Just like the online confusion in nearly all sectors, bed linen also forms part of the constant increase in sales that surrounds us. The pandemic has meant that the online channel provides between 20-25% of all sales in the sector. The marketplaces, on these lines, take the largest slice of the cake, but we should be aware of how we buy, above all in bed linen, since there are some risks that may result in us not being satisfied with the choice we make. Some of the main risks could be:
*The composition: the best prices for bed linen we find in marketplaces are 100% polyester microfiber. Even though the qualities of this product improve every year, since it is easy to wash and iron, a thread that does have cotton or a mixture or any natural fibre is not comparable in price. Firstly because the prices of the natural fibres will always be higher than oil-based products, apart from the sustainable derivations. The calorific and transpiration properties of natural fibres are always greater but in any case the decision will also be based on the budget of each pocket.
Cushion size: it is worth taking note that each country uses cushions of different standard sizes. In the case of Spain the most common cushion size is 40 cm width and open pillowcases on one or both sides. Many pillowcases in the marketplaces come with European standard sizes, which are usually a little wider (normally 50 cm) but a little shorter (normally 80 cm for single beds, whereas in Spain they are usually 90 cm, therefore a pillowcase size of 50 x 80 with a pouch would not cover the cushion).
*The length of the mattress: the majority of manufacturers make adjustable sheets for beds that are 200 cm long. For beds of 190 cm the adaptation may be acceptable, but if the mattress is not thicker than 20 cm a lot of fabric will overlap and many wrinkles may appear, not to speak of beds of 180 cm, which 30 years ago were the common sizes but which now represent a completely special measurement.
*The thickness of the mattress: the majority of online sellers offer a standard sheet size of 25-30 cm, which are suitable for mattresses of between 25-30 cm. However, mattress manufacturers today tend to produce mattresses of 27-30 cm, which with these measurements the sheets would not go beneath it with the risk of the elastic springing out. Or on the contrary, thinner mattresses for fold-up beds, bunk beds or caravans… which in the majority of cases are between 10-15 cm thick, the standard lower sheet would be very wrinkled since there would be a lot of loose fabric.