The best bedding: where to source a good night’s sleep

Finding the best bedding is the gateway to a more restful slumber, so we've rounded up the best brands to source pillows, duvets, bed linen and all things sleep

A white duvet cover and pillow cases with black piping on a bed in a contemporary bedroom
(Image credit: DUSK)

Looking for the best bedding? Perhaps you’ve just spent a night in the soft embrace of a boutique hotel’s luxurious bed linen, or the time has come where that cheap duvet bought on a whim at the supermarket just doesn’t cut it anymore and you’re looking for a slightly more indulgent set of bedding to curl up under at the end of a long day. 

Investing in the best bedding feels like something of a milestone of sorts; a gateway into grown-up living. Like investing in that Le Creuset cookware, it’s born of the wisdom that spending a little bit more on something that’s going to last for more than one year actually makes a lot of sense; both for your bank balance and the environment.

And, of course, anything that helps us to sleep better is generally high on all of our wishlists, so once you’ve secured the best mattress for a good night’s sleep, upgrading your bedding is the next sensible choice to improve the quality of your sleep.

Finding the best bedding for you

The first thing you’ll probably learn on your hunt for the best bedding is that the term itself can be slightly confusing. 'Bedding' is often used to refer to different items at different retailers, and can cover both bedding inserts e.g. pillows and duvets, and bed linen e.g. pillowcases, duvet covers, and sheets.

There are also a whole host of retailers offering multiple versions of all of these bedding items, which can soon put your mission to source the best bedding into a tailspin!

To help you sort the wheat from the chaff we’ve collated a list of the best bedding brands to have on your radar, from the best places to source sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases to the best places to find innovative memory foam pillows and luxurious goose feather and down duvets.

For more in-depth recommendations on each specific type of bedding then make sure to delve into our individual buying guides which are jam-packed with the best options; all tried, tested, and rated by the Real Homes team: 

The best bedding brands to shop for a good night's sleep


Best brands for bed linen: pillowcases, duvet covers and bedsheets


Bedeck

An olive green striped duvet cover on a bed in a contemporary bedroom

(Image credit: Bedeck)

Products available: pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: bed linen from well-known brand names

Bedeck curates bed linen from some well-known names alongside its own-brand collections. You'll find duvet covers and bedding sets from the likes of Sanderson, Harlequin, Scion, Joules, DKNY, William Morris and the V&A, often with a focus on print, floral and decorative detailing. 

Shop at: bedeckhome.com


Bedfolk

A bed dressed with grey linen duvet covers and pillows next to a rustic wooden stool

(Image credit: Bedfolk)

Products available: duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: bed linen with a relaxed look in lovely muted colourways

Bedfolk aims to cut through the noise of the bed linen market to deliver a core range of intentional products all certified to Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® (an environmental standard that confirms no harmful chemicals are present in any component of the finished product) and made not too far from home in Northern Portugal. 

Duvets, sheets, and pillowcases come in linen, cotton sateen, cotton percale, or washed cotton, and are available in a carefully curated selection of muted tones - think Ink, Dove, Rose, and Clay.

Shop at: bedfolk.com


DUSK

A crisp white duvet cover and pillowcases with a navy embroidered border

(Image credit: DUSK)

Products available: pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: luxe-look cotton bedding with high-thread count options

If you want your bedroom to feel like you just stepped into a luxury hotel room then Dusk is our top recommendation for crisp white cotton bed linen that will create that high-end boutique hotel look. 

Focusing purely on cotton, the brand's bedding tends to eschew colour and pattern to hone down on fabric quality, with a wide range of 200 thread count cotton percales, 400 thread count cotton sateens and up to 800 thread count Egyptian cottons.

Prices can be on the steep side, but Dusk bedding sales crop up fairly regularly and are well worth looking out for.

Shop at: dusk.com


La Redoute

Brightly coloured bed linen piled on a bed with a mustard yellow wall behind

(Image credit: La Redoute)

Products available: bed frames, divans, headboards, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: on-trend and affordable bed linen

French online retailer La Redoute is a great place to browse for on-trend and covetable furniture and homeware - often at some refreshingly affordable prices - and it would be hard not to find what you were looking for bedroom-wise with bed frames, a great selection of headboards plus plenty of soft bedding available. 

