Kids Bedding Stockists

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Duvet Cover Materials

Below we have included a brief overview of the materials used in duvet covers, to help you find the right bed linen, in the right kind of material. We have also included some examples and our top choice duvet covers, with all the best deals available at the moment.

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Poly cotton

This is a fabric that is made from a blend of cotton and artificial or man made fibres, such as polyester. Often this makes the fabric cheaper, plus easier to wash at higher temperatures. And with the original fibres being cheaper, some bed linen manufacturers find they can then weave poly cotton fibres to make a dense fabric with a high thread count. This gives the end product a silky, soft feel, despite it not being 100% natural fabric.

Organic Cotton

Using organic cotton for bedding and duvet covers usually means the bed linen has a soft, gentle feel. Very often organic bedding will have been treated with gentler bleaching and dying, rather than being exposed to strong chemicals. Some say this can be beneficial to anyone with certain allergies, or anyone sensitive to exposure to chemicals even in very small amounts. Organic cotton will therefore be gentler on your skin and body. And of course, then environmental benefits shouldn't be forgotten. Growing organic cotton has less impact on the environment and doesn't use damaging pesticides and fertilisers.

Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian cotton is widely believed to be the finest material for bedding. Egyptian cotton growers produce extra long staple fibres that are used in the yarn production process. Most cotton in Egypt is grown in the extremely fertile Nile delta region, which offers perfect growing conditions for cotton, and allows cotton farmers to produce the amazing long staple fibres. Typically, cotton staple fibres are actually quite short, certainly compared to man made fibres, making the longer Egyptian cotton fibres extra special indeed. And it is these long fibres that enable the cotton weavers to produce cotton that is the most luxurious cotton in the world - being both supremely soft and strong.

Satin

Satin is a fabric that has a super smooth and glossy surface with a high sheen, and a dull back, and is the result of a special weaving process, sometimes referred to as a "stain weave" or warp-dominated weaving. Fabric made using this weaving technique the incorporate silk, or man made fibres, is then called satin. Satin silk is very expensive, and so a lot of satin these days is made from man-made fibres, and you may see names such as Poly Satin, meaning satin woven using polyester fibre. If cotton is used (short staple fibres) then the resulting material is usually referred to as "Sateen" (see below). It is often believed that satin is used frequently in bed linen, although these days it is more likely to be sateen that is used. Trends for natural fibres mean that natural cotton is preferred as a material for bedding. Of course silk is a natural fibre that may be used to make satin, but this would be very expensive indeed. Sometimes you will find bedding such as duvet covers and pillow cases that use touches of satin, for example a trim or stripe, to add interest and style. These days you are more likely to find satin made from man-made fibres, and satin material is mostly used for lingerie and other clothing items, and sometimes sportswear.

Sateen

As mentioned above, sateen is very similar to satin. It is manufactured in the same way, but just uses short staple fibres in the weave, usually cotton. Hence sometimes you will see the phrase "Cotton Sateen" - meaning the fabric is cotton that has been produced using the special "sateen" weaving process. There are various duvet covers and bedding available in cotton sateen these days.  There are some ranges of bedding that are made completely from cotton sateen, although it's more common to find sateen used as a design feature, such as a stitch, trim or stripe.

Percale

Percale as a term refers to a fabric that has a minimum thread count of 180. Percale is usually very smooth to touch, something that comes from the dense thread count. Percale should have a silky feel, but not be shiny or glossy. However, just because it says “Percale” doesn’t mean it is 100% cotton. Percale can be made from blends of material, for example cotton and polyester. Therefore to make sure you are getting the best, look for the term 100% cotton Percale. And to be doubly sure, check the thread count too, which should be 180 plus.

Damask

Again, this isn't a type of fibre, but a term that refers to the way the fabric has been woven.  However, traditionally all Damask was made from silk, woven in a particular way to give it a distinctive raised pattern, often with a floral, leaf or swirl design. Not wanting to put you off, but think of flock wallpaper - raised floral patterns against a flat background. Damask is often used in upholstery, as well as in bedding. In duvet covers and bed linen damask can be used to great effect, and give a real luxurious feel and rich style to your bedroom.

Jacquard

The name of Jacquard refers to fabric woven on a jacquard loom or fabric resembling this kind of finish. The Jacquard loom is a mechanical type of loom, and was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801. The main benefits were to simply the process of making textiles that have complex patterns such as brocade and damask (see above).

100, 200 and 400 Thread Count

Luxury bed linen is usually made from a fabric with a high thread count, for example 100, 200 or 400. This figure refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch.  This densely woven fabric has an extraordinarily smooth, cool and silky feel, plus it is very durable and withstands wear and tear, as well as washing and drying, very well indeed. There's good reason why luxury hotels use this kind of bed linen - not only is it high quality, but lasts too!  Thread count is a good way of checking the overall quality of the material of the fabric. But also beware that thread count doesn't mean automatically that the material is cotton, or 100% cotton. For example, you may see terms such as "Poly cotton percale with 180 thread count".

Flannel

Flannel is a soft woven fabric, so warm and cosy when used for bed linen. Flannel bedding makes it great to jump into bed on a cold night. Flannel gets its softness from the fact it is made from loosely spun yarn. It is commonly used to make clothing, bed sheets, and sleepwear. Flannel was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool and cotton, or wool and synthetic fibre. Flannel is the perfect material for duvet covers during the colder months. Most flannel bedding is actually made from cotton flannel. It's very soft and gentle on the skin, and is very comfortable and warm, hence being perfect for winter. Flannel bedding is comfy and warm. Children in particular love it, plus anyone who feels the cold will appreciate flannel bedding. It has a very soft, luxurious feel and can be very appealing during the winter months.

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