Bed linen buying guide

Here at Dunelm Mill we are proud to offer a beautiful collection of bed linen. Pop in to one of our many stores or browse online and you are sure to find everything you need to make your bedroom into a haven of relaxation. Not only do we offer you a fantastic range of branded luxury bed linen from Dorma, Hotel and Waters and Noble but we also present you with the most sumptuous fibres and materials on the market.

When purchasing bed linen there are several aspects that need to be considered. We have highlighted some of the most important aspects of buying our quality bed linen, such as thread count, fibres and the method used to weave the fabric. At Dunelm Mill we are proud to be experts in our field, that is why we have collated all of the relevant information that you will need to help make an informed decision that will satisfy all-bedlinen and your bed linen needs.

There are several things to consider when purchasing bed linen, one of the main aspects being thread count. The term threadcount is related to the quantity of threads present in a square inch of fabric. As a general rule, the higher the thread count number the finer and smoother the fabric’s texture will feel.

As a general marker, the most popular of cotton fabrics will be approximately 100 thread count, while superior sheets will often start in the region of 200 thread count. Any bed linen above 200 thread count brings you a more luxurious quality such as our exclusive Hotel Bed Linen Collection, which possesses a superior rating of 400 thread count for absolute comfort.



We offer a choice selection of bed linen made from a range of materials from everyday quality to luxuriously smooth and silky premium quality. The difference in weight and feel comes from a combination of factors including fibre type, fibre length and the manner in which those fibres have been woven together.

  • Our stunning range of plain bed linen fabric is characterised by its simple and unadorned fabric. This plain dye fabric has no patterns or dense threads and is available in variety of colours. This range of bed linen is perfect if you crave a simple and natural look for your bedroom. Plain dye bed linen creates an ef fortless look of style and class without being too domineering. Our wide range of plain dye bedding includes fitted sheets, flat sheets, valances and pillowcases. A very popular option is to mix and match the plain dye bed linen with a few printed pillow covers to create a focal point and variety to your bed. Another benefit to this type of bed linen is the ‘non-iron’ collection that requires little if any ironing, the perfect choice for a busy family home.
  • Our Egyptian cotton bed linen is made from cotton that is grown in Egypt and favoured by luxurious and quality brands worldwide. This range of bed linen consists of long staple fibres, synonymous with the highest quality cotton products on the market. Our Egyptian cotton range has become increasingly popular in recent years highlighting the latest trend towards buying high quality goods that will last for years to come. This style of bed linen is ideal for the master bedroom. You can reall-bedlineny create a luxurious private haven away from the rest of the world. A deluxe bed linen set can truly act as the centre piece of your room and will be perfectly complemented with a few accentuated throw cushions and scented candles.
  • The term Percale refers to the weave of the fabric, not the material type. Percale fabric is a closely woven plain-weave fabric with a minimum thread count of 180 threads per square inch. This style of fabric is very common in bed sheets due to its hardwearing nature. Percale fabric is a favoured material for bed linen sets as it washes well and is available in a range of colours and patterns. Percale fabric was originally imported from India and manufactured in France. Today this fabric can be seen in many homes around the UK, highlighting the popularity and long standing quality of the product.
  • Sateen bed linen is usuall-bedlineny made of 100% cotton with an additional sheen creating a lustrous surface with a soft feel, the perfect material for a quality night’s sleep. The material’s sheen is created by using a product specific weaving method. Sateen fabric has a lot to offer with its wide range of colours and patterns, however it is often considered to be a less hardwearing fabric than other materials such as Percale. The reason for this is the softness and silkiness of the product often means that the cleaning process needs to be slightly gentler than that of other more durable fabrics.
  • This type of textile manufacturing was created in order to create a range of complex patterns such as damask. Jacquard bed linen is characterised by a raised design or pattern which is woven into the fabric. It is important to note that here at Dunelm Mill we don’t measure our jacquard fabric with a thread count as this could be under or overstated dependant on different parts of the design. This style of bed linen is often found in traditional and classic bedrooms. The intricate patterns are neatly woven into the fabric emitting a remarkable regal high sheen. Luxurious detail can then be added around the edges of the material to perfect the overall-bedlinen classic look of the product.
  • The Damask fabric process is commonly used to create single coloured silk weave which feature specific patterns or designs. The damask fabric is unique. A key element to this fabric is that it creates a light reflected weave that changes colour and brightness depending on how the light hits the product. This type of textile weave is also common in household items such as tablecloths due to the unique and high quality characteristics of the material. This type of textile is very popular today and is another example of a woven fabric that has stood the test of time. Damask cloth was first introduced to France in the mid 14th century and has been used to make bed linen sets throughout Europe ever since.
  • Flannel is often made from cotton, synthetic fibre or wool and is characterised by its soft woven fabric. There are 3 main types of flannel available on the market, the main one being flannelette which is traditionall-bedlineny composed of cotton weaves. Other types of flannel fabric include cotton flannel and diaper flannel. all-bedlinen 3 types of flannel fabric are weaved in either a twill or plain format and are available in an array of colours and patterns. Our beautiful range of flannelette bed linen is made from 100% cotton with a slightly plumper and fluffier appearance than other fabrics. This cosy fabric is very practical as it acts as a form of insulation keeping you warmer on cooler nights.
  • The name of this material is based on the fabric’s place of origin, Jersey in the Channel Islands. Jersey material is a woven fabric that was traditionall-bedlineny made from wool. Currently, it is more common to get fabrics that are made from a mixture of textiles such as cotton, synthetic fibres and wool. This fabric is an ideal choice for nursery bedding as it is extremely supple, soft and absorbent cotton. Also, the loose knit fabric style of the material will ensure that your child stays at the perfect temperature whilst also looking very stylish in the nursery.
  • Bedspreads are similar to duvets in many ways. The basic connection being the principal function of a bedspread is to add an extra layer of warmth to your bed. The bedspread also shares key characteristics with blankets or throws as they not only provide warmth but they also act as a fashion accessory bring a splash of colour and texture to your room.
  • Nursery Bedding
    Fitted cot sheets have elastic corners to fit snugly over your cot mattress. They are quick and easy to fit and won’t become ruffled easily. Here at Dunelm Mill our beautiful nursery bedding range is available in comfortable jersey or cosy flannelette.


