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Bed Linen Buying Guide

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16/03/2020

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.

Materials

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.

Manmade Fibres

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.

Natural Fibres

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.

Cotton

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.

Weaves

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.

Pillowcases

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

Square Pillowcase

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

Fitted Sheets Mattress Size
Baby Cot 60x120cm
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
Emperor Bed 200x200cm
XXL Bed 220x200cm
*most sizes available in 30 and 40cm depth

 

Flat Sheets

Flat Sheets Sheet Size
Single Bed 180x280cm
Double Bed 230x280cm
King Bed 260x280cm
Super king Bed 280x300cm

 

Duvet Covers

Duvet Covers Duvet Size
Baby Cot 100x135cm
UK Single Bed 135x200cm
EU Single Bed 160x220cm
Double Bed 200x200cm
King Bed 230x220cm
UK Super King & Emperor 260x220cm
EU Super King & Emperor 260x220cm

 

Continental Sizing

You may use different names if you are from the Americas or some other countries in Europe.

Single Twin
Double Full
King Queen
Super King King

 

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