The Best Kids’ Bedding, From Toddler to Tween
Printed sheets, matching duvets, and scalloped crib skirts.
Updated Sep 19, 2023 3:34 PM
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Decorating a kid’s room is, by nature, a collaborative project. While your infant might not have had any thoughts on nursery design, by the time you’re mood boarding a child’s room, chances are your kid has opinions—and they’re probably strongly held. Luckily, some of our favorite stops for adult bedding also carry a wide array of child-friendly prints and designs. After all, just because you’re collaborating with a “client” who might be difficult doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style.
The best kids’ bedding for your child’s room depends on a few factors: Your design preferences, their design preferences, plus the size of the bed and your budget. But before you get overwhelmed by all the options, never fear—we’ve done the hard work of researching dozens of brands to whittle a list down to nine of our very favorites. Read on (maybe with your kid!) to find bedding that will please even the most discerning designers-in-training.
- Best value: H&M
- Best eco-friendly: Gooselings
- Best bundles: Crate & Kids
- Best quilts: Quince
- Best colors: The Company Store
- Best classic prints: Serena & Lily
- Best playful prints: Zara Home
- Best for toddlers: Brooklinen Brooklittles
- Best for tweens: Pottery Barn Teen
Best Value: H&M
Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin | Bedding sold: Duvet sets, fitted sheets, blankets, pillows
What we like:
- Many fun, modern prints
- Duvet comes with a pillowcase
- Many pieces are partially made from recycled fabrics
- The kids’ designs don’t come in sizes larger than twin (64-by-86-inch covers)
- Duvets fasten by tie
Why we chose it: A wide range of playful prints at a seriously low price point.
Just like its clothing line, H&M’s home goods deliver trendy designs at a very affordable price. Its kids’ bedding starts at just $25 for a duvet and pillowcase set, which means you can even pick up a few and switch them out depending on the season.
But just because this is our value pick doesn’t mean the quality is lacking. H&M bedding is made out of 100% cotton, and some pieces are even constructed from a percentage of recycled cotton as well. We also love the subtle design on some of the items, like this chic polka dot that looks like it’s from a high-end Scandinavian design store. Other runners-up include a rainbow dotted set and cheerful florals.
Best Eco-Friendly: Gooselings
Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin | Bedding sold: Sheets, baby duvets, quilts, pillows, crib sheets
What we like:
- Sheet sets can be personalized
- All bedding meets Oeko-Tex international standards
- Duvet is allergen-free
- Limited range of solid color options
Why we chose it: Scrupulously allergen-free and eco-friendly bedding in a range of sweet designs.
Gooselings is a line out of New York City whose mission is to create bedding for babies and kids that not only can be passed down through multiple children but is made out of the safest materials the company could source. It is also one of the only brands on our list to make kids’ comforters, which are filled with responsibly sourced and sterilized European Muscovy down. And all of the fabrics, from the duvets to the sheet sets, meet Oeko-Tex international standards, a method of measuring how ecologically safe a material is. But apart from being safe for your kids and the planet, the designs are delightful. The hot-air balloons, in fact, was the print that first caught our eye.
Best Bundles: Crate & Kids
Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin to queen | Bedding sold: Sheets, duvets, quilts, shams
What we like:
- Many sets are made out of organic cotton
- New designer collaborations drop regularly
- Prints in a wide range of hues to match any room
- Some designs are on back order
Why we chose it: A one-stop shop of modern prints and designer exclusive collabs for a one-of-a-kind bed setup.
At some point, every kid rebels, and we can only hope that wanting to redecorate their bedroom is the worst of it. When that time comes, direct them to Crate & Kids, whose nearly endless selection of bedding has styles that are toddler-, tween-, and teen-appropriate. Designs range from classic windowpane checks to doodle-inspired hearts, and nearly everything is made with organic cotton, which is a nice bonus. You won’t have to worry about mixing and matching going awry, especially if you’re handing over the decision reins; Crate & Kids has done all that work for you with its bundled sets, which typically include twin sheets, a pillow sham, quilt or blanket, and duvet.
Best Quilts: Quince
Material: Cotton, linen | Sizes: Crib to twin | Bedding sold: Quilts, fitted crib sheets, muslin swaddle blankets, baby blankets
Why we chose it: Layer your little one’s bed with European linens or organic cotton—for a fraction of the typical cost.
What we like:
- Unbeatable price
- Washes and wears well
- Minimalist, gender-neutral styles
- No patterns, only 5 soft shades to choose among
Quilts in general can get pricey, even when it comes to a junior-size bedspread. But at Quince, you can get quality kids’ bedding at a price that won’t make you balk if they decide to crawl into bed with a snack, especially if you go with a neutral white or sandy gray colorway. We also love how the under-$100 price point includes a matching sham, if you so choose; otherwise, alone, the 50-by-36-inch cover won’t run you more than $70. The 4-inch quilted squares are filled with 100% recycled polyester covered in a European flax shell that’s prewashed, so it arrives feeling soft from the start. “Love this quilt! Keeps my daughter warm and the color is timeless. Price is way better than similar products from other retailers and it’s such great quality,” one reviewer writes. Another adds, “I bought it for my toddler, and when it’s outgrown, am planning to use it as a throw blanket on the couch. I already want to order another one in a different color.” And others agree these quilts are soft, breathable, and wear well.
Best Colors: The Company Store
Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin to king | Bedding sold: Duvet sets, stroller pads, sheet sets, crib sheets, comforter sets, crib skirts
What we like:
- Soft jersey duvet available in every color of the rainbow
- Sheet sets come in just as many hues
- Bedding can be personalized
- Jersey fabric can pill faster than other materials
Why we chose it: A supersoft duvet that comes in a color to match any room.
The Company Store has a wide variety of bedding—both printed and solid—but what we love best about this brand is its incredibly soft jersey cotton duvet. If your child’s room has a colorful, printed wallpaper or even a sheet set with a busy design, you might be looking for a duvet that doesn’t add to the aesthetic noise. In that case, a solid color duvet is ideal. And if you’ve also been struggling with trying to find the perfect color match, chances are the Company Store’s bedding will have a shade that pairs well with whatever you have chosen. With more than a dozen different colors, from fire-engine red to bright turquoise blue, this is one of the few brands to carry both superbright hues as well as neutrals. Plus jersey fabric, in all its stretchy softness, is a favorite of kids.
Best Classic Prints: Serena & Lily
Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin to California king | Bedding sold: Sheets, mini quilts, crib skirts
What we like:
- The cotton-sateen feels luxurious to the touch
- Many items like bed skirts and duvets can be mixed and matched
- Some sets feature beautiful embroidery
- Muted color palette with no bright hues
Why we chose it: These are classic designs that can last well into the teen years or adulthood.
If your style skews more toward beachy or classic New England, you’re probably familiar with Serena & Lily. The brand practically wrote the book on upscale, breezy chic. But while the overall aesthetic here is certainly elevated and heavy on the white, we have found many of the bedding collections are perfect for a more traditional children’s room.
Classic designs like its embroidered, double-lined Southport sheet set truly never go out of style and can be paired with a printed duvet to add playfulness to a bedding set. We also love the Americana vibes of the gingham set, which comes in two bright shades of blue. Plus the brand now offers darling mini quilts and wavy crib skirts, to boot (which both happen to currently be on sale).
Best Playful Prints: Zara Home
Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin | Bedding sold: Duvet covers, sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads, blankets, crib bedding
What we like:
- Sweet prints perfect for little kids
- The sheets are produced using water-saving technology
- Very reasonably priced
- Only available in twin (single or double)
Why we chose it: Adorable designs perfect for a child’s first sheet set in a “big kid” bed.
While we understand the logic of buying bedding that can last your children well into tween and teen years, sometimes you want to hold onto that little kid magic a bit longer. When that’s the case, we suggest you head straight for Zara Home, whose kids’ bedding features adorable designs like The Three Little Pigs and Peanuts. The brand also wins bonus points for interpreting these classic children’s characters into designs that are neither gaudy nor too bright, blending with a large assortment of chic checks, stripes, florals, and waffle knits. We’re currently crushing on the flannel duvet with shams held together by cotton bows. In fact, you can also stick to the more neutral bedspread and up the playful factor with a plush cuddle companion—the gingham-footed fox gets our vote—or decorative throw pillow. There’s everything from classic patchwork covers to moon– and turtle-shaped cushions.
Best for Toddlers: Brooklinen Brooklittles
Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin to California king | Bedding sold: Sheets, duvets, quilts, pillow covers, baby blankets, duvets
What we like:
- “Long” and “short” side labels for easy bed making
- 480-thread count in the luxe sateen line feels amazing on the skin
- Limited-edition colors and prints sell out quickly
Why we chose it: A longtime favorite brand for adults, but now with fun touches that are perfect for tots.
Brooklinen has earned a reputation for offering hotel-quality sheets that don’t come with a jaw-dropping price tag, and now kids can join in on the fun with its miniature collections for kids, toddlers, and babes: Brooklittles. (The sheets are, in fact, the same as the adult ones.) Parents can opt for either the classic percale or the luxe sateen bundle, which includes a sheet set, duvet cover (sans button clasps!), and two extra pillowcases with envelope closures. We love that the patterns lean playful, with jewel tones and neutrals and limited-edition prints; think: jungle-inspired trees and greenery and sprinkle-shaped dots. Plus you can add on a washable cloud-shaped decorative pillow from Lorena Canals and a lightweight quilt with cheery contrast stitching. Or, for your youngest, there’s also a colorful collection of crib sheets and baby swaddles to consider.
Best for Tweens: Pottery Barn Teen
Material: Cotton, velvet, percale, flannel, jersey, linen, sateen | Sizes: Twin to king | Bedding sold: Quilts, comforters, sheet sets, throws, duvet covers, decorative pillows and throws, sleeping bags, nap mats
What we like:
- Statement edges: scallops, ruffles, and tufted cuffs
- Collabs with some of our fave brands
- Seasonal and holiday patterns and colorways available, too
- Not as many gender-neutral options
Why we chose it: For kids looking to find their more mature design style.
