10 best children’s bedsheets and duvet covers

With designs and patterns to suit rustic, modern, and quirky kids’ rooms, our round-up of the best children’s bedsheets is sure to mean sweet dreams for you and them

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Between monsters under the bed, the fear of the dark and just downright refusing to go to sleep, bedtime with young kids' rooms can be a struggle. But we’re firmly of the opinion that the right set of bedding can work wonders in getting them off to the Land of Nod. In fact, with snuggly soft and breathable fabrics, cool designs featuring their favourite animals or icons, and much more, it’s quite likely you’ll even have trouble getting them out of bed when breakfast time rolls around (good practice for when they’re teenagers then, we suppose).

What to look for in children's bedding?

The first thing, of course, is making sure they get the most restful night’s sleep possible with a quick glance at the construction label. Most of the sets on our list are 100 per cent cotton, still number one for its cool and breathable nature that means they won’t overheat in the night, but these will tend to come with a slightly bigger price tag. Some more budget-friendly duvets and pillowcases will be a mix of cotton and synthetic, just as soft and cool, if not quite as breathable, and a lot easier on the wallet.

So then it’s just down to the design. We’ve rounded up offbeat designs worthy of any kid's room, from digital prints to quirky patterns, cute traditional designs with high-end details, and everything in between.

Little home at John Lewis Star bedding set

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1. Little home at John Lewis Star bedding set

Send your little one off to sleep under the stars

Specifications
Best for: Unisex
Material: Pure cotton
Sizes: Single
Colour: Grey and dark blue
Reasons to buy
+Suits both boys and girls+Comes with a pillowcase
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in one size

Ideal for both boys and girls alike, this star bedding set from John Lewis would fit perfectly in any minimalist home. There's also a matching blanket, storage basket, lampshade and curtains to complete the look. Oh, and it's available in dark blue, too.

2. Snurk Astronaut Single Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set

Get them one small step closer to every kid’s dream job with this cool cover

Specifications
Best for: Big imaginations
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Single
Colour: White/print
Reasons to buy
+Cool illusion effect +Print quality said to be very good 
Reasons to avoid
- Bed needs to be made for the full effect 

This astronaut bedding set is just the ticket for kids who permanently have their head in the clouds. A great addition to a space-themed bedroom, or to any quirky teenage space, the digital printed duvet and pillowcase combo show a suited and booted astronaut whose spot they can occupy for sweet interstellar dreams. Reviewers have reported well on the quality of the printing and softness of the sheets which together, with how darn cool the whole thing looks, earns a high spot. Have a big Disney fan in your life? There’s a sweet princess version, too. 

 Superhero Print Children's Bedding Set

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3. Superhero Print Children's Bedding Set

For the child who wants to be everyone's hero

Specifications
Best for: Superhero lovers
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Cot bed and single
Colour: White/print
Reasons to buy
+Reversible+Available in two different sizes

Any budding superheroes out there? This bedding set will be sure to make them snooze when it comes to bed time. With a black mask print on the pillowcase and a reversible duvet, which on one side has masks and swiss crosses and black triangles on the other, it's is perfect for those who are going for a bold monochrome look. You can also choose for it to be packed in a matching cotton bag (an ideal kids' pyjama bag, too).

4. The White Company Glow In The Dark Bed Linen

Keep your child comfortable and comforted with this duvet-meets-nightlight

Specifications
Best for: Comforting
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Cot bed, single
Colour: Blue/white
Reasons to buy
+Glows in the dark +Quality cotton construction 
Reasons to avoid
-May do better in lighter rooms 

This gender neutral kids’ bedding from The White Company looks good and does good in equal measure, with an adorable design and a secret feature that’s both cool and comforting for children who aren’t big fans of the dark. The scattering of stars on the duvet cover and pillowcase looks sweet during the day, but it’s also busy charging, ready to glow in the dark once bedtime rolls around for an utterly enchanting effect. Reviewers loved its soft, high-quality feel, too – so it looks like you’ll all be having sweet dreams. 

