What to consider when choosing the perfect bedding
Nothing looks or feels better than a freshly made bed, with clean, crisp duvet covers, tucked in so tight they could almost be mistaken for a trampoline. Choosing the perfect bed linen to create such beauty can be difficult, from Egyptian cotton to silk or from a housewife pillowcase to an oxford pillowcase, it can get confusing.
At home or at sea - what's the difference?
There’s a big difference in choosing bedding for your home and for a superyacht, according to Ann West, manager of Cabin Shop.
“The appearance of the cabin and the quality of linen expected by charter guests and owners is way above those of a home. Many owners and guests have already slept in exceptional linens and you have to make sure their experience on board is even better, if possible.”
While more upmarket villas may offer similar linens to that of a superyacht, “they don’t have the same constraints as the yacht for laundry and storage”, says Ann. “This may allow them to choose from fibres that need more delicate care or a dry cleaning or drying programme that is not always available on yachts.”
Thread count and ply
Thread count (tc) refers to the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the softer and smoother the sheets will be, therefore when buying new bed linen, this is a great factor to take into consideration.
120-180 thread count is more suitable for basic domestic use, often having a more basic nature.
200 thread count is a very cool and light percale cotton, mainly used during summer or hotter periods of the year. Such bedding can be found in hotels, or for other domestic usage where the requirement is for cool crisp bed linen on a smaller budget.
400 thread count is a soft yet more substantial Egyptian cotton percale, favoured for its cool feel and durability with a universal appeal.
500-600 thread count is beginning to get into the more exclusive of linen and is a beautiful and soft luxury fabric.
800-1000 thread count is seen as “ultimate luxury”. An amazing robust yet silky weave, considered to be very beautiful and expensive bedding.
Tanja from Jet & Yacht Comfort said, “The higher thread counts, 1100 TC fabric are now in fashion and on high demand. White with a discreet colour insert and cashmere borders.
The exclusive cashmere/silk blend which is one of the highest qualities that can be found in bed linen, Lintea Mare and Jet & Yacht Comfort are two of the very few who can obtain this fabric. This is the most exquisite fabric that can be found, and I am proud to cooperate with Lintea Mare on this exceptional high quality linen.”
When referring to the ply of a fabric, it is how many threads are wrapped together into a single thread, for example, single-ply fabrics use threads on their own, whilst two-ply fabrics twist two pieces together into a stronger thread, which will also double the overall thread count of the fabric.
To create the luxury look requires an understanding of what the ‘perfect bed’ looks like, the overall design of the bedroom or cabin, and the colour schemes currently in place.
Ruth Douglas, general manager at Heirlooms Ltd said, “Each yacht is as individual as its owner and the creation of the linens should be a reflection of their personality and tastes…”
It is of paramount importance in creating the right look and feel to have the best quality fabrics within budget. Egyptian cotton satin (570tc) is regarded as one of the best fabrics for the maritime environment, not only is it luxurious, easy to care for and irons beautifully, but it is also very durable and doesn’t crease as easily as other fabrics such as cotton percales.Egyptian cotton
The first thing to understand with Egyptian cotton and regular cotton, is that they come from two different plants, therefore their properties can never be seen as the same. Grown in the rich, moist soil beside the “Nile River”, Egyptian cotton fibres are substantially longer than those of regular cotton.
Why choose Egyptian cotton?
- Longer fibres mean more interrupted fibre to use when composing yarn and threads.
- Extra-long fibres can be made into very fine yarn making it softer and more lustrous.
- Egyptian cotton is porous
However, it’s important that when you’re choosing cotton, you know it’s the genuine article, according to Ann from Cabin Shop. “Egyptian cotton is still the most luxurious cotton, however there are now many cottons sold under this title and it is very difficult to choose without feeling the linens and looking at the design yourself.”
Linen trends and fabrics
Neutral colours & Exclusivity
Current trends for yacht interiors have been moving towards a more minimalist look with the focus on soft calming shades with accent colours that complement the overall interior styling. It is common knowledge that as well as helping to create a relaxing and clean environment, whites and neutral colours help to make a room appear larger.
Cashmere and silk are seen to be the most exclusive fabrics to be used, understandably, their price tag can be on the larger side.
Tanja, from Jet & Yacht Comfort added, “The linen trends are changing; it used to be more detailed, such as more colours and more designs woven into the fabric/3 line embroidery. Now it is more of a simple white design, but higher thread counts, 1100 TC satin, with only a simple design of perhaps one line embroidery. To top it off, fur bed covers are back in style again. A bed with the 1100tc cashmere/silk linen and a fur bed cover is the height of comfort.”
Adding a unique embroidery to bed linen can add a personal touch to any room or cabin.
Ruth Douglas, general manager at Heirlooms Ltd said, “Increasingly owners and designers want to incorporate a design from a wallpaper, cushion, or curtain fabric onto the bed linens with the theme followed through to the bathroom linens and a wide range of other accessories such as luggage mats, laundry and lingerie bags...”
Organic and Eco-friendly linens
Another new trend for yacht bedding is organic and eco-friendly linens, says Susie Shaw at Sea Emporium. These are “high quality materials that are good for farmers, consumers and the environment, but are free from any harmful toxins”, according to Susie. They are also known to be “softer, smell cleaner and be less likely to trigger allergies.”
“Wood Fibre sheets and towels come from nature herself”, according to Susie and are “very popular on board as they are low maintenance, long lasting and get softer and softer after each wash.”
With a texture similar to that of silk, many Italian wood fibre linens come from beech wood trees and are not only sustainable and eco-friendly. Another unique attribute of wood fibre linens is that they are able to absorb more moisture away from the skin and keep you feeling cooler.
The perfect bedding
Is there such a thing as the “perfect bedding”? One person’s perfect could differ to that of another.
The best tip would be to choose what is comfortable, durable and easy to launder, what fits the décor and feeling of the room/cabin and what is within budget.