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If you own a home, chances are sooner or later you’ll have to buy a set of sheets or duvet cover for your bed…

When purchasing, the most important place to start is choosing a thread count. The thread count tells you the number of threads that are in one square inch of fabric. To get the softest and most durable sheet, aim for the higher end of the thread count spectrum (180+). In Household Linens all our sheets have a thread count of 180 or more which is the minimum required to be passed as percale.

Next is the type of fabric to choose. While poly-cotton blends do not require as much ironing as 100% natural fibre sheets, ironing can usually be avoided by folding the sheets as soon as they are taken from the dryer. Keeping this in mind, know that there are many different grades of cotton. Their qualities are measured upon the length of their staple. Staple refers to the length that a particular piece of cotton can be pulled into a single thread. The longer the staple, the more durable and luxurious the cotton. They provide an extremely soft and luxurious feel to the fabric. Poly-cotton sheets will tend not to breathe or absorb moisture as well as natural cotton. You will tend to save money if purchasing poly-cotton sheets, as their materials are less expensive to produce.

Finally, you should know the depth of your mattress before purchasing a set of sheets. The pocket size is a measure of the thickness of the mattress that the sheets were made for. You should always purchase a set that has a pocket within 7-12cm (3-5 inches) of your mattress depth to avoid slippage of the corners when too small and excess material in the middle of the bed when too large. With today’s pillow top mattresses, it’s not uncommon to have pockets more than 30cm (12 inches)! We stock sheets in Household Linens with a depth of 38cm (14

inches) to fit those deeper mattresses.

Now, when it’s time to replace those old sheets, you’ll be fully prepared, all you now need to do is call to us at Household Linens.

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