually double them up, with a larger one underneath. Two sheets will give your bed a smoother look. If you decide to go for flat sheets, whoever makes the bed will need to create neat ‘hospital’ corners. You can also use a flat sheet with a fitted sheet on top if you prefer.
Many people don’t use a top sheet, but it’s worth consideration as it adds an extra layer of warmth and helps keep your duvet feeling fresh for longer. The flat sheet will create an attractive turnback if you opt for cording on your bed linen.
Tip: When styling your bed, put the sheet upside down in the middle to ensure equal hang over the sides. Fold back the top sheet over the duvet and tuck in the bottom and sides.
Siberian down offers the most sublime comfort and warmth when it comes to pillows and duvets. However, choose silk, hemp, linen, or cashmere duvet if you want to create a more streamlined look with less volume. Their fibres sit together, giving the duvet a flatter appearance. Before adding your chosen duvet cover, flip the duvet and shake it out to ensure the filling is evenly distributed.
Hint: Choose a large size if you like extra overhang or sleep with a partner who likes to steal the duvet. Otherwise, select the size that matches your bed.
Add pillow protectors before your pillowcases. They don’t change the look, but they provide an extra layer of protection to the pillow. Pillows can become dirty quite quickly as they come into contact with oils, skin creams, hair products and skin cells, so it’s best to keep them as clean as possible. Savoir pillow protectors are made from tightly woven cotton to protect against dust mites and incorporate a concealed zip. Plain pillowcases also work as an alternative, but the double openings from using two pillowcases tend to create an unsightly ridge.
When it comes to bed styling, the size of your pillow in relation to your bed is important here. Opt for King size pillows if you have a Super King bed (US King) or larger, and standard size pillows if you have a King size bed (US Queen) or smaller. As for style, it’s down to personal preference or the look you prefer, but generally, Cambridge pillowcases and duvet covers give a more contemporary aesthetic, whereas Oxford conveys classic luxury. Try mixing two Oxfords with two Cambridge pillowcases if a relaxed look is appealing. For the most seamless appearance, ensure the opening of the pillowcases faces inwards so you don’t end up with unsightly openings on the outside.
The final stage to bed styling involves adding cushions. These can inject colour into your bedroom scheme and significantly elevate the overall look. We like to mix contrasting textures and colours for a refined yet understated aesthetic.
Here, we have mixed Oxford and Cambridge pillowcases with charcoal and grey cording with an oxford duvet cover. Then dressed the bed with De Le Cuona cushions made from pure linen and have subtle detailing.
Our sumptuous round bed showcases bespoke at its best. It uses a circular fitted sheet, half-moon duvet cover and pillowcases with rounded corners. For bespoke bed linen requests, please get in touch with a showroom.
For further advice, read our bed linen buying guide.