The best duvet covers and bedsheets

Snuggle down in style with our list of the best duvet covers and bedding sets from Ted Baker, Orla Kiely, The White Company and more.

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A fresh new duvet cover set can completely change the look and feel of a bed. We’ve all seen those lust-worthy bedroom setups on Pinterest and Instagram, piled high with pillows and adorned with throws, but before you get into any of the fineries and fripperies, think about the bedsheets and covers.

Duvet covers are the bits that come into contact with our skin, so it’s important to spare a thought for their construction. Egyptian cotton is probably the most recognisable name in the bedding biz, and with good reason, as its extra-long fibres make smooth, soft and durable sheets for maximum comfort and an indulgent feel. Most bedding sets that you come across on the market will likely be cotton, with the occasional cotton-synthetic or cotton-cashmere blend, but take a moment to think about the weave, too. Sateen is very soft with a subtle lustre, while percale is more matte with a crisp feel to it that’s perfect for sleepers prone to overheating and anyone looking to achieve the ideal hotel bed linen look in their own home.

And then there’s the fun bit: the design. Whether you prefer a White Company-inspired tone on tone setup that’s all about the texture, a big, bold pattern, or something in between the two, you’re sure to be well catered-for with our round-up of the best bedsheets and duvet covers in the shops right now. Keep reading for abundant bedroom inspiration.

1. 5A Fifth Avenue Herringbone Egyptian Cotton 300 Thread Count White Duvet Cover

This hotel-style set offers the luxury of Saks on a Dunelm budget

Specifications
Best for: Affordable luxury
Material: 100% Egyptian cotton
Sizes: Single, double, king, superking
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+Looks and feels amazing +Affordable and low-maintenance 
Reasons to avoid
-Some reviewers have noticed it creases easily 

For its striking resemblance to what you’d find in a luxury hotel, this Fifth Avenue Egyptian cotton duvet cover gets our top spot. Reviewers were delighted with its elegant white-on-white stripe and crisp Oxford-style border, as well as its silky, high-quality feel. Many have also commented favourably on the zip closure, which made making up the bed a breeze compared to covers with fiddly buttons. A fabulously luxurious all-rounder for an unbelievable price. 

2. Ted Baker Encyclopedia Floral Cotton Bedding

Trust Ted to come up trumps with a sumptuous, satiny floral

Specifications
Best for: Best floral
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Double, king, superking
Colour: Pink pattern
Reasons to buy
+Luxurious look and feel +Reversible for maximum versatility 
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey for just a duvet cover 

The interior world’s love of opulent botanical designs is going nowhere, so get on board with Ted Baker’s take on the trend. This cotton sateen duvet cover features a riot of oversized florals on a delicate blossom-pink background, all set off by the beautifully subtle sheen of the fabric, which is hailed by John Lewis as “utterly luxurious against the skin”. If you ever tire of the dramatic look, you can simply flip to the plain side for a more pared-back effect, making this statement piece surprisingly versatile. 

3. Savoy Bed Linen Collection

A luxury duvet cover set, for a luxury budget.

Specifications
Best for: Hotel style
Material: 100% Egyptian cotton
Sizes: Single, double, king, superking, emperor
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets +Crisp, elegant look 
Reasons to avoid
-Enormously expensive for a full set 

For first-class luxury in your very own bedroom, look no further than The White Company’s Savoy collection. This set boasts 400-thread-count sheets made with fine Egyptian cotton, with a cool, crisp percale weave intended for the closest thing to a hotel bed you can hope to get at home. Minimal and elegant in all its incarnations, we particularly like the white and navy version of this bedding, with high-quality stitching that creates an immaculate solid border for a polished look. Simply stunning, if a bit pricey. 

4. Cabbages & Roses Hatley Rose Bedding, Blue

Cool cotton percale with a cosy country feel

Specifications
Best for: Vintage rooms
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Single, double, king, superking
Colour: White/blue pattern
Reasons to buy
+Smooth cotton percale+Vintage style in a range of colours
Reasons to avoid
-Insipid for some

This Hatley Rose bedding set from Cabbages and Roses comes in a range of accent shades to suit a multitude of schemes, from intense cerise to delicate dove grey. We’re particularly taken with the china-style pale blue, which would look right at home in any shabby chic or cottage-style bedroom, but whichever you choose, the 200 thread count percale promises a cool and comfortable night’s sleep. Grab a single for a sweet vintage look in a discerning little girl’s room, or a king-size for yourself — or both! 

