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Linen Library – Just Boys Bedding Terminology
When shopping with Just Boys Bedding, we believe it is important that our customers understand the terminology used in describing our products so they can make educated selections. In providing this reference we hope you will be comfortable in shopping with us and not have any unpleasant surprises when you receive your purchase.
Bedding Set – is it a set or a Collection? If a product is offered as a set it may include a Comforter or Quilt, pillow sham (or Shams, depending on the size purchased) and possibly a bed skirt, as well. The product description will set forth exactly what is included, so please be sure to read this information.
Bedding Collection - A bedding collection is a bed linen set that offers options to purchase separately that match or coordinate with the comforter or quilt set in the collection. Collections will typically offer accessories such as drapes, valances, decorator throw pillows. Collections can also offer such items as wall border, decals, rugs or lamp shades. You then have the option of purchasing as little or as much of a collection as you want or need.
Comforter – A comforter is a bed covering that consists of two large pieces of fabric sewn together and filled with either a natural (such as down) or synthetic (like polyester fiber) type fill. The more fill a comforter has the more plush it will feel. Comforters can be a decorative floral or patterned fabric, a solid color or plain white for use inside a Duvet Cover.
Quilt - Quilts are an extremely popular style of bed covering because of their weight, style, fabrics and the traditional, homey feel they bring to a bedroom. Most quilts are made of 100% cotton, and are hand pieced pieces of fabric sewn together into a size. A layer of cotton or some other type of poly/cotton fill is then placed on the quilt top, followed by a backing fabric. All of this is then sewn together and stitched in an all over pattern. There are many types of fine needle stitching and patterns used in quilts.
Duvet Cover – A duvet is two pieces of material sewn together on three sides with one side left open like a giant pillow case. Into this duvet cover you use a comforter, such as a down comforter insert, or even recycle an old comforter that you no longer use. This type of bed covering is very practical in bedrooms that may receive a great deal of hard use such as a child’s room, guest bedroom or a lodge or cabin. Simply remove the duvet cover, wash, dry and replace. Duvets have been in use for some time in Europe and are now becoming very popular in the US.
Thread Count – This terminology can be very confusing to buyers and you typically see it in conjunction with Sheets. Thread Count means the number of threads per inch in a fabric. Usually, the higher the thread counts the softer the sheets. You should not be confused by this number, however, because it really depends on the type of thread used, single or 2 ply. Single is very expensive and unless you are willing to spend several hundred dollars on sheets, after 500TC manufactures start using 2 ply to attain the higher thread counts. Thread count is a good measure of comfort, but certainly not the only.
Sizes – At Just Boys Bedding you will notice we offer the basic children’s sizes of Toddler, Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full/Queen, Queen, and for a few products, King .
Toddler – this size bedding is sold a sets consisting of a small comforter and coordinating sheet set that includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet and 1 standard pillowcase. This bedding is sized for a standard toddler bed that is typically using the mattress from a child’s crib. The measurements will be given in the product so before buying be sure this will fit your bed. It is not the same as a Youth bed which is bigger and longer.
Twin – a twin bed is also sometimes described as a single bed, made for 1 person. Twin comforters and quilts vary somewhat is size but will usually measure 68 x 86 inches. Some twin bedding, however, will measure as long as 94 inches and these are known as Twin XL. This is the type of bedding that is typically need for Dorm Room Beds.
Full – full size bedding typically measures 76 x 86 inches, but again, lengths may vary up to 93 or 94 inches.
Full/Queen – this has become a popular size description by manufacturers as it indicates the bed covering can be used on either a Full or Queen Bed. Usually, the measurements are 86 x 86 inches.
Queen – by far the most widely purchased size bedding, queen comforters and quilts will measure differently from different manufacturers. You will see some 97 x 97 inches, some 88 x 92, 86 x 94 and so on. We are very diligent in making sure the measurements are included in product descriptions, when available.
King – King size beds are very popular in master suites and require large size bed dressings. King size comforters and quilts are typically 100 x 90 inches, but will vary by manufacturer. The generous sized ones will be 97 x 113 inches or possible even 104 x 94 inches. If you have a newer King size bed that is quite tall the sizing will be very important so be sure you note this before purchasing.
Pillow Shams – a pillow sham is two pieces of fabric sewn together with a back opening to insert a pillow. Used to add decorative interest to a bed, pillow shams come in two sizes – Standard or King. A standard sham measures 20 x 26 inches (some will be 21 x 27 inches) and a King sham will measure 20 x 30 or some variation thereof. If you purchase a comforter or quilt that does not come with King Shams or the shams are only sold separately in the standard sizing, you should purchase 3 shams for full coverage on the bed.