Bed Linen Guide | Go Argos

Bed Linen Guide

Don't let strange industry terms get in the way of choosing the right
bedding for you. We've deciphered them so you don't have to.
In fact all you have to think about is how cosy your sleep is
going to be with your new bedding!

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Thread count

Sometimes referred to as TC, thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the bedding.

fabric types


Made from a mixture of cotton and polyester fibre. It is comfortable, requires minimal ironing and is easy to care for.

Polyester microfiber

A combination of fine threads of polyester and polyamide to form a single thread. It is durable, comfortable and has fast-drying properties.


Soft and durable with natural breathability that helps to provide a cool and comfortable sleep.

Weave and decoration


A type of plain weave that is closely woven together. It results in a smooth and crisp cloth which has a cool and
fresh feel against your skin.

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Not to be confused with satin, it is a sumptuously soft and silky fabric with a sheen finish. To maintain its smoothness,
a more gentle wash is required.

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The weaving technique results in a textured fabric that is waffle-like in both look and feel.

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Tends to have a puckered or wrinkled appearance for a luxurious textured finish.

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Created using a specialist jacquard loom, patterns and designs can be weaved into the material for textural variety.

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Mini oxford edges

Also known as a flat pipe, mini oxford edges are a smaller version of the oxford pillowcase border on a duvet cover.

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Fabric is 'brushed' to remove any lint and fibres, resulting in a softer feel while keeping the material breathable.

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Allows for more detail and intricate design to be added to fabrics. Created through a rotary printing press or a digital inkjet printer.

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Bed linen pieces

Fitted sheets

These come with elasticated corners for
a snug fit over your mattress, holding the
sheet in place.

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Flat sheets

They can be used as a bottom sheet or a top sheet between you and your duvet. Tuck them in for a tailored neatness.

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To help you achieve a consistent look between your bed and bedding, they go over the base of your bed, held in place by your mattress.

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There are two main types: Housewife and Oxford Edge. Both provide a snug fit but Oxford Edge's stitched flat hem gives it a bigger look.

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Bedding sets

They will include a duvet cover and pillowcases
(1 for single bedding sets, and 2 for every other size).

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Bed linen SIZING

Take a look at our sizing guide below so you can find bedding and mattresses that will fit your bed perfectly.

Size Mattress Duvet cover Flat sheet Fitted sheet
Toddler 70 x 140cm 120 x 150cm N/A 70 x 140cm
Single 90 x 190cm 140 x 200cm 180 x 260cm 90 x 190cm
Double 135 x 190cm 200 x 200cm 230 x 260cm 135 x 190cm
King 150 x 200cm 230 x 220cm 275 x 275cm 150 x 200cm
Super king 180 x 200cm 260 x 220cm 275 x 305cm 180 x 200cm

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