Getting Your Bed ready for Autumn

There’s a bit of a chill in the air and it seems to be getting darker slightly earlier – Autumn is on its way.

We’ve been rather spoiled this summer with great weather for most of us. It’s now time to prepare your bed for Autumn.

It’s always good to start at the base and work up.

  1. Take off your sheets and valance and if possible vacuum the mattress and divan base. You may want to look at our TuckTop Valance – in tests it took less than 1 minute to put it in place and 17 seconds to remove! And that’s without lifting the mattress at all
  2. Check your mattress topper (if you have one). Summer was all about keeping cool; Autumn is about keeping at the right temperature – not too hot but not too cold.
    There are different options – Silk is great for all year round; Wool and Alpaca are brilliant for temperature control; Duck Down and Goose Down can make you feel like you’re cocooned in a state of bliss!
  3. Are your sheets the best for you? Our crisp cotton percale sheets are beautiful but some people love the warmer feel of the sateen or brushed cotton flannelette. Make sure you choose an extra deep fitting sheet at there’s nothing worse than your bottom sheet pinging off in the night. Think about a duvet cover in the fabric you love so you’ll feel nice and cosy when you get into bed.
  4. Do you need to change your duvet? You may have been using a 4.5 Tog duvet through the summer. Generally a 9.0 Tog duvet is a better option for the Autumn.
  5. Layering! To finish off your bed, it’s a good idea to layer with a throw or blanket. If you’re too hot, the blanket can be put to one side.

Snuggly bed linen for Autumn nights

The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

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Mothers Day is just days away, and always the biggest conundrum is what to give her on this special day. Well probably one of the best things she would love is sleep! Mums work harder than anyone could imagine, whatever their age. And if she has young children the the day is packed with running around looking after them, and it can be hard physical work, with either staying at home with them when they are young or taking them to school.

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Housework, shopping and cleaning all take their toll physically on her, and at the end of the day all you want to do is sleep! So if  she  like most new mums, a good night’s sleep seems as far away as the moon and stars in her weary mind. Sleep seems a million miles away when the kids are up all night, and so are mums and dads are also indeed up all night, and it’s just no fun any more. But a good night’s rest doesn’t have to be an illusion. a good nights sleep will have a huge effect on the quality of her life. So on Mothers Day, besides your thoughtful card and gorgeous big bouquet of flowers, present her with a cool morning off, just let her sleep late or take a sweet nap while you take the kids out to the park.

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But, one thing is for certain, she will sleep much better if she has a decent bed and bedlinen. It will make such a difference to her all round wellbeing, with a good nights sleep in a beautiful bed think how happy she will be! Bedlinen might seem like an expensive Mother’s Day present, it certainly is something that she should be treated to at some point.

How Well Do You Sleep?

How well do you sleep?

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How much time do you think that we spend in bed, sleeping? It is actually a whopping 1/3rd of our life. So how much does it matter to what we sleep in and under the sheets. The mattress or the bedlinen, and taking into account the bedroom itself. Your bedlinen is a most important part of giving you that great nights sleep, and dependant on what type of bedlinen, whether cotton, linen, silk, or flannel, it is important that you choose wisely.

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Firstly Make sure that you choose the right TOG quilt, its just as important that you get the season’s right as well, too heavy and summer will be a nightmare, too thin in winter and you will be as cold as an iceberg for the season and your personal body temperature. You’ll want bedding which is breathable and regulates your body heat systematically, making it less likely that you’ll get woken up from being either too cold, or over hot. When it comes to bed linen, spending a little extra on high quality that comes highly recommended.

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Exclusively made for The Fine Cotton Company, our stylish and luxurious collections of duvet covers with coordinating plain dye sheets and pillowcases are carefully produced from pure organic and natural cotton. The eco friendly cotton we use is organic and is fully combed to give a smoother, softer feel.

fitted sheets and flat sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Fitted and Flat Sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Not only do high quality sheets keep you comfortable at night because they have a high thread count and are made with breathable materials, they also last long because of the superior quality material used. This is why, when it comes to bed linen, spending a little extra on high quality comes highly recommended.

Sheets that go PING in the night – How to choose the correct bottom sheet for your bed

fitted sheets and flat sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Fitted and Flat Sheets from The Fine Cotton Company

Have you ever woken from a deep sleep to find your bottom sheet has come adrift leaving it creased and crumpled underneath you, making you feel really uncomfortable?

We think there’s nothing more annoying!

Make sure you choose the correct type and size of sheet by following our tips below:

Type of Sheet – Fitted or Flat?

There is a choice of fitted and flat sheets, both of which may be used as a bottom sheet.

Before fitted sheets arrived in the late 1950s, the only option was a flat sheet. Flat Sheets are folded around the mattress and tucked in using carefully folded hospital corners to keep the sheet snug to the bed. Many hotels use this type of sheet and it takes great skill at making the bed, with plenty of fabric to tuck in to keep in place.
In 1959, Bertha Berman patented a design for fitted sheets that had corners sewn in a way that would fit the sheet to the mattress. These sheets although less than perfect as they still managed to pop off the bed were the start of the fitted sheet we know today. In 1990, Gisele Jubinville patented a design for a much better fitted sheet that grabs a mattress and stays put. She sold the patent in 1993 for $1 million.

