Being well rested is vital to our health, and tucking into a luxuriously comfortable bed is one of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep. Sliding into crisp, clean sheets and drifting off to sleep is one of life’s great pleasures… but how can we make sure that this is the case every night?
The best bed will be one that is balanced, made up of perfectly fluffed up pillows, a comfortable mattress and a warm blanket. But what really makes a great bed is how it’s dressed: fabrics for sleepwear and bedding play a crucial role in how well we sleep at night. When choosing your bedding, think of your bed as non-negotiable luxury; a luxury you feel every night as you wrap yourself in quality linen and can indulge in every morning when you wake up.
Bedding comes in such a wide range, however, that it can be daunting knowing where to start. That’s why we’ve created the perfect guide to help you choose the most premium bedding within your budget.
What raw materials used?
The first step to choosing great bedding is the material. The fabric weave and thread count can impact whether your bedding feels crisp or soft, warm or cold. We’ve written the following guide to the most common types of sheets and their qualities:
Cotton is the oldest and most common natural fibre. This material is grown in a variety of regions, including the tropical and subtropical regions of North America, central and South America, Egypt and India. The cotton fibre – which consists mainly of cellulose – grows around the seeds of the plant and is harvested to be spun into threads for the textile industry. The highly durable nature of this fibre, paired with its ability to absorb moisture, give cotton a breathable quality that makes it a great choice for bedding. Cotton is also naturally hypoallergenic, so is unlikely to cause any irritation or itchiness, thus improving your quality of sleep. Cotton fibre length plays a huge role in the material’s feel and performance: the fibres of short-staple cotton end on the surface of the fabric, meaning this type of cotton tends to feel rougher to the touch but absorbs more moisture; long-staple fibres often feel soft and smooth to touch, owing to their uniformity, tensile strength and the fact that they can be combed before spinning.
Linen is more expensive than cotton, often being used for finer textiles. This textile is made from the fibres of the flax plant, which is native to Europe. Fibres are collected from the bast or skin of the flax plant’s stem. This material is naturally shiny and flexible, but while it is stronger than cotton, it is also less elastic. Thanks to its unique filtering, bacteria-resistant, ventilating, and moisture wicking capabilities, linen bedsheets are perfect for a good night’s sleep. Its anti-allergenic property makes it a great choice for those with skin conditions, as well as children and babies. Microscopic breaks throughout its structure mean that linen bedding has a subtle massaging effect that promotes wonderfully restful sleep. Linen is another bedding material that is renowned for its breathability. It is highly air permeable and heat conducting, allowing you to stay perfectly warm in the winter and cool in hot weather – promoting a comfortable and deep sleep.
Silk is among the most expensive fibres for bed linen – a cost justified by its complex and high-cost production process, soft feel and the elegance it adds to any room. Silk fibres are harvested from the cocoon of the silkworm, an insect that produces fibroin when building its cocoon. Silkworm cocoons are formed by one continuous thin thread – when unspooled, this thread can reach impressive lengths of up to 1500 metres. The world’s finest silk is products by the Bombyx Mori silkworm – a type of larvae that only lives in mulberry trees. The material created has a high resistance to breaking and abrasion, as well as being fine, airy and incredibly shiny – so it’s no surprise that this fibre is the epitome of luxury.
What fabrics used?
Percale cotton sheets have a minimum thread count of 180 threads per square inch. This, paired with its traditional criss-cross pattern, produces a smooth sheet that feels crisp and cool to the touch. Percale is renowned for its breathability, making it a great choice for summer bedding.
Poplin – also known as tabbinet – is a plain-weave cotton fabric with a fine horizontal rib effect on the surface. Its high thread count produces a strong, crisp fabric that is both warmer and smoother than percale, while still being lighter than sateen fabrics. This makes it another great choice for the summer months. Thanks to its silky appearance, poplin bedding adds an element of elegance to any room that it is in.
Twill weaves are textural fabrics that have a similar structure as plain weaves, but have offset positioning to create diagonal patterns. Twills are durable fabrics that drape well and have higher resistance to soiling and staining. The offset weaving creates interesting textures and a beautiful draping.
