Do the research and get yourself up to speed on bedding, accessory and soft furnishings trends and resources.
Check out retailers that own the market share to see how they are marketing themselves.
Look for resources - Etoffe Makara , Fleur de Lis , Austin Horn and others- the high end bedding companies that don’t have minimums for designers so with a small upfront cost in sample books you can be in the category.
Or forge an alliance with a quilter or workroom willing to help you create a semi custom private label line.
Position and market yourself as a bedroom expert. Look to develop packages using the tried and true good, better, best concept of window treatments and bedding.
Name them cleverly using buzzwords that are touchpoints for your consumer- Spa, Private, or Sexy, romantic…
"All About The Love," package for couples getting married or couples just celebrating their love.
"The Upgrade," for those who are wishing to wash that old lover right out of the bed and have recently ended a relationship and are looking for a clean start or an upgrade.
"Bedroom In A Box," acts as a blueprint for clients for a flat fee delivered in a lovely box. One consultation for measuring and assessing the clients bedroom needs and one edit consultation. "Bedroom In A Box," includes a floor plan and furniture plan, samples of selected fabrics for furniture and window treatments, flooring samples, specs of furniture, decor elements found locally and online, and sources for carpenters, painters, drapery makers and artisans.
The bed, as we know it today, was not how it was in centuries past. The bedroom was often a place where aristocrats received audiences, sometimes while still in bed. This practice led to elaborate beds and bed coverings.
Beds generally were enclosed including side valances, back panels, bed covers, and curtains - all suspended from a wooden frame. At first, this kept out cold castle drafts, but eventually became decoration. Early beds were square in shape and this lend to using decorative elements such as printed yardage, embroidery, quilting, appliqué, or piecing.
Today we spend one-third of our lives in bed. Why not surround ourselves with the soft goods that offer comfort and satisfaction? As our customers become more generous with themselves, the bedroom is becoming a personal retreat. The bed is the focal point of this retreat and the bedding should be consistent with the quality of the furnishings in the rest of the house.
Bedding Sizes Comforter Coverlet Bedspread Twin 65” x 88” 63” x 108” 81” x 117” Full 80” x 88” 80” x 88” 90” x 123” Queen 86” x 95” 84” x 113” 96” x 129” King 102” x 95” 102” x 113” 117” x 129” Bed Mattress Size Twin 38” x 75” Full 54” x 75” Queen 60” x 80”: King 76” x 80” California King 72” x 84”
Comparison Comforter Coverlet/Bedspread Duvet Square Corner Rounded Corner Square Corner No Pillow Tuck Pillow Tuck 21”-25” No Pillow Tuck Reversible Lined/Hemmed Reversible Filled- Thick Filled- varies No Fill Drop 12” C. Drop- 12” Spread Drop-21” Drop Varies Edging Options Edging Options Edging Options Quilt Pattern only Top/Corner Options Top Quilt only Never outline quilt Outline Quilt Outline Quilt Casual Bed Unmade look Provides Warmth Never stitched thru Keeps comforter clean Velcro/zipper closure
Down Comforters are a classic and cozy style in the bedroom. Down is the best insulator- it is warm, lightweight- and for the eco-friendly customer, a by-product.
What is it?
Down is the under feathers of waterfowl. It grows out like a feather. It is 3 dimensional with a quill point that clusters like a puff ball- they interlock and form layers trapping warm air in and cold air out. This allows your body to breathe. There are two types of down- goose and duck. Goose down is preferable because the animal is larger and more mature making larger clusters.
The larger the down cluster, the more insulating power it has. Cluster size is determined by age-older is better, size, species, and processing. An imported down, and the priciest, is eiderdown from King Eider Ducks in Iceland. Cold climates make better down.
Color- white preferred; more expensive than gray
Fill power- # cubic inches an ounce of down takes up. The higher the fill power the better quality the down.
Standard is 500-550
High Quality is 600-700
Luxury is 700+. Down over 650 is considered exceptional.
Fabric- covers should be natural. Cotton or cotton/ silk are the best, it prevents the down from migrating.
Thread count- amount of thread woven per square inch of cloth, the higher the count; the smoother the fabric. Thread counts should be over 200.
