Guide To Buying Bed Linens
Guide to Duvets, Pillows and Mattress Enhancers
Choosing Your Duvet
The weight, softness and warmth of a duvet depends on its tog rating and filling.
At the Fine Cotton Company, we stock only natural duvets as they are extremely durable and naturally breathable.
For our contract customers, we supply natural and synthetic products.
These are available in a range of tog ratings.
How to Choose Your Tog
Tog ratings are based on a duvet's ability to trap warm air.
Natural filled duvets have efficient thermal properties and do not need to feel heavy so their weight can be deceptive.
The higher the tog rating; the warmer the duvet.
Generally tog ratings are suited to different times of the year:
Summer : 3.0 - 4.5 tog
Spring/Autumn: 6.0 - 10.5 tog
Winter: 12.0 - 13.5 tog
Choosing your filling
Duvets with natural fillings are soft, light and comfortable, in the same way that natural fibres help your skin 'breathe' more effectively.
They are also highly resilient.
There are benefits to all the different types of fillings and it really is down to personal choice.
All our duvets are manufactured to a high quality using a cassette construction which means the filling is stitched into 'boxes' throughout the duvet and therefore will stay evenly spread across the duvet when in use.
They are beautifully finished with a piped edge.
Choosing Duvets for Children
For children it is important that they do not overheat.
Duvets trap more air around children and this increases the level of warmth. It is better to choose a lighter weight duvet somewhere between 4.5 and 9 tog.
A heavier 13.5 tog duvet may well prove uncomfortable, and is not recommended.
We also stock duvets in cot and cot bed sizes, but please note that duvets and pillows are not suitable for children under 12 months and that a room temperature of 18°C is recommended by many health professionals.
Down comes from the breast of a duck or goose, is very good at trapping air and therefore an excellent insulator, offering a luxurious warmth and comfort yet very lightweight.
Down has no quill and so is very soft.
The more down in a duvet the softer, lighter and more luxurious it will feel.
Hungarian, Pyrenean & Canadian goose down are considered premium down fillings - the clusters are larger than those of standard goose down and trap more air.
Our goose down duvets are sensationally soft and light in weight but are very warm. They cope well with variations in temperature so can be used all year round.
Snow Goose Down Duvets
Snow goose down originates form the Northern Territories of Canada and combines high fill-power with excellent insulation.
This luxurious duvet contains the softest 100% snow goose down which is super light and sensationally warm.
The cover is an exquisite 50% silk, 50% cotton 440 thread count and has a cassette construction with box wall edging to keep the down evenly distributed when used.
The edges of the duvet are piped in bright white satin.
Available in 10.5 Tog and 13.5 Tog
Specialist cleaning is recommended.
Matching pillows are available.
Silk is regarded as the best and most luxurious natural fibre next to your skin.
It is a naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and a thermal fibre that helps to regulate body temperature, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
The silk filling is actually resistant to dust mites and a healthy choice for those who suffer from allergies.
Our supplier is the leading specialist in silk bedding of the finest quality.
They have built their reputation on the quality, design and value of our silk filled bedding and silk products.
All their products have been designed in-house and they are passionate about only using the finest quality materials in our products and the finest A Grade long strand mulberry silk is used.
Silk is not only the ultimate in luxury it also manifests extraordinary properties unknown in other materials.
Silk helps to regulate the body temperature for the ultimate night's sleep.
Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and our products have been tested and endorsed by Allergy UK.
For centuries silk has been valued for its health giving benefits for the skin and hair.
Warm in winter and cool in summer, our silk filled duvets are 100% natural, hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.
The duvets are covered in a high quality 300 thread count cotton sateen which acts as a barrier against dust mites.
They drape softly over the body for the ultimate sleep experience and two duvets can be buttoned together for versatility.
Our silk filled duvets are available in three weights to suit individual needs:
Summer weight duvets (2-4 tog): Perfect for hot summer nights or for those who prefer to be kept cool.
