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I'm about to buy some new bedding - sheets, duvets, pillowcases etc. Does anyone have recommendations on materials, thread count, durability, washability etc? And does anyone have any recommended online outlets?

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bunn
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
*is astounded*
philmophlegm
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:45 am (UTC)
Don't hold your breath; you know how long my standard purchasing process takes...
bunn
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Even better than that, dear : http://www.romanseas.com/
philmophlegm
Jul. 16th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
OK, we need about 600 printed out Roman ships and a large flat area to do the Battle of Actium...
king_pellinor
Jul. 16th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh.... now that could be fun :-)
phina_v
Jul. 16th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
I have recent experience of buying fitted sheets and would recommend making sure they are deep enough for your mattress. Probably obvious but even one sold as extra deep only just covers my mattress.
I'd also advise spending more money than on Dunelm Mill own brand! I went for a quick and easy (and fairly cheap) option but wish I'd invested in something better quality.
philmophlegm
Jul. 16th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Useful point - thanks.
pellegrina
Jul. 16th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
It kind of depends what your priorities are. Of our various sets, the nicest-feeling to sleep in are the high thread count 100% cotton (300 I think but maybe just 200?) and they are pretty, too. However, because of our no-iron no-tumble dry lifestyle, they do tend to look a little crumpled, dry slowly, and are comparatively heavy to wrestle duvets in and out of, but they are wearing well.

Lower thread count cotton is more practical and still comfortable, but you tend to be able to see through it to the mattress/pillow pattern or colour. Polycotton creases less and seems pretty durable - I still have my duvet cover from my undergraduate days which I think is polycotton and it's still in good nick, except that the pattern has faded off the pulling-up parts.

rustica gave us some 100% polyester satin bedding when she emigrated. This is incredibly light and easy to get on and off the bed, dries really quickly, and feels pleasantly smooth and satiny, but everything slithers so your pillow is constantly shooting out from under you, you slide down the bed when you want to prop yourself up, and the duvet dives off the bed at the slightest opportunity. I've also found it is not wearing terribly well. I am currently tempted by Muji bedding, one is sort of crinkle-fabric and the other is jersey fabric, but am not sure how these would work in real life.
philmophlegm
Jul. 16th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, that's really useful. We don't iron bedclothes and we don't own a tumble dryer, and neither of us care if bedclothes look crumpled - I'm much more concerned about comfort and wear. That might push me in the direction of high thread count cotton based on what you said and some earlier research.

And you've probably put me off satin or silk, which I might have thought about, but have never slept in.
chainmailmaiden
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'd not discount silk so readily. Real silk isn't as slippery as satin and it's very good for your skin and hair. I've actually been looking into new bedding too & I'd certainly go for silk if I can convince myself it's not that expensive considering how long it'll last. I've just got new silk summer duvets from this place

Duvet and Pillow Warehouse

The duvets are gorgeous, so light & keep you warm or cool depending on how warm or cold it is. They do bedding too & I also got a lovely grey blanket made from bamboo. The main downside of silk bedding is it mainly seems to come in white which IMHO is a nice idea, but is really difficult to keep looking fresh & stain free...

If you are going for cotton then a high thread count is supposed to be better. John Lewis have a good range. I can also recommend their poly-cotton bedding too if you dislike ironing. It doesn't really crease at all and I've still got some fitted sheets that will be 20 years old this autumn & they're still going strong & don't even look old and tired.
helflaed
Jul. 17th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
I don't bother to iron stuff either.

I like either cotton or linen, and go for as high a thread count as you can. Not only are they more comfortable, but they wash and wear better. Egyptian cotton is great, if you can afford it. Linen is lovely and cool, and washes really well, bu probably not so good in winter.

Jersey is comfortable, but stretches and pills in my experience. Brushed cotton pills too, and attracts fluff.

There is the fluff issue. I haven't found it to be a problem with high thread counts, but on some medium thread count (so standard type of bedding from IKEA or normal quality from a department store) then cat fluff can adhere with quite remarkable tenacity. Only repeated tumble drying could get it off.
king_pellinor
Jul. 16th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
I got a set of cotton satin bedding from John Lewis a few years ago, which is very nice. It's not massively different from normal cotton, but feels a bit softer and smoother.
gwendally
Jul. 16th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
I've been happy with the stuff I've gotten from Linensource.

I also buy basic bedding from JC Penney.

Here's a hint I didn't learn until I was far too old: buy striped sheets, even if it's just a woven pattern with stripes. They are *SO* much easier to make if you can tell as you're unfolding it which end is up. I'll never buy solid sheets again.
philmophlegm
Jul. 16th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Wrong side of the ocean...

philmophlegm
Jul. 16th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
OK, the purchase has been made. 500 t/c cotton fitted sheets & pillowcases, 300 t/c Egyptian cotton duvet covers. All very heavily reduced (70% off) in the House of Fraser sale.
chainmailmaiden
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ok, should have read all the way down before commenting :-)
helflaed
Jul. 17th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Me too...
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