We spend a third of our lives in the bedroom and so our beds need to be comfortable. With so many new fibres, fibre blends, different thread counts and finishes, finding out which is right for you and your guests can be a challenge. In this guide we aim to simplify buying for you.
In our guide our to buying the best bedding. We Cover fabrics, weaves, finishes and care tips as well as a handy sizing guide for sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases.
Making the choice between manmade or natural fibres is a good place to start in your search for bedding. Both have benefits, so it’s worth making an informed choice.
Probably the most common, man-made fibres are synthetic polymers, like acrylic or polyester.
Polyester is a good synthetic low hassle option. Polyester when combined with cotton, improves the ease of care and colour fastness, meaning colours are less likely to fade. Sheets with polyester fibre tend to be faster drying and easier to iron, some may not require ironing at all. However, they are likely to be warmer than natural options, especially in the summer months here in Portugal.
As you may expect, these are made up of plant fibres such as flax, hemp, sisal and most commonly cotton, to name a few. Usually they can be washed at high temperatures and have a tendency to be softer than manmade fibres.
is a natural fibre that is valued for its smooth, cool and breathable characteristics. Cotton is often combed when being used for sheets and bedding. This removes excess fibres which reduces any linting or shedding. Our cotton bed linen is available in 200 thread count percale or 300 thread count sateen. both a sateen and percale finish.
Portuguese Manufactured Cotton
Portugal is not a cotton producer. The Portuguese textile industry as a whole use some of the highest quality cottons available.
Generally sourcing cotton from sustainable countries such as.
Unlike it’s quite widely exploited alternative “Egyptian Cotton” which rightly or wrongly is recognised as the gold standard in luxurious bed linen, Portuguese manufacturers tend to manufacture consistent quality products with a far higher yarn count per thread compared to it’s counterpart. Our Portugal range is available in various qualities, from 200 – 400 thread count.
What is Thread Count?
Thread count is a term which refers to the number of threads in a square inch of fabric, both vertical and horizontal. Basically, The higher the thread count, the more durable and luxurious the sheet.
Thread counts are generally a measure of quality, but not the only one, as yarn, fibre type and weave are also important factors. We offer sheets in a range of thread counts for different purposes. If you’re looking for luxurious, our 400-thread count cotton sateen bedding is a great choice. However, for day to day and more frequent use a 200 thread can still offer a smooth feel.
The weave used in your bedding affect the look and feel. We sell some of the most popular weaves are percale and sateen.
What is Percale?
A percale weave is a plain weave, achieved by threads being woven in a criss-cross pattern and generally used in thread counts of 180 and above. Percale sheets are lightweight, highly breathable, and crisp to the touch. Due to the higher thread count and criss-cross weave, they are more durable than other weaves.
What is Sateen?
A sateen weave consists of more vertical than horizontal threads, which gives the silky finish known to sateen bedding. Usually used in thread counts of 300 and above, extra surface threads give the fabric a silky to the touch feel with an attractive sheen.
Whether you’re looking for a classic Standard pillowcase or an elegant Oxford pillowcase with a border, we have a wide range of pillowcases available to fit standard UK, square and Super king measurements.
Standard (Housewife) Pillowcases
Normal Pillow – 75x50cm
Super King Pillow – 90x50cm
Eu & Portuguese Pillow – 60x40cm
Square Pillow – 60x60cm or 80x80cm
Pillowcases with a Border
Normal Pillow – 75x50cm
Super King Pillow – 90x50cm
Smaller Square pillow – 60cm x 60cm
Pillow used in Northern Europe – 80cm x 80cm
Size up your sheets
In general UK bed sizes are different to European. With up to 20cm difference in either length or width it can be hard to know which you need. Whether you’re buying for a single or Emperor bed size, our handy guide to UK and EU bed dimensions will ensure your new bedding will be a perfect fit.
|Fitted Sheets||Mattress Size|
|Small Single Bed||80x200cm|
|UK Single Bed||90x190cm|
|Zip & Link Bed||90x200cm|
|Northern EU Single Bed||90x210cm|
|EU Single Bed||100x200cm|
|UK Double Bed||135x190cm|
|EU Double Bed||140x200cm|
|UK King Bed||150x200cm|
|EU King Bed||160x200cm|
|Super King Bed||180x200cm|
|Super King Bed (Extra Long)||180x210cm|
|*most sizes available in 30 and 40cm depth|
|Flat Sheets||Sheet Size|
|Super king Bed||280x300cm|
|Duvet Covers||Duvet Size|
|UK Single Bed||135x200cm|
|EU Single Bed||160x220cm|
|UK Super King & Emperor||260x220cm|
|EU Super King & Emperor||260x220cm|
You may use different names if you are from the Americas or some other countries in Europe.