All seasons weight duvets (6-8 tog): Ideal for most people all year round - light enough for summer and warm enough for winter in a centrally heated home. NB. Combine the advantages of our light and medium weight duvets by buttoning them together for added warmth in winter.
Winter weight duvets (9-11 tog): For those that feel the cold and for the colder winter months.
The supplier of our 100% silk filled duvets has been awarded The Seal of Approval by Allergy UK (the operational name of the British Allergy Foundation).
Our silk filled duvets have been BSI tested.
Choosing the correct pillow can make all the difference in ensuring you get a good night's sleep and the choice of filling is very important as it determines how much support the pillow will give your head.
The Fine Cotton Company stocks pillows in luxury goose down and silk.
Snow Goose Down Pillows
Exquisite Snow Goose 100% down filled pillows with a piped boxed wall cover of 445 thread- count 50% silk and 50% cotton.
These pillows are soft, comfortable and the ultimate in luxury.
Our down pillows are soft and luxurious.
A soft pillow is good to cradle the head, but you may need to add a firmer pillow below, to provide support and prevent a stiff neck when you wake up.
Available in 2 sizes.
Our simply gorgeous 100% silk pillows have a 300 thread count 100% cotton sateen cover and are filled with A Grade long strand mulberry silk.
Available in 3 sizes.
Mattress Enhancers & Protectors
The benefits of adding a mattress enhancer is to add comfort to your bed and also to protect the mattress helping it to last longer.
Mattress enhancers or toppers are normally thicker than mattress protectors and can be an inch or more thick (25 mm).
Luxury Pillow Top Mattress Enhancer
Our luxurious two part topper has a top layer of down and feather for a soft, comfortable sleep and a base of a 100% goose feather.
Our enhancer features a pocket construction to keep the clusters in place and a box wall edging.
The cover is a 230 threadcount luxury cotton cambric with elasticated corners
Silk Filled Mattress Toppers
The silk mattress topper gives a soft, luxurious feel to your mattress. T
hey are naturally hypoallergenic and feature a 300 thread-count cotton cover.
Luxury Cotton Mattress Protector
A natural 100% cotton quilted mattress protector - the filling is also cotton.
These are exceptionally soft and very comfortable.
We sell a range of sizes to fit most standard UK beds:
Cot to fit cot 65 x 120 cms (25ins x 47ins)
Cot Bed to fit cot bed 70 x 135 cms (27ins x 55ins )
Single to fit bed 90 x 190 cms (3ft x 6ft 3ins)
Double to fit bed 135 x 190 cms (4ft 6ins x 6ft 3ins)
Kingsize to fit bed 150 x 200cms (5ft x 6ft 6ins)
Super Kingsize to fit bed 180 x 200cms (6ft x 6ft 6ins)
Boudoir pillows 30 x 40 cms
Cot Bed 38 x 58 cms
Standard Pillows 50 x 75 cms
Square pillows 65 x 65 cms
Kingsize pillows 50 x 90 cms
Caring for Your Duvets & Pillows
We recommend that you take all our quilts and pillows to a specialist cleaner to be laundered and thoroughly dried.
This is because professional cleaners have large dryers to ensure your duvet is fully dry and won't develop mildew.
Full instructions can be found on each duvet care label.
With appropriate care, natural duvets will last for 10 to 15 years, however, the number of times a duvet is laundered will have an impact on its lifespan, as will repeatedly lying or sitting on top of it as this has the effect of compressing the filling and eventually diminishing its ability to trap air.
You should shake your duvet each morning to redistribute the filling.
All our pillows can be laundered in a large capacity washing machines but we do recommend they are cleaned professionally to ensure they are fully dried after washing.
Pillows will have a shorter lifespan than duvets.
This is because of the weight of our heads is flattening it all through the night and therefore over the years the level of support and comfort will deteriorate.
We suggest you plump up pillows daily