Bedding Registry Checklist: Everything You Need (And Some Things You Just Really Want)

Bedding Registry Checklist: Everything You Need (And Some Things You Just Really Want)

Feb 15, 2016
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Designing a "dream" registry isn't as extravagant as it sounds. It's all about setting yourself up for the home — and life — you really want. There are the fundamentals, like making sure you've got enough sheets to have a clean, fresh bed on laundry day. And then there are the finer points — the detailed, distinctive choices that might make your style lean classic or colorful. For the basics and beyond, west elm's got you covered...starting with a simple bedding checklist and taking it further with a lookbook to play up your personal style.

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A Basic Bedding Checklist

When choosing how much to register for, here's a simple cheatsheet to use as a starting point (just add or subtract based on what you want and need):

  • 3 sheet sets
  • 2 duvet covers
  • 1 duvet insert
  • 4 standard-size pillows for sleeping
  • 1 down comforter
  • 1 mattress pad
  • 1 throw
  • 2+ throw pillows

This way you'll always have a clean bed and spare sheets for guests.

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Belgian Linen: For a Luxe, Lived-In Look

Long lasting and breathable, Belgian linen is comfortable in every season. It's luxe and lived-in at the same time — just follow these three simple steps to effortless elegance:

  1. Pick accent pillows in the same color family but be adventurous with patterns. Beading, embroidery and colorful weaves all add character.
  2. For a beautiful drape, pair your linen duvet cover with a cloud-like down insert. (It adds warmth and weight.)
  3. Fold a bedspread at the foot of the bed for a stylish finishing touch.
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Matelassé: For Textured, Timeless Style

A special weaving technique originating in Marseilles, France gives this fabric a lofty, quilted feeling that's perfect for layering on a white bed. A few tips for making white work year-round:

  1. Make a monochromatic bed pop by layering different textures and materials (like a matelassé duvet with a linen quilt).
  2. In winter, sleep under your duvet and use your quilt as an accent. In summer, use the quilt and fold the duvet at the foot of the bed.
  3. Always keep a throw on hand. It adds an extra hint of texture to a white-on-white palette.
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Jacquard: For a Bohemian-Modern Bed

When a pattern calls for precision, weavers use a jacquard loom. The alternating warp and weft create rich, colorful textiles like the graphic duvet on this bohemian-modern bed. To get the look:

  1. Match standard pillowcases to your sheets and Euro shams to your quilt or duvet.
  2. Neutral sheets give the eye a place to rest when you layer on bold prints and patterns.
  3. When playing with prints, create a cohesive look by layering large and small patterns in similar tones.

Ready to register? Pick west elm for extra perks.

When you register with west elm, you get exclusive offers from partners Riley & Grey (30% off your wedding website) and Minted ($25 off when you spend $50 or more). Plus, enjoy free west elm design services, private registry events, completion discounts and more.

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