Designing a beautiful bed can be a challenge. After all, this is the place where fabrics -- which feature both color and pattern -- can really play a big role in your effort to make a statement about your personal style.
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I don’t have many hard and fast rules about design. However, when it comes to designing a bed, I’ve realized that I do have a method for placing pattern, color and detail.
If you want to introduce some color and pattern with a fabric that really melts your butter when you walk into the room, then the placement of that fabric is very important. With custom bedding, options are endless, but if you're looking for a custom look while keeping an eye on your budget, you should take into account the yardage required for all the different items on the bed.
Because many of my clients have mid-range budgets and want to stretch their dollars as much as possible, the more expensive fabrics have to be carefully placed in areas where they will have the biggest impact visually and the least impact on the budget, which is usually . . .
You only need a few yards of fabric to make a statement on some pillows. This allows you to use that $100 per yard fabric you’re absolutely in love with, because only 2 to 3 yards are needed to pull it off. This approach will then allow you to dress the elements that require the most yardage in a less expensive fabric, such as a solid colored linen that might price out for $25 per yard.
Quantities of Fabric
There is a lot of labor cost involved with making custom bedding. After you add in your fabric, you can quickly end up spending a small fortune getting everything just right.
Here are some very rough estimates on the quantities of fabric needed for the different items used with decorative fabrics.
- King tailored bedskirt, basic style - 8 yards
- King coverlet, one sided, with 54” wide fabric - 9 yards
- King duvet cover, double sided, with 54” wide fabric - 12-18 yards (depending on the drop)
- King shams, (2) - 4 yards
- King basic upholstered headboard - 6 yards
Again . . . Those are very rough numbers.
Oh, and please remember: If there are patterns in the fabrics, then the size of the repeat needs to be taken into account, thereby increasing the number of yards required.
Custom fit, custom look
It truly is possible to get the custom fit, tailored look you’re wanting while, at the same time, watching your budget. And it's all thanks to having made wise investments in the areas where your most important design statements matter most.
Some Extra Link Love
Personally, I love big throw pillows on a bed. Unfortunately though, those found in most retail stores are quite small, usually 18” x 18’. This is one reason why I typically do custom pillows for my clients, a 22” or 24” square pillow, or a unique, elongated custom size.
Here are some 22” down-filled pillows from belleandjune.com in gorgeous fabrics that would add some great pattern on solid color bedding, ready-made, ready to go: