Christmas Table Linen

Damask Table Linen and Napkins

With only weeks left now to find the perfect Christmas gifts, time is running out but what about that all important Christmas party?

If you are planning a home cooked dinner and you are inviting the whole family round, have you remembered the dining table and how much fuss is created when you try to arrange the correct places.

You want to make the right impression so take some time and think about what you will need, table linen, seat covers or pads, napkins and party hats.

Well we cannot help you with the crackers (but this fun idea might be your solution) or the party hats but we can show you some great ideas for dressing your table for the perfect Christmas Dinner.

Festive table cloths

We have the traditional Ivy leaf crisp white table linen and napkins for those of you that want to make a statement, this superior quality tableware is manufactured especially with dinner parties in mind.

The cloths and napkins wash with ease and the fabric is ideal for removing any stain’s that may happen. Some table linen can be ruined if you spill drinks or gravy on them so always try to get a damask fabric to give you a good chance at saving the tablecloth as accidents do happen.

If you want a different theme and you want to add some colour into the party we also have some themed tableware such as the Rooster and country style tablecloths in stock.

The Check and floral designs are pure classics and can be used all year round not just at Christmas and they also come in cotton cloths and outdoor and indoor washable PVC versions which are virtually indestructible.

Dressing up your seating

Seat Pads and Chair Cushions

Seats pads and chair cushions are also very popular at this time of year, not only do they protect your expensive dining room chairs they can also provide comfort from wooden chairs as some are not that comfy for spending long periods of time on while you chat, drink and eat away.

Our seats pads are ideal for all occasions, they have convenient tie backs on them to secure them to your seat and the generous filling gives you all the padding you need.

You can also opt for the bolster pads which are great for children and the elderly where a greater degree of softness and comfort is required.

Take a look at our range of seat pads for inspiration!

Gift ideas

Table linen and cotton bedding can make some great gift ideas if you are not sure what to buy your friends and family, there is nothing finer than clean crisp sheets to slip into.

If you are still undecided pure white sheets go with everything and you cannot go wrong with cotton. If you still need to buy the other half something special this is definitely the way to go as the usual chocolates and alcoholic drink is well played out and can sometimes seem like no effort has been put into your choice.

The all important thing about a Christmas party is to have some fun, make a real effort to enjoy the festive break and your guests will have a great time and thank you for it.

The Perfect Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

How do we choose perfect white Egyptian cotton sheets?

Looking online is much more convenient, as trawling through the high street shops is not as good as it sounds.

Many online retailers have more knowledge about their products whereas many department stores staff are not as highly trained in all the different sheets and duvet covers they sell.

How can you make an informed decision if you do not know the difference between one product and another?

If you are not sure what you are buying you are not going to purchase your new Egyptian cotton sheets with any confidence. It is a difficult process and one filled with many factors and questions that need to be answered in full and not just breezed over in the shop.

Once you have had a good look around, some of the more obvious questions spring to mind like:

  • What is thread count?
  • What is cotton sateen?
  • What is ply?
  • What is the country of origin?

Egyptian but not Egyptian

You will find that the vast majority of Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers are not even made in Egypt but are manufactured in places like China, India and Pakistan.

So how can they be Egyptian cotton you may ask, well this is another good question and it is all to do with the content of the cotton yarn.

Although the best bedding made from Egyptian cotton will be the ones that are entirely produced and packaged in Egypt and you can tell this by looking for the official government stamp of approval which is embossed on the packaging and wash care labels.

This useful article covers some other pitfalls while you can find our range of genuine Egyptian cotton sheets here.

What makes Egyptian cotton different?

Egyptian Cotton Goverment Seal of Approval

Cotton sheets and Egyptian cotton duvet covers produced in Egypt are super soft to the touch, the best grade of cotton is normally spun to the highest thread counts.

This is where the fabric is woven for example to 400 threads per any given square inch, standards sheets are normally woven to 200 threads per square inch although they are still nice and soft and a pleasure to sleep on the 400 count cotton sheets and above are twice as good and will last a lot longer.

This is down to the strength of the raw cotton, Egyptian cotton has extra long staple fibres as the condition found on the upper reaches of the Nile are the best in the world for producing high quality cotton crops.

The extra long staple lengths can be spun much finer than other grades of cotton producing a high quality, super strength and highly robust fabric.

