Bedding Buying Guide

Bedding Buying Guide

Our buying guide has everything you need to know when buying bedding. We know the importance of selecting the right bedding to sleep on; after all we spend on average a 1/3 of our life asleep!!

We offer an extensive variety of bedding including Bed Sets, Duvet Covers, Fitted and Flat Sheets and Pillowcases. Plus we¹ve got lots of co-ordinating throwovers, cushions and curtains which can be used to create somethingspecial.

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Quality

Thread Count

Thread count refers to the number of fibres woven together in one square inch of fabric. Thread counts vary, in general the higher the count the higher the quality of the fabric. Finer threads usually result in a much smoother and softer fabric. This is the main reason that a higher thread count fabric is much more desirable than a lower count. Having finer threads also means that the threads are slightly more delicate, so please always refer to the care instructions when laundering.

Plain dyed

Our Plain Dyed easy care range is made from a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. Easy care means ironing time is reduced after washing.

Crease resistant

This fresh, crisp range has a crease resist finish to make ironing easier after washing. The crease resistant range is made from a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester.

Percale

Percale is a fine, closely woven smooth plain weave fabric. This excellent 50% cotton and 50% polyester percale fabric makes products that feel soft are strong and very durable.

Non-iron cotton

A percale fabric made from 100% pure cotton for those who are looking for extra comfort. Not only is this percale soft, strong and very durable it has a practical non-iron finish to minimise ironing.

Egyptian cotton

Luxury high quality super soft plain weave cotton bedding range constructed from 100% Egyptian cotton. Due to the long staple length of the Egyptian cotton fibre, the yarns and fabrics produced have superior lustre, softness and strength compared to standard cotton fabrics.

Hotel quality

Stylish and elegant, our Hotel collection is luxurious cotton sateen. This premium range has a beautiful soft handle, is wonderfully smooth and has a natural sheen.

Organic

Natural, soft bed linen made from Organic Cotton fabric. All our organic cotton is sourced from certified producers who meet stringent environmental requirements with regards to pesticide usage and the use of certain dyes.

Sateen

Sateen is usually a cotton fabric that has a satin-like feel. Sateen is 100% woven cotton. Sateen does not refer to the material of the sheet. It refers to the method in which it has been woven. The weave is what gives the sateen its soft, satin-like feel. The material is lustrous and smooth to touch.

Flannelette

Flannelette fabric is incredibly soft and cosy. The slightly fluffy appearance and texture is due to the fabric being brushed during manufacturing. The brushing process gives this 100% cotton range excellent insulating properties, helping to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making it an all year round product.

Pima cotton

One of the best grades of cotton in the world, ranked right behind Egyptian and Supima cotton. It features long, luxurious fibres and is used to produce high quality bed linen. Grown only in the southwest of the United States by the Pima Indians.

Supima®

Made from 100% American Pima cotton but is grown and trademarked only by members of the Supima Association of America which primary objective is to promote the world wide use of Pima cotton. It features long, luxurious fibres and is used to produce high quality bed linen.

Types Of Bed Linen

Our range of bed linen is extensive. To help you understand the fabric types and techniques we incorporate into our product we have pulled together this section for you.

Appliqué

Pattern or design made by cutting out a separate fabric design or motif and stitching it on to the face of another fabric.

Basket Weave

A simple weave of 2 or more ends and picks woven side by side as one; the finished effect resembling a basket effect.

Blackout

A fabric which has been back coated, usually with 3 layers, to give thermal properties which help to reduce heat loss in winter and minimise heat gain in summer, whilst also fully blocking out light. Ideal for kids' rooms or for people on shift work.

Canvas

A closely woven fabric in a plain or twill weave. Usually made from 100% cotton, although polyester/cotton blends are available.

Chenille

A fabric which has a chenille yarn in the weft. A chenille yarn has a cut pile which gives it a soft texture.

Colour Woven

A fabric where the design is woven into the fabric using coloured yarns, an alternative to dyeing or printing.

Dobby

A type of weaving method which produces fabric with small repeating designs.

Embellished

Pattern or design which incorporates the use of sequins, beading, contrast fabrics etc.

Embroidery

A decorative design or pattern applied to a fabric by means of stitching.

Faux Suede

Fabric woven or knitted to resemble suede leather. The suede effect is achieved by sanding/brushing the surface of the fabric.