Offering a mix of generally more affordable own-brand products plus some well-known sleep brands, there is a great mix of basics, quirky patterned bed linen you won't find anywhere else, plus a great selection of Instagram-friendly linen bedding colourways and a growing focus on sustainability.

Even better, there are regular sales offering up to 40% off, so time your visit right and you can snap up some real bargains. Just make sure to doublecheck your measurements before you buy, as the EU sizing can sometimes clash with UK bedding sizes.

Shop at: laredoute.co.uk


Piglet

A green linen duvet cover on a bed with a rattan headboard

(Image credit: Piglet)

Products available: duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: linen bed linen and tailored linen sleepwear

Know you want linen bedding? Breathable, no-iron and able to keep even the hottest of sleepers cool at night, we're big fans of the fabric, and as long as you want no other material then Piglet offers some of the best colours of linen bedding out there.

We're particular fans of the leafy Forest Green colourway, plus, the natural materials continue with a small range of Merino wool pillows, duvets and mattress toppers. There is also a dreamy collection of linen sleepwear, from relaxed robes to tailored linen pyjama sets. 

Now extending to linen tablecloths, cushions and curtains too, the collections certainly aren't cheap, but they do make particularly nice gifts. And it's well worth putting some pieces on your own wishlist too.

Shop at: pigletinbed.com


Soak & Sleep

A white linen duvet cover and pillow set on a dark wooden bed in a mid-Century style bedroom

(Image credit: Soak & Sleep)

Products available: divan beds, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: French linen bedlinen

As the name might suggest, Soak & Sleep focuses on textiles for the bedroom and bathroom, with a wide range of bedding options including duvets, pillows and bed linen, along with a good selection of towels, bath mats, and bathrobes.

In terms of bed linen, Soak & Sleep offers a core range of products with a selection of key fabrics, including high-thread count cottons, Mulberry silk, eco-friendly organic cotton and hemp bed linens and French linen flax which scores highly in our guide to the best duvet covers and best bedsheets.

Again, sales are quite common, so keep your eyes peeled for discounts on your favourite lines.

Shop at: soakandsleep.com


Best high street brands for bedding


Dunelm

A bed with crisp white cotton bedding and a grey velvet headboard

(Image credit: Dunelm)

Products available: bed frames, divans, headboards, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: the Dorma collection which offers high-thread count cotton bedding at a reasonable price

Dunelm's bedding collection spans a wide range of price points, from budget microfibre duvets to more expensive goose feather and down options, memory foam pillows, and all sorts of bedding sets. 

There are own-brand and brand name options on offer, including Fogarty, Snuggledown, and Dorma, and with there likely to be a physical store somewhere close to you, it offers a good opportunity to go in and get a feel for products before you buy.

Shop at: dunelm.com


H&M

A bed covered in a blue and tan colourway

(Image credit: H&M)

Products available: pillows, duvets, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: affordable linen and fun printed bed linen

Originally better known for its affordable fashion, Swedish brand H&M's homeware offering has grown extensively over the past few years, becoming a firm favourite with interior lovers for its on-trend and affordable furnishings. 

The brand offers a small range of pillows and duvets from The Fine Bedding Company, but its focus is on dressing your bed in the latest looks, from fashion-conscious ginghams to leopard print spots - whatever the latest fashion trend is, it's likely it has printed a duvet cover to match.

It also has a core range of linen duvet covers, pillowcases and sheets that tend to come in the seasons must-have colours - just make sure to check your measurements as the EU sizing can sometimes clash with UK bedding sizes.

Shop at: hm.com


John Lewis

A bed with an abstract watercolour floral print duvet cover in a dark walled bedroom

(Image credit: John Lewis)

Products available: bed frames, divans, headboards, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: good quality bedding of all types

John Lewis' long-standing reputation for good quality furniture and furnishings remains true of its bedding categories too. 

Offering pretty much everything you could need bedding related, there are bed frames, headboards, mattreses, and bedlinen aplenty, with a mix of the brand's own entry-level ANYDAY ranges, premium own-brand products, and a good selection of well-known brand names that don't necessarily have their own bricks and mortar presence - like Emma and Simba mattresses for example.

As such its showrooms offer a good opportunity to do some hands-on research on top names you might not get to see elsewhere.

