How to Choose the Right Bed Linen for You
Beautiful bed linen makes it a joy to slip between the sheets and drift off into a blissful night's sleep. But with so much choice, how do you find the bed sheets that are right for you? The weave, the yarns, the stitching and decoration used all have a bearing on how your sheets look and feel. Use our guide to help you find the bed sheets of your dreams with Scotts of Stow.
Choosing Your Bed Linen Material
Do you prefer your bed linen to feel crisp, smooth or cosy? Are you looking for sheets that are easy to wash and iron? Do you have a traditional mattress or memory foam? Read on to pick the ideal fabric for your sheets.
|Pure Cotton||100% cotton||The traditional woven fabric for sheets, cotton feels soft, smooth, breathable and comfortable. Cotton sheets wash well, becoming softer and smoother with age.|
|Easycare Polycotton||Cotton and polyester or other man-made fibres||Cotton is sometimes combined with other fibres such as polyester to make polycotton, which feels just as smooth but is quicker to wash and easier to iron. Polycotton can be printed so these sheets often come in huge range of different designs.|
|Egyptian Cotton||100% Egyptian cotton||Considered one of the finest types of cotton in the world, Egyptian cotton is prized for its long silky fibres. Sheets made with Egyptian cotton are especially soft yet also strong and long-lasting.|
|Percale||100% cotton, Egyptian Cotton or polycotton||One of the finest types of sheeting, percale is a superior type of weave, using two types of yarn, combed and carded. Lightweight and closely woven, percale sheets have a lustrous look and feel crisp and smooth.|
|Flannelette||100% brushed cotton||Flannelette sheets are brushed to create a distinctive, fluffy texture that feels extra cosy and warm. They are ideal for winter, and for children, who find the softness very comforting.|
|Jersey||100% jersey cotton||Jersey sheets are knitted rather than woven, which makes them particularly stretchy with a smooth surface. They are ideal for use with a memory foam topper or mattress, as they stretch with the foam to conform to the ever-changing shape of a memory foam mattress.|
|Microfibre||100% polyester||This modern, high performance fabric is becoming very popular for bed linen as it feels incredibly soft. Long smooth fibres, finer than pure silk, are tightly woven into a cloth that feels softer than classic cotton sheets but don't crease. Microfibre sheets can also be washed at low temperatures, need no ironing and are non-allergenic.|
|Satin||100% polyester||The ideal way to add glamour and luxury to your bedroom. Satin bed linen has a natural sheen and feels sleek, pampering and silky against the skin.|
|Silk||100% silk||Pure silk makes luxurious, feather-light bed linen with an exceptionally soft texture and a sleek, silky drape that will transform your sleeping experience.|
Scotts of Stow Luxury Legends
Why choose Egyptian cotton bed linen?
Woven from the finest, 100% cotton from the Nile Delta region, Egyptian cotton fibres have a long staple length of 2". Combing removes the shorter, coarser fibres to improve smoothness and strength, and this premium cotton spins into finer, softer, more durable threads.
Why is thread count important?
Woven cotton and polycotton sheets are often graded by their thread count. Put simply, this means how many threads or yarn are to be found per square inch of fabric. As the thread count gets higher, the individual threads are finer, which makes for a softer feel.
Anything above 180 per square inch is considered a good weight for sheeting and sheets of 200 or more will be soft and hardwearing. Top of the range sheets have thread counts of up to 1000 per square inch which gives an extremely fine, smooth feel - ideal for those with delicate skin or those who enjoy the touch of luxury.
How is Luxury Legends bed linen different?
Just like the bed linen found in luxury hotels, all of our 400 and 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton flat sheets are finished with a single row of a woven, self-coloured detailing known as cording, giving a polished, 'tailored' look. Our 200 thread count Egyptian cotton flat sheets are finished with an attractive pintuck detail.
Enjoy A Better Night's Sleep with Three Levels of Luxury
To qualify as a percale, a fabric must have a thread count of at least 200 threads per square inch. Our 200 thread count Egyptian cotton percale bed linen feels smooth, crisp and cool next to your skin.
With twice as many threads per square inch as our standard percale, 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen is double the density for a smoother, cooler and silkier feel.
Our ultimate quality pure Egyptian cotton percale offers an unrivalled feel against your skin. Ultra smooth, ultra soft with a subtle, satin-like sheen, this deluxe bed linen is truly indulgent and worthy of the world's most prestigious 5-star hotels.
Choosing Your Bed Sheet Style
In years gone by, bed sheets were always flat, and beds made by tucking the sheet under the mattress with a blanket the traditional 'hospital corners'.
Today, fitted sheets have become very popular as they are so much more convenient. Shaped to fit the mattress they are held in place with elasticated corners that slip underneath the mattress. Bed making is so much quicker and easier and sheets stay neatly tucked in all night.
Flat sheets are often used under a duvet on top of a bottom fitted sheet, so that only the sheet needs to be washed rather than the whole duvet cover.
A valance is an ornamental sheet which gives an attractive finish to your bed. Valances come in a variety of fabrics such as lace, broderie anglaise, damask and printed cotton, and styles include pleated and frilled. The valance is designed for decorative use only and is placed between the bed base and the mattress to screen the sides and space underneath the bed.
Both fitted and flat sheets are sold in standard sizes to fit a single, double, kingsize or superking bed. If your mattress is more than 10" deep (25cm) or if you have a mattress topper on your bed, then buy Extra Deep Fitted Sheets.
We recommend always buying two sets of bed linen one to have on the bed and one to wash.
Bed Making Made Easy
Keep your flat sheets unrumpled by attaching Sheet Fasteners underneath, These simple elasticated clips are easy to fit and keep flat sheets in place no matter how much the sleeper tosses and turns during the night.
Find out more about how to enjoy the perfect night's sleep with our guides on How to Choose the Perfect Pillow and Choosing the Right Duvet for You.