Bed Linen Guide - Foxford

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.



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?

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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


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.


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.


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.
Size: 50cm x 75cm

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.
Size: 50cm x 75cm + 5cm border

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.
Classic Square Size: 65cm x 65cm
Oxford Square Size: 65cm x 65cm + 5cm border


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:

Extra Deep Fitted Sheet depth: 40cm / 16 inch

Single:  90 X 190 cm / 36 X 75 inch
Double: 137 X 190 cm / 54 X 75 inch
King: 152 X 200 cm / 60 X 78 inch
Super King: 180 X 200 cm / 72 X 78inch

Duvet Covers

The duvet cover is meant to keep the inner duvet: dust free, clean and in good condition and to give a personalized touch to your bedroom.

Think about the duvet cover in the same way you would think about a pillow case. It protects the interior, while still providing a decorative and functional touch. Remember, duvet covers are not filled, as a pillow case. You can insert your duvet, as it has a pocket to slip with different types of closures as buttons, ribbon closure or zippers.

There is nothing worse than a duvet too big/or to small for the duvet cover that doesn’t fit properly. So, you should do a quick measure to establish what you have.

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

Single: 135 / 140 X 200 cm / 54 X 78 inch
Double: 200 X 200 cm / 78 X 78 inch
King: 225 X 220 cm / 90 X 86 inch
Super King: 260 X 220 cm / 102 X 86 inch

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.

Size Guide

Single: 180 X 270 cm / 72 X 106 inch
Double: 240 X 270 cm / 94 X 106 inch
King: 275 X 275 cm / 108 X 108 inch
Super King: 290 X 275 cm / 114 X 108 inch


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.

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 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.


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.


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

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

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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