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.
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, 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 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.
A fabric to which ornamental needlework is applied, creating patterns and different upholstery fabric designs.
A fabric on which a pattern is printed with an ink or dye.
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 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 fabric design patterns are larger than the dobby, and also more intricate. They are used for making upholstery and drapery products.
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
Each filling yarn passes over and under each warp yarn with each row alternating.
An imitation of silk which can withstand mildew, pilling and shrinking.
It is similar to plain weave. In this the warp yarns skip at regular predetermined intervals creating a diagonal rib in the weave.
Two or more warp yarns cross alternately side-by-side with two or more filling yarns. It resembles a plaited basket.
Fabrics woven on a Jacquard loom.
A decorative weave which is characterised by small designs or geometric figures being woven in the fabric structure.
In this the warp yarns are arranged in pairs. One yarn is twisted around the other between picks of the filling yarn.
A group of fabrics made with modified plain weave or basket weave. Usually made for shirting materials.
Cut pile describes carpet fabric where the face of the fabric is composed of cut ends of pile yarn.
Uncut pile is a pile of carpet consisting of loops.
Double knit fabric is a type of circular knit fabric of double thickness.
Acrylic is an imitation of wool and is resistant to wearing, wrinkling, soiling, and fading.
Acetate is an imitation of silk and can withstand mildew, pilling and shrinking.
Nylon is the strongest upholstery fabric and does not soil or wrinkle.
Latex has high waterproofing and dry cleaning properties. It is resistant to heat and light.
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 is known for its shape retention quality and is resistant to dry heat and oil. It is lightweight with comfort and flexibility.
Rayon imitates silk, linen, and cotton and is durable.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A new owner of a King Single bed may find that although they can find sheets in King Single size, quilts and quilt cover sets generally do not come in King Single size. So what size quilt/doona is best for a King Single bed? Since all four standard-sized quilts are the same length and King … Read more
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.
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