Fitted sheets now have elasticated corners which keep the sheet in place underneath the mattress.

Size of Mattress

Whether you choose a fitted or a flat style sheet, the main thing is to choose the correct size.

Fitted sheets need to have enough depth to be able to cover the mattress protector and mattress and still have enough fabric to tuck under the mattress to be held in place.

The same applies to flat sheets; there must be enough fabric to enable at least 20 cm to tuck in under the mattress.
Firstly, you need to know the size of bed you have.

The best thing to do is take a tape measure and check the size. If your bed has been made outside the UK, the chances are the mattress sizes will be different to beds made in the UK.

Check the bed size against the size chart on our website, which shows American and UK sizes.

Check the depth of the mattress and then any mattress toppers you have on top.

The fitted sheets at The Fine Cotton Company are made extra deep to allow for todays trend in deep mattresses and thick mattress enhancers. However, if your mattress is even deeper we suggest you go for a flat sheet or a bespoke fitted sheet.

If you are choosing a flat sheet and the size and depth of the mattress is a little larger than the size specification, we suggest buying the next size up.

Fabrics

Opt for the best quality you can afford. A sheet in 100% organic cotton is much more breathable and will absorb moisture far better than a sheet in a polycotton mix.  The weave of the fabric is really down to personal choice.

SATEEN  is a smooth, sleek and sophisticated fabric with a silky soft feel.

FLANNELETTE is beautifully brushed organic cotton with a velvety touch that is soft, warm and cosy.

PERCALE is a crisp, fresh fabric with a smooth feel.

Should you need any further information about choosing the right size and style of sheet, please do contact The Fine Cotton Company on 0845 602 9050

A Guide to Making Your Bedroom a Cosy Sanctuary for the Winter

With winter fast approaching, how do you create a cosy sanctuary in your bedroom?

If you want to get the optimum night’s sleep from sleeping in a slightly cooler room, you will need to work just that bit harder to keep yor body at the optimum temperature in bed during those cold winter’s nights.   This is where The Fine Cotton Company’s superb range of luxury, organic and natural bedding and bed linen can really help you.

It’s all about layering – start from the bottom with your bed and layer it up for your optimum luxury, organic sleeping experience.

Start with a really good mattress enhancer.   A good mattress enhancer will give you many benefits, such as added support, greater comfort as you sleep, and will help to keep you cosy and warm.   It will also help to protect your mattress, thus lengthening its life significantly. The Fine Cotton Company has an excellent range of mattress enhancers or toppers – revel in the opulence of a Silk Filled Mattress Topper .   Silk keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer and these amazing silk mattress enhancers will give a soft, luxurious feel to your mattress.   They also create a healthier sleeping experience for you as they are naturally hypoallergenic, making them ideal for allergy sufferers, and also help to regulate your body temperature.   Or you could opt for the simplicity of the ‘Luxury Cotton Mattress Protector’ and sink into the soft comfort of its 100% natural cotton warmth.

The next layer that you need to look at is the sheet that goes over the mattress enhancer.   The best sheet to get is deep fitted sheet in the correct size for your bed.   This ensures that the sheet won’t ping off during the night, interrupting your precious sleep.   To enhance your warmth and cosiness, choose flannelette as the material for your fitted sheet.   The Fine Cotton Company’s ‘Stowe’ range offers fitted sheets in soft 100% organic cotton that has been lightly brushed to give a very warm and comfortable finish.   Guaranteed to keep you toasty on a cold winter’s night!

Maybe the most important layer is the next one, which is the duvet.   Choosing the correct duvet is all important when it comes to keeping you warm during the colder months. The weight, softness and warmth of a duvet will depend on its tog rating and filling, and the higher your tog rating the warmer you will be! The Fine Cotton Company only stocks natural duvets as they are very durable and naturally breathable, and natural filled duvets also have very efficient thermal properties.   In the winter, depending on how warm your home is,  you will probably need to have a duvet that is between 12.0 – 13.5 tog to keep you snug. Choose a Pure Silk Duvet from The Fine Cotton Company for light and luxurious snuggling throughout the winter months, or invest in the ultimate luxury of a Snowgoose Down Duvet , where you can luxuriate in the softest 100% Snowgoose down originating from the Northern Territories of Canada.   They are exceptionally light and super warm, and have a lavish 50% silk and 50% cotton 440 threadcount cover. All the duvets in the Fine Cotton Company’s range have matching pillows , so snuggle your head down into one of these amazingly supportive and cosy silk or goose down pillows.

To add to your warmth and cosiness, put a cosy, brushed cotton ‘ Stowe’ duvet cover onto your duvet. If you still feel that you will not be warm and toasty enough, The Fine Cotton Company has a wonderful collection of throws to choose from.   Make your selection from the soft, pure organic fleece of the Hampton throw, or really indulge yourself and savour the supremely soft luxury of the fringed pure cashmere ‘Henley’ throw

So now that you have set up your bedroom to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep on a cold, winter night, and successfully layered your bed with the help of The Fine Cotton Company, all that you need to do is snuggle down under your duvet with that steaming mug of hot chocolate that we promised you earlier.

Wishing you many wonderful, long, cosy nights of sleep throughout the winter from everyone at The Fine Cotton Company

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