Comforters have given way to a whole new generation that doesn’t know how to do hospital covers or the piles of blankets that I remember at Grandma’s. Try dressing the bed in covers and pillow by day, but take them off, and shake the comforter for night use.
One of the last remaining items from the early bed is the dust ruffle, or bedskirt, a term originally coined in the 19 th century to describe a fashion accessory that women wore inside their hems of long skirts to protect the fabric from dirt. Europeans refer to dust ruffles as bed valances. If thought of in that way, imagine all the possibilities. The dust ruffle is the last piece of the wrapped bed, but not the least. Just because it’s at the bottom of the bed doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have the same attention as the other components of the bed and bedroom. We still want to hide our box springs and closet space underneath with a ruffle.
DUST RUFFLES Problem Solution White Deck Peeking Thru Add 4” band of ruffle fabric to edge of deck, overlap at corners. Round the corner at foot to fit box spring. Shifting Ruffles or Doesn’t Fit Fabric might have stretched as you tugged to get in place. Carry twist pins/ safety pins to alter. Fold platform lengthwise to adjust skirt length- safety pin fold- add a row of twist pins each side to prevent shifting. Water Beds or Decorative Rails Fabricate with wide band (12”) like a picture frame and sew the skirt to it. Tuck or staple in place. Skirt too short Make double 2 ½” hems that can be lengthened. Sew ruffle in 2 sections with vertical center overlap- skirt length can be adjusted. Secure with twist pins.
The best dressed bed starts with quality bed linens. If handled properly, luxury linens should last five to ten years. Consider them an investment. Most bedding experts consider either 100% cotton or linen sheets top of the line.
Bed linens can set a mood, or create an atmosphere in your bedroom. Mixing and matching linens can give you a light and airy look, relaxed country, Baroque to minimalist.
The best test is to touch and feel the sheets and look at thread counts. Thread count is the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. The higher the number, the more threads there are. Fine sheets are ones with a thread count of over 200. A thread count of 180 is considered percale, and is usually a blend. Thread counts in luxury sheets can go as high as 720.
Cotton breathes – Polyester doesn’t
Cotton sheets feel cooler. Cotton wicks moisture away from the body; thus you don’t perspire.
The finishing touch to bedding is a headboard. Beds without headboards create an unfinished impression.
It adds an additional point of emphasis to the focal point in the room- the bed.
Existing headboards may be slip covered for a completely different look. Ruching, cording, padding, buttons and pleated bands add to the luxury.
Headboards done in the same fabrics as the window treatments create a sense of unity and harmony to the room.
Consider contrast piping, monograms, or ribbon ties as details to the slipcover. Tie - on padding is inexpensive and stylish.
The concept is easy- a rectangle of fabric, padded and tied to the headboard. Picket fences, shams on rods, twigs, faux finishes, paint, shoji screens and shutters all can be turned into headboards with a little effort.
The finishing touch to bedding is a headboard. Beds without headboards create an unfinished impression. The simplest of beds can become transformed with a headboard. It adds an additional point of emphasis to the focal point in the room- the bed.
Remember to check the look by hanging a template on the wall behind the bed. Check to see if it is balanced with the bed and other pieces in the room. Ask yourself if the scale is right. This is also a good way to see if an unusual style works in the room.
Ask your workroom what leg height they use. Heights can change depending upon the shape and bed size. Always do a pattern. Remember to measure for the headboard with all the bedding on. Mattress sets can be extra thick so measure from the floor to top of mattress for height.
Coronas, testers or canopies are the finishing touch on a bed. They can go from simple to elaborate, dramatic to sublime. You can use a plain, suspended pole with gathered panels to gold leaf crowns. No matter what you use the effect is wonderful, and can add romance and mystery to the bedroom. Even a simple mosquito net conjures up “Casablanca”.
Coronas are usually semi circles and can create a formal effect. They can be made from wood, plaster or resin. Styles range from highly carved to plywood boards that are covered in fabric and hidden with a valance. Back and side curtains usually drape from it. The corona should echo the window treatment. It lifts the eye up from the bed which is low and rectangular and moves it around the room.