Use this handy reference guide to help choose the right bedding for you.
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Baffle box (or box construction)-A type of construction for a down comforter that places walls of fabric perpendicular to the top and bottom panel of the comforter, creating a series of boxes that enclose the down; considered superior to "sewn-through" stitching, in which stitches go through the down and connect the top and bottom panels directly
Bedskirt (or dust ruffle)-This decorative fabric piece skirts the bed on three sides and can be used functionally to hide stored items underneath
Bolster-A cylindrical throw pillow so named because it can be used to support the neck
Boudoir pillow-A small rectangular throw pillow
Combed cotton-Cotton that has been combed to remove short fibers so that only long fibers remain, making a strong, soft yarn
Comforter-A thick bed covering packed with down or synthetic fill and usually quilted; does not require a fabric cover
Coverlet-A bed covering that is generally thinner and lighter than a comforter
Duvet-Term used alternately to refer to a thick comforter filled with down, one that requires a fabric covering, or the fabric covering itself, so check packaging carefully to be sure what you're getting
To see what types of bedding are best for you, check out our Guide to Buying Sheets.
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