Improve precious lie-ins with luxury linens…
Lost in percale? Confused by thread count? Well fear not, our no-nonsense guide to the loveliest linens will help you make the most of your shopping experience.
Make a nice long list…
First off, make a list of exactly what you need as well as the budget you have to spend. Things to consider are:
MANMADE VS NATURAL FABRICS
The biggest distinction between bed linen types is whether they’re made from manmade or natural fibres. Many people have surprisingly strong opinions about their preferred choice, but the truth is, both have their advantages…
The most common manmade fibres are synthetic polymers, like acrylic or polyester. On the one hand, these fabrics wash brilliantly well, retain their shape and tend to be cheaper, which makes them great value. But on the other, they’re not as breathable as natural fibres like cotton that keep your night-time temperature just-so.
These are produced directly by plants or animals, and are essentially made up of cellulose obtained from plant seeds, stems or leaves. Plant fibres include flax, hemp, sisal and cotton, while animal fibres include silk, fine hairs and wool.
The downside of a natural fibre is that it wrinkles easily and can be slightly more expensive. The benefits? It’s inherently breathable, can be washed at a higher temperature and tends to be beautifully soft. If you’re after luxury, then our 500 thread count cotton sateen linen is your ultimate buy.
Many people love the versatility of a blended fabric like polycotton, because while it retains the coolness and lightness of cotton, it also has the strength, durability and wrinkle-resistance of polyester.
The term ‘thread count’ is the most important to understand. Quite simply, it refers to the number of threads in a square inch of fabric. And the higher the thread count (you guessed it) the higher the quality of fabric. But, thread count isn’t the only determiner of quality - the weave will affect the way your bed linen feels, and the mixture of fabrics, how well it washes.
Percale – this refers to a type of weave, which makes these sheets lightweight, highly breathable, matt in texture and crisp to touch.
100% cotton sateen – also a type of weave, cotton sateen has a luxurious soft touch, gentle sheen finish and is tightly woven for durability. Our 500 thread count cotton sateen is among the most popular and luxurious of our collections.
Pima cotton – made from the highest quality cotton fibres, known as extra long staple (ELS) for a soft, luxurious feel.
Egyptian cotton - grown in Egypt, along the Nile, this linen has an extremely high quality with a crisp feel and close weaves for durability and ease of care.
Polycotton – made from a blend of cotton and polyester fibres, it carries the benefits of manmade and natural fibre. The polyester helps retains its shape and means it washes well, while the cotton gives it the softness you’d expect.
No part of a cotton plant need be wasted. The lint, or fibre, is used to make cotton textiles; the cottonseed provides oil and forms the base of many food products. The short fuzz left on the seed is used in making paper, plastics and other products. And even the stalks can be ploughed under to improve the soil.
Choose your pillow case…
You’ll find that our pillow cases come in multiple shapes and styles, to match the various pillow shapes…
Oxford pillowcase Size: 50cm x 75cm (excluding frill) Style: has a frill or flap around the edge Fits: any standard pillow
Square Oxford pillowcase Size: 65cm x 65cm excluding frill Style: a square version of the Oxford pillowcase Fits: any square pillow
Boudoir pillowcase Size: 30cm x 40cm Style: for boudoir pillows, commonly used for decoration Fits: a rectangular boudoir pillow
Cuffed pillowcase Size: 50cm x 75cm Style: standard rectangular pillowcase with a wide cuff and occasional decorative design on one side. Fits: any standard pillow
King size pillowcase Size: 50cm x 90cm Style: larger than a standard pillowcase, used for king size beds Fits: any standard pillow
We know it’s a little obvious, but make sure you buy the right sized sheets with our simple sizing chart.
One of the easiest ways to inject colour, personality and style into your bedroom is by throwing on a beautiful printed or embroidered bed linen set, like one from our design dye bed linen collection. If you love the style enough, then just like a pair of jeans, why not buy two? Once you’ve splashed out, add the finishing touches, with pretty cushions in a shade that complements your sheets. If sheets are plain, choose pillows in a slightly lighter or darker shade to create tone, or to complement a design, choose one of the secondary shades and use as an accent colour in your accessories. To add texture, a luxurious throw completes your overall look.
Although all bed linen will come with care instructions, here are a few handy hints to make sure you get the best from your lovely new linen: