BED LINEN BUYING GUIDE

Give your bedroom the finishing touch with bedding that suits your sleep as well as your style

We put a lot of time and care into our bedding; for over a century we've explored the world to source new cottons and discover innovative weaving methods. We're so passionate about bringing you the finest quality bed linen, because a good night's sleep is one of life's essentials. In this guide we'll take you through types of fabric, weaves and finishes to help you choose your perfect bedding.

Choosing bedding

Fibre

The finer the fibre, the softer the feel, for everything from sheets in soft Egyptian cotton to natural linen duvet covers

Weight

Weight can significantly affect how your sheets feel: we cater from super lightweight through to the ultimate in cosy comfort

Thread count

This is the density of threads per square inch: generally, higher thread counts mean a softer and smoother feel

Finish

This important step determines the final texture, colour and softness of the sheet, resulting in a unique handle

 
 
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Fabric types
Polycotton

Polycotton

- Made from a blend of durable polyester and soft cotton
- Comfortable and dries quickly with minimal ironing

Sheets | Duvet covers

Best for... efficiency and easy care

Egyptian cotton

Egyptian cotton

- Renowned as one of the finest cottons in the world
- Soft, strong, lightweight, longer-lasting
- Cool in the summer and warm in the winter
- Our Egyptian cotton is grown on the rich land of the Nile delta woven in plain percale weave with a 200-thread count
- Requires minimal ironing

Sheets | Duvet covers

Best for... softness and a huge choice of colours

Cotton & Brushed cotton

Cotton & Brushed cotton

- The world’s most widely used natural fibre
- Versatile
- Soft and comfortable
- Lightweight and breathable
- Brushed cotton is woven from 100% cotton, delicately brushed to achieve a soft and cosy feel

Sheets | Duvet covers

Best for... versatility and soft comfort

Linen

Linen

- Enhanced breathability – cool in summer and warm in winter
- Pleasant, fresh and cool feeling
- Natural pH balance and anti-static
- Regulates your temperature as you sleep
- Pure linen is bacteria resistant for anti-allergenic properties
- Twice as durable as cotton

Sheets | Duvet covers

Best for... anti-allergenic natural luxury

Genuisa

Genuisa

- A fine, silky smooth finish, thanks to 1000 fine yarns in every square inch
- Machine washable for ease and suitable for tumble drying
- Exceptional strength and quality
- Luxurious feel with coolness to the fabric

Sheets | Duvet covers

Best for... the feel of silk with the ease of cotton

Cotton silk

Cotton silk

- A blend of pure and natural materials for decadence with durability
- Hypo-allergenic: suitable for sensitive sleepers
- Regulates temperature and wicks away moisture while you sleep
- Trans-seasonal, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer
- Helps skin breathe for a clearer complexion, and tames hair for a smoother feel when you wake

Sheets | Duvet covers

Best for... a pampered feel

 
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Weave & decoration

Thread count refers to the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. It applies to threads woven vertically – known as the 'warp’ – and threads woven horizontally – known as the ‘weft’.

However, the feel and quality of bed linen is based on more than thread count: fine, high quality thread and different weave types create duvet covers, pillowcases and bed sheets that feel softer against the skin.

Percale weave

A matt finish with exquisite crispness for a fresh and cool feel against your skin

Satin weave

Soft with a subtle sheen and smooth touch: perfect if you love the feel of silky bed linen

Chambray

Specially woven with two colour threads to create the distinctive chambray look

Brushed cotton

Woven from 100% cotton, delicately brushed to acheive a super soft and cosy feel

Jaquard weave

Created on a jacquard loom, producing a pattern or image through the weave construction itself

Textured weave

A dobby loom can produce decorative patterned weaves, for a touch of textured luxury

Rotary print

Print technology offers vibrant colours and patterns, ensuring that colours last longer

Digital print

A specialist technique for photographic images, achieving optimal colour and detail


 
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Finishing touches

Bedspreads, throws and cushions add decorative character to your bed: use them to layer up on warmth and comfort, or to add the finishing touch to your carefully made bed

Material information

Lambswool

Lambswool

Can be fine and lightweight, or chunky with a heavier weight. All are great for warmth. Wool must be dry cleaned to avoid shrinkage

Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere is a natural fibre combed from the underbelly of the cashmere goat. It is soft and warm, and is a more luxurious material

Alpaca

Alpaca

Alpaca is warmer yet lighter than sheep's wool, thanks to hollow-cored fires that hold in your natural body heat

 
 
Acrylic

Acrylic

Easy care and often machine washable, acrylic is available in a wide variety of finishes from fine to chunky

Cotton

Cotton

Cotton is cool and lightweight, with natural fibres making it breathable. It's also machine washable

Polyester

Polyester

The ‘easy care’ choice for bed linen: polyester dries quickly and keeps its colour and size through washes

 
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Pillowcase and duvet types

Oxford Border

Oxford Border

A decorative border of fabric adorns the edge of the seamed pillowcase or duvet cover

Plain bag / Standard duvet cover

Plain bag / Standard duvet cover

The duvet will fill all of the fabric with all seams inside

Standard Pillowcase

Standard Pillowcase

A standard 50x75cm size pillow, also referred to as a housewife pillowcase

 
 
Square Pillowcase

Square Pillowcase

Also known as 'shams', these pillows offer support and decoration

Boudoir pillow

Boudoir pillow

Small decorative pillows to layer the bed and offer a luxurious look

Bedspreads / Quilts

Bedspreads / Quilts

Filled with either polyester or cotton padding: often stitched with a design

 
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Measuring up

Our measurements are for UK bed sizes – non-UK mattress sizes may vary slightly from their UK equivalents. Our fitted sheets and valances are unlikely to be suitable for mattresses which vary greatly from these measurements, but our flat sheets are generously-sized so may offer a useful alternative.

Size of bed linen Flat & fitted sheets to fit mattress Duvet covers to fit duvet size...
Small single 90 x 190cm 135cm x 200cm
Double 135 x 190cm 200cm x 200cm
Kingsize 150 x 200cm 230 x 220cm
Super kingsize 180 x 200cm 260cm x 220cm
Standard fitted Up to a depth of 26cm  
Deep fitted Up to a depth of 32cm  
Pillowcases to fit pillow size...
Standard: 50 x 75cm
Square: 65 x 65cm
Oxford: 50 x 75cm (excluding border)
Square Oxford: 65 x 65cm (excluding border)
Kingsize: 50 x 90cm
Boudoir: 30 x 40cm
International sizing
Approximate equivalent sizing for non-UK mattresses:
Our Single = Twin
Our Double = Full
Our Kingsize = Queen
Our Super Kingsize = King
 
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