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Bedlinen, Bed Linen and Bedding

Luxury Sheridan Bedding Sets

The term  bedding is a generalised word covering the whole spectrum of products relating to the bed or more precisely, the linen cupboard.

When we think of bedding we normally think of either fitted sheets, flat sheets and duvet covers but this also can refer to other bedding items such as valances, bedspreads, duvets, pillows and pillowcases to name but a few…..the list is endless.

Other important factors associated with bedding is the type and quality of the fabric used to create the product, natural fibres such as cotton and silk are more well known and used but other man-made speciality linens such as polyester and Coolmax offer good levels of comfort and softness but will outlast other materials such as microfiber.

The most popular luxury bedding fabric has to be cotton or high derivatives such as Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton, these exceptionally strong and robust fibres can be woven to extremely high thread counts making them a premium product and only used for the very best premium branded bedding.

Thread Count

Warp and Weft Thread Count

Thread count is very important when selecting a good range of bedding, this refers to the warp and weft of the fabric criss-crossing each other in a one inch square grid, this construction is then counted and the amount of time the fabric overlaps each other is deemed to be its thread count.

Some bedding manufacturers twist the yarns to produce ‘two ply’ yarns which can then be counted as twice the amount of thread count, in effect doubling it.

This is very popular with the very high thread counts which are over a 600 thread count plus, this method not only strengthens the fabric but stops the delicate yarns from twisting and snapping thereby reducing the effects of shrinkage and pilling which destroys the overall look of the finished bedding fabric.

Other terminology that is widely understood when used in the making of bedding is the term ‘Percale’.

This is often thought to be a type of construction or weave when is it really referring to a minimum thread count of 180 threads per square inch, any fabrics with a construction more than this will be deemed to be a percale fabric, this is the same for cotton and poly-cotton bedding materials.

Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheets and Duvet Covers

Sateen is another term that refers to the way that the fabric is woven and constructed.

Most cotton bedding is woven to higher thread counts than the minimum percale weave resulting in a sateen finish, this is a shiny effect that makes the bedding look rich and lustrous and shimmery in different light conditions. This sateen effect will be present in most fabrics that have a thread count of 300 and above.

Modern bed linen trends move at a very fast pace, colours and fabrics account for the majority of the changes but more and more duvet covers now have adornments such as taffetta, sequins, pin tuck hem and many, many more.

Complete bed linen sets

A complete bed linen set may consist of

  • a fitted bottom sheet,
  • a flat top sheet,
  • pillowcases either plain hem or the modern oxford style,
  • duvet or quilt cover which has mainly dispensed of the traditional blanket.

The main reason for the disappearance of the humble blanket was mainly due to weight and hygiene reasons.

MONSOON Bedding and Duvet Covers

In the past bedlinen items such as a duvet cover were mainly a thing for the wealthy, the Egyptians used to adorn their cotton sheets with valuable items such as gold and silver paints.

Today this same type of adornments is achieved at a much more cost effective price using modern dyeing techniques and printing duvets with high gloss and resolution colours and graphics enhances the overall look in the bedroom.

With the bed now becoming the main focal point in the bedroom, matching the bedding with the walls and the curtains is now reversed with more and more pastel paints being applied to walls, the bedding has had to add that extra splash of colour.

Bed linen and colours

This is clearly the cheaper and much quicker option than repainting the walls every time you need a change, what could be easier than just going out to buy a new duvet cover or bed throws.

Cotton Blankets and Cotton Bedspreads

As more and more emphasis is made to fashion the bedroom has had to come to terms with changing trends, recent trends were often just plain white and ivory duvet covers with a brightly covered bed sash or blanket at the bottom.

This was first introduced in top class hotels with patrons wanting to emulate this feature in their own homes.

Although the pastel duvet cover still accounts for nearly 75% of all the colours sold, more and more brightly coloured sheets like cerise pink and fuchsia greens are now being purchased.

The hotel market has educated their customers to the real benefits of the cool crisp sleeping qualities of the finer bed linens.

More and higher quality bed linen of 400 thread count and over is now being sold. One of our best selling premium ranges is the Sheridan 1200 Count Millennia Stripe Bedlinen range, this is a technological marvel in terms of being a very high thread count cotton percale that is wonderful to sleep under, soft super cool and crisp-what more could you ask for!

Peter Reed Satin Cord Bed Linen

Hotel quality sheets start at the entry level 200 count ranging up to the more luxurious 1000 count sheets, they are normally plain in style but more and more are now stocking duvet covers that have a self stripe in them, this is a great way of making a white or ivory colour much more attractive to the eye and makes the surface look much more rich in texture.

Bedlinen is a term referred to the complete collection of fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, they are then made to several sizes.

In the UK the standard bedlinen sizes are Single, Double, King and Super king, the lesser known options are the 4FT fitted sheets and the latest large Emperor sheet sizes.

Most fabrics used in the bedding industry are made woven using a ‘THREAD COUNT’ usually the higher this number refers to, the better quality the fabric is. This term refers to the numbers of threads both vertical and horizontal in a one square inch of fabric in both cotton and polycotton.

Percale

Nimbus Percale Duvet Covers

Percale sheets are perceived to be of a much higher quality than standard fabrics as the term ‘PERCALE’ refers to an industry minimum of 180 threads per square inch.

Advances in technology now allow for much finer yarns allowing manufacturers to produce percale fabrics with thread counts in excess of 1200.

All of the very best quality polycotton and Egyptian Cotton Bedlinen are both Mercerised and Sanforised to ensure that the linen is of sound durability and will last for many years without shrinking, creasing and more importantly pilling.

