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  • 17th November 2021 at 9:56 am #563310

    It is time to buy a new set of bedding, under sheet, quilt cover and pillows. It will be the first such purchase for us in France.

    As we don’t know of any bedding shops I think I will have to order online.

    A few questions have come up and I am hoping someone can help please?

    Is there any way of ensuring we order a quality set, one that won’t fall apart after a few washes – perhaps a good brand?

    The bed is 2000 x 160 so do I order that size of bedding or do I have to order larger to cover the mattress?

    From what I have seen most of the pillow cases are square, so I will need to find rectangular ones.

    I didn’t realise ordering bedding was so complicated.



    17th November 2021 at 10:31 am #563311


    Try this website, useful information, even if you don’t buy.

    Good luck,


    17th November 2021 at 10:32 am #563312

    Whoops didn’t link through – here it is again:


    17th November 2021 at 10:36 am #563313

    Buying bedding is certainly difficult, and in some cases a bit of a lottery.  What is considered “standard” single, double, king, or queen size is by no means universal in different countries.  When we have needed to buy sheets, etc. we always enquire the actual measurements before buying.  Then we know that something will fit regardless of how thin or thick the mattress is.

    As for quality, I would hope that if it is expensive it will be better than something much cheaper.  But these days even that is no guarantee.  :unsure:

    17th November 2021 at 11:13 am #563314

    A UK king-size is smaller than a French king-size so if your bed is French don’t buy from a UK site like M&S.  I have found LeClerc top of the range own brand good quality, ditto Intermarche.  You can buy oblong pillowcases in France.

    17th November 2021 at 11:44 am #563315

    Bonjour, your bed is an EU King size. As Fea says, a UK King size is smaller. The standard size of an EU King size duvet is 265 cms x 275 cms but you would be advised to measure your actual duvet to check if you have a UK King size duvet which would be smaller. If you are looking for a fitted bed sheet it should tell you on the pack what size bed it will fit.

    As for ‘quality’ that is quite subjective. The higher the thread count the better the ‘quality’ of the fabric and the longer it will last. This refers to the number of threads per inch in the weave of the fabric. 180+ is good, 300 is very good but you can go higher. Personally, I have yet to find this over here but I’m sure it must be out there. The ones I have seen in the supermarkets seem OK at first look but when you feel them they are full of ‘dressing’ which is used during the construction but will wash out on the first wash leaving you with a quite open weave fabric. Basically it depends how much you want to spend.

    17th November 2021 at 11:53 am #563317

    Oops! Sorry! Gave you flat sheet size in error …… EU king size duvet cover is 240cms x 220cms.

    17th November 2021 at 12:45 pm #563320

    Wow, that seems really complicated, I don’t think guys’ brains are wired to compute these things!

    17th November 2021 at 12:46 pm #563321

    I’ve made lots of mistakes with sizes of bedding…fortunately I have enough beds to use the mistakes.

    The latest bed is French kingsize and I finally got it right…Leclerc is good after Christmas they have a special household linen sale…good prices…good quality…go prepared with measurements.

    Our new mattress is very deep…so I had to take that into account.

    good shopping.

    17th November 2021 at 2:02 pm #563324

    Good point about the depth of the mattress, Marmite. Ours is deep too plus we have a topper, last time I needed a new sheet I bought a flat sheet and made it into a fitted one to accommodate the depth. Not too difficult if you have a little sewing ability.

    17th November 2021 at 2:10 pm #563325

    My bed is a standard French bed and I’m buying my beddings directly from the factory, Françoise Saget in les Fougerets near la Gacilly (56). Good quality, localy produced. They are doing 160 x 200 cover sheet and 50 x 70 pillow cases. Our matress is thick so the bed cover is a big tight, but ok to my standard.

    Here is their website to have a look at :

    I don’t like buying without seing, as I find the picture always a bit different to what I get, that is why I go in the “magasin d’usine”, which is not far from home. The bonus is they’ve got plenty of second choice pieces, with manufacturing default that I’ve never noticed … but cheaper. A bit hard to find a complete set though.


    17th November 2021 at 10:16 pm #563335

    I like 100% bio cotton percale from  They quite often have good discounts and if you look on their website it’ll give you an idea of French bedding sizes.

    18th November 2021 at 1:59 pm #563350

    Very interesting, thanks for all the replies, I have certainly picked up a few tips which will prevent me making an expensive mistake.

    I think if Mrs B reads what Babeth wrote, we will soon be on our way to 56.

    18th November 2021 at 6:46 pm #563360

    If you decide to go to Les Fougerets Bonjour, it’s not far at all from la Gacilly, I don’t know if you know the place, but it’s a nice place to visit.

    19th November 2021 at 1:41 pm #563374

    Thanks Babeth, I have looked up La Gacilly, as you say it looks interesting and it has a river flowing through it too.

    A nice bit of weather would be a bonus too.

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