Polycotton, cotton or linen- what bedding works best?

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You have your Sealy mattress as a firm foundation and your Sealy mattress protectors and Sealy luxury pillows picked off the Sealy Top of Bed catalogue. You used the last Sealy blog to unravel duvet inner jargon and are happy with the both the size and filling of your new duvet. Your next step? Finding the bedding collection that is going to be best for you!

Sheeting, pillow covers, duvet covers, blankets... after investing in a great mattress and pillows and lovingly wrapping them in luxurious mattress and pillow protectors, you do not want to ruin your sleep experience by topping them off with the wrong bedding. But what is the right bedding for you?

Here is a basic guide to bedding jargon so you can make yet another great and informed choice:

Let's start with the simplest concept...

1. Sizing - Luckily this correlates with the mattress sizing and duvet inner sizing that you are familiar with. King, queen, 3/4 and single, you should be fine selecting the correct one.

Warning! If you have selected an extra length duvet inner remember you will need an extra length cover. No one likes sleeping with a bunched up duvet round their feet.

And now onto fabrics... stay with me here.

2. Fabrics -  There are three types of fabric to choose from: polycotton, cotton and linen.


Polycotton – A blend of man-made plastic-like polyester and the natural fibre cotton. Polyester gives the duvet cover lightness whilst the cotton breathes. The higher the ratio of cotton to polyester the cooler you will be. The quality of cotton varies depending on the plant used and how it is manufactured. Polyester is known to be easily washed and need less ironing. However, it does not age well and is prone to changing shape and tearing with use.

Cotton - A natural fibre picked off the cotton plant, it is well-respected for its flow and robustness, however, the quality varies depending on the crop and how it is prepared.The gold standard in cotton is Egyptian cotton which creates a smoother, but heavier fabric. Cotton washes well, even at high temperatures such as 100 degrees. This means it works well for those concerned about dustmites, fungi and moulds. It also works well for those fighting against stains.

Linen - A textile derived from the flax plant. It is laborious to manufacture but once spun creates a fabric with exceptional coolness and an amazing ability to remain fresh even in scorching heat. These qualities make linen the most costly out of the three. There are linen/cotton blends available which make it slightly more affordable. Linen bedding is a good investment for use over many years.

The Sealy team hopes that this guide helps you to complete making up your dream bed! Now when you are online or instore, you won’t be baffled by the jargon and you should be able to find what you need without much fuss. Happy shopping and happy sleeping!

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