14 March 2018
HOW TO CHOOSE BED LINEN?
By Camilla Swart
Confronted by the mind boggling array of bedding and bed linen options available, what motivates your choice and how can you be sure it’s the best product for you?
At Linen Drawer we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of bed linen, and what types of fabric are suitable for different climates and situations. A quick aside: We do not recommend polyester or polyester blend fabrics…ever, as they are not perfectly comfortable and do not have the healthy-sleep properties of pure cotton or pure linen bedding.
We have discussed this matter extensively, chatted to many of our customers and tapped the best minds in the industry… to come up with this simple plan:
- Ask – What can I spend? If you are price sensitive then choose a lower thread count – it will be just as durable and comfortable but will cost a little less. If price is a minor concern then the higher thread counts – 300, 400, 600 and pure linen – may be more suitable.
- Ask – crisp or soft? Do you like crisp or soft bed linen? If the answer is crisp – choose 100% cotton percale in 200 or 300 thread count, or pure linen bed linen. If the answer is soft – choose a 100% cotton sateen weave in 400 or 600 thread count. Make sure that you touch the fabric that you are expecting to sleep on!
- Ask – Where will the bedding be used? The end use, whether a spare bed, your own bed or your children’s, will determine your choice. Generally, ask the above two questions when making this decision. For instance, you might want your baby sleeping on soft, silky 400 thread count sateen weave, or your little boy on serviceable 200 thread count cotton percale.
- Ask – What colour do I want? At Linen Drawer we can offer so many options: We stock White, Duck egg, Grey, Cream and Taupe 200 thread count cotton percale, and White, Sand, Slate and Blue Vapour 400 thread count Egyptian cotton. We also stock 300 and 600 thread count in white, as well as Pure Linen in white. If you have specific colour matching requirements, we can embroider and satin-stitch in any colour to match your bed-room colour scheme.
Where water quality is a problem and borehole water is used to do the laundry, Taupe bed linen rather than pure white…may be more suitable.