The Ultimate Guide For Choosing The Best Hotel Bed Linen

Giving your guests a peaceful and comfortable night’s sleep is the main priority for any hotel owner.

There are various factors to consider when choosing bed linen to ensure your guests have an unforgettable stay.

Here at Linen Connect, we want to give you some helpful tips on what you should look for when choosing your bed linen.

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Understanding thread count

Thread count is the number of threads woven together, horizontally and vertically, per square inch of fabric. The thread count usually determines the quality of bed linen. Higher thread counts are often used in hotels as they are softer and provide a more luxurious feel. If you are a hotel owner and want guests to have a comfortable and pleasant night’s stay, opt for bed linen with a higher thread count.

Linen Connect stocks bed linen in various thread counts, but which thread count is the best for hotel bed linen? Learn about the different thread counts in stock at Linen Connect:

  • 120-180 thread count: These are the lowest thread counts in stock at Linen Connect. Bed linen with a thread count between 120 and 180 are thin and often used in hospitals.
  • 200-210 thread count: Bed linen with these thread counts are ideal for independent accommodation businesses. Made from light cotton, bed linen with a thread count between 200 and 210 are suitable for the summer months.
  • 250 thread count: This is the highest thread count in stock at Linen Connect. Bed linen with a thread count of 250 is extremely popular at Linen Connect as it is durable and keeps your guests cool, making it perfect for larger hotel owners.

For hotel owners, bed linen with a thread count of 200+ is an ideal choice to help guests enjoy their stay. Undoubtedly, your guests will have a fantastic night’s sleep with bed linen from Linen Connect.

What fabric should you choose?

It is important to consider what fabric you want for your guests to give them a comfortable stay. The material composition you choose depends on how you want your guests to feel; however, certain materials are frequently used.


Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics used when it comes to hotel bedding. 100% cotton bed linen is perfect as it covers everything you need. Cotton is soft and breathable, making it ideal for giving visitors a comfortable stay. Cotton bed linen’s durability means its long-lasting nature is the ideal investment for hotels.

Linen Connect also stocks cotton-rich hotel bedding, a blend of cotton and polyester. Cotton-rich blends maintain the luxurious touch of cotton bed linen whilst being durable.


Polycotton bed linen is becoming more popular than cotton for its versatility and cost. Polycotton is more practical than cotton as it is less susceptible to wrinkles and shrinking, making it a great alternative for commercial bed linen. Polycotton bed linen can hold the brightness of colours remarkably well, making it the ideal choice if you want to have coloured bed sheets in your home.


Percale is usually mistaken for fabric, when it is a type of weave. Bed linen fabric is often woven vertically and horizontally, whereas percale is woven in a unique criss-cross design. This enables the bed linen to be woven tightly, giving it a soft and durable finish. Percale linen is popular in hotels for its comfortable and versatile nature.

Hotel bed linen designs

Ensuring guests are comfortable is the main priority for any hotel owner. However, alongside thread count and bed linen material, the design of your chosen bed linen should also be given some thought. Deciding on what design you want depends on how you want your hotel to look. Do you want a plain, straightforward design or a vibrant, colourful display?

Linen Connect stocks various plain and patterned designs to add to your hotel. If plain white doesn’t capture your imagination and you want to add a splash of colour, then The Poetry Collection has plenty of designs. We also stock several styles of Charlotte Thomas bedding for a more adventurous look.

Weave options

When choosing your hotel bed linen, knowing which kind of weave you want is crucial, as different weaves determine the durability and softness of your bed linen. Several weave options are popular choices for hotels:

Plain weave

As mentioned above, a percale weave is vastly popular in hotels. Luxury percale bed linen often has a thread count of 180 or more, giving anyone in your hotel a perfect night’s sleep. Percale bed linen will make your guests comfortable as the tightly woven threads ensure a smooth finish.


As mentioned above, a percale weave is vastly popular in hotels. Luxury percale bed linen often has a thread count of 180 or more, giving anyone in your hotel a perfect night’s sleep. Percale bed linen will make your guests comfortable as the tightly woven threads ensure a smooth finish.


Sateen bed linen is finer than percale, resulting in a silky texture to the bed linen. Sateen bed linen is often seen in high-end establishments. The soft nature of sateen bed sheets makes them perfect for guests staying during winter.

Choosing the best duvet

Duvets are essential to hotel bed linen to keep your guests happy and comfortable during their stay. Duvets have several fillings you can opt for and are rated for insulation by a ‘TOG’ rating.

Duvet fillings

Hollowfibre duvet fillings are very popular in hotels and perfect for anyone with allergies. Hollowfibre is a hypoallergenic, synthetic duvet filling to help people avoid having allergic reactions.

Microfibre duvet fillings are very similar to hollowfibre duvet fillings, with the main difference being the tightness of the weave. Microfibre-filled duvets have the same warmth as other duvets but tend to be lighter.

Duck feather-filled duvets are the most natural kind of duvet filling. Duvets filled with duck feathers are durable, making them a popular choice. Duck feather is naturally breathable and soft, perfect for guests looking for a relaxing night’s sleep.

Duvet togs

Duvets are rated with a ‘TOG’ rating to determine how warm your duvet is. ‘TOG’ stands for ‘thermal overall grade’. Duvets with a lower TOG rating will have a lower level of insulation, whereas higher TOG ratings will keep you very warm. For example, a duvet with a TOG rating of 4.5 is perfect for sleeping during the Summer, whilst duvets with a TOG rating of 13.5 will be ideal for the Winter months.

Choosing the best pillowcase

Complete any hotel bedding set in your hotel with high-quality pillowcases, available in various styles at Linen Connect. Pillowcases are essential for their functionality in protecting pillows from dust and stains.

Bag pillowcase

The most popular pillowcase used in hotels and the hospitality industry is a bag-style pillowcase. Bag-style pillowcases are very practical for housekeepers to help them change bedding quicker. The loose bag allows you to fit pillows of any size, which is ideal for hotels with varying room sizes.

Mock Oxford pillowcase

Mock Oxford pillowcases are perfect for hotels looking for a decorative style in their rooms. Mock Oxford pillowcases are used in luxury hotel bedding sets and are designed with a border to add elegance to any room.

Housewife pillowcase

Housewife pillowcases are often found in common households rather than hotels. Where bag pillowcases will fit various sizes, housewife pillowcases can only fit one size. Housewife pillowcases have a flap designed to tuck over the pillow, which can be very time-consuming for housekeepers.

How to wash hotel bed linen

It is crucial to know how to keep your guests warm and comfortable during their stay, but you also want to keep their rooms clean. Read on to see how to wash hotel bed linen to ensure your guests have a pleasurable stay.

Washing hotel bed linen

When washing hotel bed linen, you should be aware of a few things. Ensure you separate light and dark colours, so you don’t ruin any of your bed linen. Wash your bed linen at a temperature of no more than 40°C. Once your bed linen is finished washing, remove it from the washing machine as quickly as possible.

Drying and ironing hotel bed linen

When drying your hotel bed linen in the tumble dryer, use a cool setting of no more than 70°C to 80°C. Give your bed linen time to cool down once finished to minimise creasing. Use a cool to warm iron when ironing your bed linen. Don’t bleach or dry clean your bed linen, as this will damage it.

Find the best hotel bed linen with Linen Connect

Linen Connect has several hotel bed linen options to ensure you give your guests the best stay. Choose from various fabrics and thread counts to guarantee you create the perfect environment in each room. Linen Connect can cater to any design preferences with various colours and patterns in stock. Why not start revamping your hotel interior with leaf style hotel bed linen?

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