The growing importance of thread count

Thread Count is now becoming more and more important when making that all important decision to purchase a new set of bedlinen.

Standard ranges in polycotton sheets start at the entry level weave of 150 threads per square inch going up to a 200 count percale weave, most polyester and cotton mixes will not go above this level of thread count as polyester is not deemed to be a luxury linen and is mainly purchased for its non iron and easy care properties.

This is ideal for children’s beds as the fabric is hard wearing and very easy to wash and also ideal for the elderly and infirm who cannot spend the time ironing

Belledorm Egyptian-Cotton-Coloured-Pillowcases

large pieces of cloth. More cottons are woven to a minimum 200 threads per square inch while luxury brands of cotton like Egyptian Cotton and Pima Cotton which benefit from long staple fibres are used to weave the more complex 400, 600 and 1000 count fabrics.

Like all good bedding ranges colour is very important, most deep dyed options like black, brown and grey etc have been reserved mainly for polyester fabrics as cotton is very hard to dye and due to the cost was mainly only dyed pastel shades such as white and ivory.

Polyester being excellent at colouring made deep dyeing blended fabrics much more cost effective, now more and more deep dyes are being found in luxury cotton sheets as the demand for fashion as found its way into the bedroom.

Buying bed linen online

Bed linen is what we do! That’s why we’re called bedlinendirect.co.uk but we also offer a full advisory service so if you are not sure which of the many choices might be right for you do not hesitate to call or email us.

1000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Not all cotton bedding is equal, more and more of our customers are now choosing higher thread count luxury bed linen and one of the most popular is the 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding range.

The Sheridan brand

Sheridan is made from a superior grade of hotel quality cotton sateen and not from the more luxurious Egyptian cotton we have all come to love and appreciate for its soft, cool and crisp texture.

There is nothing finer than slipping between the sheets when your bedding has just been washed. The long staple fibres make this a technical marvel, you need this extra length in order to spin the cotton that much finer, the results are clear for all to see with a super crisp or silky satin feel to your bedding.

There are other areas in the world that produce extremely high quality cotton but Egyptian cotton has become a brand in its own right. The conditions found in Egypt are superb and are just right for a consistently high yield every year that is why you can always rely on getting a good quality product.

Why choose 1000 thread count bedding?

What makes it superior to other grades of Bedding? Well, cotton is sold in different grades and the more expensive the bedding the better quality the cotton that is used in the manufacturing process.

Peter Reed 1000 Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Take for example our Peter Reed 1000 Thread Count Egyptian cotton bedding range.

This awesome fabric uses choice select crops and utilises the finest mills in Egypt to produce that fabric which is then shipped off to their Lancashire factory to seamstresses using age old techniques to hand craft the finest bedding you will find anywhere in the world.

Only found in the best shops on the high street this bedding is all about attention to detail and quality and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Not the cheapest bed linen in the world but you certainly receive what you pay for in terms of quality and luxury.

Hotel Quality

More and more bedding is sold as Hotel Quality. What is hotel quality and why is this important? Another very good question, hotels have over the years have used a variety of different fabrics and thread counts and spent millions developing the best bedding fabrics to use.

They have key indicators such as washing, drying and ironing capabilities to find out how things react and how quickly they can be laundered and used again.

Customer experience is also vital in this process as good feedback and a fantastic sleep will make their customers into loyal ones that return year after year.

Sheridan 1000 Count White Cotton Sheets

Brand loyalty is very important in the hotel sector so if it is good for them it is certainly very good for the domestic market.

Cost price is also an issue so getting the right mix of longevity and quality is vital for the success of the best hotels in the world.

Our Sheridan Hotel Quality 1000 Thread Count Cotton Sateen bedding is a very good example of this, strong and extremely robust whilst giving you the best mix of sumptuous cotton you will ever have the pleasure of sleeping on.

Cheaper than Egyptian cotton but no less as luxurious and one of the best high thread count luxury bed linens on the UK market today.

Preparing cotton the right way

As cotton is a natural product, the quality used to make the yarns is paramount in creating high quality woven bedding. Growing conditions like the weather, grade of soil and ideal temperature conditions effect the outcome of the plant type and quality.

The care with which the cotton is prepared before being made into a yarn that can be woven all go to determine the quality of the bedding that you sleep on.

A lot of the traditional techniques have gone and only a hand full of factories still manufacturer Egyptian cotton bedding in the old ways.

Heavy weight luxury bed linen

Belledorm 1000 Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding

One fine example of this heavy weight luxury bed linen is made by Belledorm, we stock the entire range including their 1000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton bedding is so good that it is one of our absolute favourites.

Not a cheap bedding range by any means but well worth the investment as the final product is what you would expect the Pharaohs’ to sleep on.

High grade cotton that has been expertly crafted into a plain yet elegant luxury bed linen that is sure to give you that stay in bed feeling every time.

Nothing has been compromised, this is a bedding range that has not succumb to the cost cutting exercises that many other manufacturers have had to do in order to remain competitive, this is all about the product.

Quality and customer satisfaction are the only two words that come to mind and this can only be bought if money is not your key concern. So just to recap, bedding that is made to these exacting standards all have the following in common:

  1. Superior Grade of Cotton
  2. Long Staple Fibres
  3. Fine Silky Yarns
  4. Strong and Robust
  5. Quality and Craftsmanship
  6. Longevity
  7. Hotel Quality
  8. Mercerisation
  9. Sanforisation
  10. Low Chemical and Bleach Usage

Remember we stock this extremely strong and durable fabric from some of the most well known bedding brands in the UK such as Belledorm, Peter Reed and Sheridan.

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.