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BED LINEN BUYING GUIDE

Lost in percale and cotton sateen? 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.

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Decide on the fabric

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.

Manmade Fibres

The most common manmade fibres are synthetic polymers, like acrylic or polyester and specialist fibres such as Tencel or Modal.

Polyester can be combined with cotton to improve the ease of care and colour fastness of sheets. Sheets with a percentage of polyester fibre tend to be faster drying, easier to iron and carry strong colour better than pure cotton.

Specialist synthetic fibres such as Modal or Tencel can also be combined with cotton to improve the hand feel and comfort of your sheets, and in some cases improve factors such as breathability that can increase comfort while sleeping.

Natural Fibres

These are produced naturally, 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. Inherently breathable, natural fibre sheets can be washed at a higher temperature and tend to be beautifully soft.

Cotton is a natural fibre, valued for its naturally smooth, cool and breathable characteristics. Cotton for sheeting is often combed during production to remove excess fibres and therefore help to reduce any linting or shedding that can occur.

Egyptian Cotton is recognised as being of particularly fine quality - grown in Egypt, along the Nile, this linen has a crisp feel and close weaves for durability and ease of care.

Supima Cotton is a certified, licensed type of Pima cotton grown specifically in the USA and recognised for its silky yarn, tactile hand feel and durable nature.

Thread Count

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. If you’re after luxury, our 1200 thread count cotton sateen linen is your ultimate buy.

 

Choose the weave

The type of weave used in fabrics will affect the texture, looks and feels of your bed linen.

Percale is a term used to describe a plain weave, normally around 180 or 200TC (thread count). It is commonly used for bed linen. Percale makes the sheets lightweight, highly breathable, matt in texture and crisp to touch.

Sateen is a weave that is usually used for higher thread counts, 300 and above. Cotton sateen has a luxurious soft touch, gentle sheen finish and is tightly woven for durability.

Dobby is a weave used to create simple, single colour textures and designs such as stripes, spots etc.

Jacquard is a type of weave where two or more colours are woven together to create the pattern. It can be used to depict a design instead of a print and can either have a smooth or a textured surface.

 

Size up your sheets

Fitted Sheets
Single
Double
King Size
Super King Size
Flat Sheets
Single
Double
King Size
Super King Size
Duvet Covers
Single
Double
King Size
Super King Size
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(90cmx190cm)

(135cmx190cm)

(150cmx200cm)

(180cmx200cm)

 

(180x260cm)

(230x260cm)

(260x270cm)

(300x270cm)

 

(135cmx200cm)

(200mx200cm)

(230cmx220cm)

(260cmx220cm)

 

 

Choosing your pillowcases

Our pillowcases are available in multiple shapes and styles, to match the various pillow shapes. Layering up your bed has never been easier.

Standard/Housewife pillowcase

50cm x 75cm

This will fit any standard pillow

Oxford pillowcase

50cm x 75cm (+Flange approx 5cm)

This will fit any standard pillow

Square/Auro pillowcase

65cm x 65cm

This will require a 65cm x 65cm filler cushion

Boudoir cushion

30cm x 40cm

This will fit a rectangular boudoir cushion

 
Standard/Housewife pillowcase
Oxford pillowcase
Square/Auro pillowcase
Boudoir cushion

The final touches

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. Then add the finishing touches with pretty cushions in a shade that complements your sheets.

If your 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.

Shop Bedspreads, Throws and Cushions
Shop Bedroom Cushions
 

Our care tips

Although all bed linen will come with care instructions, here are a few handy hints that will make sure you get the best from your lovely new linen:

  • Keep coloured bed linen vibrant, by washing them with a colour care detergent.
  • Always wash your bedding separately to stop it becoming discoloured from contact with clothes.
  • Consider a sheet with some polyester content if you hate ironing but like a smooth and tidy bed.
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    BED LINEN BUYING GUIDE

    Lost in percale and cotton sateen? 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.

    Shop Bed Linen

    Decide on the fabric

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    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.

