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Bed Linen Buying Guide

SIZES

Size refers to the dimensions of the mattresses, as the actual size of the bed may vary according to the frame and design. The size also differs from one country to the other. In order to choose the perfect Bedlinen, knowing the size of your bed is extremely essential. This ensures the compatibility of the bed and the bed linen. Fitted sheets have the same size as mattresses as they need to fit tightly over them. The table below offers a comprehensive understanding of the available mattress sizes in your country.

COMPONENTS

The following table shows the different assortment present, for the respective sizes available. There are many choices available, so make sure you choose the best fit according to your needs.

BED SIZE FITTED SHEET SET DUVET SET COMFORTER SET
Single 1 X Fitted sheet
1 X Pillow case
1 X Bolster case
1 X Comforter set
1 X Fitted sheet
2 X Pillow cases
1 X Bolster case
Double 1 X Fitted sheet 1 X Duvet cover 1 X Comforter
Queen 2 X Pillow cases 2 X Pillow case 1 X Fitted sheet
King 1 X Bolster case 1 X Fitted sheet 2 X Pillow cases
1 X Bolster case
QUALITY

Quality is perhaps the most important aspect of choosing the perfect Bedlinen. Having a good nights sleep is very much dependent on the quality and comfort of the Bedlinen. We can easily measure the quality of a Bedlinen by understanding the 2 main aspects of it, such as Thread Count and Material. Read on to get a comprehensive understanding of these 2 attributes.

THREAD COUNT

Fabric is made up of threads running horizontally and vertically that are woven together. Thread count is the number of these interlinked threads per square inch. For example, if a square inch of fabric in a 300 thread count sheet with a standard weave were examined closely, 150 vertical threads and 150 horizontal threads would be counted for a sum total of 300.

The general rule is that the higher the thread count, the more superior the quality of your Bedlinen. But a higher Thread Count doesn’t mean much if the threads being counted aren’t high quality. A fabric with a Thread Count of 200, high quality fibres can have a better hand or feeling to the touch, than a Thread Count of 400 inferior quality fibres or twisted threads. A Thread count of 150 to 200 is considered as good quality and anything above that is considered as better quality. Thread Counts higher than 200 are more expensive.

Be cautious when selecting higher Thread Counts. A fabric with 250 two-ply yarns in both the vertical and horizontal direction could have the component threads counted to a 1,000 thread count. As per rules it is an industry standard to count each thread as only one, even threads spun as two or three ply yarn.

Thread count is an important consideration to take when choosing a new set of sheets, but it should not be a sole indicator of quality. Equally important in choosing a bed sheet is the type and quality of the materials used as well as the fabrics weave.

MATERIAL

There are several types of materials to choose from. Be sure that you pick the one that suits your needs the most. Cotton polyester is great for kids and 100 percent cotton or Egyptian cotton is great for adults. The table below shows the popular types of materials and their key highlights

MATERIAL DESCRIPTION
100% Pure Cotton The most widely used material for Bedlinen. It feels cool and comfortable against the skin and there are plenty of sizes and styles to choose from. It is easy to launder, is versatile and is affordable. It has the ability to transfer moisture away from the body quicker than synthetic fabrics.
Egyptian Cotton This is considered to be as the ultimate bedding material as it is very strong and has lustrous fibre. It is durable and easy to care for. It is a slightly more expensive option.
Cotton / Polyester mix This is an affordable and low maintenance alternative to pure cotton. It doesn't crease as easily so doesn't need ironingand also dries very quickly. This is the perfect option for you if you have a busy lifestyle.
100% Pure Linen It is heavier and more textured than cotton. It feels very cosy and comfortable to sleep on and with proper care will last for years. It is costly but it often comes mixed with cotton to make it more affordable.
100% Polyester / Microfiber It provides many advantages over natural fabrics such as improved wrinkle resistance, durability and high color retention. It also offers superior water resistance.
WASHING
  • To keep bed linen looking their best, launder them every 5 to 6 days
  • Separate light colours from dark ones while washing
  • They should be washed at a gentle 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • When hand washing, make sure you do not place detergent directly into the laundry. Ensure liquids are dispersed and powders completely dissolved before immersing the items to be washed
  • For machine wash, always set wash cycle to ‘Gentle’. Use less detergent than usual
  • Avoid using bleach since it breaks down fabric fibres
DRYING
  • Remove sheets from dryer promptly and fold immediately
  • Avoid over drying as it leads to wrinkles in the fabric
  • If linen is very dry, dampen it a bit before ironing. This will make sure that the creases are gone and will make ironing easier
STORAGE
  • Always have more than 2 sets of Bedlinen
  • Rotate the sheets you use frequently so they wear evenly
  • Change sheets once a week in normal climates, more often in hot and humid regions
IRONING
  • Washing and drying linen correctly reduces creasing and makes ironing much easier
  • For best results, iron bed linens whilst still slightly damp, using a steam iron
  • For a crisp finish, use spray starch when ironing

The following picture shows the popular washing care symbols and their meaning Be sure to lookout for these symbols and follow these instructions to increase the life of your Bedlinen