Fit out your bed for thermal balancing!

 Sonar Thermal Balancing OUTLASTSonar Thermal Balancing OUTLAST

Do you hear yourself often commenting about being too hot in bed while your partner is adding extra blankets because they are too cold?   This is the most frequent comment we hear from our customers when selecting their new bed quilt. Most quilts are made to suite one season, promoting extra warmth in winter OR to help you sleep cooler during the summer.  So what do you choose when you sleep with a partner who is always throwing off the covers while you're starting to shiver?  The answer is our new Sonar Thermal Balancing OUTLAST Range. Designed to provide comfort for two partners who require different levels of warmth in bed, it will absorb, store and release heat while you sleep, helping to maintain optimal thermal comfort. 

These products feature "OUTLAST" technology which pro-actively manages heat and moisture to help provide a better, more comfortable night's sleep.  The technology is tested and proven to alleviate variations in temperature that cause sleep disturbance, and can help maintain thermal compatibility between couples.

"OUTLAST" technology pro-actively manages heat and balances temperature which controls the production of moisture before it begins.

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  • Sonar Thermal Balancing products feature OUTLAST technology, that was originally developed for NASA.
  • As leaders in heat and moisture management technology, OUTLAST has conducted research that suggests that sleep is not only important, but rather vital to health and well-being.  According to a recent study by a leading university, there are six major reasons for needing a better nights sleep: memory, metabolism, safety, mood, heart health and disease.
  • The technology utilises phase-change materials that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort.  It has the ability to continually regulate the skins' micro-climate.  As the skin gets hot, the heat is absorbed, and as it cools, the heat is released.
  • Sonar Thermal Balancing will proactively manage heat.  This product is perfect for all seasons, and will provide thermal compatability between sleeping partners.

To view our range of Sonar Thermal Balancing OUTLAST products please follow the link below.  Please note this range is available on-line only or by special order request in-store.

    What to know when buying your bed sheets.

    Our guide in buying bed sheets

    To make sure you’re a full bottle on bedding before you make a purchase here’s a quick overview of bed linen terminology. 


    Thread count (TC) refers to the number of threads woven into a square cm. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets are, however it is just as important to look at the quality and thickness (GSM) of the threads used.


    GSM stands for grams per square metre. Generally the higher the GSM, the thicker and heavier the threads are, which means a warmer, more durable fabric.


    These days there’s a huge range of different materials used to make bedding, all with different qualities and benefits. Here’s a list of the most common kinds of bed linen materials. 

    • 100% Cotton

    Cotton is a natural fibre and feels cool to touch with good "breath-ability" for comfort all year round. 100% cotton is also hypoallergenic and is easy to wash and iron.  Cotton sheets are best for hotter climates & summertime, but remember cotton can shrink. Most manufacturers allow for about a 10% shrinkage on the first wash.

    • Polyester / Cotton Blend

    Polyester/Cotton blend bedding is a great affordable option and they are low maintenance. These sheets are fast drying and due to the polyester in the blend they don't crease, therefore you won’t need to iron them!  The poly / cotton blend is common and popular great for the kids bed or a spare bedroom.   The Kingdom Percale range comes in 15 fashionable colours and all sizes.

    • Egyptian Cotton

    A special type of cotton originally from the Nile Delta region, Egyptian Cotton is popular for its strength and super silky softness. Egyptian Cotton is considered the highest quality cotton available it also usually comes in a high thread count so if you’re looking for a bit of luxury this might be what you’re looking for.

    • PIMA Cotton

    Another special type of cotton is PIMA, similar to Egyptian cotton it offers durability and softness. Most people agree that if Egyptian Cotton is number 1 in the "cotton world", PIMA Cotton is a close second.  Our Ramesses PIMA cotton sheet sets are 1000 thread count offering you superior quality.

    • Bamboo

    Bamboo fabric is a new addition to the bed linen market it is a sustainable and eco-friendly product. Bamboo is also a great heat regulator compared to standard cotton and cotton blend sheets making it a great all year round option. Bamboo is also hypoallergenic and mold resistant.  Why not try something new with this great product.

    • Flannel / Flannelette / Fleecy

    Flannel fabric is usually made from cotton or a cotton / polyester blend. The fabric is usually ‘brushed’ to give it that nice warm "fuzzy" texture that flannel sheets are known for. Flannel sheets are great in winter. Flannel sheets are usually measured in terms of GSM – the bigger the GSM, the warmer and heavier the flannel is.

    For a luxurious flannelette sheet set have a look at our Park Avenue range.  We have been getting great feedback from our customers on this product.

    • Satin

    Traditionally know for its luxurious feel, satin is a synthetic fabric which has a super glossy finish and silky touch.  Bambury produce a top quality satin sheet set that wont break your budget.  Available in Queen size only.

    • Damask

    Damask fabrics are made when the pattern is created by the actual weave. Examples of damask fabrics are those with a self stripe or more ornate patterns you will often find on comforters and quilt covers.  Sleep in elegant luxury with our beautifully crafted sheet sets by Shangri-La. Featuring a classic damask print finished with an ornate embroidered border.

    • Percale

    Percale describes a kind of weave of fabric, rather than a material, so percale sheets could be 100% cotton, a polyester/cotton blend, or any other kind of blend. Percale weave has a thread count of at least 200, making it a tighter style of weave. Percale weave fabrics are usually a medium weight, smooth with no gloss and wash well. They are a super durable option.

