Linens: Towels

Towels buying guide

We have several different types of plain towels, from basic to luxurious.

This buying guide will explain the different fibres and properties found in each one to help you decide what`s best for your bathroom. Towel terminology Combed cotton Combing removes small fibres to reduce shedding. Egyptian cotton Our Egyptian cotton originates from regulated sources on the Nile Delta. Supima cotton This is a silk-like yarn with extra-long fibres that are smooth and long lasting. GSM This stands for grams per square metre and indicates the weight of the towel. The higher the GSM, the heavier the weight and the more absorbent the towel will be.

Caring for your towels

All of our towels are machine washable at 60°C and we recommend tumble drying to keep them soft and fluffy. Fabric conditioners should be used sparingly, and not in every wash, as they decrease the towels ability to absorb water. You should also avoid using fabric conditioner the first few times you wash towels. This will allow the excess fibres present in new towels to shed. Make sure your towels do not come into contact with cleaning products containing bleach. Facial cleansers and skin treatments contain benzoyl peroxide which can also damage towels. If you catch the towel and pull the pile, snip off the pulled loop with a pair of scissors.

Linens: Bedding

What could be more appealing than a beautifully dressed bed at the end of a long day? We have a large choice of duvet covers, sheets and pillowcases for every look and budget.

Quality

Our sheets, duvet covers, valances and pillowcases come in a range of different fabrics and thread counts. The term ‘thread count’ refers to the number of threads in a square inch of fabric. The higher the thread counts the finer and better quality the fabric. Polycotton bed linen comes in a bright choice of fabulous shades and is easy care, requiring little or no ironing. It also dries more quickly than cotton.

Easy-care Egyptian cotton is celebrated for its superior strength, durability and comfort. We’ve worked hard to source the very best blend, to ensure it is silky, strong and vibrant in colour. While lesser bed linen may fade over time, this range retains its finish wash after wash and requires minimal ironing.

Pima cotton is made from highly prized fibres that allow for a higher thread count. This ensures a luxuriously soft feel, incredible comfort and reassuring durability. Silk offers the ultimate indulgence. Not only does it feel exquisite, it regulates your body temperature to keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer. Revered for its fabulous health and beauty benefits, it proactively helps to retain moisture in your skin and hair which can minimize wrinkles and prevent ‘bed head’ frizz and static.

Sizes for sheets and duvet covers

Sheets – Single to fit bed 90 x 190cm – Double to fit bed 135 x 190cm – Kingsize to fit bed 150 x 200cm – Super kingsize to fit bed 180 x 200cm – Standard fitted sheets are for mattresses up to a depth of 26cm. – Deep fitted sheets are for mattresses up to a depth of 36cm.

Duvet covers – Single duvet cover to fit 135cm x 200cm – Double duvet cover to fit 200cm x 200cm – Kingsize duvet cover to fit 225cm x 220cm – Super kingsize duvet cover to fit 260cm x 220cm

Pillowcase sizes

We have a range of pillowcases to fit the differently sized and shaped pillows which we sell. As well as standard pillowcases we also have Oxford pillowcases which have a flap around the edge and fit a standard pillow. We also sell square pillowcases. We also sell pillowcase to fit the neck support pillow.

Duvets & pillows buying guide

Make your bedroom a haven of comfort by choosing your bedding with care. The type of pillow or duvet you choose, and whether you to use mattress protectors or toppers, can all make a difference to the quality of your sleep. We have all the information you need to select these essentials.

Sizing

All our bedding is sized for the beds we sell. – Small single fits bed W75 x L190cm (2’6” x 6’3”) – Single fits bed W90 x L190cm (3’ x 6’3”) – Small double fits bed W120 x L190 (4’0” x 6’3”) – Double fits bed W135 x L190cm (4’6” x 6’3”) – Kingsize fits bed W150 x L200cm (5’ x 6’6”) – Super kingsize fits bed W180 x L200cm (6’ x 6’6”)

Duvet types

The weight, softness and warmth of a duvet will depend on its tog rating and filling. Our duvets come in a range of tog ratings and in natural and synthetic materials, so you can choose to meet your needs and price range and ensure maximum comfort.

If you like your bed to have a fuller, well-made look, or find that you and your partner tend to fight over the duvet, then you might want to choose one that’s a size larger than your bed.

Choose your tog rating

Tog ratings are based on a duvet`s ability to trap warm air.

Natural filled duvets have better thermal properties than synthetic, and need less filling to achieve the same level of warmth, so their weight can be deceptive. You just need to remember that the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet.

Our All Seasons duvets offer great flexibility. They consist of two separate duvets – usually a lightweight 4.5 tog for summer and a warmer 9 tog for autumn and spring. During winter, you simply put the two duvets together for a cosy 13.5 tog duvet.

Fill power

Duvets containing feather and/or down are also given a “fill power”. This is the volume occupied by the filling and it varies depending on the quality. It`s about how well the filling recovers and relates to thermal efficiency. The higher the fill power, the better the duvet:

- Lightweight summer duvet 3.0 – 4.5 tog – Spring/Autumn weight duvet 7.0 – 10.5 tog – Winter weight duvet 12.0 – 13.5 tog

Duvet fillings

Choose your filling

Duvets with natural fillings are soft, light and comfortable, in the same way that natural fibres help your skin “breathe” more effectively. They are also highly resilient and tend to last longer than those with synthetic fillings. However, our synthetic duvets  give the same warmth for less weight. They`re a practical choice if you`re allergic to feathers and down, or if your duvet is likely to require frequent washing. Natural-filled duvets should be professionally laundered, because they need to be thoroughly dried and this may difficult to achieve at home.

