How to Mix and Match Kids’ Sheets and Other Bedding

Don’t be afraid to think beyond plain white sheets when making a kids’ bed. Kids’ sheets are the perfect opportunity to embrace color and creativity. Mixing and matching flat and fitted sheets and other bedding pieces can capture your child’s imagination and put their personality on display. Before you begin, explore our top tips for coordinating a kid’s bed.

How to Coordinate Kids’ Sheets and Bedding

With kids’ bedding collections that carry a theme or pattern across several pieces—from sheets and pillowcases to comforters, duvet covers, and quilts—you can combine different designs to your heart's content. Whether your home’s understated aesthetic carries to your kid’s room or they want a space as bright and busy as their personality, there’s a way to mix and match that will work for you. Here are some of our favorite approaches to creating a coordinated kids’ bedding look.

  • Stock up on several kids’ sheets sets—ours include a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one pillowcase for a Twin or two for Full/Queen—then switch the pieces to create a custom look. Pair a fitted sheet and pillowcase from one set with a flat sheet from another, and swap the next time you change bedding.
  • Add a pop of pattern with a playful printed pillowcase. If you’re not ready to commit to multiple prints, mix solid color sheets with a pattern pillowcase—or vice versa—to add excitement and dimension to the bed.
  • Create subtle contrast by combining pattern sheets with a coordinating kids’ quilt that showcases a charming scene that complements the print.

3 Tips for Mixing and Matching Pattern Bedding for Kids

Coordinating kids’ bedding can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. If you plan to mix patterns, follow these guidelines for choosing complementing bedding pieces.

Choose a consistent color scheme. Florals and polka dots pair well when they both feature at least one similar hue, while construction-print sheets work perfectly with stripe bedding as long as there’s a color common to both.

Vary the scale and size of the print. Pair big with small and busy with understated to bring balance to the bed: petite prints and bold patterns can often coordinate without competing.

Consider the rest of the room. Furniture, curtains, rugs, and other decorative elements in the room also influence the bedding you choose. Take into account common color tones and the overarching decor style for a design that feels complete.

Our Favorite Mix-and-Match Sheet Ideas

Whether you’re designing a sophisticated space for a boy or looking for fun, bright girls’ room ideas, explore these coordinated bedding tips to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Let classic color combinations inspire your efforts to mix and match solid sheets—think pink and purple, blue and green, or yellow and orange.
  • Pair stripe and floral sheets for effortless charm. Choose one print for the flat sheet and another for the fitted sheet for a bed that goes beyond garden variety.
  • Carry a theme through their bedding layers—starry sheets with space-print bedding, nautical stripes with an ocean-inspired design, or cheerful polka dots with a fairy tale-themed top layer.
  • Character-covered comforters pop against a geometric background, so let check or striped sheets set the scene for fairies, critters, mermaids, or superheroes.

Make your kid’s room as fun as possible by mixing and matching pattern and colored sheets. Add in kids’ bedding layers in different textures and materials depending on the season and their style to create a space your child can’t wait to sleep in. For more beddings and ideas, explore our other Guides.