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Bed Linen Buying Guide

A great night’s sleep is important to a happy & healthy lifestyle, so give your bed the style it deserves with our wide range of luxurious bed linen. There are so many designs, fabrics and thread counts to choose from that it can get a little confusing. Read our bed linen buying guide to help you know your Egyptian long staple cotton from your cotton percale and what thread count actually means.

Whether you are looking for the finest luxury sheets or want comfort matched with easy care, we have a wide range of designer bed linen to suit every purpose and style. Amara stocks a vast selection of designs from the best names in home fashion and the most coveted luxury brands, from Missoni Home & Roberto Cavalli, to Ralph Lauren Home and Yves Delorme. Browse hundreds of designs from wild animal prints to elegant block colours in various materials, sizes and thread counts to suit every home.

Fabric

Cotton is the most popular material used in bed linen fabric and is available in various different types.

Standard cotton

One of the most common fabrics used in bed linen; it’s comfortable, low maintenance, versatile and affordable.

Cotton percale

Similar to regular cotton it differs by a combing process, which takes place to ensure the loose fibres are ‘combed’ off giving it a firm & smooth finish and higher quality feel, it also rarely requires ironing.

Cotton poplin

Another popular bed linen fabric which features a tighter weave than regular cotton and again requires little ironing, ideal for a busy lifestyle without comprising on quality.

Egyptian cotton

Regarded as the best material for crafting bed linen, thanks to the ideal cotton growing conditions in Egypt. The humid environment and rich soil help to produce cotton fibres that are longer than usual which means that the cotton is more absorbent and can be spun into very fine yarn. Beautifully soft yet durable and strong Egyptian cotton is used in the highest quality bed linen.

Linen

Made out of fibres from the flax plant, linen is a heavier, stronger fibre than cotton. It is a great conductor of heat and does not retain any moisture, making it a comfortable choice. Sometimes linen and cotton are combined to have both fabrics’ qualities in a range of bed linen.

Silk

Created from a natural fibre means it’s cool in summer and warm in winter, naturally hypo-allergenic and incredibly comfortable. Coveted in health & beauty circles, silk bed linen is known to help retain moisture in skin and hair, minimising wrinkles.

Thread count

Bed linen information is often accompanied by a number with TC afterwards, this refers to the thread count. Any fabric that has been woven consists of a warp thread which runs vertically, and a weft thread which runs horizontally. The thread count is used to describe the number of these threads per square inch, the more threads the higher the thread count and the higher the quality of bed linen. Below is a table showing what different TCs mean in terms of bed linen quality.

Thread Count

Quality

200 – 220

Good

230 - 280

Very Good

300 - 400

Excellent

500-600

Premium

600+

Luxury

There are also many more factors to consider when it comes to thread count including the construction of the quality of yarn used. A good example of this is with finer threads such as Egyptian cotton; here more threads can be woven into a square inch which in turn provides a finer fabric. When looking at the thread count of bed linen remember that the higher the TC, the finer the fabric, which means the more delicate the bed linen will be and the more care it will require.

 

Sizing

All of the bed linen available at Amara will have its dimensions clearly displayed in the product information box on the product page, but if you are in doubt as to what size you need please see our helpful tables below.

Please note that this is just an average guide and some sizes may differ so please ensure you know the measurements you require before ordering.

Duvet Covers

Size

Standard UK Size

Standard EU Size

Single

135x200cm

160x210cm

Double

200x200cm

200x200cm

King

225x220cm

240x220cm

Super-king

260x220cm

260x220cm

Fitted Sheets

Size

Standard UK Size

Standard EU Size

Single

190x90cm

90x200cm

Double

135x190cm  

140x190cm

King

150x200cm

160x200cm

Super-king

180x200cm

200x200cm

Flat Sheets

Size

Standard UK Size

Standard EU Size

Single

180x260cm

180x260cm

Double

220x260cm

220x260cm

King

265x275cm

265x275cm

Super-king

280x290cm

280x290cm

Pillowcases come in several sizes and are available in two styles, oxford or sham refers to a pillowcase with a fabric border which extends beyond the padding and a housewife is a standard pillowcase without any border. Available singularly or in sets of two, you will find a vast selection of designs which perfectly match or complement our duvet covers, flat sheets & fitted sheets.