Faux Silk

A lightweight woven fabric, with a slub effect resembling real silk, but made from synthetic fibres such as polyester, viscose or blends of both

Flock

Decorative detail applied to the surface of a fabric in a particular pattern, using adhesive. Finely chopped fibres are applied are applied to the fabric and stick to the adhesive print, forming the design.

Jacquard

Decorative woven fabric produced by means of a jacquard mechanism attached to the loom, enabling detailed/intricate, large scale designs to be produced. Damasks, tapestries and brocades are types of jacquard fabrics.

Metallic

Design detail added to a fabric by means of using a metallic effect thread in the weave or a metallic colour in a print.

Net

An open, mesh fabric which allows light to filter through the curtain whilst maintaining privacy.

Plain

A fabric in an single solid colour with no design or pattern detail.

Print

Design produced by means of coloured pigments applied to the surface of the fabric.

Taffeta

A finely woven plain weave fabric with a smooth, crisp handle and a lustrous appearance.

Thermal

A fabric which has been back coated, usually with 2 layers, to give thermal properties which help to reduce heat loss in winter and minimise heat gain in summer. Whilst a lot of light is blocked out, some will filter through.

Twill

A type of textile weave producing a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs in the fabric.

Satin Weave

A traditional fabric with a smooth, lustrous finish, consisting of float yarns on the face of the fabric.

Velour

A short, plush pile fabric resembling velvet.

Velvet

A woven fabric with a short, dense, cut pile which gives a luxurious appearance and soft handle.

Voile

A fine, sheer woven fabric with a crisp feel. Voile curtains allow light to filter through the curtain whilst maintaining privacy.

* Bed Sets

Always include a duvet cover, valance sheet , 1 pillowcase for single size sets and 2 pillowcases for double, king and super king size sets.

* Duvet Cover Sets

Always include a duvet cover, 1 pillowcase for single size sets and 2 pillowcases for double, king and super king size sets.

* Special Bed Sets

Always include king size duvet cover, a double sized valance sheet and 2 pillowcases.

Sizing

All of our bedding is sized for the beds and mattresses we sell. Bed and mattress sizes do vary according to the manufacturer and we advise for you check before ordering.

Duvet Cover Single Double King Super King*
Length 200cm 200cm 220cm 220cm
Width 140cm 200cm 230cm 260cm

 

Flat Sheet Single Double King Super King*
Length 255cm 255cm 275cm 275cm
Width 180cm 230cm 265cm 280cm

 

Fitted Sheet Single Double King Super King*
Length 190cm 190cm 200cm 200cm
Width 92cm 138cm 152cm 182cm
Box Depth 25 25 25 25

 

Deep Fitted Sheet Single Double King Super King*
Length 190cm 190cm 200cm 200cm
Width 92cm 138cm 152cm 182cm
Box Depth 35 35 35 35

 

Divan Trim Single Double King Super King*
Length 190cm 190cm 200cm 200cm
Width 92cm 138cm 152cm 182cm
Skirt Depth 41cm 41cm 41cm 41cm

 

Valance Sheet Single Double King Super King*
Length 190cm 190cm 200cm 200cm
Width 92cm 138cm 152cm 182cm
Box Depth 18cm 18cm 18cm 18cm
Skirt Depth 41cm 41cm 41cm 41cm

 

Bedspread Single Double King Super King*
Length 265cm 265cm 275cm 275cm
Width 193cm 244cm 265cm 265cm

 

Pillowcase Standard Oxford Square
Length 75cm 85cm 65cm
Width 50cm 60cm 65cm

* Limited designs available

Product Descriptions

Flat sheet

A flat sheet is placed over a mattress. The sides and bottoms are then tucked under the mattress.

Fitted Sheet

A fitted sheet covers a mattress. It is designed with elastic sewn around the sheet edges so it fits neatly over the mattress.

Divan Trim

Also known as a bed skirt or valance. Is suitable for divan beds and covers the sides of the bed down to the floor. The skirt can be frilled or pleated around the corners. The top of a divan trim fits under the mattress.

Deep Fitted Sheet

This deep fitted sheet has an extra 10cm depth compared to our standard fitted sheet to fit deeper mattresses

Valance Sheet

A valance sheet combines both a fitted sheet and divan trim. The top section covers the mattress and the skirt covers the base of the bed. Skirts can be either frilled or box pleated.

