Shorter days and darker evenings are a great excuse to spend more time snuggled in bed. Make sure you’re well prepared with this essential guide to buying a mattress, bedding and linens
Above: Supple and filled with resilient British fleece wool, the Devonshire mattress is medium to firm and supportive in specific areas. This makes it more ideal if you’re someone who turns over a lot while sleeping. It’s shown here with a Wool De Luxe divan and Atlas headboard, for £7,243, Vispring
We all have different sleeping habits – some of us sleep on our backs, some lay on their front or side, and this is one of the main factors which will determine what you need in terms of support and size of the mattress you choose. A mattress should be at least 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping on it and it should be wide enough to allow two people laying side-by-side to put their hands behind their heads without their elbows touching. Alongside size and support, it’s a good idea to look at what your mattress is made of. ‘Natural and organic fabrics are always worth investing in and a well-made mattress is the place to start. Prepare to spend some time choosing the right one as you’ll be spending a lot of time lying on it,’ says Melanie Molesworth, stylist at Naturalmat. Be sure to shop around for the right mattress for you and to not be shy of making the most of the ‘try before you buy’ method when you’re in store. You’ll forever be grateful you did.
All the Coverage
Just as important as your mattress, you’ll want to choose extra comfortable pillows that won’t leave you with a sore neck in the morning. Again, this comes down to each individual but support should be high on your priority list. ‘If you sleep on your back or stomach, you need a soft pillow that’s not too thick and that moulds to the shape of your head and neck, giving it gentle support. If you sleep on your side you will require a denser pillow to keep your head comfortably in line with your spine. A good option for a wide-shouldered side-sleeper is a firm bottom pillow with a soft, luxurious pillow on top,’ says Chrissie Rucker MBE, founder of The White Company. Duvets are slightly more complicated as there are tog ratings to consider, however they are a valuable investment that will provide warmth, comfort and coverage that is essential for the best night’s sleep. Ultimately, what should win you over with your decision is the duvet’s filling. Don’t try and save the pennies on this purchase because the more luxurious the filling, the more incredible your duvet will be when you’re snuggling up.
Below Left: In high quality 200 thread count cotton, this Pintuck bed linen uses the weave to create a contemporary but subtle striped effect. This set in white is £67 for double size; Cranbrook solid wood double bed frame, £550, from Soak & Sleep
Above right: There’s nothing like a well-stocked linen cupboard, especially when it comes to winter and you want to make sure all the family and any guests are well looked after. Shown: All-season down duvet, from £119; Down & feather pillows, from £39 each, all Urbanara
Between the Sheets
This is a measure of the fineness of the fabric by counting threads per square inch. Good sheets range from anywhere between 200 and 800.
Its best qualities are that it’s breathable and low maintenance. Percale refers to any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. Egyptian cotton is one of the finest types.
Known to be longer lasting than cotton bedding, linen is also anti-allergic and anti-static and has thermo-insulation properties. It also softens over time with washing and creates a relaxed and soft feel.
This luxurious material is hypoallergenic and naturally resistant to dust mites which are a cause of skin irritations and allergies. It will help keep you cool in summer and warm in winter thanks to its breathable qualities.
Below Left: In a choice of restful neutral colours of washed linen, the Isaac daybed has a shabby chic style with its unironed look. It’s shown here in Seal colour from £1,140, at Sofa.com
Sussex is white-on-white patterned bed linen and a first from Margo Selby, who is recognised for her designs in colour. It catches the eye with the gentle sheen of its fabric and contrasts nicely with a dramatic dark wall backdrop. Prices start from £14 for a pillowcase and £60 for a single duvet
Article by: Emma Foale