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Buying Guide: How to choose the right bedding

Buying Guide: How to choose the right bedding

A good night's sleep is only as good as the bedding you do it in. While there's a lot to consider, we've got your decision-making covered – literally. If you don't know where to start, our 4 key bedding buying steps should help:

1. Pick your size

2. Choose the material and finish you want, including thread count

3. Consider your colour scheme

4. Find your perfect style – including fastenings and pillowcase types

Bedding size
Bedding sizes are standardised in the UK. For maximum cosy potential, you'll find that bedding is designed to be slightly bigger than the mattress it's made for. For extra comfort, some people choose to size up – so pick king size bedding for a double bed.

Thread count
Thread count literally means the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and is typically only used in reference to cotton. The higher the thread count, the more luxe the cotton feels. And if you see the terms warp and weft, don't panic – this just refers to the direction of the threads. Warp = vertical, weft = horizontal.

Bedding materials
100% cotton
. Cotton's a natural fibre, so 100% cotton bedding means 100% natural. It's softer than synthetic options, and more breathable too, so offers a cool, comfortable sleep. Cotton's also durable and easy to look after – it can be washed often, and at high temperatures.

100% linen
. Linen's also 100% natural, but more durable than cotton. Plus its neutral pH makes it anti-static and hypoallergenic. It's breathable and body temperature-regulating. If you're after a lived-in look (or just hate ironing), stonewashed linen is a more relaxed, lower maintenance option.

Cotton/linen mix. All the qualities of cotton with the breathable/durability of linen, relaxed and easy to live with.

Bedding finishes
Percale
is a closely woven – 180 or more thread count – plain weave, usually made from cotton, polyester or poly-blends. Its higher thread count means it's higher in quality, washes well and lasts longer.

Stonewashed applies to any fabric which has been pre-washed with stones to distress its appearance slightly. It gives it a lived-in look, and means you don't have to iron it – the dream.

Brushed cotton is gently 'brushed' to give it a soft, slightly fluffy finish. The added texture makes it good for cooler seasons – it retains body heat more efficiently.

Satin - a weave that creates a glossy appearance, soft and silky to the touch for a luxurious nights sleep.

Seersucker - is an added texture, mainly a puckering to create the fun crinkle effect. It undergoes a chemical process or is woven by holding different warp threads in various tensions

Bedding styles
Plain bedding
. If you're an accessories addict, plain bedding's a smart choice. Choose a block colour that complements or contrasts your bedroom's colour scheme. Then layer up – this simple style makes bedspreads, throws and cushions stand out.

Printed bedding. If your bedroom's more pared-back, printed bedding is a great way to add colour and contrast. Patterns range from organic shapes to geometric designs.

Fastening options. Buttons, poppers, hook and eye, no fastening – there's a lot of choice. Make sure you read the product description carefully before buying – especially if changing the sheets isn't top of your favourite chores list. All MADE bedding fastens up with a row of buttons along the bottom edge.

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