High quality manchester & bedding at wholesale prices | Spring 2020

Dyed Fabric

In this process the fabric is dyed with a colored substance that has an affinity to the substrate to the fabric it is applied to. Dyeing gives beautiful, unique fabric designs.

Batik Fabric

A method of dyeing fabric where wax or glue paste is used cover those areas on the fabric which are not to be dyed. Later on the wax is taken off by boiling.

Percale

Percale, aka. “plain weave” cotton, refers to a weave of cotton in which one vertical thread is woven over one horizontal thread. Tighter than the standard weave used for bed linen, percale must have a thread count of at least 180, commonly over 200.

Sateen

Sateen is a weave of cotton in which four horizontal threads are woven over one vertical thread. The result is a smooth, silky texture with more of a sheen, though it has less space between threads and so breathes less than percale. Unsurprisingly, this generally results in higher thread counts.

Check Fabric

Check is the most popular and common fabric design with never-ending charm. Different types of check as upholstery fabric designs are used to make varied furnishing products. From small to large, all types and colors of checks are available.

Dobby

Dobby is a type of weave used mostly in geometrical form giving a unique fabric design pattern. This fabric is extensively used for making home furnishing products.

Jacquard

Jacquard fabric design patterns are larger than the dobby, and also more intricate. They are used for making upholstery and drapery products.

Flocking

Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface. Flocking of an article can be performed for the purpose of increasing its value in terms of the tactile … Read more

Twill Weave

It is similar to plain weave. In this the warp yarns skip at regular predetermined intervals creating a diagonal rib in the weave.

Leno Weave

In this the warp yarns are arranged in pairs. One yarn is twisted around the other between picks of the filling yarn.

Polyester Fabric

Polyester is used for upholstery and is blended with other fibers to add wrinkle resistance. It eliminates crushing of napped fabrics and reduce fading.

Spandex Fabric

Spandex is known for its shape retention quality and is resistant to dry heat and oil. It is lightweight with comfort and flexibility.

Pillow-top Mattress

Pillow-top mattresses have an additional layer of foam or padding atop the regular mattress. Sometimes they will be double-sided and have this layer on both sides, in which case the user is expected to flip the mattress over regularly for maximum comfort and lifespan of the mattress. The general consensus is that pillow-top mattresses at … Read more

Bedspread, Comfortspread and Comforter

Comforters, bedspreads and comfortspreads cover the bed evenly and create a nice day look for the bedroom – they are often used for the guest bedrooms, in hotels and Bed ‘n’ Breakfast places. You can use them in your bedroom too – the only question is which type do you prefer?

What Makes a Bed? – Practical Guide

Practises vary across the globe, but in most western cultures and in Australia the normal arrangement of sheets is fairly uniform. One or two bed sheets (fitted and/or flat), one or two pillows for practical use (depending on Standard Bed Size), and a doona / quilt on top for warmth. To start, find out the … Read more

Duvet, Quilt or Doona?

Different names for the same thing   People have given it different names over the ages, but the item itself is almost the same all around the globe – a soft, flat bag filled with some light, warm filling that we use to cover ourselves in bed. Duvet, Doona, Quilt, Continental Quilt, Edredon, Cotton Blanket … Read more

The Truth About Thread Count

Thread count is often considered a simple measure of fabric quality, so that “standard” cotton thread counts are around 150, while good-quality sheets start at 180 and a count of 200 or higher is considered percale, or closely woven. Thread count in sheets can range from 80 to 700+, although most stores sell sheets ranging … Read more

Which Doona is right for me?

When winter is in full swing it’s time to pile on the sheets and blankets and huddle up in bed! As BLO is based in Melbourne we know a little bit about miserable weather and what a difference the right doona can make. But which IS the right Doona? And what’s the difference? Many of … Read more

To Iron or Not to Iron?

For probably as long as we have had bed linen one of the most time-consuming jobs for the home-maker was ironing it all out. The best looking beds are generally freshly made and pressed, and yet many choose not to take on this arduous task due to how labour- and time-intensive it is. Many of … Read more

Flat sheets – love them or leave them?

Some swear by flat sheets, some swear to never use them, and will strip them off hotel beds if need be. Flat sheets and the use thereof is quite often a decision informed by culture and upbringing, though many have changed their preference to better suit their sleeping habits or circumstances. In the US it … Read more

Do you deliver to X location?

We deliver everywhere, but postage is more expensive for shipping to overseas, approximately proportional to the increase in shipping prices on our end. For example, postage for a Quilt/Doona is: to Australia – $18.50 AUD to New Zealand – $35.00 AUD to Asia Pacific – $90.00 AUD to the USA – $99.00 AUD to all … Read more

Will your sheets fit my Pillow-top Mattress?

You will need to measure the height of your mattress. Our fitted bed sheets have 40cm high walls on each side, and so will not fit your mattress if it is more than 38cm or so high (this allows for the elastic). In that case you may need to find deeper sheets.

What is a valance and do I need one?

A valance is not a bed essential. Valance refers to an extra length of fabric extending beyond the regular edges of a bed cover (see bed covers, specifically bedspreads and comfortspreads) which looks much like a curtain and is designed to hang prettily to the floor down the sides of the bed and is purely … Read more

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