Have you ever opened a Pottery Barn catalog and just lusted over the spaces, especially the perfectly put-together beds? You aren't the only ones. If you crave a beautifully made bed, but just aren't sure how to pull it all together, here is a simple ‘recipe’ to help you make your own bed as pretty as a designer bed. Keep in mind that there are no rules when it comes to outfitting your bed, and the possibilities are endless. The following are just general guidelines to help get you started. 

Image courtesy of  Ballard Design

Image courtesy of Ballard Design

A decorative pillow covering which fits a 26” x 26” European Square pillow. It is usually finished with a flange. Euro Shams are placed behind the standard/king size pillow shams or cases as a background or placed in front of the cases and shams. They often coordinate with either the Duvet Cover or the Coverlet. They make a great layer if you don't have a headboard because they add height behind the regular pillows. 

A decorative pillow covering which fits a standard pillow. Standard Shams  can either be placed behind or in front of the pillows used to sleep on. They are placed in front of the cases in our bed illustration.

A slipcover for your pillow. This is the cover most people sleep on.

This is the sheet used to fit tightly over a mattress. Most higher end Fitted Sheets have at least a 17” deep pocket to fit on most pillow-top mattresses. 

This is also referred to as the top sheet. In most cases, this is the item closest to you and the fitted sheet. It is typically placed between the coverlet and the fitted sheet then folded over the coverlet.

A bed cover with sides that hang over the bed. Coverlets are typically in pique or matelassé fabric and go on top of the flat sheet. Some people like to put the coverlet over the entire bed to give it a clean look.

A decorative and protective covering for a duvet or comforter. Most duvets, especially down-filled duvets, require a cover to keep them clean. The duvet is typically folded at the foot of the bed, but like a coverlet, can be pulled up to cover all of the bed layers, for a more streamlined look.