Home Care

101: Make Your Bed Super Comfortable For a Relaxing Sleep

With the right must-haves, you'll be off to dreamland in no time

Photography: Dairy Darilag

There are days when, no matter how tired we are, we simply cannot drift off to sleep. Is the coffee you drank before heading home the thing to blame? Or is there anything you can do to transform your bed into a cloud-like sanctuary? We got an inquiry from our Facebook page about how to make the bed comfier and we're sharing it with you:

“Hi! I saw your post about using a duvet—I'm wondering, what's the difference between a mattress protector and a duvet? Basically, I want to make the mattress a little softer to lie on during sleep and I'm not sure exactly what to get. Thanks!” — RL Reader Rizza

To help Rizza make the most of her bed and her bedroom, we asked interior designer Jeselyn Chuan for helpful advice. Take note of the following tips that you might find useful too:

There is a difference between a mattress protector and a duvet cover. 

A mattress protector is similar to a fitted sheet which encases the mattress and protects it from dust mites and stains. A duvet, on the other hand, is colloquially similar to that of a comforter. It’s a fluffy and quilted blanket to keep you warm. The most common mattress protector is the garterized fitted sheet, but they also come in the lightly quilted or waterproof variety. Meanwhile, a duvet generally comes in white, and is to be paired with a slip-on duvet cover to keep it protected.

You can make your bed more comfortable with the right piece.

Usually, mattresses are sold with a built-in mattress top cover to keep you comfortable. But if you're having trouble sleeping, you may use a lightly quilted mattress protector to add an extra layer of cushioning. You can also consider using a duvet if you want a thick material to keep you warm at night. 

RL Tip: The lightly quilted mattress protector is available at Our Home branches or selected SM department stores under the Family Home brand. For the duvet or duvet cover, you can visit stores like West Elm and Pottery Barn.

Jeselyn Kaye Chuan is a freelance interior designer and an awarded alumni of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). You can get in touch with her through mobile at (0917) 8667015 or check her portfolio at

Do you have any design questions and other concerns? We’d love to help! Send us a message on Facebook or email us at realivingonline[at]

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