Shop at: johnlewis.com


Matalan

A white seersucker textured duvet cover with a wooden shelf headboard

(Image credit: Matalan)

Products available: pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: affordable bed linen

If budget is amongst your top priorities when bedding shopping, then Matalan offers some very affordable own-brand options.

Whilst most of the brand's bedlinen is either 180 thread count cotton or polyester and cotton mixes - hence its relative affordability - the reduction in fabric quality is offset by some pretty prints and statement designs. 

In particular, its no-iron Cotton Seersucker Duvet Cover has made our best duvet covers list for its hassle-free good looks.

Shop at: matalan.co.uk


Next

A white textured duvet cover and pillow set in an elegant bedroom

(Image credit: Next)

Products available: bed frames, divans, headboards, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: quick-dry, easy-care polycotton sheets and duvet covers

Another popular go-to for all things homeware-related, Next offers a wide selection of own-brand bedding, plus in recent years it's expanded its offering to include other sleep-related brand names. 

There is usually a showroom in a retail park or town centre nearby, which makes trying before you buy that bit easier, and the showroom's room sets can be a useful source of inspiration, as well as providing a one-stop shop if you love the looks you see.

Shop at: next.co.uk


The White Company

Crisp white cotton bedding on a bed in front of a sage green panelled bedroom wall

(Image credit: The White Company)

Products available: bed frames, divans, headboards, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: white bedlinen - surprise, surprise!

The White Company has a curated edit of pretty much everything bedding-related except for mattresses, concentrating on the more aesthetic end of the market.

The focus is on luxury, with goose feather and down pillows and duvets, high thread count cotton bedlinen - that goes up to an emperor size - and luxurious bedding accessories, like bedspreads, throws and cushions.

Not everything is white, but it does feature a lot, with neutrals definitely the name of the game.

Shop at: thewhitecompany.com


Best brands for mattresses, pillows, duvets and mattress protectors


Brook + Wilde

A duvet laid on a bed frame with a velvet headboard

(Image credit: Brook + Wilde)

Products available: bed frames, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress protectors and (a small range of) bed linen

Best for: high-end mattresses and luxe goose feather pillows and duvets

Perhaps best known for its luxury mattresses - many of which have been put through their paces and score highly in our best mattress guides - Brook + Wilde is at the luxury end of the bedding market, focusing on multi-layered mattress construction and super soft goose feather and down duvet covers and pillows. 

There are no showrooms to try before you buy, but Brook +Wilde offers a 100 night trial on its mattresses so you can see if the sleep experience is for you.

You can get the lowdown on all of Brook + Wilde's sleep products in our dedicated Brook + Wilde bedding review where we've tried and tested everything from the Elite mattress to the Marlowe goose down pillow.

Shop at: brookandwilde.com


Emma

A woman laying on a mattress on a wooden bedframe in a contemporary bedroom

(Image credit: Emma)

Products available: bed frame, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress protectors, mattress cover

Best for: bedding basics without the overwhelm

Sometimes you just want to invest in some core bedding pieces without trawling through reams of options, and Emma offers just that, focusing on perfecting a capsule collection of sleeping essentials rather than overwhelming shoppers with a plethora of choice.

It's an approach that seems to have paid off, with the brand's memory foam mattress in particular regularly coming top of the 'best mattress' league tables, including our own.

Sadly there are no showrooms to try before you buy, but Emma offers a 200-night sleep trial on most of its products, plus a selection of lines are now stocked in John Lewis stores to help you make the right choice for you.

Shop at: emma-sleep.co.uk


Eve Sleep

A mattress and duvet on a wooden bed frame in a modern bedroom

(Image credit: Eve Sleep)

Products available: mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress protectors and (a small range of) bed linen - including child and baby options

Best for: a one-stop online sleep shop with a range of price points and options for all of the family

Online sleep specialist Eve regularly features in our sleep-related product round-ups due to their fusion of good design and range of price points from entry-level to premium. 

Along with its distinctive yellow branding, Eve is probably best known for its mattresses, but it also has a curated collection of all the bedding essentials, and - unlike many of its online sleep specialist competitors - offers a child and baby sleep range, making it a good choice as a one-stop sleep shop for kitting out a family home. 

