15 Different Types of Bed Sheets: Which is Right for You?

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When it comes to buying bed sheets, you may not have realised just how varied they are. As well as three main types of sheets, there is a huge range of sizes, thread counts and fabrics to choose from. Whether you want snug bedding to keep you warm in winter or light and airy sheets to cool you down, we’re here to help. Our guide has everything you need to know on the 15 types of bed sheets.

What are the different types of bed sheets?

At Homefords, we offer a wide range of wholesale bedding types with a huge selection of materials and styles. But before getting into the nitty gritty, there are three main types of bed sheet. Below we’ve explained what these sheets are and how they fit into the bedding structure.

Flat sheets are often ignored when it comes to buying bedding. They are put on after a fitted sheet and underneath the quilt, making a barrier between you and the duvet. In the summer they are particularly useful for keeping sweat off your other blankets, so you don’t have to wash them all.

A fitted sheet is the bottom layer of a bedding set and covers the mattress. They are elasticated at all four corners, making it easy to hook over the corners of the bed. However, with a fitted sheet, it’s important that you choose the right size. Too big and it will be loose and slide around as you move. Too small and you won’t fit it properly and it may ping off in the night. We also offer extra deep boxes, which cater for mattresses that are 40cm in depth, rather than the standard 25cm.

Valance sheets are an additional type of sheet which cover the base of the bed, underneath the mattress. They are available in both base valance (flat) or fitted valance, depending on the look you want to achieve.

Thread Counts

As a simple overview, the thread count of bedding refers to how many threads there are, horizontally and vertically, per square inch of material. For a more detailed guide, you can check out our complete guide to thread counts in bedding.

There is a common assumption that the higher the thread count, the better the bedding. While a high thread count can result in luxurious and soft sheets, it can also make the bedding more delicate and harder to care for. All thread counts have a purpose, and lower thread counts make a great durable option that is easy to wash and dry.


What size beds are there in the UK?

In the UK, there are five main sizes of bedding. The most well-known sizes are Single, Double and King. However, there are also Three-Quarter or Queen sizes and the super-wide Super-King. Here is a breakdown of what each size means:

Single and Double sheets are the most common types that you may see while shopping. Like all bedding, the size of single sheets in the UK depends on what type of sheet you are buying. Flat Single sheets typically measure around 180x275cm while Fitted sheets measure 90x190x30cm.

This sheet size may not be very common, but it is useful to know, especially when choosing the right size of bedding for your next purchase. If you’re wondering where Three-Quarter fits in the bedding scale and if it is bigger than a Single, you would be right. Three-Quarter size is also known as Queen size bedding and is wider than a Single but smaller than a Double.

Double beds are the next size up and give you more room to stretch out than a Three-Quarter. Usual Flat sheet measurements for a Double are 230x275cm, while Fitted sheets are around 140x190x30cm.

Now we’re reaching royal levels of comfort with King bedding. Flat sheets for King beds are around 275x275cm and Fitted sheets are about 150x200x30cm.

There’s a reason this bed is called the Super-King, as it offers plenty of space for the ultimate good night’s sleep. Super-King bedding is the biggest you can get in most shops, and Flat sheets for these beds are a massive 305x275cm, while Fitted sheets are 180x200x30cm.


The next factor in your search for bedding is the fabric used to make it. Needless to say, this can have a big impact on the final look and feel of the bedding.

Cotton is the most widely known fabric for sheets and comes in a few varieties. Egyptian Cotton is considered to be a particularly good option for cotton as the fibres used to make it are longer, stronger and softer. You may see lots of high thread count options with Egyptian Cotton as the longer fibres make it easier to create thinner thread strands.

In general, Cotton is a great choice for summer bedding. It is light and airy which helps to keep you cool during hot nights. Cotton is also a durable material, making it a great option for easy to care for bedding.

Also known as Brushed Cotton, Flannelette sheets are an excellent option for cold weather. They’re super soft and snug and the brushed texture on both sides helps to trap warmth.

Silk sheets are a super luxurious option that need taking good care of, but the light texture makes it worth it. Silk is an ideal fabric for summer bedding as it feels cool to the touch.

Bamboo is relatively new but is becoming popular with people looking for eco-friendly options. Other benefits of Bamboo bedding include the material being hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial, so people with allergies or sensitive skin may find it a good option.

Polyester can get a bad reputation for bedding as it is synthetic, however Polycotton blends use the best of both worlds. They are very durable and easy to care for and still look crisp without ironing.

People often question whether Linen or Cotton is better for bedding, and they both have good qualities. A lower thread count is needed for linen to produce high quality sheets as linen fibres are thicker. Both, however, have keep-cool properties that make them an equally good choice for lighter summer bedding.

Microfiber sheets aren’t as common as Polyester, but this synthetic option has its benefits. It is made of finer fibres than traditional Polyester, making it much softer and less prone to pilling.

Find your perfect bed sheets

Whether you’re looking for warm and luxurious or cool and durable, Homefords has high quality bed sheets for any preference. Take a look at our full collection of wholesale bedding to find the right fit for you. Order in bulk to trigger fantastic discounts and don’t forget to take advantage of our free delivery to mainland UK addresses.

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