Bed Linens Bed linens are textile items intended for the bed. Years ago, most bedding was actually made of linen this is why it was called bed linen. We still refer to bedding as bed linens today even though they are more often made of cotton or cotton blends. The basic bed linen categories are: sheets, duvet covers, blankets, coverlets, bedskirts and mattress pads. Below are some examples of Linenplace's offerings in these basic bed linen categories.