Bedding is just one of the many soft goods items that Q. Design manufactures and distributes. We offer a full range of custom bedding through our facility. In addition, we offer a gorgeous ready-made line through Eastern Accents. The line has the same quality as our product only it comes at a lower price point due to their large production volume. Many people desire custom bedding yet don’t quite understand the details. Here is an insiders look at bedding from a manufacturer/artisan point of view, I hope you enjoy it!
Bedskirts are a great way to add softness and colour to your bed as they hide all the nasty bits underneath (storage, bed frame, dust bunnies etc.). We typically see 2 types of bedskirts being ordered custom; tailored and gathered. A tailored bedskirt is simple and structured with a pleat at each corner and in the center to hide the seams in the fabric. A gathered skirt is softer and more feminine requiring significantly more fabric to accommodate the fullness of all the gathers. All of our custom skirts have a 100% cotton deck and fabric inserts so that the lining doesn’t peek out. Our bedskirts are folded so they fit perfectly while corners are hand finished ensuring a clean and precise custom look. We always recommend lining any custom soft good so as expected, the same rule applies to bedskirts. Lining gives the fabric a stable base, weight and allows the treatment to hang better. Fabrics rated for upholstery, specifically those with a rubberized backing are not ideal for soft bedskirt applications. If silk is the desired fabric we always recommend interlining for the hand and depth of colour that it brings to the otherwise light weight fabric. Interlining silk bedskirts is not necessary as there is no need to protect the skirt from light. Interlining does however give the finished look a boost! As part of striving to exceed our clients expectations, we like to add the extra layer!
There are 2 popular types of bedcover that Q. Design manufactures: duvet covers and coverlets. Duvet covers are generally a practical yet decorative sleeping blanket manufactured out of lighter fabrics with a sheeting backing. They come with a zipper closure and ties which we put in the corners to hold the duvet insert in place making the bed less of a hassle. Duvet covers are sometimes made to be knife edge but are commonly done with a bias piping to give the cover a more finished, custom look. Duvet covers also look quite nice with a banding added either to the seams or in a square inset design. Coverlets are a more traditional bedcover and function like heavy blankets with an interlining layer in between 2 decorative fabrics. Coverlets can also come in the form of a decorative top fabric with sheeting backing. Generally they are removed for sleeping because of their weight and cost makes them a poor choice for daily use. Coverlets can be made with a reverse roll to cover pillows which involves applying a large band of fabric in the opposite direction to come up and over the bed pillows underneath. They can also have a regular pillow tuck allotment that allows enough length to tuck underneath the pillows. I remember these options both quite fondly from my grandmothers house actually. Coverlets can be made with a variety of design details such as; banding, scalloped edges, rounded corners or trims and can be formal or casual depending on the fabrics chosen and the details added.
Sometimes to add a bit of colour without much expense, our clients will add a bed scarf or throw to the end of the bed. This added piece of fabric serves no practical function but can allow the designer to tie in other colours or add a splash of pattern in a more costly material without having to incur the yardage of the entire cover. We have seen this done quite effectively in many cases and as long as the client doesn’t mind the added bit of work of placing it, it creates a nice end of bed detail.
There are a variety of pillow sham styles that we manufacture from extremely intricate flanged shams with inset piping or cording and mitered edges to very simple knife edged shams. Shams come in standard, queen, king and euro sizing. Standard shams are 26″ wide by 20″ high. Queen shams are 30″ wide by 20″ high. King shams are 36″ wide and 20″ high and euro shams range from 24″ square to 27″ square. Usually shams sit in front of your regular use pillows to mask them but sometimes they are set at the back and the pillowcases with a decorative touch put in front. Commonly you will see on Queen and King size beds a set of euro shams (2 on a queen or 3 on a king) with regular shams set in front. The height of the euro sham allows a step effect from the headboard forward and allows for layering of patterns and colours.
Decorative Toss Cushions
Most of our clients use toss cushions as a way to add colour and layers to top of bed design. How many toss cushions you require depends on the number of shams and also on the preference of your client. Some clients don’t mind adding layer after layer to their bed making process but others want a simple and fast way to decorate their bed. Most bedding designs have at least one “boudoir” cushion, sometimes a rectangle or lumbar, and occasionally a bolster. Other designs have anywhere from 2-8 toss cushions layered in front of the shams and can come in any formation. I, personally, am a fan of fast morning routines so I opt for a single decorative cushion but I could see if my morning weren’t so crazy with 2 kids running around that I could handle a couple more things to arrange on my bed. As with any other bedding items, these cushions can be dressed up with trims, buttons, tassels and other embellishments or dressed down to be casual additions of colour and texture. Many of our designers love bed design because there are so many trimmings to work with and this really comes out in the toss cushion design.
Some of our clients opt to have a fabric covered headboard be the anchor to their bed design. Solid colours and textures are a safe choice and can be versatile to change bedding around over time. Details such as simple buttons or stitching can add a bit of interest or you can do a mitered band slightly flatter than the “belly” that adds detail and a design feature without changing out the simplicity of the solid colour. Deep tufting is also a detail that we have been asked to execute however this would have to be done by an upholstery shop. Headboards can be made in any shape you can imagine but the trend seems to be simple box style or a slight camel back. We can add nail head details as well to bring shine and metal to the design. On most occasions we like to wall mount our headboards but we can also do them with a base that extends to the floor as well.
In closing, bedding design is a fun and exciting way to update a room. The expense is definitely worth the outcome. I hope this helped you to understand the options and beauty in bedding and the terminology we use to execute your orders perfectly!