Bedlinen Buying Guide

We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential to our wellbeing. At Wallace Cotton, we have a beautiful range of natural Cotton and Linen Sheets, which we believe are the key to enjoying a deep and restorative sleep. We work with a range of fabrics to give you plenty of choice but thread count, weaves and yarns can be confusing, so here’s our expert guide.

Everything you need to know about thread count 

Fabric is made by weaving vertical and horizontal yarns. Thread count tells us how many threads have been used per square inch of fabric. High thread count is a good indicator of quality but the type of yarn and weave will also affect the feel of a fabric.

A basic calico has 60 yarns in each direction so would be called 120 thread count.
Calico yarn is usually thick and coarse, so it’s not great to sleep on. 1000 thread count cotton sateen has approximately 500 yarns in each direction, so is much more dense than calico, and requires very fine yarn resulting in a silky and luxurious sheet.

Does a higher thread count mean better quality?

Yes, so long as the yarn is good quality too. The highest thread counts can only be woven from very fine yarns, which will make very luxurious feeling sheets (usually sateen weave). Percale (square weave) fabric is usually only woven to about 400-500 thread count, these will have a crisper finish but also feel lovely and smooth against the skin.

What thread count should I choose?

It depends on how you like your sheets to feel. 250-300 thread count percale sheets are lovely and crisp, while 600-1000 thread count sateen will be smooth and silky with a lustrous finish.

What is organic cotton and what are its benefits? 

Organic cotton is grown free from pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms. Organic cotton provides a number of benefits to both the consumer and the environment. They are pesticide free, pigment-free and hypoallergenic. Organic cotton farming creates 60% less output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases than conventional cotton. We look to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) standard for our collection of organic cotton sheets, duvet cover sets and quilts.

Imperial Sheets Cotton

The ultimate in sleeping luxury - you deserve to spoil yourself 


You deserve the best nights sleep so choose luxurious Imperial 800 thread count cotton sateen. This lustrous diagonal weave bedlinen feels as good as it looks. 


Monarch Sheets

If you're looking for that luxurious hotel bedding feel, this is the sheet for you


White with elegant grey embroidered detail, these 600 thread count cotton sateen sheets look lustrous and feel beautifully soft. 

Hamshire Sheets

With a soft silky lighter weight, these deliver 5 star quality and luxury


Luxuriously silky and soft, Hampshire sheets are pure white with subtle woven stripes in 500 thread count cotton sateen.


Heirloom Sheets

Giving you cool, crisp cotton freshness for everyday


If you feel like cool, crisp sheets, choose Heirloom 300 thread count percale which feel like a good men's shirt and is ideal for every bed in the home.

Stonewashed Cotton Sheets

For those that love to add colour


Soft and relaxed 200 thread count percale sheets in 5 colours, perfect for everyday use in the home. Charcoal, grey dusk, white, blue.