luxury bedlinen is essential to having a good night’s sleep but choosing the right quality can be confusing and overwhelming to say the least. Do we really know what thread count, weave, size, allergy-proof and material-types mean, the options seem never ending. Bedlinen Direct helps you sleep easy with ten tips for buying your perfect bedding.
1. Natural Cotton or Man Made Polycotton Bedlinen?
There are two main types of bedding fibres - natural and man-made. Organic fibres, such as cotton, linen or silk, are produced by organic methods such as crop growing or silk worm
factories, they are usually much softer
and more breathable. Good quality Cotton sheets allow moisture to evaporate helping your
body to maintain a constant temperature through the night. Polycotton percale sheets
and duvet covers are made from acrylics and polyesters and then blended with a portion of cotton for extra softness and durability, often
much cheaper and easier to wash and iron.
Belledorm sell a superb range of Non Iron Bedding in
a percale fabric which is guaranteed for 7 years, a superb fabric that is ideal
for hotels and small guest houses.
2. What is Thread Count?
Bedlinen Direct sell a range of sheets that have a
minimum of 200 threads per square ranging up
to 1200 threads per
square inch to indicate the quality and comfort you get for your money but the numbers can be baffling. The higher
the thread count number, the softer and more
luxurious the fabric feels and is to sleep on.
If the thread count is too high, the fabric
will be very delicate, less durable and require more care than fabric with a
slightly lower thread count, good quality branded
bedding from Sheridan ensures that the cotton used in their bedding is
manufactured to be extremely robust and hard wearing and will last for many
go wrong with cotton, it comes in a variety of weave standards - percale, sateen or twill. The weave and style
of the fabric will make a difference to the look and feel of your bedding, percale gives you a
minimum quality guaranteed whereas a sateen fabric gives you that lustrous
shimmer effect. Pima and Egyptian cotton yarns
are the most lavish weaves, 400 count and
higher give you a sumptuous sateen effect and a greater degree of comfort and
quality. Block weave fabrics are
normally woven to a 200 thread count, the yarns are much thicker and absorbent
and are ideal if you have never tried cotton sheets before.
4. Sustainable and
Eco Friendly Concerns.
Egyptian cotton is favoured by upmarket brands and luxury hotels
and has long been renowned for being the highest quality yarn. The cotton is grown in the Nile Delta region of Egypt and
is picked by hand so no machines can harm the delicate large staple cotton
fibres. Sustainable farming techniques ensure that the cotton buds are cared
for and no pesticides are used in the growing process. Natural bedding is the
best as they are good for the skin and help reduce itching and scratchiness
which can be found on lesser quality fabrics.
5. Organic Bedlinen.
Concerned about your health and the state of the
world? Organic cotton is soaring in popularity, grown without
chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilisers the
growing process is slower but results in a superior grade of cotton that has
larger fibres than mass produced bedding. No
artificial colorants, vegetable
dyes or eco bleach are used to colour the sheets and
duvet covers, organic cotton looks clean and fresh but slightly ivory in colour as sheets that are bright white have had
to be bleached and dyed using chemicals.
6. Longer Lasting Linen Bedlinen.
the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs slept on pure crisp
linen sheets. Renowned for its opulent and clean looks, linen
is woven with
a pure natural shine. It has a whole host of benefits including being ultra
crisp, cool and breathable, which is essential in
It is also antistatic, hypoallergenic and antibacterial which is great for keeping those dust mites at bay
relieving any allergies you may have. Linen is extremely long-lasting and can be washed many times without any deteriation of the fabric. Many manufacturers blend cotton with pure linen in order
to keep costs down as good quality bed linen can cost a small fortune.
No one really likes ironing bedlinen, flat sheets
and duvet covers are fine but have you recently tried to iron fitted sheets?
The elastic makes it near impossible to get pristine results every time.
If the thought of ironing your bed linen on a weekly basis makes you want to cry, look for easy care sheets or non iron bedding, usually made with manmade polyester/cotton mixes but you can now buy Sheridan and Belledorm sheets that are easy care. Percale bedding is much denser and requires less effort but
for the best results ensure that the fabric has been mercerised and sanforised,
this little known manufacturing procedure gives the cotton a sateen texture and
prevents the cotton from creasing and pilling.
8. Treat Yourself to Silk Bedlinen.
Natural bedding is the best and silk sheets are at
the top of the tree when it comes to comfort and quality. Silk has natural hypo
allergenic properties and the ancient Chinese believe that sleeping on silk can
aid with health and sickness. Silk is extremely smooth and can help with bed
sores and other types of skin complaints.
9. Allergy sufferers.
Anti allergy bedding is becoming more and more
protectors and mattress toppers provide excellent levels of comfort but also give you
added layers of protection from the house dust mite. This tiny mite is a major cause of
concern for anyone suffering from allergies. If you have sensitive skin you
should also avoid bedding made from polyester as this can irate the skin, use
cotton or silk. Natural sheets are smooth and soft to the touch and get better
after washing as this softens the fabric up over time making even better.
10. Caring for your Bedlinen.
Always take care and read the wash care label
before washing or dry cleaning your bed linen, ideally you should wash your
sheets and duvet covers weekly. Look after your bed linen, do not over load
your washing machine and use your iron gently as you do not want to crush or flatten the
cotton fibres as this will reduce the quality and lushness of the fabric.
Tumble drying is a time saving way of drying your sheets but too much heat and
constant over drying of the natural yarns can cause them to become brittle over
the tumble drier on a low heat setting as this is both kinder to your bedding
and also to the environment. For best results try to remove the sheets from the drier
whilst they are slightly damp, this will help with creasing and also protect
the fabric from becoming too dry.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
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