Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric. It can range from as low as 180 to as high as 1000. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable the fabric will be. However, a high thread count does not necessarily mean better quality. A lower thread count can be just as soft and durable if the fabric is made from high-quality materials.
bed linen sizes
The most common size options are single, double, king and super king. Make sure to measure your mattress and duvet before you shop so you know what size sheets and covers you need. Standard UK duvet cover sizes are:
Single: 140 x 200cm
Double: 200 x 200cm
King: 230 x 220cm
Super King: 260 x220cm
Not sure what size you need? This is a useful guide to UK duvet and mattress sizes.
Flat or fitted sheets?
Most bedding companies offer the option of either flat or fitted sheets. Some people prefer a flat sheet, while others prefer a fitted sheet. It really is all down to your own personal preference. Fitted sheets tend to stay in place better, meaning you won’t have to constantly adjust them, but flat sheets are more versatile. They can be used as a top sheet on their own or in combination with a fitted sheet and blanket. You can also use them on any type of bed, including futons and daybeds.