Types of Fabric Finishes to Consider for Your Bedding

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There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep. The quantity and quality count, of course, but the bedding’s comfort plays a significant role in how well you sleep every night. If you pair the fabric finishes just right, it can make for a sound night. With that in mind, choosing the right bed linen is imperative.

If you’re wondering about the different types of fabric finishes to use for your bedding, take a look at our useful guide below. As an importer and supplier of wholesale bedding, we know a thing or two about bedding fabric.

Types of fabric materials

Choosing between manmade or natural fibres is a great place to start your search for the best bedding.

Natural fibres

These are made up of plant fibres such as flax, hemp, sisal and cotton. They can be washed at higher temperatures and tend to be luxuriously soft.

  • Cotton

A natural fibre known for it’s smooth and breathable characteristics. It is a naturally occurring material, making it a great choice for guests with sensitive skin. Cotton sheets are also able to retain their softness and durability wash after wash.

  • Egyptian Cotton

A gold standard in luxurious bed linen, having extra-long staple fibres which make it particularly durable and soft to the touch.

Manmade fibres

The most common manmade fibres are synthetic polymers, such as acrylic or polyester.

  • Polycotton

A blend of durable, manmade polyester and natural, luxurious cotton. This material is easy to care for and holds up well during commercial use. Sheets with a percentage of polyester fibre tend to be faster drying and easier to iron. Because of the combination of manmade synthetic fibre, polyester, with the cotton, it’s not as soft as 100% cotton. A good balance is anything with a 50% or higher cotton to polyester mix.

  • Polyester Microfibre

Often overlooked as an inferior product, brushed polyester microfibre sheets are very popular across Europe. Made using a fine thread to create a tight weave and then lightly brushed to create a soft touch. These sheets are incredibly versatile, being very quick to dry, washing well and holding a stronger colour. They are also inherently non-iron, needing very little care to maintain their appearance.

The importance of thread count

Thread count is incredibly important when talking about textiles. So much so that we’re frequently asked what is the best thread count for bedding? So, what is it exactly?

The thread count of bed linen signifies the number of threads woven together per square inch, counting horizontal and vertical threads. For example, 100 lengthwise threads are woven with 80 width-ways threads to produce a thread count of 180.

Generally, the higher the thread count, the more durable and luxurious the sheet. Thread counts are a measure of quality – up to a point. That said, a printed or patterned duvet cover is better off with a lower thread count so it’s not tough. While the thread count is a significant factor in the overall standard of a product, its combination with a superior fabric is what allows the quality to really shine through.

At Homefords, we stock products with a few different types of weaves, including:

  • Percale

Often confused as a type of fabric, percale refers to a specific type of weave. It’s the most common bed sheet weave, which is a crisscross pattern, with each side having the same amount of surface thread. Percale is durable, lightweight and breathable offering a crisp, smooth finish. Percale fabric must have a thread count of 180 or higher.

  • Sateen

A sateen weave will have more vertical threads than horizontal threads, which gives a silky finish to sateen bedding. This is a great way to achieve a high-end standard without opting for those expensive fabrics. Although sateen weaves have a smoother and more luxurious feel, it can be prone to snagging.

Fabric finishes

Bed linen is more than just a necessity – it can serve as a decorative addition to tie into any room décor. Whether you choose printed sheets or plain linen, it’s important that the bedding suits the overall décor of the room and the needs of your guests.

  • Print

The good news is that those in hospitality aren’t limited to just plain white sheets. If done correctly, a subtle geometric print or a floral design can add interest to your rooms.

  • Flannelette

Also known as brushed cotton, flannelette is a thick yet lightweight material that is made out of loosely spun cotton. The brushing process creates a soft pile on either side of the sheet, which holds the warmth in well and creates a soft and cosy feel.

  • Jacquard

Jacquard is the name of the loom that weaves complex patterns directly into the fabric. This means the pattern is enhanced by the texture of the weave with a subtle sheen. A beautiful jacquard duvet can add a touch of elegance and style to any bedroom.

  • Embellished

Embellished bedding has additional features such as velvet panels, satin panels, sequins, sparkles, glitter, pintuck pleats, embroidered details or other similar embellishments to enhance bedding. These finishes can make a real statement, taking a plain white duvet and adding piped detail to it can make all the difference to the completed look

Wholesale bedding to suit your needs

At Homefords we have a wide selection of wholesale bedding and bed linen to suit each unique business – whether it’s for your guests or you’re reselling to consumers. We also offer bulk discounts, free mainland UK delivery and hassle-free returns. Take a look at our full range of bedding today to find the right solution for your business.

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