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Bedding Buying Guide

cotton is among the best bedding materials

What is the best material for bedding?

Quality bedding should be made from natural fibres. It should be soft, breathable and durable, without breaking the bank. Years of experience and research led us to the fibre that checks all these boxes. The best bedding essentials are made from 100% cotton. After all, it has been the preferred fibre for centuries for a reason.

Natural

Soft

Breathable

Durable

Value

Cotton

Linen

Polyester

thread count is the weaving density of cotton

What is thread count?

Thread count is the number of threads woven into the fabric - horizontally or vertically - per square inch. Thread count impacts the feel, breathability and durability of your bedding.

Is a higher thread count better?

Thread count is often misused as the only indicator of bedding quality. It's undeniably important, but not the only determinant. The common notion that a higher thread count is better is not always true.

A higher thread count results in denser, thicker bedding, improving its durability. However, as the density increases, bedding loses its softness and breathability. It also becomes more difficult to iron.

High quality bedding should be comfortable, durable and easy to care for. After years of research, we found that 400 thread count bedding provides that balance.

Our bedding uses single-ply yarn, for strength and softness. Multi-ply yarn, often found in lower quality sheets, is formed by twisting weaker fibres together, making for a coarser and heavier finish.

Read more: What is thread count?: Everything you need to know.

comparison of percale and sateen bedding

What is percale?

Percale is a cotton weaving technique which uses a traditional and simple one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave. This lends the bedding a matte finish and a crisp, cool feel. It’s ideal for hot sleepers and for warm summer nights. Shop percale.

What is sateen?

Sateen feels silky and soft. It is a one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave, giving it a smooth finish with a luxurious sheen. It is easier to iron than percale and slightly heavier, making it suitable for year-round bedding. Shop sateen.

What is washed cotton?

Washed cotton is our softest fabric. It goes through a special washing process after weaving, which gives it a softer feel than untreated cotton. It is designed to look casual, almost like linen, with a matte finish. It is easy to iron, but some like its unironed look. Shop washed cotton.

Read more: Percale vs Sateen

uk bedding sizes

What are UK bedding sizes?

It's important to measure the width, length and depth of your mattress and duvet before starting your bedding search. Bedding sizes vary by country. Popular bedding sizes in the UK are double, king and super king.

Mattress heights vary according to type (spring, foam etc.) and manufacturer. All beddable sheets fit mattresses up to 36cm in height.

Double

King

Super King

Fitted Sheet

135 x 190

150 x 200

180 x 200

Duvet Cover

200 x 200

225 x 220

260 x 220

*Sizes are in cm.

pillowcase types

What is a housewife pillowcase?

Out-dated as it is, "housewife" is the industry jargon to describe standard pillowcases. We label ours simply "standard". Shop standard pillowcases.

What is an oxford pillowcase?

Oxford is used to describe pillowcases with fabric borders. They can be used to add a dash of gravitas and formality to your bed. Shop oxford pillowcases.

Envelope closure is a layer of fabric inside the pillowcase that keeps the pillows neatly tucked in.

Sham is the industry term for square pillowcases, mainly used for decoration.

Standard

King

Square

Pillow Sizes

50 x 75

50 x 90

65 x 65

*Sizes are in cm.