Whether you want a new pillow with the firmness you like, new towels that offer great absorbency for your whole family, or a duvet inner with the perfect weight and feel for you, this guide will help you decide on the best Manchester picks for you and your family.
Towels are the hardest working product in the home. With a little knowledge, your new towels will look, last and perform better. Towels can add style to a practical part of the house, having more than one colour or design in the linen cupboard means you can change the look in your bathroom quickly and without too much expense.
Lightweight or smaller towels are practical:
Heavier or larger towels are indulgent:
We spend a third of our lives between the sheets, so it’s worth making a difference to the comfort of our slumber. Crisp or silky smooth, instant warmth or lingering coolness; everyone has a different idea of comfort.
A duvet inner to suit you and the environment in which you sleep is essential for a good night’s rest.
Duvet covers are essentially a ‘protector’ for your duvet inner. Duvet inners need to be protected from the environment, dirt, natural oils, the family pet and other allergy causing irritants. Plus a cover is much easier to launder than the inner. There are a number of factors that determine the retail price of a duvet cover, the brand, the fabric, what it is made of, thread count and weight, design, style and embellishment. The more work and processes involved in the design the higher the price will be. Basically, a polyester yarn dye jacquard can be higher in price than a polyester plain dye jacquard of the same weight and with no embellishment. A printed cotton 250 thread count duvet with embroidery will be higher in price than a printed cotton 250 thread count duvet.
Often overlooked, mattress protectors are an essential element to a comfortable sleeping environment. Not only protecting your mattress from dirt, dust and allergy causing irritants; they add an extra layer of comfort and keep sheets from moving around on the mattress.
Focuses on restricting movement on the mattress in the following manner:
A comfortable pillow is a supportive pillow. It should align your head and body while you are sleeping and suit your size and favoured sleeping position. Pillow pricing is determined by: fill type, amount of fill, the size of the pillow and it's outer fabric. The most expensive pillow won't necessarily be the best for you, you first need to understand your preferences.
The amount of fill affects the comfort and support of any pillow:
Feather & Down:
A higher thread count outer:
If you’re confused by jacquard and perplexed by thread count, here is a glossary to help you understand common terms often used to describe manchester products.
Surface decoration sewn, embroidered, or otherwise attached to fabric
Initial process that cleans and brushes fibres before turning them into textile
A process used in addition to 'carding' cotton, the cotton is 'combed' to remove shorter fibres from the yarn, leaving the plush, longer fibres used to create a higher quality product
Cotton is 100% natural, non-allergenic, and a renewable resource, it is environmentally friendly as it breaks down in landfill. The quality of the cotton is determined by the length of the fibre/strand, and the quality of the fabric from there is determined by the treatment of the cotton and the construct of the fabric
Breathable, ideal for humid, hot, climates
The light, fluffy coating beneath duck and goose feathers, it is the lightest and warmest natural insulator known to man, it offers insulation against cold and heat, breathability, loft, softness and is lightweight, it is the most luxurious and expensive option for bedding. Down has the ability to absorb moisture we release in our sleep and pass it into the atmosphere, ensuring you are cosy but not clammy, and keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer
One of the world's most luxurious cotton fibres; characterised by longer, finer fibres, it makes a more luxurious product with a silky lustre and softness
Ornamental, sometimes raised design, created by decorative needlework
The small exterior feathers have the same properties as down, just not to the same level of excellence when down and feather are combined, the small feathers support the loft and durability making a more premium product
Feather and down is a less expensive option while retaining all the benefits, it moulds to the body keeping out draughts - is insulating while still being light and breathable
Grams per square metre, a commonly used scale for fabric and fill weight, it is a scale used internationally
A labour intensive process that allows a design to be woven directly into a fabric
A type of weave, specifically for bedding, that contains fill, it is a very close cropped weave - assists in minimising the migration of fill
Used to describe the springiness/ fluffiness of a fibre, usually because it is a type of fibre that allows air to be trapped around it, it is a term associated with duvet inners and pillows
Relates to a method of weaving terry fabric in towels, fewer or no twists in their terry loops are softer, fluffier, and more absorbent, are more susceptible to fluffing
Fine denier polyester used in duvet inners and pillows to replicate the feel of down but much cheaper, all other attributes are the same as other polyesters
Polyester with a brushed surface, often used in apparel and now starting to show in bedding products
A wider than normal hem that prevents the duvet inner/pillow going right to the edge, creating a neater finish, also known as a Shammed or Tailored hem
Closely woven, smooth-finished cotton, which results in finer bed linen, cotton percale looks matt and feels soft, launders beautifully - long lasting and durable
A small ball of fibres that form when fabric is rubbed
Fabric is dyed one colour and then sewn into a duvet cover, pillowcase, or sheet set
A synthetic alternative to down or cotton with some benefits such as wrinkle resistance, durability, and high colour retention, sometimes spun together with natural fibres to create a blended fabric. As a fill it generates effective warmth and insulation by trapping air and body heat as it lofts. Machine washable, durable and good value, does not breathe - needs to be aired regularly
Soft, light, lustrous fabric with loose interfacing in fine, dense thread, weaving process creates a silky handfeel and a high shine
A wider than normal hem to prevent the duvet inner from going right to the edge creating a neater finish, also known as an Oxford or Tailored hem
A wider than normal hem that prevents the duvet inner/pillow going right to the edge, creating a neater finish, also known as an Oxford or Shammed hem
Terry is a fabric that loops and can absorb a large amount of water, it is used for towels
The measure of the quality of a fabric (quality of the cotton should also be considered), refers to the number of threads per square metre of finished fabric
100% natural, sustainable, highly resilient and durable, wool helps to regulate body temperature as it is an absorbent fibre - this assists in keeping people warm in the winter and cool in summer, wool is naturally resistant to mould and mildew, with flame resistant qualities
(Jacquard) Colour is introduced by dying each yarn separately before the weaving process
The following hints can help deter allergy-causing impurities from getting inside your bedding, specifically your duvet inner or pillows, regardless of what the fill is.