A common story by now... there are no dedicated Eve sleep stores to try before you buy, but you can test out products at selected Next and Dunelm stores and a growing list of other Eve bricks and mortar locations, including (for the full 8 hours of testing time) at London-based design-led boutique hotel Leman Locke which sounds like the perfect excuse for a night away to us. Eve also offers a 100-night mattress trial and 30-day trials on most of its core bedding.

Shop at: evesleep.co.uk


Ikea

A white duvet with a black grid pattern in a light-filled bedroom

(Image credit: IKEA)

Products available: bed frames, divans, headboards, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets

Best for: a one-stop-shop for budget bedding

Much-loved Scandinavian homeware store IKEA is a go-to for well-designed homeware at affordable prices and the same is true for its bedding collections. There's a store not far from most people, and once there you can stock up on all your bedding needs at once, with the brand stocking everything from bed frames and affordable mattresses through to a wide range of bed linens.

IKEA's online offering is also getting bigger by the day, so you don't necessarily even need to brave a store visit (and end up coming away with five times what you went in for) anymore.

Shop at: ikea.com


Otty

A folded white duvet sitting on a mattress

(Image credit: Otty)

Products available: bed frames, mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors

Best for: reasonably-priced mattresses that blend charcoal and bamboo

Originally a mattress-specialist brand that has expanded its sleep offering to include the usual bedding essentials, Otty offers reasonably-priced mattresses that now incorporate bamboo and charcoal and offer removable and washable covers, along with some slightly more expensive core bedding products.

There is an Otty showroom, although only in Leeds, however, the brand offers a comparable 100-night trial of its mattresses.

Shop at: otty.com


Panda

A light-filled bedroom with memory foam pillow and mattress topper emblazoned with a panda logo

(Image credit: Panda)

Products available: pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, and (a small range of) bed linen

Best for: bamboo bedding

As the name might suggest, Panda is focused on bringing bamboo bedding into the mainstream, offering pillows, duvets and bed linen made from the fast-growing fibre, all of which are certified to Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®, an environmental standard that confirms no harmful chemicals are present in any component of the finished product.

The brand's range is fairly small, but we can vouch for the thermal properties of its Cloud duvet which features in our best duvets guide, and the silky softness of the 100% bamboo viscose bedding bundle.

Shop at: mypandalife.com


Simba

Simba Luxe mattress on a four poster bed

(Image credit: Simba Sleep)

Products available: mattresses, pillows, duvets, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, and (a small selection of) bedlinen

Best for: bedding built upon innovative technology

Simba stands out in the sleep market for its innovative approach to prototyping, data testing - it profiled 10 million sleepers to get the information needed to keep continually improving products - and materials, developing several of its own technologies to create its mattresses and pillows.

The brand also has a welcome approach to bringing sustainability to the forefront of its manufacturing processes, endeavouring to work towards zero-waste factories and recycling significant proportions of its materials.

Simba offers a 200-night sleep trial of its mattresses, with some products available to test in selected John Lewis stores.

You can find the nitty-gritty detail on all of Simba's sleep products in our full Simba bedding review where we've tried and tested everything from the brand's adjustable hybrid pillow (nanocubes and all) to its temperature regulating duvet.

Shop at: simbasleep.com


How to create your dream bedroom

Want some more inspiration on how to create the perfect boudoir? We have plenty of suggestions for transforming your sleep space in our bedroom ideas article - from layering up textures to tips on choosing a restful colour palette. 

If your bedroom is short on space we also have some compact living suggestions in our small bedroom ideas pages - and it doesn't just mean painting everything white!

And if you're thinking about the guest bedroom rather than the main bedroom then we have plenty of guest bedroom ideas for transforming the spare room, including a round-up of the best sofa beds if your guest bedroom is actually your home office!

If you're looking to transform your bedroom for less, then it's also well worth keeping your eye on our round-up of the best bedding sales each month to snap up some bedding bargains!

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

After completing a major house renovation, Amy discovered what she had always suspected; that decorating is the best part. She joined the Real Homes team in 2021 to share her love for all things interior, finally putting all those hours spent agonising over the best white paint to good use in Real Homes’ carefully researched buying guides, and helping readers to find the best furniture, decor, and furnishings to create the home they've always dreamed of. 

SPONSORS