DUVET COVERS EXPLAINED
While the most familiar style of hotel duvet cover fastens with a common ‘popper’ style, there are actually quite a few variations of hotel duvet covers. From bag style duvet covers to envelope style and tack style, each is designed to suit a different purpose and be more suited to particular B&Bs, small hotels, and guesthouses. So which style is best for you?
Bag style duvet covers
This is the traditional style of hotel duvet cover and an enduring one at that! This is mainly because it’s perhaps the easiest duvet cover to change, making it very popular among chamber maids and housekeepers alike.
The end of a bag style duvet cover remains open, but can be tucked under the mattress at the base of the bed to create a really plush, tucked in appearance that prevents the actual duvet from slipping out. This lack of a barrier between the duvet cover and duvet is obviously a huge bonus where speedy guest room changes are required, and some even come with hand holes which make the changeover easier still! All you’ll need to do is pass your hand through the duvet cover to grasp the quilt inside.
Envelope style duvet covers
The envelope style duvet cover is just that, a kind of envelope for your duvet! Shorter in length than a bag style duvet cover, it also incorporates an internal flap which closes the duvet inside and holds it in place. While a bit more effort is required to tuck the duvet securely into the flap, it will be worth it when your guests don’t have to contend with a migrating duvet during the night!
Just remember that envelope style duvet covers are a little more decorative and shouldn’t be tucked in like traditional bag style covers. Simply let the end of the cover hang over the edge of the bed to keep it looking presentable.
Popper style duvet covers
Popper style hotel duvet covers are one of the most secure and are great for those who’ve had problems with duvets moving around in past covers. They fasten easily with either buttons or poppers, but you do have to take extra care when laundering them.
When processed using an industrial iron you could encounter problems with pressure marks which can, in turn, lead to holes in the fabric around the poppers! The poppers themselves (if made of plastic) are even likely to melt under the heat, so it’s much better to play it safe and iron this style of duvet cover by hand. It might require some extra elbow grease, but it will be well worth it.
Tack style duvet covers
A tack style duvet cover comes complete with what we affectionately refer to as “shoulders.” These are created due to the open end of the duvet being sewn in from the seam at each side to about 20cm or so. This, in turn, holds the duvet corners in place while leaving a sufficient opening for removing or inserting your duvet, and is usually accompanied by poppers or buttons which then seal duvets in at the opening.
Slightly less popular than the other types of hotel duvet covers we’ve mentioned, tack style duvet covers are more commonly used in retail and are more commonly found in the home. This is purely because the covers “shoulders” make it that bit trickier to insert and remove a duvet. However, for B&B, guesthouse and small hotel owners who have more time on their hands (although running a B&B is hard work and extra time can often be rare to come by) this is an attractive duvet cover that tucks nicely into guest beds.
While it’s customary to pick out hotel duvet covers based on their good looks, it’s clear you should also take into account the way they’ll be laundered, how quickly they’ll need to be changed and, most of all, the effect they’ll have on your guests.
Here at Linen Direct, we stock a beautiful range of not just luxurious duvet covers, but a whole variety of matching bed linen for hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses. From plain varieties to classic satin strip duvet covers, there’s something to suit every kind of establishment and discerning guest.
PILLOW CASES EXPLAINED
Pillowcases (otherwise known as pillow covers) complete bedding sets in terms of both functionality and comfort. Not only do they protect pillows from dust, dirt, stains and facial oils, but add a comfortable and attractive touch. As a species, we sometimes love nothing more than hugging a cosy pillow to make us feel relaxed and reassured while waiting for our senses to fall asleep.
Obviously, what suits one person might not suit another, which is why there are a variety of pillowcase types to suit a variety of budgets and room requirements. From the luxurious to the no-hassle, we stock them all right here at Linen Direct. But what’s the difference between a housewife pillowcase and an oxford pillowcase? Why does the quality of the cotton matter? Let us explain.
Housewife pillowcases are found in almost every domestic home. They’re a standard case that snugly covers the entire pillow to avoid creasing, sagging and any escape attempts from the pillow inside. Being the most popular and generic type of pillowcase means that housewife covers are also a very cost-effective option.
Bag style pillowcases are by the far the easiest and lowest maintenance on the market and are understandably loved by the hospitality industry. Rather than incorporating the poppers, buttons or interior flap of a normal housewife pillowcase, the entrance to a bag style cover is completely open, with folding ends that can be tucked in to provide that all important neatness and finesse. Bag style cases are fantastic for B&B owners and housekeepers for whom time is of the essence, allowing easy access when changing a bed.
Mock Oxford pillowcases are the most elegant and luxurious of our cover types. Incorporating a decorative frill around their edge, mock Oxfords are great for people wanting to add extra impact to their establishment’s bedrooms. However, mock Oxford pillowcases aren’t to be confused with normal Oxford cases, although you could barely tell the difference. The border of a traditional Oxford includes mitred corners, whereas a mock case doesn’t.
We offer a wide array of luxurious and extremely comfortable pillowcases that can be purchased in any of the impeccable styles above, as well as in a variety of fine materials.
80/20 Cotton Rich Blend
A long lasting and quick-drying option for those on a budget of both time and money, this pillowcase provides a cost-effective option that doesn’t scrimp on quality and incorporates a satin stripe for that little bit of extra luxury.
200 t/c Cotton Percale
The higher the thread count (t/c) the sounder and more luxurious the sleep, especially when it comes incorporated into a pillowcase made from superior combed cotton. This case provides guests with a clean, crisp space to rest their head.
300 t/c Sateen Mercerised Cotton
Pairing a soft and subtle quality thread count with 100% mercerised cotton to make the elegant sateen fabric, this pillow is sure to please the most discerning and sophisticated customer.
300 t/c Mercerised Cotton
Although a little simpler in appearance than the sateen case, this purely mercerised cotton version exudes timeless luxury by incorporating unrivalled comfort and satin stripes.
A smooth, flat, closely woven and combed fabric that comes in 100 percent cotton or 50/50 cotton/poly blends. Finer than muslin, expect thread counts here to range from 180 to 200.
Pima or Supima
A high-quality cotton whose long fiber staple is somewhat similar to that of Egyptian cotton.
is short for grams per square meter. All fabrics have a weight, and the standard measurement for the weight and quality of fabrics (including towels) is grams per square meter. This number refers to the density of the towel. High quality Turkish cotton towels are generally heavier and are more absorbent.
Educating yourself on textile products is a sure-fire way to give both yourself and your guests a satisfying and worry-free rest (and ensuring the sleeping environment is comfortable is just one factor in getting a good night’s sleep). Don’t just value their custom, value their comfort.