9 Small Bedlinen Brands To Know

As is often the case with fashion, when it comes to homeware – and specifically bedlinen – it’s the smaller brands that offer more unique designs and personal touches. From soft linens in muted colours to ditsy florals adorned with ruffles, here are eight names to know.

BEST NATURAL MATERIALS: Bedfolk

When Bedfolk founders Nick and Jo were shopping for their first home, they struggled to understand the difference between the array of bedlinen on display – everything looked the same but varied hugely in price. They also struggled to find premium quality, ethically made, stylish bedlinen, towels and robes. So, they made it their mission to design a curated range of essentials that set a new standard for comfort. From Portuguese cotton bedding to cloud-like duvets and pillows made in Scotland, every product in the Bedfolk range is carefully sourced and curated.

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BEST INTRICATE DETAILS: Cologne & Cotton

Offering high quality yet affordable bedlinen since 1989, Cologne & Cotton is known for its crisp fabrics and eye-catching detailing, including intricate embroidery and colourful borders. Trademark candy stripes, bright contemporary checks and timeless white linen offer plenty of choice, but it’s the delicately embroidered borders and pillowcases that we’re most taken by. Expect high thread counts, unique designs and scrupulous attention to detail.

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BEST MODERN LUXURY: Once Milano

Allegra and Valeria met as law students in Strasbourg 20 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2012 that they launched Once Milano, with the aim of re-inventing Italian homeware and bedlinen. All the products are made in Italy – hand-cut, sewn and dyed by skilled craftsmen from the Veneto region. The finishing technique gives the products an intentionally crushed effect, with light streaks and intended irregularities that enhance the nature of the fabric. The highlight of the bedlinen collection has to be the top sheet, which is made from crushed linen enhanced with piping trims.

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BEST COLOURS: Piglet In Bed

Piglet In Bed has evolved from making a small range of linen duvet covers and pillowcases in a few calming colours, to offering a full range that now includes sleepwear, loungewear, table linens and curtains. But it’s the sophisticated colour palette that keeps us coming back for more. Pretty sorbet shades or deep dramatic tones offer different solutions that look good without compromising on quality – super soft 100% stonewashed French flax will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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BEST PATTERNS: Sarah K

Hand-block printed fabrics are Sarah K’s speciality and the brand’s bedlinen is best described as nostalgic and feminine – think ditsy florals paired with plenty of ruffles and trims. Ideal for grown-ups and children alike, Sarah K’s designs will inject a bit of colour and pattern into a bedroom – there are also scallop edges and ladderstitch designs availble in various colours. 

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BEST CLASSICS WITH A TWIST: Sophie Conran

For a classic scallop design with a colourful trim, look no further than Sophie Conran. Her eponymous range offers a wide variety of designs to add a pop of colour to an otherwise plain white bedlinen set. Made in Portugal from cotton percale, the fabrics are crisp and fresh, and the colours sharp and clean – making the various styles effortlessly modern and feminine all at once. 

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BEST CRAFTSMANSHIP: The Linen Works

Each piece of bedlinen produced by The Linen Works is designed with beauty and practicality in mind. The range of simple designs focus primarily on craftsmanship and reducing waste, creating quality linens you can then pass down the generations. Woven from premium Belgian flax, the linen is cross-woven in tonal yarn-dyed colours that create very subtle high-low shading and rich dimension – and they also become softer over time.

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BEST BESPOKE LINENS: Trove

Made to order, Trove’s ruffle-edged, finest quality 100% linen bedding is all made in Italy. It gets softer with every wash and if you like that relaxed, crumpled look, then it can be popped straight on the bed after washing without ironing. The contrast trim is available in an array of colours and the stitched border design, made from the finest quality 100% sateen cotton bedding, is handmade to order. Cool, and lightweight, it's the perfect choice for warmer nights. 

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BEST FOR VALUE: Secret Linen Store

From patterned to plain, Secret Linen Store offers a wide choice of high-quality bedlinen at competitive prices. Woven from the finest French flax, the result is natural, soft bedlinen with all the finishes you'd expect, including ruffles, piping and embroidery. Not only is everything made from the most natural materials possible, many of the products boast anti-allergy properties and are highly durable, too. There are even pure cotton options – some of which are combined with linen yarns for that crumpled look, but still with an unbeatable softness.

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