Another well known fact about cotton is that is very absorbent and washes well. Cotton from Egypt is superior as it gets softer with every wash, so the more you use it the better it becomes, this long lasting comfort is well worth the extra as it will give you years of lasting use and quality.

Pay more, save more

Egyptian cotton satin stripe bedding

So can expensive sheets really be good value for money?

Well the answer is yes but you do have to look at it in the long term. If your luxury bedding will last 2- 3 times longer than the cheaper bedding and it only costs twice as much then in the long run you will have more use out of it but you will have also benefitted from the better quality and more luxurious fabric to sleep on.

Many of the top hotels use the best quality sheets, not only to give their customers a better stay and sleep but also because the sheets last longer and give better return on their investment. Pay now and benefit later, this is advice that definitely will benefit you when it comes to buying the perfect Egyptian cotton sheets.

So should you buy from a reputable well known bedding brand or can you buy from just anybody out there on the internet? Buying from a brand leader such as Peter Reed, Sheridan or Belledorm does guarantee you a few certain things.

Genuine 100% Egyptian cotton and no other lesser quality cottons blended in with the fabric to get the costs down. Cheap sheets made from Egyptian cotton are sometimes mixed with other cottons that have a lesser value so be warned if you buy cheap than you will get what you have paid for.

Sheridan Bedding

Branded bedding is all based on reputation and one that is vital for the longevity and respect that a major bedding manufacturer has to live up to.

It is also good to point out that cotton is naturally organic and requires little or no amount of chemicals to produce premium quality cotton sheets and the bigger companies all have Eco friendly and environmental policies in place so you can be assured that you do your bit for the environment and the welfare of the people who make the bedding by buying a respected brand product.

We stock all three brands at the following links:

And they are all covered by our Best Price Promise guarantee so you simply can’t buy better!

How Good Are Hungarian Goose Down Duvets?

Luxury Goose Down Duvets and Pillows

Buying a duvet or quilt online can be quite a daunting prospect, with so many fillings and brands on offer it is amazing we can choose one at all.

In our opinion it is always best to go with what you know and Hungarian goose down duvets and quilts have been produced for a long time.

Hungarian pure down has been at the luxury end of the market, duvets and pillows filled with this sumptuous natural down is said to be some of the finest in the world.

Tailor made duvets?

But can a duvet really help you sleep better? This is a good question and one that is very hard to answer as not one person is the same and we all like different things. Some like to sleep snug, some of us like to sleep slightly cooler but you can find a duvet to suit you if you drop us a line. We can even tailor make one that meets your requirements.

Getting the right temperature balance is vital, if you are too hot or too cold then your sleep can be affected in a detrimental way.

We often have enquiries where some people wake up in the morning having felt as if they have never been to sleep and others, due to tossing and turning through the night, will often wake up with back pain or other aches and pains.

Hungarian goose down duvets offer some unique properties you just do not get in the cheaper duvets or quilts, the down is nature’s way of maintaining a healthy temperature.

You do not get too hot and you do not get cold either, this is controlled with the TOG rating system. If you’ve ever wondered what TOG is all about try this Wikipedia entry.

If you suffer from hot sweats at night or you just get too hot with your current duvet try and go for a lower TOG rating such as 7 or 6 tog, if you are the opposite and you just want to be snug as a bug all night long go for the higher tog duvets such as a 13.5 or 15 tog.

The choice is yours but select carefully and you will reap the benefits in the long term.

Duvet Lifespan

Duvets can last well over 10 years if they are looked after so even if you think that you are spending too much money on a top of the range Hungarian goose down duvet, just think of the many years use you will get and it will often make better financial sense than the cheaper quilts that look tired after a few years.

Hungarian Goose Down Duvets and Pillows

Our Hungarian Goose down duvets and pillows are filled with sumptuous pure down that has a Fill Power rating of 750, no harmful chemicals or bleaches have been used in the cleaning process and what you are left with is a very light, soft and fluffy down that is ideal for the perfect duvet.

The filling is slightly greyish in appearance as goose down is naturally grey and not bright white as you find in other duvets.

This white effect is due to the down being bleached which can ruin the softness and longevity of the down notwithstanding the environmental effects of using such chemicals. Our duvets and pillows are all made in the UK to ensure consistent manufacturing procedures and the highest quality of craftsmanship and materials are used.

Complying to strict UK and European guidelines ensures that you get exactly what you pay for.