Bedclothes are coverings that go on top of a mattress.  These protect the mattress, keep the person sleeping warm, and make the bed look better.

Types of bedclothes include fitted sheets which go over the mattress and are held in place by elastic corners.  Flat sheets are the next layers on the bed.  Blankets are what really keep the sleeper warm.  Comforters are both warm and decorative.  Pillow cases protect the pillow from people grime such as dandruff, dead skin cells, and those occasional (or not so occasional) drooling episodes.  There are other types of bedclothes but these are the most common that most people will recognize.

There are different sizes of sheets and other bedclothes to fit each size of mattress.  You wouldn’t use a twin size sheet of a queen size mattress.

Bedclothes are made from a variety of fabrics, such as sateen, cotton, and flannel.  The type of fabric and the thread count help to determine the quality of the bedding.  Personal preference is also a big factor in determining the material used in your bedding.  Some people like sleeping on silk sheets while others swear that cotton is the only way to go.

Bedding should be changed and washed occasionally to keep them clean and to help keep those pesky dust mites out of your bed.  How often sheets should be changed varies by the person.  Some people change their sheets every day while others go a month or more before washing their dirty bed clothing.  People who have allergies may want to change their sheets more often as the bedding is a great home for dust mites that consume dead skin cells.  Sorry you may not have wanted to know what is eating what you leave behind as you sleep. 

The bedclothes that a person uses can also be affected by the weather.  Putting away the heavy blankets might be a spring cleaning chore that you do at a certain time of the year.