    Children's bedding
    Here at Dunelm Mill we pride ourselves on the quality and ease of use of our Children’s bedding collection. We understand that when it comes to children’s bed linen durability is a key aspect and that is why our products are machine washable. Our range of children's bedding is available in a range of vibrant colours and fun designs. We have tailor-made our children’s bedding designs to complement our extensive range of curtains, rugs and accessories, making their room a special place of their own.

Here at Dunelm Mill we have a wide range of bed linen sets that are available in an array of sizes. Below is a guidance chart to help you decide which bed linen collection will be perfect for your home.

Mattress Size Duvet Covers Standard Fitted Sheets Flat Sheets
Small-bedlinen Single 135cm x 200cm
53" x 79"
n/a 180cm x 260cm
71" x 102"
Single 135cm x 200cm
53" x 79"
90cm x 185cm
35" x 73"
180cm x 260cm
71" x 102"
Small-bedlinen Double 200cm x 200cm
79" x 79"
n/a 229cm x 259cm
90" x 102"
Double 200cm x 200cm
79" x 79"
137cm x 190cm
54" x 75"
229cm x 259cm
90" x 102"
Kingsize 225cm x 220cm
89" x 87"
150cm x 200cm
59" x 79"
274cm x 264cm
108" x 104"
Super Kingsize 260cm x 220cm
102" x 87"
200cm x 185cm
79" x 73"
305cm x 280cm
120" x 110"

Wash your bedding in the washing machine on a weekly basis in line with the manufacturer’s washing, drying and
ironing guidelines

Avoid washing your bed linen with any strong colours that could bleed onto your product

Avoid placing your bed linen directly in front of an open heat source for extended periods of time

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