How long should my bed sheets last?

With proper care, fine bed linens can last for many years. In order to assure the long life of your bed linens, it is best to alternate the use of each set on a weekly basis. Three sets of sheets for each bed is a good guideline to follow-one on the bed, one in the wash, one in the closet. In between each use, launder and store your linens in a well-ventilated space. For best results when laundering, use a non-chlorine bleach and gentle liquid detergent. Wash on a gentle cycle with warm water. Line dry or tumble dry until slightly damp. Over-drying or drying on too hot a setting is the single biggest factor in reducing the life of your sheets.

Are Scheuer Linens sheets sized the same as American sheets?

We over-cut our sheets and top-of-bed ensembles for generous sizing. This feels more luxurious, allows for shrinkage, and accommodates today's deeper pillow-top mattresses, so you won't ever feel "short-sheeted." The dimensions listed for duvet covers and shams do not include the flanged borders that surround the duvet or pillow; they reflect the pocket size only.

What is the average depth of a mattress so I can find the right size fitted sheet?

Mattresses vary in thickness. Some people put featherbeds on top of mattresses, and many new mattresses have pillow tops for additional depth. Standard and older mattresses average 9 to 12 inches, while newer pillow-top mattresses are 14 to 16 inches deep and up. All of our fitted sheets are cut generously, to 15-17 inches deep.

How can I be sure my sheets won't shrink, and will continue to fit my bed after laundering?

All cotton will shrink to some extent, but manufacturers anticipate this by cutting their items larger to allow for shrinkage. We also carry almost all our fitted sheets with extra-deep 15- to 17-inch pockets, which allows for the deep, pillow-top mattresses that are popular in the United States, and also ensures thatthe elastic will not be overstretched, leading to stress on the seams and fabric. Many of our bed linens are woven on extra-wide 120-inch looms, which allows us to create wider sheets and deeper fitted sheets.

Do I need to iron my cotton sheets? Why do some sheets lose their sheen after laundering?

Many people do not iron their sheets, preferring the comfort of cotton and not minding its slightly wrinkled natural state. To help your sheets look as crisp as possible, be sure not to over-dry them. Wash them in warm water, dry them on a low setting, and remove them from the dryer promptly while they are still slightly damp, then hang or fold to smooth. Minimal touching up with an iron-on the cuff or return, for example, will give a crisper appearance, especially to embroidered

sheets. Of course, for the most elegant appearance, some people do prefer to have their sheets ironed. Sateen sheets, after their first washing, will lose some of their shine and silkiness due to the construction of sateen weaves. Ironing will smooth the fibers and restore the luster and the sheen of the fabric.

Why choose linen sheets?

Wonderfully soft antique linen sheets, sometimes hundreds of years old

and still prized today, are a testament to the fact that linen is one fiber that actually gets better with age. Linen sheets are often found at the most exclusive European hotels because they grow softer and more lustrous with every use, and withstand frequent laundering with ease. Linen "breathes" and wicks away moisture, keeping the body cool and dry, which makes it particularly desirable in hot and humid climates. And because linen is naturally hypoallergenic, it is also a good choice for people with allergies or special skin concerns.

What is the difference between a matelassé coverlet, a blanket cover and a bedspread?

A matelassé coverlet is a type of blanket cover. Blanket covers are a lightweight bed covering, usually made of quilted cotton, matelassé, or a jacquard or piqué fabric. They were traditionally used to cover blankets (hence the name) to provide a more formal bed covering. They are designed to extend just below the mattress, while bedspreads, often made of similar types of fabrics, are designed to extend to the floor. Matelassé is a fabric, usually cotton, which is jacquard-woven to create a raised pattern with a quilted or sculpted effect. We offer two different types of matelassé coverlets: ones made in Portugal that have been preshrunk for everyday use and home laundering, and more formal, elegant matelassés woven in Italy that we recommend be dry cleaned. Our matelassé coverlets and other blanket covers are designed to coordinate with our bed linens, and can be combined with a duvet as well for greater warmth.

What is thread count?

Thread count is a measure of how many threads -- warp (lengthwise) and weft (widthwise) -- are woven into one square inch of fabric. With finer threads, like those of Egyptian cotton, more can be woven into each square inch. Sheet thread counts generally range from 200 up to 1020.

Thread count has become a term used almost indiscriminately to describe the quality of cotton fabric used for sheets. Generally speaking, the higher the thread count, the smoother and finer the sheet. However, judging a sheet by thread count alone can sometimes be deceiving. It is only one of the factors that contribute to the quality of fine sheets. The quality of the cotton fiber and yarns and the way they are woven are equally, if not more important.

What is the difference between a panel bed skirt and a deck bed skirt?

A panel bed skirt is made up of three panels which you slip between the mattress and box spring and affix with mattress pins; it allows you to adjust the drop on the bed skirt to suit your tastes and the height of your bed. A deck bed skirt is all one piece and limits your ability to adjust length of bed skirt drop.

How do I choose which size napkin to order?

In keeping with the traditions of European and formal American dining, we offer our Classic linen napkins in a tea size of 13 inches square; luncheon and dessert size of 18 inches; standard dinner napkins in 20 and 22 inches; and buffet size of 24 and 27 inches. The most common dinner napkin size is 20 inches, though many people like a more generous 22-inch napkin; and for buffets, when people may be eating from their laps, a larger 24- or 27-inch napkin is customary. We also offer 6-inch-square and 6x9 cocktail napkins.

How do I know what size tablecloth I need?

The traditional "drop" for a tablecloth (the amount that extends below the tabletop) is 12-14 inches. Measure the width and length of your table, then add (double the desired measurement of drop) to each dimension for the correct size cloth. For example, for the desired drop listed above, measure both length and width of your table and add 24 to 28 inches to both width and length for the proper size cloth.

As a general guide:

Rectangular and oval tablecloths:

70" x 90" is for a table that seats 6

70" x 108"

seats 8 -10

70" x 126" seats 10 -12

70" x 144" seats 12 - 14

70" x 162" seats 14 - 16

70" x 180" seats 16 -


70" x 216" seats 18 – 20


Our Classico tablecloths may be special-ordered in custom widths and lengths. Table runners are also

available in a wide range of lengths.


Round tablecloths:

70" round is for a table that seats 4

90" round seats 6 - 8

104" round seats 10 -12


Square tablecloths are often used as "topper" or tea cloths, atop a to-the-floor tablecloth, and are

offered in:

45" square

54" square

70" square

90" square