Bedspread / Throwover

A 'Bedspread' or 'Throw' is a decorative bed covering that covers the entire bed including the duvet, the base of a bed and pillows.

Runner

A narrow decorative bed covering that rests across the whole width of a bed. These are used to give a made bed a modern stylish look.

Duvet Types

The weight, softness and warmth of any duvet are related to its filling type and Tog rating. We have an extensive range of tog ratings in both natural and synthetic fillings to choose from. The tog rating and filling type all influence a duvets weight, warmth, comfort and price.

Our duvet sizes range from single up to super king.

Tog Rating

A duvets tog rating is simply a measure of its thermal properties, the higher the tog rating the warmer the duvet.

In general natural fillings out perform synthetic fillings in terms of thermal properties and therefore need less weight to achieve the same tog rating. This is known as 'Fill Power'. In simple terms Fill Power is the fillings ability to recover in relation to its thermal efficiency. Just remember the higher the fill power, the better the duvet.

Which tog is right for you?

4.5-7.5 tog

Duvets suitable for summer use

10.5-13.5 tog

Duvets suitable for all year round use and are ideal for homes with central heating or for those who share a bed

15.0-20.0 tog

Duvets suitable for extra warmth during the cold winter months

We also have the popular 'all seasons' duvets in our range. These consist of 2 separate duvets, one suitable for the summer and a warmer one for autumn and spring. For the winter months you simply attach the 2 together for extra warmth.

Duvet Fillings

Natural Fillings

Natural fillings make very comfortable duvets as they are soft, light and more durable than synthetic fillings but the main benefit is that these allow your skin to breathe. Our natural fillings range in quality from duck feather to luxurious Goose down. Most natural fill products will require professional cleaning as it's crucial that they are dried thoroughly and this may not be easily achieved at home.

Down

Down is the light fluffy coating clustered beneath the feathers of waterfowl. Most down can be found on the belly of geese and ducks. This is the part that is exposed to water and must keep the bird warm. In every 450 grams of feather there is on average only 113 grams of Down hence is premium price. As nature's most efficient insulator, down is warm, yet light and lofty. Additionally, down has the marvellous ability to breathe, lifting away perspiration so you don't experience the clamminess which often occurs with synthetics.

Feathers

In bedding, feathers do provide some insulation, but are mostly used for support. Only smaller feathers are used in bedding products such as feather beds, decorative pillows, and various feather and down blends.

Duck vs. Goose

Although all birds have some feathers and down, virtually all down and feathers are harvested from geese and ducks. Geese, which are larger birds, generally have bigger down clusters. As a rule of thumb, the larger the bird and the colder the climate in which they live, the larger the down cluster and the higher the fill power of the down.

Synthetic Fillings

In the majority of cases the synthetic filling of a duvet will be Polyester fibre. Duvets with Polyester fillings can be regularly cleaned as they are much easier to wash and dry compared to natural fillings, making them an excellent choice for allergy sufferers. With advancing fibre technology synthetic fillings are increasingly more comparable to natural fillings in terms of weight and warmth and are generally less expensive to buy.

We have special non-allergenic finishes, barrier fabrics for protection against dust mites, advanced fibre technology and superior quality cover fabrics.

Pillow Types

One of the main considerations when selecting a pillow should be finding the right the balance between comfort and support. A pillow with a soft filling will cradle your head but will not support your neck where as a firmer pillow will provide more neck support but less comfort. Like duvets we have an extensive choice of pillows with conventional natural and synthetic fillings but in addition we have memory foam.

Pillows do have a shorter life cycle than duvets due to the pressure our heads exert on them. Natural fillings do tend to retain their shape and levels of support longer than synthetic fills but we would recommend you plump your pillow frequent and would advise you consider changing your pillows on a regular basis.

Pillow Fillings

Natural Fillings

We use feather and down or a combination of both in our natural fill pillows. Feather filled pillows tend to be firm and offer good support, down filled pillows are much softer for exceptional comfort.