    Manmade Fibres

    The most common manmade fibres are synthetic polymers, like acrylic or polyester and specialist fibres such as Tencel or Modal.

    Polyester can be combined with cotton to improve the ease of care and colour fastness of sheets. Sheets with a percentage of polyester fibre tend to be faster drying, easier to iron and carry strong colour better than pure cotton.

    Specialist synthetic fibres such as Modal or Tencel can also be combined with cotton to improve the hand feel and comfort of your sheets, and in some cases improve factors such as breathability that can increase comfort while sleeping.

    Natural Fibres

    These are produced naturally, 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. Inherently breathable, natural fibre sheets can be washed at a higher temperature and tend to be beautifully soft.

    Cotton is a natural fibre, valued for its naturally smooth, cool and breathable characteristics. Cotton for sheeting is often combed during production to remove excess fibres and therefore help to reduce any linting or shedding that can occur.

    Egyptian Cotton is recognised as being of particularly fine quality - grown in Egypt, along the Nile, this linen has a crisp feel and close weaves for durability and ease of care.

    Supima Cotton is a certified, licensed type of Pima cotton grown specifically in the USA and recognised for its silky yarn, tactile hand feel and durable nature.

    Thread Count

    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. If you’re after luxury, our 1200 thread count cotton sateen linen is your ultimate buy.

    Choose the weave

    +

    -

    The type of weave used in fabrics will affect the texture, looks and feels of your bed linen.

    Percale is a term used to describe a plain weave, normally around 180 or 200TC (thread count). It is commonly used for bed linen. Percale makes the sheets lightweight, highly breathable, matt in texture and crisp to touch.

    Sateen is a weave that is usually used for higher thread counts, 300 and above. Cotton sateen has a luxurious soft touch, gentle sheen finish and is tightly woven for durability.

    Dobby is a weave used to create simple, single colour textures and designs such as stripes, spots etc.

    Jacquard is a type of weave where two or more colours are woven together to create the pattern. It can be used to depict a design instead of a print and can either have a smooth or a textured surface.

    Size up your sheets

    +

    -

    Fitted Sheets

    Single

    (90cm x 190cm)

    Double

    (135cm x 190cm)

    King Size

    (150cm x 200cm)

    Super King Size

    (180cm x 200cm)

    Flat Sheets

    Single

    (180cm x 260cm)

    Double

    (230cm x 260cm)

    King Size

    (260cm x 270cm)

    Super King Size

    (300cm x 270cm)

    Duvet Covers

    Single

    (135cm x 200cm)

    Double

    (200cm x 200cm)

    King Size

    (150cm x 200cm)

    Super King Size

    (180cm x 200cm)

    Choosing your pillowcases

    +

    -

    Our pillowcases are available in multiple shapes and styles, to match the various pillow shapes. Layering up your bed has never been easier.

    Standard/Housewife pillowcase

    50cm x 75cm

    This will fit any standard pillow

    Oxford pillowcase

    50cm x 75cm (+ flange approx 5cm)

    This will fit any standard pillow

    Square/Auro pillowcase

    65cm x 65cm

    This will require a 65cm x 65cm filler cushion

    Boudoir cushion

    30cm x 40cm

    This will fit a rectangular boudoir cushion

    Standard/Housewife pillowcase

    Oxford pillowcase

    Square/Auro pillowcase

    Boudoir cushion

    The final touches

    +

    -

    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. Then add the finishing touches with pretty cushions in a shade that complements your sheets.

    If your 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.

    Shop Bedspreads, Throws and Cushions
    Shop Bedroom Cushions

    Our care tips

    +

    -

    Although all bed linen will come with care instructions, here are a few handy hints that will make sure you get the best from your lovely new linen:

  • Keep coloured bed linen vibrant, by washing them with a colour care detergent.
  • Always wash your bedding separately to stop it becoming discoloured from contact with clothes.
  • Consider a sheet with some polyester content if you hate ironing but like a smooth and tidy bed.