For a tween room with a theme, you can’t go wrong with Pottery Barn. The brand’s teen and kids shops offer a whole assortment of bedding styles that range from whimsical flower-adorned sheets by Rifle Paper Co. to scalloped-edge shawls and comforters that give beds a more “grown-up” vibe à la fashion brand LoveShackFancy; even classic stripes and block prints can be found here. There’s also a good variety of material choices—velvet, percale, and cotton can all be shopped here. Plus if you’re really in the market for a full reset or refresh, Pottery Barn is one of our go-tos for furniture, wallpaper, and more to complete the look.
We Also Like
- If you’re in the market for crib skirts, there’s no other Etsy storefront we’d recommend than PlushP. This scalloped nursery detail comes in eight different colors (but the emerald green collectively made our team swoon) and a variety of sizing and drop lengths to work with any crib.
- And while we didn’t include a supersplurge category for kids’ bedding, if we did, D. Porthault would be the clear winner. Even for us design lovers, we can admit it’s far from practical to spend upwards of $1,900 for a child’s twin sheet set, but we can’t help but swoon over this French brand’s sweet heart print. And hey, you can get a neck-roll sham for $275 at least.
- We’ve all seen it: The photo of a bedroom where the bedsheets, duvet, and pillows are all a different print or color but it just somehow works. And if you’re like us, you might sometimes struggle with how to put it all together without any piece clashing with another. But once we discovered the dreamy prints from Biscuit Home, designer Bailey McCarthy’s line out of Houston, we realized that she had done all the work for us. Simply pick one of the brand’s bespoke prints —we love the beachy Cecilia for a kid’s room—and then pair with another print in the same color family, or opt for some of the luxe piped shams.
How We Chose These Products
To choose the best kids’ bedding, we scoped out the offerings at children’s boutiques both brick-and-mortar and online, keeping an eye out for playful prints and patterns, plus quality materials that would last longer than a years’s worth of washes and could potentially grow with your little one from big kid bed to tween. We also tapped interior designer Anne Pulliam of Anne Pulliam Interiors, who has a special passion for creating unique children’s rooms. We paid special attention to the bedding’s durability, how easy it was to clean, its softness, and, of course, its design. The winners scored high marks in all of these categories.
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Types of Bedding
As any parent knows, it’s rare to find your child actually sleeping under the sheets; they’re more often sprawled on top, sometimes perpendicular, to the bed. But that being said, for the times they’re cold or you can convince them to actually make their bed, it’s nice to have the full suite of bedding available. According to Pulliam, this set should include “a fitted sheet, top sheet, light quilt, and duvet or blanket folded at the bottom to use during those chilly nights.” Pillow-wise, it depends on the size of the bed, but at least “one pillow for sleeping and a fun throw pillow or sham that can be tossed aside at night,” she adds. The majority of kids’ mattresses will be a twin, so you’ll find the most fun prints in that size, but many brands also make kid-friendly bedding even in sizes up to a king.
The best bedding brands, whether it’s for kids or adults, will include a variety of styles and patterns. And just like an adult bedroom, the design you choose for your child’s room depends largely on personal preference. Now whether that’s your preference or your kid’s, we’ll leave up to you, but know that if you’re opting for, say, a print with baby elephants in diapers for your toddler’s first real bed, it’s likely you’ll need to swap that out for something more “grown-up” in just a few years. If you are looking for a style of sheet that can last until the teenage years, Pulliam recommends ticking stripes or sheeting with contrast piping in a fun color.
As for specific materials: “Kids love jersey for sheets because it’s soft and stretchy. And I love anything 100% cotton, because it gets softer with every wash,” she says.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Overall, the bedding that’s easiest to clean will be labeled “washable and wrinkle resistant,” says Pulliam. That could mean a variety of materials, such as cotton, jersey, and bamboo, but the last of those is Pulliam’s top pick for messy kids, since the fabric has natural stain-resistant properties.
How often should you throw everything in the wash? We think a good rule of thumb is once a week for sheets, and every quarter for a duvet. Because, let’s be honest, you’re not unbuttoning your kid’s comforter more than you have to.
Q: What material is best for temperature control?
“Bamboo bedding is supersoft and eco-friendly and has natural stain-repellent properties, and on top of all of that, it’s known to help regulate temperature control,” Pulliam says.
Q: How many sets of sheets should I have for my child?
“Keep it simple: two,” says Pulliam.
Q: What is the best way to wash sheets?
“Always follow label directions on the bedding, but I tell my clients to wash in warm water and tumble dry low,” Pulliam notes.
The Last Word
From the value to the splurge picks, all of the kids’ bedding we chose scored high marks for durability and design. But for the best crisp, comfortable, and fun sheet sets, we give top honors to Brooklinen Brooklittles.