Down

Down is the light fluffy coating clustered beneath the feathers of waterfowl. Most down can be found on the belly of geese and ducks. This is the part that is exposed to water and must keep the bird warm. In every 450 grams of feather there is on average only 113 grams of Down hence is premium price. As nature's most efficient insulator, down is warm, yet light and lofty. Additionally, down has the marvellous ability to breathe, lifting away perspiration so you don't experience the clamminess which often occurs with synthetics.

Feathers

In bedding, feathers do provide some insulation, but are mostly used for support. Only smaller feathers are used in bedding products such as feather beds, decorative pillows, and various feather and down blends.

Duck vs. Goose

Although all birds have some feathers and down, virtually all down and feathers are harvested from geese and ducks. Geese, which are larger birds, generally have bigger down clusters. As a rule of thumb, the larger the bird and the colder the climate in which they live, the larger the down cluster and the higher the fill power of the down.

Synthetic Fillings

In the majority of cases the Synthetic filling of a pillow will be Polyester fibre and like duvets these can be machine washed usually at 60oC, the temperature at which dust mites are killed. All synthetic pillows are non-allergenic and represent excellent value.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is a 100% visco-elastane temperature sensitive material that offers optimum support for your head and neck. Memory foam pillows are available in traditional and contour versions.

Latex

Latex has many benefits. It's a very long lasting natural material, cooler and more airy than memory foam and shapes itself to the head and neck. Latex is soft and supportive offering effective pressure relief and is excellent at retaining its shape.

Mattress Toppers

In order to pro-long the life span of the products we sell, protect against soiling, add a layer of comfort and in most cases create a barrier against dust mites we recommend our mattress and pillow protection products.

We have a full range of mattress toppers and protectors in both natural and synthetic options. We have products for basic protection against soiling and general wear and tear, waterproof products to protect against minor spillages and anti-allergy products.

If you are looking for something more lavish we have quilted products that not only offer protection but an extra layer of comfort and warmth too.

Memory foam toppers are available if you require extra support from your mattress.

Pillow protectors offer great protection against soiling, feather leaks and dust mites.

All our protection products come in standard sizes and are easily fitted to mattresses and pillows.

Electric Blankets

Electric Blankets are very energy efficient due to the low amounts of power they use to operate making them very economical.

All our electric blankets conform to highest European and International Safety standards and are BEAB approved. BEAB Approval is recognised world- wide as representing integrity and technical expertise.

To help you choose an electric blanket let us explain the various types:

Underblankets and Mattress Covers

These blankets are fitted on top of the mattress, with the bottom sheet on top of the blanket and then the usual bedding on top. In order to secure them they either, in the case of underblankets, have tie tapes or as a mattress cover by a fitted skirt, similar method to a fitted sheet.

Blankets of this type can be used to pre warm the bed and then turned down to a lower setting for all night use. A standard underblanket may take between 60-90 minutes to warm up depending on the conditions. Look out for fast heat technology that will warm your bed in about 10 minutes.

Over Blankets and Duvets

An over blanket sits on top of you with a sheet between you and the over blanket or alternatively it can be fitted into a duvet cover.

The Duvet has enclosed heating wires and is used in the same way as an over blanket. Over blankets and Duvets can be used to pre warm the bed and then turned down to a lower setting for all night use.

Features Explained:

Easy Care

All our electric blankets are machine washable and can be safely tumble dried in order to keep your blanket clean and fresh.

Heat Control

For individual comfort most blankets have variable heat controls, this provides the ability to pre-warm your bed and then lower the temperature for safe all night use. Look out dual controls, this allows personalised comfort on each side of the bed.

Extra Foot Warmth

This feature provides extra warmth at the foot of the bed to keep your toes nice and snug.

Protection

All blankets are fitted with a built in system that will automatically shut off the power if it exceeds a temperature considered comfortable or if an unsafe situation arises.

Before using your electric blanket please ensure you read the manufacturers user instructions and remember to keep them safe for future reference.

Product Care

All of our bed linen comes complete with sewn in care instructions and we recommend you pay special attention to these when it comes to washing, drying and ironing. We also recommend that you wash your bed linen before using for the first time.

Special instructions for Duvets and Pillows

* Always dry and air duvets thoroughly before putting them back on your bed

* Using a protective cover over your duvet and pillows will increase the life span of your product

* When new it is normal for memory foam to give off a slight odour. We therefore recommend that you leave these products to air for a couple of days before using them.

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