A top quality natural-filled duvet could last as long as 30 years, whereas the average lifespan of a good quality synthetic will be up to 10 years. However, the number of times a duvet is laundered will have an impact on its lifespan, as will repeatedly lying or sitting on top of it as this has the effect of compressing the filling and eventually diminishing its ability to trap air – especially with a synthetic duvet.

Natural fillings

Duck feather and down duvets are heavier than goose down, which many people prefer. Our options are hardwearing and great value. Goose down duvets are lighter in weight than duck down, but still offer the same level of warmth. We offer European and Hungarian goose down duvets, all of which offer luxurious lightweight warmth and comfort.

Synthetic fillings

Our polyester hollowfibre duvets are non-allergenic and a good choice if you know you`ll need to wash your duvet frequently. Ours can all be washed in a large capacity machine. Our range includes 2 hollowfibre types; Polyester Hollowfibre and Microfibre. All provide good loft and warmth, but the Microfibre is the closest in feel and weight to a natural-filled duvet.

Duvets for children

When choosing a full-sized duvet for a child, unless their bedroom is very cold, it`s best to stick with a lighter weight duvet between 4.5 and 9 tog. As children are smaller it means that their duvet traps more air and increases the level of warmth over and above that experienced by most adults. A heavier 13.5 tog duvet may well prove uncomfortable and is not recommended.

Pillow types

It`s worth taking time to find the type of pillow that will provide the correct balance of comfort and support you need. Our selling assistants will be pleased to advise you. Everyone’s different, and you and your partner may find the same pillows don’t suit both of you.

All our pillows can be laundered in a large capacity machine (wash just one at a time), but synthetic pillows will dry more quickly; some of these are also washable at 60ºC, the temperature at which house dust mites are killed.

It’s important to remember that pillows will have a more limited lifespan than duvets, (because of the weight of our heads and the fact that you lie on top of a pillow and flatten it) and over the years the level of support will deteriorate. Natural filled pillows will keep their shape and level of support for longer than synthetic, but plump all pillows up daily.

Different shapes and sizes 

Square pillows give an attractive and inviting layered effect when added to conventional rectangular ones on a bed.. These can also make an elegant, versatile choice for daybeds and sofas. Choose from:

- Standard pillows: 50 x 75cm – Square pillows: 65 x 65cm (also useful for sitting up in bed as well as being decorative) – Kingsize pillows: 50 x 90cm (ideal for super kingsize beds as 2 will cover the full width of the bed) – V-shaped pillow ( for extra support when sitting up in bed)

Pillow fillings

Synthetic fillings

These provide the alternative for those allergic to feathers and down. As with duvets, we have a range of different hollowfibre types to choose from, including lightweight fine fibres which provide the closest in feel to a down pillow.

Pillows made from latex foam provide very firm support and maintain their shape. They do not collect house dust and are particularly suitable for asthma sufferers. We also stock a pillow made from Tempur material; a non-allergenic, visco-elastic temperature sensitive material that has unique pressure-relieving qualities, allowing your head and neck to rest in a natural, tension-free position.

If you are pregnant or have neck problems, we also have a range of specially designed support pillows.

Natural fillings

Down and feather pillows mould around the head and shoulders. The more feather there is in a pillow, the firmer it tends to be, and the proportion of down adds softness. All our natural pillows come in downproof casings, but we would always recommend use of a pillow protector to prevent staining and help prolong the life of a pillow.

What`s your sleep style?

If you’re not sure what kind of pillow will suit you best, consider how you sleep. If you sleep on your back, a medium-firm pillow is recommended, while a firm pillow, supporting your neck, is best if you sleep on your side. If you sleep on your front you should choose a soft pillow for cushioning and comfort, but remember that you also need to match your pillow to your mattress too.

Mattress and pillow protection

Mattress protectors not only help to prolong the life of mattresses and pillows by protecting against soiling and general wear and tear, but create an extra layer of softness and warmth. They can also keep your bedding fresh and revitalise tired mattresses and pillows. Mattress toppers are a means of softening the feel of your mattress and providing extra support.

If you are looking for basic, practical protection, we stock a range of 100% cotton mattress covers that work like a fitted sheet. We also have pillow protectors to help stop soiling your pillows. If you want comfort, quilted covers give added softness, and we have a range of cotton, polycotton and wool-filled protectors. If you`re looking for extra warmth and comfort, place a fleece under blanket on top of your mattress cover. Our breathable waterproof pillow and mattress covers provide a discreet way of ensuring extra protection against soiling.

For anyone who suffers from asthma or other respiratory problems, our breathable anti-allergy protection can be helpful. Our anti-allergy protector is made from a special barrier fabric that allergens cannot penetrate your mattress or pillow. Use our anti-allergy protectors to keep new bedding allergen-free, or as a safeguard against the allergens already present in old bedding.