Summer Bedding

Luxury Summer Weight Duvets

When is the best time to start looking for some new summer bedding?

Winter is nearly gone and the heavy weight winter sheets will need to be put back in the linen cupboard but do you need some new lightweight or summer weight duvets, duvet covers or luxury cotton sheets?

When the sun is shining we all want to add a splash of colour or style into our bedrooms so what is the best fabric to use in order to get the best out of our bedding?

Should it be polycotton or Egyptian cotton for our duvet covers? Or should it be microfiber or natural down for summer weight duvets?

At Bedlinen Direct we know how hard it can be to find the right bedding at the right price, cheap bedding is not always the best way to go but we still want value for money when spending our hard earned cash.

Which duvet covers?

Let’s start with some luxury, Egyptian cotton duvet covers. These sumptuous duvet sets were normally just sold in plain colours like white, ivory or cream but as the demand for better quality fabrics increased so the cost price decreased and resulted in more choice.

Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

Famous brands like Peter Reed, Belledorm, Sheridan and Helena Springfield now range some of the best quality cotton duvet cover sets you can buy. They use the best quality fabrics and design them in a way that just oozes style and sophistication.

They employ the best designers to create some awesome masterpieces for your bedroom, elegant use of materials and colours to create the perfect ambience.

So whether it is Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton or Cotton sateen you are sure to receive a premium quality product. All you need to do now is choose which designs suit your bedroom the best, most bedding manufacturers are getting adventurous in terms of design and colour.

Have a look at our summer weight duvets, there are plenty to choose from.

A good way of injecting some colour into the bedroom is with cushions and bed runners or throws, cheap and very effective and won’t cost you the earth if the shade or hue is not just right.

Cotton or polytcotton

Cotton is preferable over polycotton during the summer months as the wicking effect you get from cotton is second to none (and you wouldn’t believe the science that goes into this wicking effect!).

Cotton sheets just get softer with each and every wash so they are certainly the best choice not just for spring or summer but also the colder months too.

Polycotton duvet cover sets from companies such as Belledorm offer great value for money, good design and expert craftsmanship bring you a very good product that is both easy to wash and even easier to iron.

During summer just try and avoid heavy fabrics such as taffeta and jacquards as they do not allow the body to breathe as effectively as lighter fabrics like cotton and silk.

Browse our Egyptian cotton sheet range as well as our other cotton sheets for ideas on colours and choice.

What TOG rating?

Now we have decided which fabric we are going to use for our summer duvet covers and pillowcases we have to select the right filling for our summer duvets and pillows.

Most manufacturers offer a vast selection of Togs ranging from a superlight weight 2.5 TOG duvet which is ideal for the warmest months, right up to the heavy weight 15.0 TOG duvet which can keep out an arctic winter but let’s just keep the choice to the summer options which go from 6.0 TOG to 2.5 TOG for now.

If you want the low down on TOG rating have a read of this Wikipedia entry.

Manmade microfibres, natural feather and down or pure wool?

Luxury Microfibre Duvets

The two main choices are between manmade microfibers which can be known as many different brands but is essentially still the same filling or natural feather and down like duck, goose or more recently pure wool.

Microfiber duvets offer good levels of insulation and the filling is inherently anti allergy so this option is great for those who still get chilly on a warm night or for children and the elderly with mild allergy symptoms like house dust mite issues.

We’ve got a large selection of Dacron Comforel options worth considering.

However they are not as effective at releasing trapped warm air as a natural filling but the cost benefits can sometimes outweigh the need for absolute body regulation you get from a pure down duvet. If you want a natural alternative there are just as many options for you to choose from starting at the goose feather and down duvets.

Just as good as a man made duvet and just as comparable in quality and costs. Feather and down is heavier than pure down and offers just the same in terms of temperature regulation as the man made duvets.

Pure Down

Luxury Pure Down Summer Weight Duvets

If you want the best quality and money is no object, then go for a pure down duvet, you will not regret it. Just like Egyptian cotton is reserved for the very best bedding, Siberian, Canadian and Hungarian down is considered to be a premium product.

Pure down is very light and soft which is just what you need to keep you cool during the summer months, Fill Power is a vital measurement of quality when choosing this type of duvet.

