Buying Guide: Bedding, Duvets & Towels
Whether you’re looking for a classic Housewife pillowcase or an elegant Oxford design, we have a wide range of pillowcases available to fit standard UK measurements. It doesn’t have to be complicated – a Housewife pillowcase actually just describes a standard shape with a sewn edge, whereas an Oxford has an attractive fabric border stitched around the edge. And then there’s square pillowcases and rectangular boudoir cushions - layering up your bed has never been easier.
50cm x 75cm
50cm x 75cm (+Flange approx 5cm)
65cm x 65cm
What is a thread count? Quite simply, thread count refers to the number of threads – both vertical and horizontal – in a square inch of fabric. Broadly, the higher the thread count the more luxurious the sheet. Thread counts are a measure of quality, but not the only one, as fibre type and weave are also important.
If you’re after real luxury, our 1000 thread count cotton is your ultimate buy. However, a printed or patterned duvet cover is better off with a lower thread count, and those who like a particularly light sheet might want to avoid thread counts over 800.
Duvet weight (tog rating)
Before purchasing your duvet, there are two main points to consider - the duvet filling and the tog rating.
Tog ratings refer to a duvet's ability to trap warm air. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. Your choice of tog rating really depends upon your personal preferences and the temperature of your home. This tog rating will help you purchase the perfect duvet:
Lightweight summer duvet: up to 4.5 tog
Spring to Autumn weight duvet: 5.0 to 9.5 tog
Winter weight duvet: 10.0 to 13.5 tog
There are two types of duvet fillings: natural and synthetic. Each of these has different qualities, so it really depends upon what is most important to you.
Duvets with natural fillings are soft, comfortable and lightweight. A natural duvet is breathable, absorbing body moisture produced during your sleep and releasing it when you air the duvet. With its ability to trap warm air, it’s also known to keep the warmth more effectively than a synthetically filled duvet.
All Fenwick natural duvets are filled with goose down or duck down and have 100% cotton cambric casing.
*All feathers contained in Fenwick products have been humanely sourced and are a by product of the food cycle.
From hollow fibre to spundown duvets we offer a great range of synthetic duvets. Synthetic duvets are easy to care for and are machine washable.
Get to know our most common fabrics we stock at Fenwick:
- Egyptian Cotton: Grown from the Gossypium barbadense plant, this type of cotton tends to have long, thin fibres and is usually soft to the touch.
- Combed Cotton: Cotton is combed during production to remove excess fibres and therefore help to reduce any shedding that can occur.
- Supima Cotton: Strong, soft and durable, Supima has a silky yarn, with long fibres and a tactile feel.
- Modal: A semi-synthetic fibre made by spinning cellulose from beech trees. Often combined with cotton in production, these towels are 50% more absorbent than regular cotton and are silky to the touch.
- Tencel: Made from wood pulp from sustainable tree farms, tencel is a natural man made fibre which when combined with cotton creates a highly absorbent, soft and anti bacterial product.