How To Layer Your Bed: Our Best Bedscaping Tips

Love a gorgeous bed and want to layer your bed, too? Now Grandin Road is happy to share some of our favorite bedscaping (like landscaping, but for the bed) ideas and clever tips with you. Because along with compliments about our colorful, comfortable bedding collection come questions. Like, “how did you style that photo?” and “how you do layer your own beds?” So we asked our product manager for her favorite tips. She had ideas that will work whether you like a modern, tailored look for your bed, or a soft, romantic nest.

1. We love the grandinroad classic Priya Matelasse Coverlet on everything, because it is a good all-season weight. The 100% cotton material serves as a perfect, breathable layering piece all year long. And the Portuguese-crafted, textured fabric looks elegant—but it’s conveniently machine-washable. (Velvet makes a rich statement, too, like our Nora Velvet Quilt and Sham.) The matelasse texture dresses up a guest room (and even our EZ Bed™) enough to feel extremely welcoming, and to give the bed a well-designed, thoughtful look.

2. For a fluffier duvet look, try either of these sneaky-smart ideas:

a. In colder weather, you can place two duvet inserts (we suggest breathable, lightweight down or feather fill) inside one duvet cover. (Example: two Queen duvet inserts inside a Queen duvet cover. Because it’s a “fluff” trick used by decorators, and people who love extra warmth as temperatures plummet. The secret is to buy a duvet insert that’s two or three inches to five or six inches larger than the duvet cover.

b. This fluffing idea is perfect year-round. Place a King-sized duvet insert (down or down alternative) inside a Queen-sized duvet cover. The look will be fluffier, without the extra heat and weight, because of the larger duvet insert placed inside the cover.

3. Fighting for the covers at night? Or in a “he sleeps hot, I sleep cold” arrangement that means you’re getting fitful sleep? Go European: use two Twin duvet inserts in duvet covers side by side on your bed, instead of one Queen or King duvet in a cover. Why? You each get your own to cuddle in (or to kick off) without bothering the other sleeper. And you can each choose your favorite kind of duvet insert material, too: down or feather or down-alternative. It’s the arrangement you’ll find on most Scandinavian and European beds. Try our Elements Bedding Basics collection for the perfect comfy duvet inserts. Just make sure your duvet covers match for a smooth continuous look that appears to be a one-piece concept—again, grandinroad offers many beautiful bedding and duvet cover styles and patterns from which to choose, like our popular Willow Bedding Collection, or Autumn Blossom Bedding Collection.

4. How many pillows to use on a bed?

And how to arrange them? Here’s one easy idea: on a Queen-sized guest bed, we like two King shams side by side against the headboard area for a little more drama (you may prefer three Euro pillows and shams, or two Standard pillows and shams). Next, line up two Standard pillows in front of the Kings, then two decorative accent pillows as a finishing touch. One unique accent pillow (perhaps it’s handmade by a friend, or has a whimsical saying) can rest there, too.

5. The luxury-hotel way to arrange pillows on a bed (as illustrated above):

a. King Bed: against the headboard, line up three Euro pillows side by side. On these, place two King pillows, side by side. On these, two Standard pillows, side by side. Then one decorative accent pillow rests against the Standard pillows. The shams for the Euro, King, and Standard pillows should be within the same colors, pattern family, or design group (reverse patterns and similar coloring can personalize your sham arrangement).

b. Full or Queen Bed: against the headboard, place two Euro pillows side by side. Moving forward, on these, place two Standard pillows, side by side. Finally, one decorative accent pillow rests against the standard pillows. The shams for the Euro and Standard pillows should be within the same colors, pattern family, or design group (reverse patterns and similar coloring can personalize your sham arrangement).

c. Twin Bed: Place a Euro pillow against the headboard, a Standard pillow against the Euro pillow, then, finish with a cute accent pillow to enhance the bed design.

3 Bonus Bedscaping Tips

Triple sheets for a “faux duvet” effect: What? It’s a hotel thing that gives you the essence of living the duvet-plus-cover life, with easier care. Works this way: after you put the fitted sheet and top (flat) sheet on your bed, put ANOTHER flat sheet on top of the previous one. On this second flat sheet, place your duvet insert, blanket, or comforter, then cover it with a third flat sheet. Fold the top over four to eight inches, as you normally would fold your sheet over when prepping the bed for sleep. It’s like a faux duvet cover, and the sheets can be a little easier to wash weekly than removing and washing a duvet cover (though real duvet fans know the small extra effort it always worth it).

If you like to read in bed, keep a lumbar pillow or a bolster pillow hidden behind your main bed pillows, at the bottom of the headboard (where it meets the mattress), to fill the gap so your main pillows won’t fold or crush down behind your back.

How to dress a super-fat, two-story, extra-extra-thick mattress? If fitted sheets never seem quite deep enough, or you’re breaking nails trying to get the fitted corners over your whopper mattress, you can skip the fitted sheet, and use a large King-sized flat sheet instead, with neatly tucked corners. Try hospital corners (a 45-degree fold angle) or hotel corners (a 90-degree fold angle).  If you’re using a duvet cover, you don’t really need that top sheet anyway, so you’re just repurposing it to better suit your needs. In Europe and Scandinavia, the duvet insert and its duvet cover are usually all that top the bed above the sheet-covered mattress, but you can use a sheet under the duvet, too.

  1. Thank you for the information on “Bedscaping.” I am going to use your tips because I love bedding setups.

  2. Thanks so much for all of the useful information. I would have never thought of any of these ideas. Yes, I will definitely you these idea to have a very relaxed posh guess bedroom and of course for my bedroom as well.

  3. Hi,

    thanks a lot for the nice pictures, I also read some other articles on the site, I liked them a lot 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, Monica – we’re glad to hear that our articles have been a helpful source of inspiration for you!

    1. We’re so glad you found this article helpful, Mary! Thank you for stopping by Hue & Wit by Grandin Road!

  4. I enjoyed reading your options for dressing beds. After 53 years of marriage, we have skipped more layering as we used to. I’ve tired of moving too many pillows. However, I still enjoy dressing the guest bed, in between visitors. I would surmise that many folks don’t dress their beds 100 percent, simply because of the costs. If we enjoy redressing our beds about every five years, for something different, the costs are even more.
    I realize no readers will see my comments, so I was just being frank.
    I really enjoy Grandinrod. In the past, I have ordered a chair and triangle ottoman, your bronze planter, some pillows, and many other little things I can’t remember right now.
    Karen in South Carolina

    1. Hi Karen! Thank you so much for your feedback and for sharing your personal experiences with bed layering! We love hearing from our customers. We will make sure your feedback is passed along to our Merchandising Team for consideration for future bedding collections. Thank you for being a great customer!

    1. Hi Rosemary! We do see some customers opt to purchase a King size coverlet for their Queen beds for a fuller look that extends further down the sides of the bed. It all depends on the look you’re hoping to achieve. Coverlets can be very versatile when layering a bedscape! We hope this helps.

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