“There is nobody else I’d rather lie next to in bed and look at my phone,” as the saying goes. And just as marriage is very different than in generations past, so is bedding. We’ll admit it: Talking thread count isn’t sexy. Especially when all you really care about is creating a bed that’s comfortable and looks cool (even when you don’t bother to make it). So rather than divine the difference between percale and pima, we’re here to tell you to just go with the laid-back bedding trend of textured linen and super soft washed cotton. These sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers are cozy, inviting, and easy to care for (the more wrinkles and rumples, the better they look). Plus, their natural fibers keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer.
In addition to the top layers, you're going to want a good foundation. From the next generation of bed-in-a-box options to super high tech, adjustable beds, there's a mattress for everyone (or two of you). It can be overwhelming to sift through all the options, but most companies today offer trial periods so you can test it out at home to make sure it really works for you. And then there pillows- from fluffy down to body-contouring foam- admittedly less of an investment than a mattress but an essential part of a good night's sleep nonetheless.
Here’s what to register for so you can get the best bedding, mattresses and pillows that suit both of you, and make your bed the number one destination in your home.
Sheets & Duvets
Above: Coyuchi Organic Linen Chambray Sheets
Woven from organic french flax and garment washed for extra softness, this luxe set is divine to sleep on and will last forever (it only gets better with age!).
SHOP NOW: Coyuchi, $98–$798
H & M Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set
One of the best budget linen option out there, H & M Home's line (an amazing, under-the-radar resource for cute home goods) comes in several different colors and patterns, from summery stripes and millennial pink to gender-neutral gray.
SHOP NOW: H & M, $149
Brooklinen Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle
We love Brooklinen (one of our fave direct-to-consumer brands) for the high quality at an affordable price point. The linen line is definitely more of a splurge than their basic cotton set, but this collection is so soft and feels much more expensive than it is. And this set comes with literally everything you need, from sheets and pillowcases to the duvet cover, so it's a one-stop shop.
SHOP NOW: Brooklinen, from $423
Coyuchi Organic Crinkled Percale Minimalist Set
Hand-loomed in India out of fair-trade certified cotton, this set (duvet, bottom sheet, and pillow cases) has a naturally crinkled texture that sets the scene for a laid-back bed. It's perfectly relaxed, breathable, and comes in a range of soft hues.
SHOP NOW: Coyuchi, $198
Luxury Savoy Bed Linen Collection
Made from 200-thread count Egyptian cotton percale, this classic line is a bestseller for a reason—crisp lines and soft textures are a match made in heaven.
SHOP NOW: The White Company, from $29
Parachute Luxury Sateen Duvet Cover Set
The lightweight, silky fabric (woven from 100 percent Egyptian cotton), this duvet and sheet set gets even softer the more that it's washed. It's ideal for hot summer months when you want something soft and cool against your skin.
SHOP NOW: Parachute Home, $239–$339
Brooklinen Down Comforter
Choose from lightweight (perfect for more temperate climates) to an all-season version for extra warmth. Both options are packed with lofty Canadian down for a soft and fluffy feel.
SHOP NOW: Brooklinen, $299–$349
Montauk Big Pillow
These oversized pillows are perfect for propping up against the headboard while you're reading or drinking coffee.
SHOP NOW: Pom Pom, $240
Parachute Down Pillow
Filled with extra-fluffy European down, these luxe pillows are perfect for stomach sleepers because the lofty texture gives support with just enough give.
SHOP NOW: Parachute Home, $69–$139
Isotonic Iso-Cool Pillow
Anyone with chronic neck pain will love this foam model, which conforms to support your head (no more awkward cramps in the middle of the night!). Plus, this one keeps you cooler during those hot summer nights.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $40
Slumbr Orion Down Alternative Pillow
The dander-averse can have the look and benefits of down (minus the sneezes) with this soft hypoallergenic pillow.
SHOP NOW: Slumbr, $60
The Leesa Hybrid Pillow
If you can't decide what you want (or if your room gets hot halfway through the night), this pillow combines two pillows in one—a quilted plush side and a cooling, firm side.
SHOP NOW: Leesa, $135
The Casper Mattress
If you're on a budget, you might want to try a basic foam model like Casper. Multiple layers of foam support the body for a comfy sleep experience (without breaking the bank).
SHOP NOW: Casper, from $595
If you're a hot sleeper, a cooling mattress is the way to go. The first generation of bed-in-a-box style mattresses could tend to make you shvitzy, but technological advances like Purple’s layer of polymer grid promotes air flow throughout the night.
SHOP NOW: Purple, from $1,300
Leesa Sapira Mattress
If you tend to sleep more on your back, a foam-coil hybrid (a mattress with foam over a base of individually wrapped coils) offers comfort and support for all your pressure points. We love Leesa’s version—not only is it extra comfy, but the company donates a mattress to a homeless shelter for every 10 sold.
SHOP NOW: Leesa, from $995.
Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed
If you can't agree on the softness or firmness that you both require, you might wan to try a self-adjusting bed. This one even has a function that aims to diminish snoring—game changer!
SHOP NOW: Sleep Number, from $2,298.