Duvet covers for sale !

It may seem a strange thing to say, but after 40 years in business we’re still asked “do ye sell duvet covers?” Needless to say, after 40 years we are recognised as the ‘go-to’ shop in Cork for all things sleep related – be that sheets, pillows, duvets or even duvet covers !

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As part of our celebrations for our 40th. anniversary we are offering all customers a minimum discount of 10% on all duvets & pillows for the month of February so spread the word with family and friends!

We are also clearing out ‘end of sale’ sheets & duvet covers at silly prices like these pretty sets with pillowcase(s) included…


“Paris” charcoal – also available in blue
“Henley” – see on display in our window if you’re passing by.

Single are only €15.00 (down from €35.00) : Double are €20.00 (down from €49.50) & King are €25.00 (down from €59.50) with over 15 designs on clearance !

So whether it be the latest in “Cool Touch” technology pillows or a simple blanket or throw to snuggle up, give us a call and we’ll do our very best to help !


40 years in business

selling duvets, pillows, sheets & much more!

And it is genuinely all thanks to you, our loyal customers & friends who have supported us since we opened in Princes St. way back in 1977!

How things have changed since those days… Technology is the obvious huge change we’ve seen. There was no World Wide Web, no Facebook or Twitter and certainly no blogging! Mostly, we used Cork Local Radio or the Cork Examiner & the Evening Echo. Duvets & pillows were mainly made from natural down & feathers and the early polyester fibre duvets, looking back, were really awful creations – not much more than wads of polyester fibre chopped off to fit in to a casing.

An ad from the “Cork Examiner” in 1982 when we were only five years old !


New technology has not just confined itself to communication however… The advent of new microfibres, some developed by NASA, has meant warmer, lighter, softer duvets & pillows. The new “Smartfil” fibre from ‘The Fine Bedding Co.’ is unique in that all sizes may be washed at home in a standard domestic washing machine at 60deg. – the temperature that kills dust mites and other infectious materials.

Quality lasts forever…

e0e17fe1d6b9ab6b1368aa3213fcfa8c.jpgOf course, sheets & duvet covers haven’t changed quite as much but one thing that is constant is quality… Many of you will have heard your mother (and even your grandmother!) extol the virtue of a good set of Egyptian cotton sheets – how else will you get a good night’s sleep? Probably the most well known name on the market is the famous “Dorma” brand and Household Linens are proud to be stockists of “Dorma” since we opened in 1977.

Their 300 thread count cotton sateen sheets are simply superb and their duvet covers still remain treasured and passed on from one generation to the next. Perhaps the most famous design was their “Country Diary” collection which ran for over twenty years !

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Over the next few months, we hope to bring you up to date with all that is new for bedrooms, while always staying true to our motto “when all you want is a good night’s sleep” – come to Household Linens !


Black Friday a black day for retailers..?


As the last Friday in November draws near, the Traditionalists among us may have been looking forward to the start of the Christmas shopping spree. This always happened on December 8th., the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. On this day, country people, especially farming folk, would take a day off from their duties and head to the ‘big smoke’ to spend their few bob – all that is no more.


We have succumbed to the vagaries of our Transatlantic cousins and now we ‘celebrate’ “Black Friday” ! Why..? Who knows ! But, in the haste of our multinational department stores to make money, it appears as though the indigenous Irish stores may have shot themselves in both feet while trying to keep up. December, which was one of the busiest months in the retailers year, has taken a significant hit as customers do the majority of their Christmas shopping on Black Friday. The Winter Sales have taken a huge hit; after all, if you bought a new 48″ TV in November you’re not going to buy another one in January. Retail figures in the weeks leading up to Black Friday have slumped – would you buy anything when you’re told “we’re having massive discounts in two weeks time” !

All this is followed by “Cyber Monday”  which, naturally, takes more money away from the High Street trader and your Local Independent Retailer. What are the consequences..? It won’t happen overnight, but the demise of your local store where you generally get that little bit more attention, that little bit more informed opinion, certainly that much more expertise will become a thing of the past (just like Holy Days of Obligation) and your friendly online store won’t be interested in what’s going on in your life!


Another year…

With the end of October we come to the end of another financial year for Household Linens and if you pop in over the next few days you’ll find us busily counting tea towels and pillowcases in preparation for our annual stocktaking.


Of course, that news has other significance… Household Linens was founded in November 1977 so next year we will be celebrating FORTY YEARS IN BUSINESS!!!


We look forward to a year of celebrations and great giveaways so if you don’t follow us already on social media channels such as Facebook & Twitter be sure you tune in to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes (and tell your friends as well) !

