Garnet Hill Bedding Guide

The average person will spend over 227,623 hours in bed...

Make every second completely luxurious by transforming your bed into a restful haven with the best bedding basics and bed linens from Garnet Hill.

Sleep is the cornerstone for a healthy lifestyle and peace of mind, making it a vital factor for well-being. At Garnet Hill, we believe that luxurious high-quality bedding is the key to a good night's sleep. It's also an opportunity to express your personal style, by incorporating colors and textures that invite you to feel at ease. Your bed is a sanctuary where you begin and end each day, so shouldn't it be as close to perfection as possible?

From well-priced basics to ultimate luxuries, our Bedding Basics collection includes essential lofty layers, core components and foundation pieces for comfort. Whether your sleeping preferences require hypoallergenic, organic cotton, pure silk or traditional options, we have bedding basics that ensure a satisfying sleep experience. Let us help you choose the bedding that is right for you.

All About Garnet Hill Sheets and Bed Linens

There is no question that the finest fibers and fabrics in bedding are the best choices for sleeping comfort, but what sheets are preferable to you will depend upon the time of year and how warm you keep your bedroom. Below is a comprehensive guide to the fabrics and fibers Garnet Hill is proud to offer in our extensive collection of bed linens.


Flannel Bedding
The coziest kind of comfort — flannel is a woven cotton fabric with a loose texture and a napped surface, which is often brushed on one or both sides for added softness. The warmth of flannel depends upon the twisted yarns that provide air pockets of interlocking fiber. Garnet Hill is famous for their exclusive flannel designs and superior quality.

Percale Bedding
Cotton percale is cool, crisp and comfortable any time of year, especially in warmer weather. Any smooth, plain weave with over 180 threads per square inch is called percale; however, the most luxurious percales can reach 300-400 threads per square inch.

Jersey Knit Bedding
Sometimes called "T-shirt sheets," this bedding is knit rather than woven, giving it a wonderfully soft hand. Not as warm as flannel, nor as cool as percale, jersey knit is a perfect bedding for transitional seasons and offers an accommodating kind of comfort at any time of year.

Sateen Bedding
Luxurious and elegant, sateen is a smooth, glossy cotton fabric specially woven to create a silky, lustrous finish.

What is Thread Count?
Thread count is the total number of threads running in both directions per square inch in a woven fabric. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave and the more luxurious the fabric will feel. Percales and Sateens are the only sheets measured in thread counts.


Combed Cotton
This fine cotton fabric is created through a process in which cotton fibers are aligned and mechanically "combed," removing the shorter staple fibers and leaving only the better long-staple fibers.

Egyptian Cotton
A general classification for strong, lustrous, longer staple cotton, Egyptian cotton is largely produced in the Nile Valley, although it is grown elsewhere in the world as well. Egyptian cotton staples are 1 1/8" to 1 1/2" long.

Pima Cotton
A superior variety of cotton named after the Pima tribe of Native Americans, Pima is grown primarily in Peru and in the southwestern United States. Pima cotton has a smooth, extra-long staple that imparts a silky quality to its hand.

Supima® Cotton
A trademark name used in the marketing of pima cotton, Supima® is an acronym for "superior pima."

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Selecting a Mattress Pad

Fine fibers keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The mattress pads in our collection are especially effective in drawing the moisture away from your body and helping you maintain a comfortable body temperature. Choose your mattress pad based upon the fibers used in the shell and the fill. Whether cotton, wool, silk or Primaloft®, each fiber can enhance your sleeping comfort in its own way.

Mattress pads are cushioned to provide comfort while protecting your mattress.

PLEASE NOTE: a mattress cover differs from a mattress pad in that it only offers protection and coverage to the mattress.

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Choosing a Comforter/Duvet

Choosing the proper comforter depends on many factors; the temperature of your house, your individual body metabolism and, of course, personal preference. Comforters vary in fill, weight and construction. Duvet is another word for a down comforter - a term adapted from the French word for down.

Cotton Fill
This versatile fiber is a breathable, non-allergenic alternative to down. A cotton comforter will weigh more, but it will not be as warm as down. Because cotton does not have as much loft, it also provides a flatter, smoother surface.

Silk Fill
An elegant, lightweight fiber that provides warmth without excess weight, silk has wonderful temperature regulating properties and, consequently, is a great choice for any season. If you prefer a nonallergenic comforter that is thin but warm, silk is an excellent option.