The higher the rating the cleaner and more refined the down is, less impurities make the down lighter which when warmed with your body makes the down rise and release trapped warm air.

This process allows your body to cool down effectively and helps you maintain a consistent and healthy temperature whilst you sleep. When they say it is like sleeping under a soft fluffy cloud – they mean it!

Our pure down duvets can be found here.

Fill power

The average duvet has an approximate 450 fill power rating, good quality and good value for money pure down duvets should have a fill power rating of between 600 and 800, do not accept a down duvet that has less than this as the chances are the down is not very clean and as good as you may think it is.

To give you a more clear idea, eider down is considered to be the best in the world, this handpicked down is very hard to come by and has a consistent fill power of over 1200.

You can expect to pay well in excess of £1000.00 for the genuine article so this can give you a gauge of what you should expect to pay for a more reasonable luxury down duvet.

Luxury Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Egyptian cotton sheets

We all love a little bit of luxury and when it comes to bedding and we spend a small fortune on Egyptian cotton sheets.

Known for its superior quality, everyone who knows a thing or two about bedding would prefer to have sheets made from Egyptian cotton on their bed.

You can read many posts on the importance of a good night’s sleep (here are 11 reasons to start with) and how your bed and pillows can make a big difference but just remember the feeling you get when you slip into bed, when you have just washed and ironed the sheets and duvet covers.

There is no other feeling like it, the cool crisp cotton is a delight and the texture of the bedding makes you feel like royalty.

What makes a good luxury Egyptian cotton sheet?

Well, making sure that the cotton is grown entirely within Egypt and that the fabric is not a blend of Egyptian cotton and a fabric from another country like China, for example.

Some companies like Belledorm have the seal on the packaging, this is a government approved label that gives the customer a guarantee that the entire product is sourced, manufactured and packaged in Egypt.

This is important as only the genuine cotton grown on the lush banks of the Nile Delta area in upper Egypt give you the lush cotton needed to produce the world’s finest luxury bed linen.

By the way, this article by Consumer is a great guide to some of the pitfalls around buying Egyptian cotton.

Egyptian Cotton Goverment Seal of Approval

You may have heard about long staple fibres, vitally important if you want to produce high thread count yarns as the extra length helps the yarns to bind together more efficiently creating a stronger and more resilient yarn that can be then woven much finer than standard cotton.

The cotton is then woven using state of the art looms in some of the most advanced weaving factories in Alexandria, Egypt.

They produce fabrics starting at 200 Threads per square inch, this is where the fabric criss-crosses itself in a grid pattern 200 times in any given square inch of fabric, this is called the warp and the weft.

Percale

This is a minimum weave standard for bed linen made with Egyptian cotton, this thread count is called ‘Percale’. Percale was a term invented in Lancashire in the days of King Cotton to denote superior fabric to the general polycotton fabric that were used at the time.  Here’s the Wikipedia entry about Percale for more detail.

They generally had a 150 thread count and lower, some hospital fabric used 120 thread count, this was a heavy fabric that could be washed at extremely high temperatures in order to kill bacteria and germs.

Higher thread counts

Modern luxury bedding uses much higher thread counts, 400 thread count is now the main staple fabric for anyone wanting to sample the delights of superior Egyptian cotton sheets. A soft and cool fabric that is woven uses the finest cotton and has slight sateen finish which makes the bedding look awesome when laid out on the bed.

1000 Thread Count Egyptian cotton sheets.

1000 thread count sheets are now becoming more popular than ever, more customers are now switched on to the benefits of getting the best bedding you can afford.

Cost has dropped quite a lot of this type of bedding as the demand rises but you get a good deal of cotton for your money.

To achieve this technical marvel only the best cotton can be used as the weaving process is very fast and vigorous.

Cheap or inferior quality yarns that can snap or break easily would not stand up to the modern looms that weave the fabric faster than the eye can see, they would break too easily and the whole process would not be cost effective due to time down allowing for the looms to set up again every time the cotton yarns snap.

Some Cotton sheets use two ply technologies to ensure that the yarn is strong enough to withstand the extreme demands of this type of weaving process.

This is not an inferior standard of bedding, just a much stronger and more resilient fabric that ensures the bedding lasts much longer than a single ply yarn would last even in normal use and domestic laundries.

