THE right bedroom setup can help you get a better night’s sleep - so we’ve rounded up the best bed linen to help you do just that.
We also explain the best materials for bed linens and how often you need to change them.
What is bed linen?
Bed linen is quite a broad term and includes everything from duvet covers and pillowcases to bed and valance sheets.
Essentially, it's pretty much every kind of bedding you can think of.
The core products you’ll need for the home are duvet covers, pillowcases and bed sheets, but you can also get valance sheets (the frilly bits that cover the base of the bed) and bedspreads (like the cover you get in some hotels) for a more made up look.
And then of course, you can add in throws and blankets as well as mattress toppers and pillow protectors.
Best bed linen to buy now
While the bed linen category is very broad, our round up of the best bed linen to buy focuses on the most popular duvet cover and pillowcase sets.
Read on to find out about the most common fabrics and which might be the best fit for you.
Remember, aside from the size of the duvet cover - whether single, double, king or super king - you also need to consider the size and shape of the pillowcases as well as this can vary.
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1. Dreamscene pink and grey geometric duvet set
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This easy-to-care-for duvet set is made from comfortable and durable polycotton.
You get two patterns in one thanks to its reversible design.
It features a stylish geometric pattern in pink and grey on one side and a stripey grey one on the other.
2. Sleepdown purple floral reversible duvet set
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For a dark and moody colour theme, try this purple floral duvet set.
The design is also reversible - flip it over and you’ll have a plain purple bedding.
The fabric is polycotton and can be tumble dried.
3. John Lewis & Partners Ines duvet set in citrine
This Scandi-style flower print set will be lovely in bright bedrooms.
It comes in a range of different sizes, from single all the way up to super king.
Made from 200 thread count cotton, it’s soft and comfortable to use.
4. M&S cotton rich bee bedding set
Another great option for lighter bedrooms is this bee bedding set from Marks and Spencer.
It’s made from a polycotton blend with a higher cotton mix, making it more breathable.
The design is also available from single up to a super king, and comes in grey or blue.
5. Argos Home Easycare polycotton set
This affordable duvet set, in a single, will add a pop of colour to any bedroom.
The design is reversible so you can also flip it over for a contrasting grey instead of yellow.
The fabric is polycotton, and you can tumble dry it.
6. Amble duck egg duvet set
This lovely floral duvet set is reversible, with each side showing a different flower pattern.
It’s made from easy-to-care-for polycotton, with no need to iron.
You can also get it in a range of sizes, from a single all the way up to a super king
7. Boohoo white rouched pleat duvet set
The rouched pleat of this king-size duvet set gives it a really luxurious, comfy look.
The fabric is a polycotton blend, and can be ironed and tumble dried.
This same design is also available in other shades and sizes.
What is the best quality bed linen?
When we talk about the quality of bed linen, we’re generally referring to duvet covers, pillowcases and bed sheets - the fabrics that are in direct contact with our skin.
These can be made from a range of different materials, including polyester, polycotton, cotton, linen and silk. Each of these have their own qualities and benefits.
Polyester is affordable, durable and easy to care for, but it isn’t as breathable as cotton.
Cotton is known for being soft and breathable and is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Egyptian cotton is especially prized for these qualities.
For cotton, you’re looking for a good thread count - the higher the thread count, the softer it will be, but that also means higher prices.
Polycotton, as a blend of polyester and cotton, is generally cheaper than cotton and easier to care for, but it is also less breathable.
Linen is breathable like cotton, but also has anti-allergenic properties and is more durable. It also tends to be a lot more expensive.
And finally, you have silk, the most luxurious of bedding fabrics. It’s super smooth, breathable and hypoallergenic - but it is also less durable and much more expensive compared to the other fabrics.
How often should you change your bed linen?
Experts say you should be changing your bed linen at least once a week to maintain good hygiene, and more often in some cases.
This is because while you’re sleeping, you’re shedding skin cells and the sweat and natural oils from your body will rub off onto your bedding.
But if you suffer from allergies, or if you sweat a lot or have pets sleeping in bed with you, you should change your bedding more often.
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