Primaloft® Fill
An antimicrobial insulator that is unparalleled as a hypoallergenic alternative, Primaloft® is a superior-quality microfiber that mimics all the warmth and lofting qualities of down. Primaloft® comforters are machine washable and dryable

Down Fill
Down is comprised of the softest fluffy clusters from the breasts and underbellies of geese, ducks and other waterfowl. This exquisite fill has wonderful lofting and insulating capabilities, is lightweight and compressible, and allows body moisture to escape. The air trapped by the down creates a barrier of warmth. Down from geese is considered to be of a higher quality than that from ducks because geese are larger and, consequently, the down clusters are larger and softer and provide greater insulation.

Fill Power 101
Fill Power is the volume one ounce of down will fill when measured in cubic inches. Down with a higher fill power provides better warmth because it takes up more space, causing more air to be trapped, and in turn, retaining your body's natural warmth. The higher the fill power, the more insulating the down.

The Loft of Down
Loft is the ability of an insulating fiber to return to its normal position after being compressed. The more lofty the down, the higher the fill power, and the warmer the comforter.

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Finding the Perfect Pillow

Fill Power
Fill power is the volume one ounce of down will fill when measured in cubic inches. Down with a higher fill power provides better support because it takes up more space.

The Loft of Down
Loft is the ability of an insulating fiber to return to its normal position after being compressed. Larger down clusters are more lofty, and therefore, have more fill power.

Pillow Density
Density is the degree of softness or firmness, depending on the type and amount of fill. White goose down adjusts to keep your head level with your shoulders, but sometimes the extra support of feathers is needed.


Down is the softest fluffy clusters from the breasts and underbellies of geese, ducks and other waterfowl. It has wonderful lofting and insulating capabilities, and is soft and compressible, and allows body moisture to escape. The air trapped by the down creates a barrier of warmth.

Feathers are the principal plumage that covers birds. Feathers have strong, flexible quills and stiff filaments. The quills act as little springs that offer firm support where needed.

Wool is temperature regulating and has a soft, springy feel. Its natural wicking abilities keep you cool and dry in the summer and warm in the winter.

Polyester is often the first choice for people with down and feather allergies. It can mimic the loft of down, and offers excellent support.


Soft pillows are for people who sleep on their stomachs. Pillows filled with down are the softest.

Medium pillows are for those who sleep on their backs. A medium-firm pillow will offer the right firmness with a high fill power of down or with a mix of down and feathers.

Firm pillows are great support for the side sleeper. A higher feather-to-down ratio will make a firmer pillow; down alternatives like cotton and Primaloft® also provide firmness.

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The Garnet Hill Bedding Size Guide

The Garnet Hill bedding collection is designed and sized to accommodate just about any mattress, bed and decorating style. From key foundation pieces, like Mattress Pads, Blankets, Comforters, Bedskirts and Sheets, our bedding creates ideal sleep conditions with quality craftsmanship and distinctive details. Our Pillow Collection features an array of sizes as well as different densities and fills to suit your individual sleep needs. Garnet Hill has even developed Pillow Inserts to complement our exclusive Pillow Cover Designs - and in standard sizes, they are suitable for use with other decorative covers, too.

Starting at the Top...
At Garnet Hill, we start the design process with the top surface of the bed. For your reference, here are the standard dimensions we use to design our bedding collections. If you wish to determine how your bed measures up, please remember to measure the mattress, not the bed frame, to make an accurate comparison.

Mattress Sizes
Crib 28" x 52"
Twin 39" x 75"
Twin Extra-Long 39" x 80"
Double 54" x 75"
Queen 60" x 80"
King 78" x 80"
California King 72" x 84"

Varying Bed Thicknesses
Drop coverage and tuck-under measurements for Sheets, Quilts, Blankets, Coverlets and Comforters/Duvets vary based on the design and the thickness of your mattress/box spring. At Garnet Hill, we strive to accommodate varying lofts and foundation heights, so please take this into consideration when visualizing how the bedding will look on the bed, especially if you have a platform or lower bed design. If you have any questions about specific bedding dimensions, please contact Customer Service via phone (800.870.3513), email customerservice@garnethill.com or use Live Chat (9 AM - 12 midnight ET).

Pillow Sizes
Boudoir 12" x 16"
Standard 20" x 26"
Queen 20" x 30"
King 20" x 36"
Continental 26" x 26"

Inserts for Decorative Pillows
Bolster 6" x 16"
Large Bolster 8" x 30"
Small Boudoir 12" x 16"
Large Boudoir 11" x 22"
Lumbar 14" x 36"
12" Square (with a 2" gusset) 12" x 12"
18" Square 18" x 18"
20" Square 20" x 20"
20" Square (with a 3" gusset) 20" x 20"
22" Large Square 22" x 22"
Continental 26" x 26"
Round (with a 3½" gusset) 14" diameter

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