Bedding, also referred to as bedclothes or bed linen, is the materials laid above the mattress of a bed for hygiene, warmth, protection of the mattress, and ornamental effect. Bedding is the removable and washable portion of a human sleeping environment. A number of units of bedding for each bed will often be washed in rotation and/or changed seasonally to improve sleep comfort at varying room temperatures. In American English, the phrase bedding usually doesn't embrace the mattress, bed body, or bed base (reminiscent of box-spring), while in British English it does. In Australian and New Zealand English, bedding is commonly referred to as manchester.
A set of bedding often consists of a flat or fitted bed sheet that covers the mattress; a flat top sheet; either a blanket, quilt, or quilt, typically with a quilt cover which can change or be used along with the highest sheet; and quite a few pillows with pillowcases, also referred to as pillow shams. may be added to ensure the necessary insulation in cold sleeping areas. A standard follow for children and some adults is to decorate a bed with plush stuffed animals, dolls, and other tender toys. These are usually not included under the designation of bedding, although they may present further warmth to the sleeper.