Bedding buying guide

To some, bedding is simply a basic staple–something that has to be comfortable but neutral, so that bedroom accessories can do the talking. To others, it's about injecting colour, print or luxury into one's sleeping arrangements–to be the focal point if you like.

This is why Habitat has created ranges both plain and patterned, so that there’s plenty to choose from. Of the plain there are different fabrics, different colours and different finishes, and with the patterned there is the bold and the detailed.

So rest easy, and relax into the process of choosing, because with this Habitat Bedding Buying Guide we have covered everything you need to know about the sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers that will be your new bedfellows.

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Fabrics & finishes

Bedding has the ability to look and feel very different depending on its make-up and weave. The majority of Habitat bedding is made from 100% cotton, with a small number of patterned ranges designed in polycotton for ease of care.

The fabric you go for depends on your personal preference, and on what gives you the best and most comfortable night’s sleep–that is what it’s all about, after all. Comfort, feel against your skin, breathability and durability are all considerations when choosing your bedding.

Plain Cotton

Plain bedding has the benefit of being restful on the eye.

Bedding with less decoration also have the benefit of being able to be dressed up and accessorised with bedspreads, quilts or throws and cushions, which can be changed or updated as often as you like.

Plain Cotton
Plain Cotton Bedding

Printed Cotton

All our printed bed linens are designed in house. Printed on 100% cotton, they introduce bold pattern to the bedroom space. All our printed bed linens are designed in house.

Printed Cotton
Click here to buy Ditsy yellow bedding

Egyptian Cotton Sateen

This fabric is woven with warp yarns that are floated over weft yarns for a smooth and luxurious feel.

Washed Sateen Grey/Pink
Click here to buy Washed Sateen Grey/Pink bedding


Percale is known for its smart, crisp, plain look and refers to fabric woven with more than 180 threads per square inch. Our Percale range is made from 100% Egyptian cotton.

Percale - White
Click here to buy Percale - White bedding

Jacquard Weave

This refers to fabric woven on a jacquard loom to create detailed, complex designs using many colours. Some can have a raised texture from having two layers of fabric woven together. Backed with a 200 thread count cotton Percale, all Habitat’s dense, luxurious jacquard ranges make a true investment.

Jacquard Weave
Click here to buy Monica  bedding

Egyptian cotton

Egyptian cotton has a longer fibre length, meaning it produces a finer yarn and therefore a superior fabric. It has added softness and a feeling of luxury. Over time and with use, it becomes softer.

Many of Habitat’s bedding ranges are made with Egyptian cotton. Where it is used, it’s included in the description and details of the item or range online.

Skye - Grey
Click here to buy Skye - Grey bedding


Linen is made from the flax plant and is long-lasting. Not only does it have a luxury feeling, it enhances breathability and regulates your body temperature while you sleep. Over time and with use, it becomes softer.

Linen Bedding


A soft brush cotton with a tighter weave that makes it ideal for cool nights.

Flannel Bedding


What is thread count?

Thread count refers to the number of threads per inch of fabric. The general wisdom is that a higher thread count achieves a higher quality fabric.

At Habitat, our bed linens have a variety of thread counts depending on the look, feel and price of the fabric we’ve created. We think which one you choose is down to personal preference–the feel of each individual range and how it suits each individual customer. Where thread count is particularly high–for example with our Washed Sateen range–we have included it in the details and description online.

What colour bedding should I go for?

This is entirely up to you. It depends on the colour palette of your bedroom and whether you’re wanting your bedding to create a splash of colour, or for it to tone in with the rest of your room.

Plain bedding has the benefit of being brilliant for layering, so that different tones can be put together. It can be calming too.

Patterned bedding can add interest and fun, and be a real focal point. This can tie in with other bedroom accessories you might have in the same or complimentary tones.


All of our sheets and bedding sets adhere to the UK standard. Make sure you check individual products for sizing details.

MATTRESS SIZE UK 90 x 190cm 135 x 200cm 150 x 200cm 180 x 200cm
DUVET COVER UK 135 x 200cm 200 x 200cm 230 x 220cm 260 x 220cm
FITTED SHEET 90 x 200cm 140 x 200cm 160 x 200cm 180 x 200cm
FLAT SHEET 180 x 270cm 240 x 270cm 275 x 275cm 305 x 275cm

Care instructions

All our bedding is machine washable and although fine to be tumble-dried, we recommend this should be done on a low heat.

For specific care instructions on our ranges, please see the individual product's label.

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