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Buying Guide For Bedding

Jul 7, 2008
The average person spends more than 33% of their life asleep so choosing the right bedding is very important. There are many different types of bed linen so we've put this guide together to help you find the perfect bedding for you.


* Bed Linen Items
* Quilt Cover & Sheet Sizes
* Pillowcase Sizes
* Bed Linen Types
* What is Thread Count and why is it important?
* Egyptian Cotton & Percale Bed Linen
* Flannelette Bed Linen
* Plain Dye Bed Linen
* Kids Bed Linen
* Mattress Toppers
* Blankets & Throws
* Bed Linen Care

Bed Linen Items

* Quilt Cover
* Fitted Sheet (Standard fit)
* Fitted Sheet (Deep fit)
* Flat Sheet
* Divan Trim
* Pillowcase

Quilt Cover & Sheet Sizes

* Standard fitted sheets will fit a mattress which is 25cm (10") deep
* Deep fitted sheets will fit a mattress which is 28cm (11") deep

Pillow Sizes

* Housewife pillowcase - measures 50x75cm (18x30")

* Oxford pillowcase - measures 50x75cm (18x30") but in addition to these dimensions they have a 5cm (2") fabric border around the outside which can be frilled or flat

* Square pillowcase - measures 65x65cm (26x26")

* Kingsize pillowcase - measures 50x90cm (20x35")

* Box pillowcase - this pillowcase has a gusset and it measures 48x74x10cm (19x29x4")

* V shaped pillowcase - 92x41cm (36x16")

Bed Linen Types

* Embellished bed linen is embroidered or brocaded with appliquéd fabrics, the embellishments give the fabric a luxurious quality.

* Printed bed linen is constructed from pre-printed fabric; there are tyles and colours to suit both modern and traditional décor.

* Dorma is a famous and well respected brand of bedding.

What is Thread Count and why is it important?

* The 'Thread Count' means the number of threads in a square inch of fabric.

* The higher the thread count, the finer and smoother the fabric will be.

* The higher the thread count, the better the quality of the fabric and the longer it will last.

Egyptian Cotton & Percale Bed Linen

What is Egyptian Cotton?

* 100% Cotton
* Extremely soft and luxurious
* Grown on the banks of the River Nile
* Spun, woven, finished and packed in Alexandria

Which Egyptian Cotton to choose?

Hotel Collection 300 Thread Count

* Superior quality at 300 thread count
* Soft, fine, sophisticated and elegant Egyptian Cotton sateen (sateen is a fabric with a gentle lustre)
* Available in Flat Sheets, Fitted Sheets, Pillowcases and Quilt Covers

What is Percale?

* Fabrics must have a thread count of at least 180 threads per square inch in order to be classed as percale.
* Percale can refer to cotton or polyester or a mix of the two together.
* The higher the thread count, the better quality the fabric and the longer it will last.

Flannelette Bed Linen

Why choose Flannelette?

* Made of 100% cotton but with a slightly 'fluffier' appearance and texture.
* Soft against the skin.
* Insulating to keep you warm in Winter yet cool in Summer.

Plain Dye Bed Linen

Why choose Plain Dye?

* Completely plain with no pattern or texture.
* Available in 9 different colours including white.
* Available in Non Iron Plain Dye to save on the ironing.

Kids Bed Linen

* There are over 25 different ranges of bed linen, bedding accessories and blankets for kids, both boys and girls including cot and pram bedding for babies.

* Most kids and babies bed linen is machine washable.

Mattress Protectors & Toppers

There are over 14 different types of mattress protector / mattress topper. Mattress toppers add volume to your mattress and therefore increase the comfort. Mattress protectors can also add comfort but are mainly used to protect your mattress from stains and spillages.

* Dry Nights mattress protectors: specially designed to be super absorbent with an inner core which draws moisture away from the body whilst also preventing damage to your mattress.

* Anti Allergy mattress protector: with 'Everfresh' protection against allergy, bacteria and dust mites.

* Double Fill mattress protector : luxury polycotton with thick polyester filling.

* Triple Fill mattress protector : 50% cotton / 50% polyester filling with 30 cm (12") extra deep skirt to fit all mattresses.

* Slumberland mattress protector: 100% cotton filled with soft feather and down.

* Memory Foam mattress topper: mouldable for complete neck and spine support.

* Waterproof mattress protector: guaranteed to be 100% waterproof with 'Everfresh' antibacterial protection

* Pillow Protector: with 'Everfresh' protection against allergy, bacteria and dust mites.

* Sleep System: a full bed protection set including mattress protector, quilt protector and pillow protector

Everfresh bedding stays fresh and clean for longer helping to protect you from dust mites and all kinds of bacteria and fungi that like to share your bed with you. Everfresh has a non allergenic filling and all items in the range are machine washable.

Blankets & Throws

* Thermosoft blankets are made from microfibre which means they're as warm as wool but without the weight.

* Many other blankets and throws are available.

Bed Linen Care

* We recommend you wash your bedding once a week following the manufacturers' instructions on washing, drying and ironing.

* These instructions may be found on the packaging or on labels sewn into the inside seam of each individual item.
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