Buying The Best Cotton Bedding

A main source of national income for Egypt is the lush cotton grown on the banks of Nile Delta. It’s a particular type of cotton – Gossypium barbadense.

Egyptian Cotton Bedding is one of the finest, durable natural bedding materials. People throughout the world love the feel and quality offered by this sumptuous fabric.

Smooth, silky and extremely soft, Egyptian cotton yarns have been cared for from the very first hand picked cotton buds right through to the manufacturing process.

What makes Egyptian cotton different?

The best quality cotton comes from the long staple fibres which are up to a third longer than ordinary cotton fibres, this is essential when weaving high thread count bedding as the super fine yarns need to be extremely robust to stand up to a life time of use and washing.

Other cotton sheets simply are not up to the job and will only last half the time. Long staple fibre bedding is treated to prevent snapping and pilling, high quality percale or sateen effect sheets will last much longer and will get softer with every wash.

The thread count

When choosing your next duvet cover or fitted sheet, go for a high thread count as this measures the number of yarns woven into a square inch of fabric.

The higher the number the softer and finer the cotton is resulting in a premium quality feel and handle. Only extra long staple fibres can be used to create a yarn that is fine, strong and smooth which can then be woven into luxury bedding.

Sheridan Cotton Sheets

With all quality products, expertise and craftsmanship is essential, this ensures that all the vital ingredients are brought together at the crucial moment.

Choosing the right yarns and type of the weave, the manufacturer creates the luxurious feeling fabric that is to become your favourite bed linen.

Attention to the detail when weaving and finishing gives that vital lustrous look and feel.

Fabric finishing and sewing gives even the most discerning customer the assurance of quality.

Caring for your new Egyptian Cotton Bedding is essential if you want to get the best out of your sheets and duvet covers. The bottom sheets and pillowcases tend to need the most care as these are the parts of the luxury bed linen that are in the most contact with the body.

See below for a few tips and what to look out for:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s wash care label instructions
  • Check for stains before washing and treat with a special stain remover
  • Always wash your fine bedding on a low temperature, also this will help the environment
  • Always use a low temperature setting when using a tumble drier
  • To prevent excess ironing, iron whilst the sheets are slight damp

Luxury Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Cotton Duvet Sets

What makes Egyptian cotton sheets with a 400 thread count so much more desirable and than standard percale sheets?

The densely packed weave makes the fabric so soft and silky they just ooze quality and comfort so much so they are now probably the best selling Egyptian cotton bedding range in the UK.

At 400 threads per square inch they are still light enough to be used all year round whereas a thread count of 800 or 1000 can be quite heavy due to the amount of cotton used to achieve such a densely packed fabric.

Cotton Percale sheets start with a minimum weave standard of 200 count, this bedding is still very soft and gives you years of use.

Egyptian cotton sheets are still better as they use extra long yarns which are more absorbent and will last longer as they continue to get softer and more resilient every time you wash and use them.

400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets use the same percale yarns but they are then woven to produce a much better consistency of yarns, stronger and softer to sleep on.

Using only selected grades of cotton from Egypt, the fabric is put through a rigorous quality assurance procedure that identifies any impurities and flaws in the fabric.

They are then eliminated leaving the manufacturer with a superb fabric of which he will manufacture this exceptionally high quality luxury bedding.

At Bedlinen Direct we stock many brands of quality cotton sheets and duvet covers, in the 400 thread count bedding we have two stunning options for you to choose from, take a look below for more information:

Belledorm Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Belledorm Egyptian Cotton Bedlinen

For the last 25 years Belledorm have been importing bedding from Egypt, they use only the very best Mills located in and around the Nile Delta region of Alexandria.

Using their extensive knowledge of cotton the bedding they produce is exceptional and the best value for money you can buy.

They only use single ply yarns which are very soft and strong, they also stock this bedding range in nearly every UK bedlinen size including 4FT fitted sheets and large Emperor size duvet covers and bed sheets.

Available in 6 stunning pastel shades we are sure you will find a colour that will suit your bedroom. So if you want to sample this exceptional and sumptuous bedding and do not want to pay too much for the privilege they try some from Belledorm and you will not be disappointed.

See our range of Belledorm Egyptian Cotton Sheets.

Peter Reed Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Peter Reed Egyptian Cotton Bedlinen

If you have tried the rest and now want to upgrade to the very best, money no object but you will expect no imitations or flaws then order some Peter Reed Egyptian Cotton Bedding.

Backed by Royal appointment this company is all about attention to detail. Craftsmanship is at the heart of everything they do.

They do not rush things through, they take their time to ensure that every aspect of your bedding is made to exacting standards, just what you would except from the finest hotels in the world.