 Unicorn Embroidered Bed Linen Collection

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5. Unicorn Embroidered Bed Linen Collection

Eco-friendly and on trend

Specifications
Best for: Trendy kids
Material: 100% organic cotton
Sizes: Cot bed, toddler bed, single, double
Colour: White, pink and lilac embroidery
Reasons to buy
+Eco-friendly and organic+Available in lots of sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Pillowcases not included

Not only is this exclusive duvet cover made from 100 per cent organic cotton, but it also has adorable magical unicorns embroidered all over it too. Choose from a range of four different sizes and three different colours from pink to lilac or plain white, and you're (almost) guaranteed a happy sleeper. They also sell matching bath robes, hot water bottle covers, laundry bags and towels.

6. Doodle Duvet Cover Single

Let them design their own perfect duvet with this smart bedsheet

Specifications
Best for: Doodlers
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Single
Colour: Multi
Reasons to buy
+Fully customisable with washable pens  +Cool ruled notebook design 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey for no pillowcase 

Aspiring artists and serial doodlers are sure to love this very clever do-it-yourself duvet cover. Encourage their creativity with a customisable cover that’s printed to look like ruled paper (as if they’ll need any encouraging!), a set-up that means they can doodle to their heart’s content, then wash it all off and start again as soon as they get bored. It’s quite pricey considering the pillowcase is sold separately, but for the novelty and hours of fun it’ll give them, it’s worth it. A set of 10 wash-out pens is also included.

7. Gingham Bed Linen - Chalk Pink

A gingham bedsheet is just the thing to make a timelessly rustic room

Specifications
Best for: Simplicity
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Cot bed, single, double
Colour: Pink, grey or blue
Reasons to buy
+Simple, subtle and timeless +Range of sizes from cot to double 
Reasons to avoid
-Kids might not be as enthused about it as you are 

For a good-looking set-up with a timeless appeal, look no further than this cottage bedroom-ready duvet cover from The White Company. The classic gingham bedding set is fully reversible, with a statement-making large check on one side and a subtle small square design on the other, and comes in three soft shades for boys and girls. The beauty of this set’s timeless design is that it suits all ages, and the inclusion of cot bed, single sizes and double sizes certainly helps on that front, too.

8. Emoji White Bedding Set - Single

An ultra-modern bedding set that’ll make them :-)

Specifications
Best for: Social media fanatics
Material: 52% polyester, 48% cotton
Sizes: Single
Colour: Multi
Reasons to buy
+Great for the emoji obsessive +Low-maintenance and inexpensive 
Reasons to avoid
-Wouldn't be our first choice for design, personally... 

This cool emoji bedding set is just the thing for kids obsessed with The Emoji Movie, or just with expressing themselves through the ubiquitous little icons. All the favourites are here, including the crying laughing face, smiley cat and bashful monkey, so whatever their symbol of choice, they’re sure to be happy. Plus, with a low-maintenance, machine-washable and tumble dryer-friendly construction and easy-on poppers, you will be too. With a blended construction that promises to be soft and breathable, and an of-the-minute design, this is a great inexpensive option and an ideal duvet cover set for kids. 

personalised duvet set

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9. Personalised Script Font Duvet Cover

Personalised always means more fun

Specifications
Best for: Personalised
Material: Cotton Percale / Polyester or 100% cotton
Sizes: Single and double
Colour: White/multi font
Reasons to buy
+Lots of colours to choose from+Hand-stitched
Reasons to avoid
-Pillowcases are extra-Plain

This bespoke personalised duvet set is hand embellished to order and is available in 13 different colours. You can choose from two fabric qualities including cotton percale/polyester or 100 per cent cotton and it comes gift wrapped for free in a white fabric pouch, making it the ideal Christmas, birthday or special occasion present. You can also order more than one name on the duvet.

10. Farmyard Bed Linen

A beautifully finished high-end bedding set for outdoorsy kids

Specifications
Best for: Vintage bedrooms
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Cot bed, single
Colour:
Reasons to buy
+Comes in cot bed and regular single sizes +Reversible design 
Reasons to avoid
-Full set is very expensive 

Whether you have a home on the range or a two-up-two-down in the city, this vintage-style farmyard duvet cover from The White Company is sure to look wonderfully rustic in your child’s bedroom. It’s full of sweet details including farm animal appliqués — the darling French-knot sheep are our favourite — and classic gingham trim. The 100 per cent cotton construction promises to keep them cool and comfortable all night long. Plus, it’s reversible, with blue-and-white gingham on the other side to change up their look, should they feel like it. 

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