Bed Linen Buying Guide
Giving a fresh feel to the bedroom, all our exclusive and designer bed linen is made using the finest natural fibres. From luxurious cotton to breathable linen, there's bedding to suit every sleeper.
Types of Bed Linen
Having first opened as a mattress and bedding specialist in 1810, throughout our two hundred year history we’ve continued to pride ourselves on providing the finest quality bedding. Simple, understated and elegant, we offer a range of quality made designs to complement your space.
The relaxed look of washed cotton provides an economical alternative to linen as well as a crisp, refreshing sleep. Low-maintenance, washed cotton does not require ironing and is an ideal choice for the summer months.
One of the finest fabrics to sleep in, linen is two to three times stronger than cotton lasting longer and actually softening over time.
While it may noticeably wrinkle more easily the breathable properties of linen help to regulate body temperature meaning it is great for staying cool in the summer yet can also help to trap heat on those colder winter nights.
Naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial, linen is ideal for allergy sufferers. It also has a natural pH balance that helps to soften and preserve the skin.
Egyptian cotton is one of the finest types thanks to its long staple, which refers to the natural length of the plants fibre. Requiring a more complex structure than plain weaves due to the higher number of thinner threads, our Sateen weave range produces a smoother, softer feel as well as a light sheen.
All of our Egyptian Cotton Sateen range is available as either a 400 or 600 thread count.
Interweaving fibres of different colours and finishes, jacquard produces a contrast of flat matte and raised sateen threads to create soft textured bedding.
Woven in Portugal using a traditional jacquard loom, all of our herringbone jacquard ranges have a 210 thread count.
Things to Consider
The thread count denotes the number of threads per square inch and is a good indicator of the quality of the bed linen. The higher the thread count the softer and more lustrous the fabric, as well as more durable and less prone to shrinkage.
Conventional sheets have a thread count of around 150, while higher quality sheets start at 180. Any bed linen above 200 provides a more luxurious fabric quality.
Unlike cotton, linen bedding is not classified by thread count. This, however, does not make it less luxurious with linen regarded as one of the finest and long-lasting bedding fabrics laundering better over time in comparison to a high thread count cotton.
TOP TIPHigh quality fabric and decorative details set premium bedding apart. This includes decorative embroidery, Oxford borders on pillowcases and mussel shell buttons.
Both the look and feel of bedding depends on the type of fabric used with specific factors including the quality of the yarn and how the threads are woven on the loom (the type of weave).
Those in search of a more relaxed feel would be advised to go for a washed cotton or linen while the structured sheen of a high thread count Egyptian cotton is more suited to an opulent bedroom setting.
TOP TIPWashing instructions for your specific bedding will vary depending on the design and fabric used. Check the label on each item to be certain.
Washing instructions for your specific bedding will vary depending on the design and fabric used. Check the label on each item to be certain.
High quality fabric and decorative details set premium bedding apart. This includes decorative embroidery, Oxford borders on pillowcases and mussel shell buttons.
What style should I choose?
Rather than limit yourself by trend, it’s best to discover your ‘design style’ instead. These are much broader and encompass more than just pattern, texture and material.
Mid-century style, for example, is characterised by tapered legs, fuss-free design and a simple aesthetic. While Scandi style also has an emphasis on clean lines, it places more of an emphasis on tactile, natural materials and organic shapes.
We suggest identifying a style that resonates with you and consider how it will fit in with the style of your home.
Trends may come and go but a sofa should last a lifetime. It’s important to choose furniture that's true to your own style rather than a trend that can disappear as quickly as it arrived.
Things to Consider
Will it fit?
It’s important to measure your designated area accurately to ensure your sofa makes the most of your space. Look up the dimensions of your chosen sofa and compare them to the measurements of your space. Be sure to take into account any side tables or floor lamps that will impact the space available. It's also important to make sure your sofa can get into its new home. To be absolutely certain that it'll fit into the space, we recommend making a thorough access check. Find step-by-step instructions here.
Use masking tape or newspaper to lay out the size of your sofa. This will give you a good indication as to whether you are happy with how much space it takes up.