Cotton twill is a popular fabric characterised by its diagonal weave pattern. This durable fabric can be recognised in various pants, from chinos to denim – a testament to its high resistance to soiling, staining, and general wear and tear. Its offset weaving creates interesting textures, and it drapes beautifully.
Sateen originates from the port city of Quanzhou in China. Back in the medieval ages, sateen travelled down the Silk Road to arrive in the Middle East, and eventually Europe. This type of weave is often mistake for silk, thanks to its buttery soft feel and elegant appearance. Thanks to its high thread count, sateen bedding has a heaver drape and is warmer than traditional percale bedding.
Jacquard fabric is a textured fabric characterised by its complex patterns. Rather than printing, dye or embroidery, these patterns are woven directly into the material – thanks to Joseph Marie Jacquard’s 18th century invention of the Jacquard machine, which simplified the process of weaving such intricate patterns. Before this, such luxury was only afforded to the richest in society. Since Jacquard is characterised by its design, rather than the fibre it is woven from, it can be created from any material – from silk to cotton.
Details that make the bed linen luxury
Elegantly detailed bedding is crucial in bringing beauty to any bedroom. Whether you prefer classic bedding or more intricate designs, here’s our guide to choosing bed linen that will bring a special touch to your home:
Fine details such as embroidery, hemstitching or contrasting borders are a great way to draw attention to your bed, without being overpowering or tying your bedroom to any specific periods or trends.
Bolder bed linens – from intricate Jacquards to prints – are striking and, if you’re following a particular bedroom design scheme, can really tie the room together.
What makes bed linen bespoke?
Bespoke bed linen is customisable to your exact needs. You can choose the fabric quality to ensure it suits your sleep needs, as well as its design, thread colour, sizes and dimensions, to ensure that it fits your bedroom design. Personalised bedding can really bring a room to life.
List of High-End Brands
Our selection on World’s top 10 luxury bed linen brands:
Frette has been in the sleepwear business for over a century. Collaborating with the most skilled Italian artisans, Frette expertly craft products that embody luxury, comfort and creativity. That’s why they have been featured in the most luxurious of places, from the altar of St Peter’s Basilica to the dining car of the Orient Express.
Since 1870, Jesurum has been at the forefront of premium lace production. This innovative luxury company has revived a great heritage of art and skill, receiving international acclaim for its stunning collections.
Founded in 1920, Porthault’s bed linens take inspiration from nature itself – embodying the colours, lines and lushness of the natural world in its collections. With a century of experience, their textile design and production skills are unparalleled.
Venice Home Collection are committed to producing distinctively designed bed linen that aims to preserve the elegance and quality of times gone by, combining it with modern design techniques that can transform your bedroom.
Gayle Warwick is defined by their attention to detail – whether it’s the pencil drawings for each design, or the hand-stitching of each pattern, this is a linen brand whose products exude luxury.
Heirlooms are committed to creating bespoke bed linen that can be passed down for generations to come. Whatever you desire, Heirlooms’ highly skilled designers, cutters, machinists and embroiderers work hard to stitch it.
Peter Reed is a company that cares not just about luxury bed linen, but also about our planet. They are committed to providing sustainable bed linen that meets the same artisanal standards as the finest luxury brands you can think of.
Another brand committed to preserving the planet and its resources, Yves Delorme makes bed linen from exclusively organic or Supima cotton. Their eco-friendly practices mean that you can indulge in premium bedding, without any guilt.
Haremlique’s designs combine timeless style with elegant simplicity, to produce the most premium bed linens. Their collection includes a range of 100% Egyptian cotton linens, as well as a sleepwear line and bath linens.
Schlossberg design each duvet cover and fitted sheet by hand, so you can be sure that each set is unique to you. The artisanal expertise of Schlossberg’s seamstresses is unmatched: each stitch is precise and much attention is paid to producing a highly aesthetic end product.
At Top Household Management, we are committed to providing a premium experience for you. We have a long history of working with luxurious private households, both in London and around the world. Our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring perfection in every detail that goes into a luxury home – including sourcing the best bespoke exquisite dinnerware, silverware, table and bed linen etc from the leading brands around the world.
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