5. Orla Kiely Multi Stem Bedding Sets - Duvet Cover with Two Pillowcases

Instantly recognisable style for a surprisingly purse-friendly price

Specifications
Best for: Retro
Material: 100% cotton percale
Sizes: Double, king, superking
Colour: Multi
Reasons to buy
+Looks great in a retro scheme+Excellent value for a designer bedding set
Reasons to avoid
-Still quite pricey 

Orla Kiely’s most iconic design would make a great centrepiece for any retro-themed bedroom, or a more minimal scheme in need of  a punch of colour and pattern. This Multi Stem bedding set has a deliciously ‘70s look to it, and a cotton percale finish that promises to be smooth and crisp to the touch and keep its cool at night. For a designer king-size set with two pillowcases, it’s great value, too. A simple and not overly expensive way to make a statement in your next bedroom project. 

6. Evesham Bed Linen Collection

Premium materials and a polished finish come together in this top-flight bedding set

Specifications
Best for: Luxury
Material: 90% cotton, 10% cashmere
Sizes: Double, king, superking, emperor
Colour: Grey
Reasons to buy
+Luxurious cotton and cashmere blend  +Unique slubby look 
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive 

The White Company's elegant Evesham collection might just be the ultimate luxury bedding. Made from their smoothest cotton with a hunt of sumptuous cashmere, the sheets bring together the best of both worlds, promising to be soft and smooth, cosy, and ultra-light all at once. It’s a big claim, but those who own it seem to agree, calling it “pure luxury”. Plus, the combination of slubby-look pale grey and neat Oxford-style edging is fabulous, managing to look both relaxed and put together in pretty much any interior scheme. For its versatility and luxury, it’s a real winner. 

7. Urban Outfitters Mixed Marble Duvet Set

Love modern marble accessories? Bring the trend to the bedroom with this super-cool set

Specifications
Best for: A modern look
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Single, double, king
Colour: White/pastel print
Reasons to buy
+Trendy marble effect +Delicate muted tones fit most schemes 
Reasons to avoid
-May not have the most longevity style-wise 

For such a trend-led option, this marble duvet set from Urban Outfitters is surprisingly versatile: distinctive enough to stand alone in a minimal, all-white scheme, but delicate enough to play nicely with a whole host of other shades. The subtle swirls and muted tones make for a relaxed but interest-laden effect in any grown-up bedroom or discerning teenager’s space, while the 100% cotton sheets are all set to offer a sleep that’s cool and comfortable. 

8. Ralph Lauren Home Player Duvet Cover

A sporty set for grown-up masculine spaces

Specifications
Best for: Bachelor pads
Material: 100% Egyptian cotton
Sizes: Single, double, king, superking
Colour: Navy
Reasons to buy
+Sporty, masculine finish +More interesting alternative to white 
Reasons to avoid
-On the pricier side 

If the bright and breezy look isn't for you, try this premium Ralph Lauren bedding set on for size. It scores highly in the style stakes with its intense indigo hue, a deep, saturated alternative to the usual white or grey that still sets of a relaxing mood in the bedroom, but with an unmistakably masculine vibe. A great addition to a New England-style interior, it promises to feel as good as it looks with sheets crafted from fine, soft Egyptian cotton, all set off with Lauren’s iconic embroidered polo player logo in contrasting cerise. 

9. Lipsy Translucent Bloom Digitally Printed Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set

A fabulously floral bedding set for girly bedrooms

Specifications
Best for: Fashionistas
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes: Single, double, king, superking
Colour: White/purple print
Reasons to buy
+Bright statement print+Reviewers love the quality
Reasons to avoid
-Still quite pricey for a high street brand

This bright and beautiful Lipsy bedding set certainly isn’t for the shy and retiring, with a dramatic splash print floral in gorgeous, saturated tones of purple and blue. However, the clean white background keeps it from looking over-the-top, and it’s a great way to make a statement in an otherwise minimal space, with the minimum of effort. Reviewers were impressed with the soft, smooth quality of the sheets, and with the intensity of the digital print, which promises a longer-lasting stay-new finish, so while it’s still quite pricey for a high street brand, we think the longevity and loveliness of the design makes it worth it. 

10. Harry Potter Muggles Single Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set

A dorm room-ready duvet set for Harry Potter lovers

Specifications
Best for: Novelty
Material: 50% cotton, 50% polyester
Sizes: Single, double
Colour: White/burgundy
Reasons to buy
+Great buy for Potter fans +Easy-clean polycotton sheets 
Reasons to avoid
-Gryffindor colours only 

While an especially good and inexpensive buy for students embarking on their first year at Hogwarts — sorry, “uni — this novelty set is great for Potterheads of all ages. Whoever it’s for, the reversible design allows them to be more forthright or subtle about their love of the wizarding world depending on their mood, with one stripy patterned side and one emblazoned with an oversized Hogwarts crest, while the polycotton construction means it’s low-maintenance, machine-washable and tumble dryer-ready, if potentially a little clammier than pure cotton.