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Apartment foo-nishing

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by mafoofan, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

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    Talking of pillows: what you do you chaps do for bed linen?

    I was killing time waiting for someone in a London department store and I happened upon this 1000-thread-count linen which was just absurdly soft. I hadn't really given any thought to bed linen at any point in my life theretofore, but since buying this stuff my sleep has been incredible. It made me wonder if I've been missing out. Is there even better stuff out there? Or is this high thread-count thing just a gimmick like Super 200s?
     
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  2. JohnGalt

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    thread count is a gimmick - every company counts somewhat differently. very high counts are typically the result of shorter cotton staple being used; whereas you really want a long, high quality cotton. the softness may be from fabric softeners that they've treated the cotton with.

    did you purchase an actual linen set or is it cotton (and you are using the term linen)?
     
  3. Loathing

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    Oh yes the sheets I bought are cotton.
    I did ask about fabric softener and the shop assistant said that they are not treated with any chemicals and should not be washed with fabric softener either. She said ideally hand-wash with warm water or take to specialist cleaners. She also claimed the fibres used are extremely long but small in diameter, which is what allows them to be woven so densely.

    What's particularly strange is that these sheets are not wafer-thin and diaphanous as is high-thread-count shirting or suiting. They are thick -- proportionately thicker than those with lower thread-counts. Consequently, they do not crease in the same crinkly way of 150tc shirtings -- instead they sort of "rumple" in a soft and rather charming manner. The shop assistant, and some reviews I read online, claimed that the sheets are also much more hard-wearing than sheets with lower counts -- which, again, runs counter to my experience with shirtings.

    What also puzzles me is that a little bit of googling tells me that 1000tc sheets have become very much de rigueur in high-end department stores, but the highest counts for shirting seem to be about 150. Obviously they are using a different method of counting -- but what exactly are the different methods and why do they differ?
     
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    A Google search on my iPhone threw up those exact two articles, and a handful of others, and I read them before buying the sheets. But they are completely inconclusive -- just a bunch of bromides and platitudes.
     
  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't like soft sheets. We use relatively rough linen.
     
  6. JohnGalt

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    personally i think it's pretty much bullshit. i buy frette and sferra that don't have advertised thread counts and have been very happy.
     
  7. Bounder

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    There are dry cleaners that specialize in bed linen?

    :confused:

    I'm sorry, I get enough of that sort of thing from my shirts. I am not letting my sheets get in on the act, too.
     
  8. lefty

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    Having your sheets professionally laundered and ironed is one of life's great pleasures.

    lefty
     
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    I have recently started ironing my sheets, and it is great. Maybe incredibly OCD, but I love it.

    Not big timer enough to have someone do it for me, though.
     
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    Do they also do pillows? Because I always thought the professional fluffer was a myth.
     
  12. Journeyman

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    Hmmm... I always thought that it meant something other than pillows when talking about a "professional fluffer".
     
  13. LabelKing

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    Were the sheets from Frette, Pratesi or Porthault?

    Porthault is unusually expensive even among these generally highly priced luxury sheet brands.
     
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  14. Bounder

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    Are you saying you buy OTR sheets?

    :confused:
     
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    Can anyone suggest a affordable modern bookshelf source?
    Not ikea.
     
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    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had no idea bookshelves were dishonest.
     
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  19. StephenHero

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    Stand-alone bookshelves are easily the most irritating of all furniture forms. If they're not built in or dimensionally exact, I'm almost assured to want to throw them out. Practically all they do is a make an obnoxiously redundant formal element that clutters the eye level of one's living space with ugly-as-shit spines of psychology textbooks and crossword puzzle compilations. You already have a floor to resist gravity's effects on the books. There's simply no need for people to devote an 8x3x1 patch of wall and floor space so they can have instantaneous access to books they'll never need. Throw the fucking books in the closet or under the bed so they're out of sight and then go fetch one in the rare instance you decide to abandon the Duck Dynasty marathon on tv to read one.
     
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