Bedding Buying Guide
Bedding Buying Guide
There's something special about climbing into bed and snuggling into fresh, comfy bedding after a long day. Here at Dreams, we want everyone to have the best night's sleep so we've made finding the right bedding for you easier.
Bed linen is one of the most important things you will buy for your home, and the impact of truly comfortable sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases can’t be underestimated. Everyone has their own preferences with differing needs from their bed linen and we cater for many of these with our duvet covers, fitted sheets and pillowcases.
Cotton as a fabric is ideal for anyone prone to allergic reactions or has sensitive skin and irritations. All of our bed linens are made from 100% cotton.
Cotton’s a highly absorbent and also breathable fabric, meaning it’s able to transfer moisture away from the body quicker than synthetic fabrics giving that crispy and cool feeling against your skin. With it being a breathable material, this allows for air to circulate through the gaps between the stitches enabling natural body heat to regulate your temperature in bed.
Comfort is another one of cotton’s characteristics because of its softness. Cotton gives less shrinkage and fewer wrinkles in comparison to man-made fibers such as polyester which also requires high maintenance.
Our Connolly Check has fine cotton fibers which are gently teased apart for a super-soft feel, and the air pockets created between the fibers keep you warm and cosy; as the rest of our range this is made from 100% cotton.
A term used often in bed linen, ‘thread count’ refers to the number of threads in one square inch of fabric and applies to the ‘warp’ – threads woven horizontally – and the ‘weft’ – threads woven vertically. Therefore, the higher the thread count, the finer and smoother the fabric will be against the skin.
However, the feel and quality of bed linen is based on much more than thread count. Fine and high quality thread is hugely important when it comes to creating duvet covers, pillowcases and sheeting that feel luxurious against the skin. Without the great quality cotton we use in our duvet covers, pillowcases and sheeting, we couldn’t use thread count to its best potential.
The simplest of all weaves, the warp (horizontal thread) and weft (vertical) are aligned in a basic crisscross pattern, overlapped to create a light, soft and comfortable finish.
Luxury Percale weave
The percale weave is much tighter than a plain weave, typically with a thread count of at least 200, and offers a smooth feel with a matte look. Have a look at our beautiful Norada duvet set for a closer look.
The sateen weave tends to be used with cotton or rayon and produces a luxurious yet strong finish. Featuring a ‘weft face’ construction, where the surface is almost entirely made up of vertical threads, it features a silky front and a plain, dull reverse.
Yarn Dye Woven
Have a look at our Ditton check duvet set, this is 100% cotton with a woven print – meaning the stripes can show up to their best advantage and adds a premium effect to a contemporary design.
- Single to fit bed 90 x 190cm
- Double to fit bed 135 x 190cm
- King-size to fit bed 150 x 200cm
- Super king-size to fit bed 180 x 200cm
- Our 200 thread count fitted sheets are for mattresses up to a depth of up to 28cm
- Our 400 thread count are extra deep fitted sheets for mattresses up to a depth of 38cm
- Single duvet cover to fit 130 x 200cm
- Double duvet cover to fit 200cm x 200cm
- King-size duvet cover to fit 230cm x 220cm
- Super king-size duvet cover to fit 260cm x 220cm
- Standard pillowcase to fit 50 x 75cm pillow
- Oxford pillowcase to fit 50 x 75cm excluding border
Duvets with natural fillings are soft, light and comfortable; they allow your skin to ‘breathe’ more effectively when compared to synthetic fillings.
The higher the proportion of feather in a duvet, the more affordable and heavier it becomes. Many people prefer a heavy duvet, but don't confuse weight with warmth, as a top quality down duvet may feel very light but has highly effective thermal properties.
Natural-filled duvets should be professionally laundered because they need to be thoroughly dried, and this may be difficult for you to achieve at home. Please refer to the care guide that comes with your product on how to look after it. 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.
Our synthetic duvets offer the same warmth as natural fillings, and are a practical choice if you're allergic to feathers and down, or if your duvet is likely to require frequent washing as synthetic fillings are easier to dry. Synthetic duvets are often hypoallergenic, which means they are less likely to cause an allergy when compared to natural fillings.
Anti-allergy duvets are available for allergy sufferers. This means the fibers within the pillow have been specially treated to combat dust mites and bacteria to help you have a happy and healthy night’s sleep.
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.
Just Like down fillings
Our Just Like Down range encases the finest, lightest microfiber blend of fibers in a 100% cotton cover for a down feel to create a warm and comforting sleep.
It's worth taking time to find the type of pillow that will provide the correct balance of comfort and support you need. By all means try in our shops before you buy – 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, due to the persistent weight and movement from your head. 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.
The average life of a pillow is 2-4 years. If your pillow is looking discolored and stained, it could be time to buy a new one.
Synthetic pillows can be an alternative for those allergic to feathers and down. As with duvets, we have a range of different hollow fiber pillows to choose from, including lightweight fine fibres which provide the closest in feel to a down pillow.
Pillows made from latex foam provide excellent support and maintain their shape. Latex is anti- bacterial, anti – dust mite, and resistant to mould and mildew making it a perfect choice for asthma or other related allergy sufferers.
We also stock memory foam pillows, which are made from 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.
Down and feather pillows fit snugly round 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 and traps air to create a light, warm and soft pillow.
A medium-firm pillow is ideal if you sleep on your back as it provides enough support for the neck without affecting the alignment of your spine.
A firm pillow is recommended if you sleep on your side as it keeps the spine aligned and prevents hunching and painful necks.
A soft pillow is great for front sleepers as it provides the right amount of comfortable cushioning..
A tog rating is a measure of the duvet’s ability to trap warm air. The higher the rating, the warmer the duvet will be. Choosing the right tog is important because if you’re too hot or too cold in bed, you won’t get a good night’s sleep. Use the chart below as a guide:
The weight, softness and warmth of a duvet depends on its tog rating and filling. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet