Bed Linen Buying Guide

Stuck on which road to go down when it comes to bed linen? Don’t worry. We’ve made it simple with our bed linen buying guide.

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Choosing a material for your bed linen is very personal and you need to find something that will suit your sleep as well as your style.

What Type of Materials Are There?

A firm favourite, cotton is valued for its smoothness, breathability and comfort. It’s also perfect for busy households as it’s so low maintenance.

Egyptian Cotton
World renowned as one of the finest cottons in the world, Egyptian cotton is hard to beat when it comes to luxury. Temperature regulating, super fine and super soft, it also requires minimal ironing so it’s perfect for busy lifestyles.

Made from fibres of the flax plant, linen is stronger and heavier than cotton. A great conductor of heat, it doesn’t retain moisture so you’ll be cool in the summer and warm come winter.

Created from a natural fibre means this fabric is cool in summer and warm in winter, naturally hypoallergenic and incredibly comfortable. Coveted in health and beauty circles, silk bed linen is known to help retain moisture in skin and hair, minimising wrinkles.

What Is A Thread Count?

Thread count refers to the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. Any fabric that has been woven consists of a warp thread which runs vertically, and a weft thread which runs horizontally.To put it simply, the more threads, the higher the thread count and the higher quality of bed linen. Keep in mind that the higher the thread count the finer the fabric and more care will need to be taken. Below is a handy table showing what different thread counts mean in relation to bed linen quality.

Thread Count
Very Good


It’s important to take the weave into account when choosing your sheets as different weave types create different textures, looks & feels.

A type of plain weave, percale differs from standard cotton due to a combing process which takes place to ensure the loose fibres are ‘combed’ off. It has a firm, smooth finish and higher quality feel. And rarely requires ironing.

Using a tighter weave than regular cotton, poplin requires little ironing. Ideal for a busy lifestyle without comprising on quality.

Intricate weave that has extra threads on the surface. This creates a wonderfully silky feel and satin-like finish.

Usually made from a mix of fibres, satin has a soft and subtle sheen and is perfect if you like silky sheets.

A highly textured look, waffle bed linen has a striking grid or honeycomb design made from recessed squares.

What Types of Sheets Are There?

Fitted Sheets
This covers your mattress and should be deep enough to fit securely over it and stay in place as you sleep.

Flat Sheets
Can be used as a top sheet for warmer months or to fold over the duvet for decoration.

Duvet Cover
Your duvet should fit snugly inside a duvet cover which can be removed and washed when needed. It also allows you to change your style as often as you want.

A single layer bed topper that should cover the entire bed down to the floor and the pillowcase too. They tend to be lightweight so can be a good alternative to a duvet during summer months and as an extra layer when it gets chilly.

What Are The Different Types Of Pillowcases?

Housewife pillowcases are the most common choice in bed linen collections. Designed to fit securely, the pillow entirely fills the fabric and prevents creases.

Considered a more luxurious variation, Oxford pillowcases have a decorative stitched border around the perimeter. Perfect for adding a touch of elegance, a traditional Oxford pillowcase features a mitred corner.

Otherwise known as Continental pillowcases, square pillowcases are often chosen for decorative purposes. Often combined with Housewife or Oxford pillowcases, square pillowcases complete the look of luxury in your interior.

Quick & Easy Care Tips For Your Bed Linen

  • Double check the chair label prior to washing your bed linen. Different fabrics and thread counts require different care

  • Wash your bed linen separately from the rest of your laundry. This will give your sheets more space to circulate in the machine, which’ll mean they’ll get cleaner. Washing them separately will also prevent any damage caused by zips, buttons or any other materials found in the rest of your laundry

  • Remove your sheets as soon as the cycle is over to reduce wrinkles and if possible dry outside but ideally out of direct sun

  • By washing your sheets weekly you’ll extend their life. Time spent in bed causes dirt, dust & skin cells to accumulate on the sheets and the longer they’re on there the more stress is put on the fabric. If you’d like to reduce your washing frequency bathing before bedtime will ensure you take less dirt to bed with you

  • Keep multiple sets available so a clean set is always available to swap. A good rule of thumb is by rotating three sets of sheets per bed, they’ll last longer