Confused about buying bedding?
If you’re confused about buying bedding, you are not alone! With so much choice available, buying bedding can be a really confusing experience. Our helpful guide below tells you everything you need to know about buying bedding. At Linen Quarter, we want to simplify the buying process for you by only offering the best quality bed linen. And at an affordable price.
Pick natural fibres over manmade (synthetic) fibres
Manmade fibres (for example, polyester) contain lots of harmful chemicals and plastic microfibres, which are harmful to the planet as well as to your skin. They don’t let your skin breathe and can lock in smells. It is also hard to dispose of at its end of life. Some bedding manufacturers will blend synthetic fibres with natural fibres to create for example polycotton.
Natural fibre examples include cotton, hemp, flax, wool, silk and jute. Natural fibres are much more breathable than synthetics. They’re much better at keeping your temperature regulated, and they’re softer.
Our bed linen is made from 100% organic cotton, with no harmful chemicals, pesticides or any “nasties” used in the growing and production process. Organic cotton is natural, renewable and biodegradable. It is also hypoallergenic. This is better for the environment, better for the farmers and their families, and better for you and your family.
Beware of the thread count myths
Thread count refers to how many threads are woven into one square inch of fabric. In reality, it’s only possible to fit a limited number into that square inch. Don’t believe the “higher the thread count = the higher the price” myths that exist when you are buying bedding. You simply cannot have that many threads in a square inch!
We’ve researched thread counts extensively for you. After much testing, we concluded that a thread count of 200 would be the best choice for our customers. This is the sweet spot of optimal level of softness, comfort, breathability and durability without losing its all-important luxury feel. We know this is a great combination for a good night’s sleep.
You can read more about thread count in our The Truth About Thread Count blog.
Choose the weave to suit you
Weave refers to a particular style or manner in which fibres are woven, which will affect its look and feel. Percale and sateen weave are the most popular weave types. Which weave is better really comes down to your preference.
Sateen weave threads are woven in a three-threads-over and one-thread-under pattern, which exposes more of the thread surface. This gives the fabric its lustrous sheen and silky feel and drape. It is heavier in weight so is less breathable and is more susceptible to pilling as it’s not as durable as percale weave.
Percale weave threads are woven in a traditional one-thread-over one-thread-under pattern, which gives the fabric its strength and durability. It has a cool and crisp feel, and an even matte finish. It is luxurious, soft and breathable. Whilst percale weave does need an iron to look its best, the fibres will relax and soften with every wash making it easier to iron as they age. Percale weave is the bed linen of luxury hotels, which is what we know our customers love.
Consider the fabric finish
This is the term for chemical and mechanical processes used on fabric after it has been manufactured but before it is cut and sewn. Examples of finishes include prints, where dyes have been used to add colour and interest; bleaching, to give a bright white finish (we do not do this); embroidery to add a beautiful finishing touch; stonewash, where a fabric has been gently stonewashed to create a soft and buttery feel; and wrinkle-free, where nasty chemicals such as formaldehyde have been used to ensure the fabric is wrinkle free (something the manufacturers and retailers don’t advertise, for obvious reasons).
Check for certifications
We do not use any nasty chemicals in the production process – from seed to fabric. This is how our products have achieved Oeko-Tex (Confidence in Textiles) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certifications. These are certifications you need to look out for if you want your bed linen to be authentic, pure and chemical free.
A word of warning: There are some major UK retailers who sell Conscious/Sustainable bedding (and clothing). This is not as it would seem. They are deliberately misleading you. What they have done is blend a small percentage of organic cotton with other fibres such as conventionally grown cotton or synthetics such as polyester. This is not sustainable. This is not environmentally friendly. It cannot meet the GOTS certification requirements. If it does not have the GOTS certification, it’s not truly organic so do not buy it if you are wanting to do your bit in helping to protect the environment.
Pillow case style
In simple terms, a standard ‘Housewife’ pillow case has a solid sewn edge, which fits perfectly around your pillow. An Oxford pillow case has a 5 centimetres border of fabric around the edge of the pillow to create a border. The difference is the border. This subtle difference creates a different aesthetic.
This guide should help simplify things for you. We’ve focused on what it important to make great quality bedding. You could say we’ve done the hard work for you. We really want to help you have a great night’s sleep, as well as do your bit to help protect the environment.
If you have any questions, please get in touch. I’m somewhat obsessed with bed linen, so should have the answer for you.
Thanks for reading
P.S. If you are confused about bed linen sizing, you can view our Size Guide here.