Creating the perfect place for some restful sleep helps you start (and end) each day the right way.
From innovative styles that help elevate your mood to luxurious brushed cotton sheets and decorative bed linen to help you unwind after a long day, we’ve got everything you need to create a relaxing environment for some sound slumber.
In this guide, we’ll take you through types of fabric, styles and sizes to help you choose your perfect bedding and catch some much-needed Zzz’s.
The fibres that make up the material of your bed linen can impact the feeling. Whether you like it soft and cosy or crisp and cool, we’ve got you covered with everything from fitted cotton sheets to Egyptian cotton fit for a queen (-sized bed).
Top tip: The type of fibre differs depending on what style of bedsheet you choose; they all have unique properties that make for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Looking for something a little cooler this summer? Natural fibre bed linen such as cotton is breathable, comfortable, and crisp, ideal for year-round temperature control during the night.
Plus, we also sell responsibly sourced bedding, so you can sleep easy at night knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet.
A 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester, which benefits from combining the soft and breathable properties of cotton, with the fuss-free, non-iron properties of polyester. It’s a win-win.
This is made from polyester with a higher thread count that is ultra-soft and easy to look after.
A blend of cotton and polyester that is higher in cotton content, this super-breathable fabric is soft to the touch without compromising on the non-iron properties of polyester. Our range is typically 60% cotton, making for a comfortable, fuss-free night’s sleep.
The material of your bedding varies depending on what fibres make up that material and how they’re treated or woven. Take a look below to see some of the different benefits of each material.
Plain weave fabric is tightly woven to give a smooth and strong material, perfect for drifting off. Typically around a 180 thread count, percale sheets come in both cotton and polycotton.
Top tip: Thread count is simply the number of threads per
square inch of fabric, typically used in reference to cotton.
The higher the thread count the finer and more luxurious the
This is a super-soft variety of cotton which has been gently brushed to reveal a softer, cosier surface which is perfect for snuggling into on cooler nights.
Perhaps the most iconic of bed fabrics, this material is woven exclusively from cotton grown in Egypt. It’s the hallmark of luxury bedding because of its high thread count and exceptionally soft texture.
Washed cotton is created by further treating percale resulting in a softer, more delicate material that has a slightly naturally-crinkled look – great for low-maintenance bed linen as it reduces the need for ironing!
Made from polyester, cuddle fleece is just that – a perfect, soft, thick fleece made for snuggling up on cold nights.
This is an intricately woven pattern that’s been created through a weave, produced on a special Jacquard loom. These are the perfect sheets for adding a pop of colour or tone to any room design.
This fabric has an added texture which has a puckered or wrinkled appearance, created by either using a variety of tensions when weaving or through chemical processing.
Choosing bedding is about more than just how it feels. Little details can make a big difference to the look of your bedroom, so we’ve decoded the most common terminology to help you choose the perfect finishing touches.
Printed patterns are applied directly to the fabric and offer a great graphic or floral edition to any bedroom design.
Top tip: Try washing new sheets first, this will loosen up the
material to make it softer before bedtime.
Embroidery is right on trend at the moment and offers beautifully intricate, delicate detailing to bedspreads. Designs are stitched onto the fabric by machines or sometimes by hand.
Fancy adding a touch of glam? Tufting, sequins and beading are great additions to top covers and bedspreads and can help bring a cohesive bedroom design together.
This is where a raised pattern is woven into a fabric to create a luxuriously-textured finish.
Once you’ve found your dream bedding, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. To make sure you get the most out of it, try to wash your bedding every 1-2 weeks at around 40°C
(but always check the care label before washing!).
If you’re ever stuck, just remember your bed linen is not much different to washing your clothes. Just wash separately from your normal load and separate light and dark colours to prevent colours mixing.
Top tip: If your bedding is embroidered or embellished, wash it inside out and iron on the
reverse to protect it, wash after wash.
Getting the perfect size is made easy by our handy sizing chart.
Classic pillowcase This type of case has a sewn edge for ultimate comfort and durability, which fits snuggly to a standard 50 x 75cm pillow.
Oxford pillowcase A seamed pillowcase that fits a standard 50 x 75cm pillow with a decorative fabric border to add a touch of flare, usually around 5cm.
Here we answer some frequently asked questions about creating the perfect space for a restful night’s sleep.
What is an Oxford pillowcase?
Often made of cotton, Oxford pillowcases have a signature wide stitched hem around the edge of a standard seamed pillowcase. These classic pillows often have an opening at the back where the pillow is inserted and are famous for having decorative borders of various shapes and sizes.
Our Oxford pillowcases come in both cotton and polycotton options and a range of designs for optimal comfort and style.
What is the best thread count for bed sheets?
Although every thread count is designed for particular properties and benefits, the standard (and in our opinion, best) thread count is between 300-600.
When choosing your thread count, it’s important to remember the time of year you’re shopping for. For instance, warmer weather in the summer may call for cotton sheets which are breathable and help regulate our body temperatures whilst we sleep. Whereas brushed cotton is great for achieving a soft texture, perfect for snuggling up on a cold winter night.
Which fabric is best for bedding?
Typically, Egyptian cotton is seen as the finest and most luxurious cotton in the world. It’s known for its high thread count which contributes to softness as well as being lightweight and longer-lasting. Linen is also seen as a premium fabric, known to be fresh, cool to the touch and temperature regulating.
It’s also important to consider the style of your room here, as these sheets come in a variety of different styles and prints. Why not take a look at Plain Dye and Design bedding for printed designs?
Temperature is also a factor here… A cotton flat sheet works wonders in high summer instead of a duvet, whereas a Brushed Cotton fitted sheet and a flat sheet will add that much-needed layer of warmth in the winter.
Top tip: When choosing the depth of your fitted sheet it is best to measure the depth of your mattress and add at least 5cm to this to ensure the sheet can wrap under securely.
How often should you change your bed linen?
Experts say that you should change your bed sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers to clean ones once a week or at the most, every two weeks. Replace your bed linen every 2-3 years but if you buy good quality, sometimes they can last even longer.
Should you use fabric softener on bed sheets?
Fabric softener is not always needed for bedding, that’s because the natural fibres that make up some bed linen retain their softness wash after wash, without the need for softeners. An easy way to ensure you get the most out of your bedding is to invest in good-quality, natural fibre sheets. These are more likely to remain soft and comfortable, even after washing!