The 400 thread count is their signature fabric, they only source the finest cotton from Egypt, nothing but the very best here. The fabric is then brought back to the UK where seamstresses cut and stitch together this beautiful fabric and turn them into works of art.

They start with their two row cord which is based on a cotton percale fabric but their 5 row cord is reserved for the finest 400 count fabric. If you really do want to treat yourself like royalty get in touch with us today and we will ensure you get the bedding you deserve.

See our range of Peter Reed Egyptian Cotton Sheets.

4FT Bedlinen

4FT Luxury Cotton Fitted Sheets
4FT Luxury Cotton Fitted Sheets

Getting the right bedlinen and 4FT fitted sheets for your bed can be quite tricky as not many bedlinen suppliers stock a good range.

Small double or 4FT beds are a great way of saving space in a flat or a smaller bedroom such as the spare room but making that bed look as good as the main bedroom can be hard work.

Smaller than a standard double the mattress measures 122cm x 190cm so getting the correct size sheet or mattress topper is essential so the material does not tuck itself underneath you while you sleep.

Ideal for children who need a bigger bed than the traditional single size but do not have enough room for the larger double and also ideal for the elderly who no longer require a double size bed.

What can you get for your small double 4FT bed?

Well, fitted sheets are pretty much standard and mattress protectors can also be found on some good specialist bedlinen sites. The better shopping websites also have luxury items such as mattress toppers and they can also make to order items to fit the 4FT bed such as duvet covers and more importantly duvets.

Many customers ask if you can easily get hold of the duvet cover and duvet but most companies do not offer this option due to the cost of making a large amount of items to justify the cost and unfortunately there is still not enough demand just yet.

Shopping online can be hard at times, getting the right design or colour is important but ensuring you have a good quality fabric that will be comfortable and will last is essential.

Sometimes you can get a bargain but more often than not you receive what you pay for so buying the cheapest 4ft fitted sheet is not always the best option.

Have a look in our shop where we offer a wide range of 4ft fitted sheets.

4ft Mattress toppers

4FT Mattress Toppers

4ft bedlinen options such as mattress toppers are now more popular than ever, relax and get the best night’s sleep with a sumptuous 4FT mattress topper.

They can transform your 4ft mattress into a soft and supportive layer for you to sleep on.

Just like staying in the finest hotels in the world a good quality topper is made from the finest material and has sumptuous fillings like duck down or goose down.

If you have had your 4FT bed for a while now and the mattress is looking a tad tired, sagging and is a little lumpy and unsupported instead of spending a small fortune on a new one get a topper as this can revitalise your sleep for a fraction of the cost.

Our 4ft mattress toppers are made in the UK, hand filled and hotel quality assured. And as always they are backed by our Best Price Promise Guarantee.

Cotton Bedspreads

Luxury Cotton Quilted Bedspreads

Cotton bedspreads are great for summer as they are light and cool.

Filled with super soft absorbent cotton that is much better than blankets and duvets for the warm summer months.

Bedspreads come in a variety of designs and colours and the fillings are normally cotton or polycotton depending on the price you want to pay.

We would prefer the better quality bedspreads which are quilted or come with classic design such as patchwork or country style gingham.

Bedspreads and allergies

Cotton is great for those who suffer from any allergies, it is less irritable than man-made polycotton fibres and lasts for an extremely long time. Natural fibres are also much cooler and softer to the touch, you can machine wash them if you have a big enough washing machine but drying them can be much harder as they do not like tumble driers.

Line drying is preferred or taking them to the dry cleaners as they smell fresh and crisp when dried on a nice summer’s day.

Bedspreads offer a vast assortment of designs and colours, capturing the essence of a country summers day or just jazzing up a loft apartment, you will find a style to suit everyone’s bedroom.

You can even use them as a large picnic blanket, throw over your favourite chairs or sofa, the uses are endless, all you need is some imagination or some pointers.

They are designed to drape over your bed covering the entire mattress and part of the divan or if you would prefer the entire bed and the base, accessorising with cushions and cotton pillow shams can complete the look.

Bedspread buying tips

Belledorm Country Diary Bedspreads
Belledorm Country Diary Bedspreads

Some good tips for buying the better quality bedspreads is the weight of the cotton filling in GSM, the heavier the better.

Quilted throws made from polycotton are not as good as they are sometimes too light and just fall off the bed when you turn over while you sleep.

Some of the better versions are made from patchwork quilt designs and are manufactured using traditional techniques, much heavier and feel very sumptuous.

Not all the designs for summer are made from just white or ivory, this summer many bedspreads have pastel shades of green, blue and yellow.

We’ve noticed red is becoming more and more popular especially if they are part of a bedding collection such as our best selling Country Diary range by Belledorm.

Or visit our online shop to see our complete range of bedspreads.