Bedlinen Basics

Have you ever thought about how much time the average person spends sleeping? No, not the good old eight hours per night if we are lucky, more a deep dive into exactly how much time we spend in bed...
On average, 26 years and 33 years spent in your bed!

But here is the interesting part, did you know it takes 7 years to nod off. Yes, the average person spends 7 years trying to go to sleep! Now that, is a waste of time!!

But why is sleep so vital? It’s so much more important than avoiding dozing off over your first meeting of the morning, it is an important element of a healthy lifestyle, it’s just as important as eating a well-balanced diet. It boosts mental health, improves physical wellbeing, helps with immunity, weight regulation and fertility! That’s what you get for those 26 years, but what about the 7 years tossing and turning? 

Well this is where Foxford steps in! You spend a third of your lifetime in bed so make your resting hours count by ensuring that you make the best choices in selecting your bedlinen.

A sheet is not a sheet, it is more than that, it is made up of different materials, thread counts, finishes and weaves.

It is up to you to choose the right bedlinen for your life.  

Material

The material we use here in Foxford is predominantly cotton. Portuguese sustainably sourced cotton. It is considered to be the best textile for bedding, cotton fabric is highly influenced by thread count. Cotton bedding tends to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer; it does not pill; and cotton bedding gets softer and more comfortable with time. However, cotton bedding may shrink or tear with time, and is susceptible to wrinkling. Egyptian Cotton is the highest available quality, and is distinguished by the long fibres, which produce a soft, luxurious feel.

So, picking up on thread count, what is it?  

GET THE LOOK: Seersucker Duvet Cover, Seersucker Oxford Cotton Pillowcase, Seersucker Oxford Cotton Square Pillowcase, New White Fitted Sheet

Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. This is based on the number of vertical and horizontal threads, as well as extra threads called “picks”, which are woven in between the horizontal threads. These picks often up the thread count, without improving the quality. Good quality sheets can have a thread count ranging from 200 to 800. Although high thread counts can feel softer, this should not be the only consideration when purchasing new bedding.

When you decide on the quality of your linen now move onto the finished styles

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Plain

Plain bedding is simple, restful, and easy on the eye. It can also be mixed and matched easily, and dressed up or down depending on our preferences, and choices in accessories. Using plain in your room allows you to add that pop of colour.

GET THE LOOK: Pink Sateen Fitted Sheet, Pink Sateen Flat Sheet, Pink Sateen Housewife Pillowcases

Printed

Printed bedding can add interest and a focal point to a room and allow you to easily personalise your bed according to your unique tastes.

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GET THE LOOK: Aqua and Pale Pink Geometric Duvet Cover, Aqua and Pale Pink Geometric Housewife Pillowcase, New White Fitted Sheet

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Striped

Single colours textures and designs including stripes are woven into the fabric. This weave is used to add a decorative element to duvets, pillowcases and sheets. 

GET THE LOOK: 7cm Blue Stripe Duvet Cover, 7cm Blue Stripe Housewife Pillowcase, New White Fitted Sheet


Finally, the weave should be considered. Foxford has a choice of both.

PERCALE

This is a plain weave, in which warp and weft (vertical and horizontal threads) and woven between each other one at a time. This checkerboard style weave produces a very strong fabric, and tightly woven threads create a crisp and fine matte finish.

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GET THE LOOK: 7cm Silver Stripe Duvet Cover, 7cm Silver Stripe Housewife Pillowcase, New White Fitted Sheet

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SATEEN

In this style of weaving, warp and weft threads are interwoven with filling threads, resulting in a smooth, lustrous look and feel. The sheets with the highest thread counts are usually constructed with a sateen weave.

GET THE LOOK: 7cm Silver Stripe Duvet Cover, 7cm Silver Stripe Housewife Pillowcase, New White Fitted Sheet

Pillowcases

Choosing your pillowcases shouldn’t have to be confusing but let’s face it, sometimes the terminology can put us off! So, we have broken down the different types

Housewife Pillowcases, these have a sewn edge, which fits snugly to the pillow.

Terminology behind housewife pillowcase, well not much is known but seemingly pillowcases in the 19th Century had a simple opening at one end, and often the pillow would fall out. In the 1880's the Housewives Co-operative in Bolton adapted a standard pillowcase to include an inside flap at the end, keeping the pillowcase in place. They then became known as "Housewife" pillowcases in the co-operatives honour.

