BED LINEN MATTERS
For an ultra-luxe feel, go for sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers made from Egyptian cotton with a thread count of at least 300 per square inch or 500 per square cm, recommends Nicholas Chang, merchandising manager from John Little. Thread count: Look at the label for the information. But remember: Some manufacturers list thread count per square cm to bump up the numbers, instead of the internationally recognised unit of per square inch. Egyptian cotton: Grown along the River Nile, its fibres are longer than those of regular cotton plants and are woven into fine yarn and threads to create a softer, smoother fabric. Also try: Bed linen made with tencel or modal, natural materials created from wood pulp, says Nicholas. These are almost as smooth as silk, become softer after washing, and come at a more pocket-friendly price than premium Egyptian cotton.