You can find our 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton here.

Leading Egyptian cotton brands

At Bedlinen Direct we only use the best manufacturers for our range of Egyptian cotton sheets such as Peter Reed, Belledorm and Sheridan to name just a few of the best known brands in the UK.

They give us our really wide range of Egyptian cotton sheets.

Buying from companies like these ensures they give you the best quality bedding, as they have a reputation to uphold and they want their loyal customers to come back to them in the years to come.

You don’t buy bedding that often so it is important to know that you are getting a good return on your money.

Cheap cotton sheets are just what they are, cheap, they do not last as long as you would like so you will replace them much sooner and therefore costing you the same in the long run as you would pay for luxury Egyptian cotton sheets.

So you will have not benefited from the initial outlay and you will have suffered by sleeping on low quality and sometimes uncomfortable sheets.

Egyptian cotton versus other bed linen

Belledorm 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets

In our opinion any bedding, duvet covers or fitted sheets made from pure 100% Egyptian cotton is far superior to other makes of luxury bed linen.

Choose wisely and you will reap the benefits, if you can only afford a percale sheet make sure it is manufactured from a reputable brand such as the companies we have mentioned above.

Not all cotton is the same, like buying a car, you can get different trim models depending on the amount of money you want to spend.

Well cotton is just the same, Egyptian cotton is graded depending on the quality of the crop and how lush the cotton buds are before they are sent to market.

The cotton is graded and the cost of the raw depends on a lot of important factors, like crop quality, cotton bud size and area of the country the crop was sourced from.

The cost from average to excellent can vary immensely so when you see Egyptian cotton sheets that are at a bargain price, just have a good think before you buy. Take the above information into account and ask yourself how can these cotton sheets be so cheap?

Sheridan Designer Bedding Collection

We have been eagerly waiting the latest Sheridan bedding collection, the design team really have pulled out all the stops to bring you this luxury bed linen range and here it is.

Using the finest Egyptian cotton and cotton sateen yarns to produce some awesome fabrics and using their extensive knowledge of colours and trends, they have created some of the best designs you will see this spring and summer.

Due in early march, the replacement to their popular 300 count bedding range, formally using Egyptian cotton as the base fabric this now uses a superior quality long staple fibre cotton sateen and oozes style and sophistication.

A new range of sumptuous colours to choose from makes the new range more appealing and sought after.

Sheridan 1200 Thread Count Millennia Stripe Birch Bedding

Other additions to their staple offering are the introduction of the Birch colour, this has been introduced on most of the higher quality fabrics such as the Millennia stripe and Palias ranges.

They are based on the amazing 1200 thread count cotton sateen fabric, soft, silky and robust these are the designer collections that will just blow your mind.

Unequaled in comfort and quality, when only the finest luxury bed linen will do, then this is the choice for you.

Not cheap but you will get what you pay for and we have made it easier for you this summer with our generous 20% OFF Bedding Sale. Matching the Millennia stripe range for quality is the Millennia Silk accessories range and for a limited time only we are offering 25% on this bedding which compliments any bedroom and gives you a touch of class that cannot be found anywhere else.

Treat yourself to the best and you will not regret it.

Add some colour

Sheridan Designer Quilt Covers

Now we are getting to the end of the colder months we just want to liven up the atmosphere with some colour.

This is where the designers at Sheridan have created a burst of colour and design to tempt you. Anicha, Amberg and Armenia are just a few of the designs you will see over the coming months.

Using the best cotton sateen fabric and weaving them to a minimum 300 threads per square inch and up to 400 thread count in some cases.

Extreme Quality

One extremely high quality Egyptian cotton duvet cover and pillowcase range that stands out from the crowd is the brilliant Amberg Blaze, this colour palette will just make you feel alive.

Compliment your favourite bedding with some awesome accessories such as bed covers and filled cushions, they help change the room setting with the minimum amount of fuss and effort.

Our Sheridan range has a complete range for you to choose from such as Florianne, Rochard faux fur and Haden chunky knitted throws.

All of the ranges have a minimum 20% discount and some, such as the Egyptian cotton towels and bath mats even have up to 50% off.

Just more reasons for you to choose Sheridan for all your bedding requirements this spring and summer.