Oxford Pillowcases, these have a fabric border around the edge, usually around 5cm.

Square Pillowcases, these are more often used for decorative purposes. These pillowcases like the 'Oxford' pillowcase have a wide stitched flat hem around the edge to create a border (or flap). The size of this hem can vary in width, but it is likely to be between 5 and 10cm. 

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Sheets

FITTED SHEET

Fitted sheets are an essential part of your linen set, not only for protecting your mattress from wear and tear, but also for providing a comfortable night’s sleep.
Ensure that the sheet fits your mattress by assessing the dimensions you require. Also remember that fitted sheets can potentially shrink slightly after the first wash. If you are planning to use a mattress topper, you should factor this in when measuring for your fitted sheets, as toppers can add extra height to the mattress.

Here is a handy guide to figure out what you need:

FLAT SHEET

Like fitted sheets, flat sheets affect the look and feel of your bed and can be chosen with a range of factors in mind. The main purpose of a flat sheet is to provide a barrier between you and your blankets or duvet, and this cuts down on the amount of washing you need to put your duvet through. 

DUVETS

Duvets are filled with feathers, wool, or fibre.

Cluster Down

Down is a layer of soft feathers found on ducks and is one of the best insulators against the cold. Duck feathers are light and soft and offer a luxurious feeling.

Hollowfibre

This is a synthetic, man-made material, consisting of hollow strands which trap air, and create warmth. Hollowfibre duvets are anti-allergenic, and can easily be machine-washed, making them a practical choice.

Microfibre

Microfibre is a synthetic material, which offers down-like softness. This material is durable and anti-allergenic, and most of these pillows can be machine-washed.

Tog

This refers to the warmth offered by the duvet – the higher the tog value, the warmer the duvet. The ‘tog’ is a unit of heat retained by the duvet, and this value varies according to not only how thick the duvet is, but what material has been used as a filling, as natural materials tend to serve as more effective insulators.

A medium tog value is around 10 and these are generally considered to be spring or autumn duvets, however depending on climate and central heating, they can be used all year round. The highest tog value we offer is 13.5, with most agreeing that 13.5 is the ideal value for a cosy, winter duvet.

Pillows

Feather & Down

Feather and down pillows offer soft and gentle support and conform easily to the nature shape of the body.

Hollowfibre

This is a synthetic material which offers excellent support and is a good choice for side sleepers. These pillows are hypo allergenic.

Microfibre

Microfibre is a synthetic material, which offers down-like softness. This material is durable and anti-allergenic and can generally be machine-washed

Care for your Linen


How often you choose to wash your sheets is based on personal preference; however, it is suggested that weekly washing is ideal, and very hot water should be avoided, as it may shrink fibres. You should use a small amount of mild detergent, and avoid using bleach, as this could break down the fibres.

Sheets may be tumble dried on a very low heat according to their specific care labels, however they should be removed before completely dry, to avoid wrinkles. When possible, sheets should be dried outside in the sun, which is not always possible in Ireland!

Bedding should be stored in a cool, dry place.

Pillows should be washed twice a year, and pillowcases once a month. Printed and coloured pillowcases should be washed inside out, to avoid damage and fading. Most down and synthetic pillows are machine-washable, and a low heat setting on a dryer can be used to re-fluff pillows, and they should be plumped daily when making the bed, to avoid them becoming flat.

Down duvets and comforters do not need very frequent laundering, as this can cause damage. Professional cleaning is recommended.

How to Get the most from your purchase:


Remove the item from the outer carton and packaging and lay it flat on the bed, which will allow air to immediately circulate around and begin the expansion process. For pillows, leave for approximately 5 minutes. For duvets and toppers leave up to 24 hours. During this time the product will begin to expand and develop to its normal loft. Taking the product in each hand and starting at the centre of each side, gently pad.

This will allow inner fibres to spread evenly whilst allowing more air to circulate in and around them thus increasing loft throughout the body. Repeat this process until the product appears even. It is very important to ‘tease’ the product and NOT to shake as this will cause compacting of the fibres/filling and produce lumpiness.

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