Designing your own bedding adds an individual touch to the most personal room of the house. Bedding transforms a room; it's a simple way to change its look or theme without the expense and time of remodelling. There are companies that manufacture personally designed bedding and companies that print patterns people have designed onto fabric. These designs can be inexpensive and simple or luxurious and complex. Designing your own bedding can be a hobby or the start of a new business venture.
Clarify what bedding designs you most enjoy by reviewing the different patterns, colours, shapes, fabrics, fillings and finishes of various manufactured bedding items. Pay close attention to specific details, such as how duvets are fastened.
Identify what components you wish to include in the bedding set. Bedding sets commonly consist of two sheets, two pillowcases and a duvet cover. It can also include a comforter, bed skirt and bolster. Not all items have to be included in your design.
Use the pencils and paper to draw different patterns for the bedding. Floral patterns, animal prints, stripes, checks and geometric shapes can be used. Try recreating the same pattern in different positions and colours to effect a different look. Alternatively, select block colours for the bedding that contrast each other.
Identify your favourite design for the bedding.
Identify what decorative features you wish to include in your design. Decorative features are elements added to the basic design to enhance its look. These include piping, buttons, sequins, hand-stitching and quilting. Draw attention to different parts of the bedding with various fabrics, stitches and threads.
Sketch the outline of a bed and draw the bedding onto it. This will show you how the design will look as a set.
Choose what fabrics to make the bedding from. Fabrics that are often used for bedding include cotton, Egyptian cotton, flannel, satin and silk. These are all soft and comfortable against the skin. Cotton is an useful summer fabric because it's breathable while flannel is good for the winter because it's insulating. Pick up fabric samples from a local store and compare their looks, textures and prices.
Measure your current bed, duvet and pillows. These measurements will be needed to move from the design to the realisation stage.