Our blog is undergoing some much needed renovations too as our image galleries were a little outdated so please bear with us as bring them up to date.


We are very proud…

Many of you will recognise the young man below but he normally wears a shirt when he’s working on the shop floor… However, Peter Cotter (son of owners Joe & Norma) will be wearing a very different uniform from Thursday as he has been called up to the squad for the Ireland Paralympic team to play in the CP 7-a-side football !

Peter, all here in Household Linens wish you and the rest of the squad the very best of luck and all we can say is “give ’em hell” !!!

Summer’s sliding slowly by…


As we come in to the August weekend, once more we wonder how time has slid us by… The excitement of the Euros in June is already a hazy memory and it won’t be long ’til thoughts turn to books & uniforms and college timetables and all that those entail 😦 There are some things we can still be happy about though !

13754245_1438097509539482_2710204494327985427_nThis year marks the anniversary of our 39th. Annual Summer Sale and we continue to be grateful for the very loyal customers and friends we have made since first opening at 11 Princes St. back in 1977. Sadly, many of our neighbours from those days such as the “Emerald China & Glass Centre”, “Oldens Family Butchers”, “O’Connors Shoes” and others are no longer in business but we are fortunate to have new neighbours in Oliver Plunkett St. such as Elvery Sports who will cater for all things fitness & leisure wise while MarcCain across the road from us will help all you ladies to look in tip-top shape! Of course, they join our other neighbours in Fran & Jane, Sheena’s Boutique, Rococo, & Olori to make this end of Oliver Plunkett St. the “must go to” destination for all you fashionistas !

For our own part, we continue to try and bring you great quality at great prices… We have two designs in the “Christy” collection at 50% off and they really do have the WOW factor!

Both designs are fully dressed on beds inside the shop so why not pop in and see for yourself and feel the superb texture that has made the “Christy” name so synonymous with quality bed linen.

In other news, we are pleased to have been awarded the title of “Sleep Experts” by our supplier “The Fine Bedding Co.” whose duvets and pillows we are pleased to stock. The title is only awarded to shops who have a proven knowledge of all things sleep related and have a level of expertise above that of your average bed linen shop. Have a look at this short video and it helps explain even more why sleep is such an important part of our lives..

There’s an awful lot more to see inside if you haven’t visited for a while… The big craze in the cinemas is of course the BFG or “The Big Friendly Giant” for those of you who have never read Roald Dahl’s famous classic ! We are thrilled to have the officially licensed duvet covers in stock which come in both single & double size with pillowcase(s) included. They are quite reasonable priced as well – only €25.00 for the single & €38.00 for the double in the sale 🙂

The Big Friendly Giant (Roald Dahl) SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION

Finally, we spoke earlier of some happy, hazy memories from the Euros but let’s not forget that our very own Cork team, Cork City F.C. are still flying the flag for us in this years qualifiers for the Europa League ! Next Thursday night they travel to Belgium to take on local favourites Genk. May we wish them every success on the road and we look forward to seeing the return match in Turner’s Cross on Thursday, August 4th.


It’s Springtime – isn’t it..?

We don’t know about you – but we’re tired of the rain and we’ve had our heads down so much that two or three months passed us by while we were avoiding the downpours! Indeed, the traders in Oliver Plunkett St. were very lucky to escape severe damage (again) to their premises after a series of high tides last weekend. This picture shows the road flooded outside the shop on Sunday morning.IMG_2036.JPG

All that rain reminds us that we must give a fast shout out for our friends in “Sunshine & Umbrellas” who are holding their annual fashion extravaganza on April 28th. A little bird tells us that Xposé will be there live so get your glad rags on for what is a very worthy charity.

Of course, the other good news that Oliver Plunkett St. received was that we were awarded the title of “Great Urban Street” for 2016 across Ireland AND the U.K. ! Hopefully it will lead to an increase in footfall over the coming months and shoppers will be able to enjoy the ‘boulevard’ experience in better weather than what we’re having now…

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In Household Linens we have much to be happy about as well… New spring designs are being delivered on a weekly basis and we have had a phenomenal response to designs like “Trent” from the NAF NAF collection as well as other (even quirkier!) designs like “Daisy”.

We also have incredible value in discontinued duvet sets from the “Kirstie Allsopp” collection so do stop by if you’re in town some day.


Finally, we are coming to the end of the liquidation stock from Clery’s, the famous Dublin Dept. store… There are sheets, odd duvet covers, some curtains and hollofibre duvets & pillows so definitely your last chance to grab a bargain. We are always at the end of the phone if you’d like to ask any questions or check prices.