    • Sateen

    Sateen describes material that is woven the same way as a traditional satin fabric .  Sateen weave gives the fabric a silky sheen and a softer feel.  The Ramesses 400 thread count cotton sateen sheet sets are one of our best sellers, they feel luxurious, are affordable and are available in 10 fashionable colours.

     Are you still confused about what sheets to get for your bed?  Why not pop into one of our local WA stores and chat to the friendly staff who will happily assist you in making the right choice.

    Tips when choosing the right quilt for your bed.

    Tips on how to choose the right quilt for your bedWhether you call it a quilt, doona or duvet, this is an important part of your bedding to consider!  When buying a quilt you need to think about what suits you. Factors such as warmth, weight, upkeep and other considerations like allergies or asthma will determine your choice. Here is a brief rundown of what you need to keep in mind when buying a quilt and what options might best suit your needs.

     GSM - Quilts are measured in GSM (grams per square metre). Generally, the heavier the quilt (higher GSM), the warmer it is.

    BLANKET WARMTH - Sometimes people like to rate warmth of quilts by "blanket warmth" the equivalent number of wool blankets that would give the same level of warmth. Blanket warmth uses a scale from one to four, one being cool and four being very warm, however the problem is the warmth of a wool blanket is completely subjective since there are so many types of wool blankets! Blanket warmth ratings should always be used as a guide only. 

    LOFT - Loft refers to the thickness of the filling inside the quilt. Loft will vary depending on the type of filling and this does not necessarily refer to the warmth of a quilt. However a quilt that keeps its loft over its lifetime is considered important in terms of quality and durability.


    Most quilts come with a cotton or cotton blend cover but as our mothers used to tell us, it’s what’s inside that counts. Here is a list of the types of quilt fillings along with their varying qualities and benefits.


    Wool is a fantastic option for someone who prefers a natural fibre filling for their quilt. While most people associate wool products with winter and warmth, wool quilts are very breathable and are great at regulating body temperature.  So if you’re after a year long quilt or if you’re a warm sleeper this could be a good choice. Allergy sufferers and asthmatics should be aware that wool is not naturally hypoallergenic.  However many companies now 'treat' their wool to offer hypoallergenic qualities so you should check the individual product. Wool quilts are usually dry clean only but again, some companies are treating their wool to become washing machine friendly so check the individual product.  At Baines Manchester we recommend the Mini Jumbuk Everyday Quilt.  This quilt is made in South Australia using only the best Australian Merino wool and is backed up with a 5 year guarantee.


    Microfibre is a great option as a quilt filling for people who want something they can throw in to the washing machine at home. Microfibre is also super fast drying which is perfect for washing. If you like the luxurious soft feel of down quilts but not the hefty price tag attached, a Microfibre quilt may be a great alternative for you. Microfibre is also a good option for allergy sufferers as it is hypoallergenic.  Check out our Classic Rose Microfibre Quilts,  featuring a timeless rose jacquard print cover, with self piping detail, this 400gsm duvet offers style, value and functionality.


    Dacron is a trademarked brand of Polyester fibre filling, marketed for its special ‘hollofil’ technology. Dacron quilts are light and fluffy with a filling that is resistant to flattening, making it warmer and more durable. Like all polyester quilts, these are washing machine friendly and hypoallergenic for peace of mind. Our light and lofty Dacron quilt is filled with 100% Dacron Duralife fibrefill from INVISTA which is supported by " The Asthma Foundation".  This quilt is great for kids as it is machine washable!


    On a duck or a goose, feathers are the protective outer layer and down is the soft, fluffy feathers with no quills at the base. In a quilt, you may notice there’s a blend of feathers and down used as filling. The higher the percentage of down used in the quilt the softer, lighter and warmer the quilt will be. Feather & Down quilts are super warm because they capture your body heat, just as if you were a duck! You may notice that the filling may move around so it is recommended that you give your quilt a good shake every now and then to maintain loft and freshness.  Baines offers a new range of feather quilts designed for your satisfaction


    Because cotton is naturally light and breathable, a cotton filled quilt is a great choice if you’re after a lighter quilt for the warmer months. Cotton filled quilts are usually washing machine friendly as well as durable for a longer life.  Perfect for the hotter months our Diamond cotton quilts are affordable and cool for the summer months!

    Our exclusive guide on how to care for your bath towels

     Towel Care Guide

    BAINES MANCHESTER is proud to offer you a wide range of exceptional quality towels.  Our staff are well trained to assist you to find the best towel to suit you needs.  We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and strive to ensure your complete satisfaction with your purchase.  This guide is intended to provide useful tips to care for your new towels, therefore ensuring many years of comfortable use.


    • Wash towels prior to use.  This assists removal of excess fluff and improves absorbency.
    • Avoid washing powders that contain bleaching agents.  Dissolve all washing products in the water before adding the towels.
    • Wash individual colours separately.  
    • Dark coloured towels can be washed with a handful of cooking salt to assist the dye to set. 
    • Never soak, bleach or boil towels.
    • Fabric softener builds up a “waxy” coating on the towels which reduces their absorbency therefore its best not to use it when washing your towels.
    • Rinse towels well to remove build up of detergent.
    • Use a cold or warm wash, never hot.
    • If possible tumble dry for the first few washes. This will  help remove excess fluff.
    •  Adding ¼ cup diluted vinegar to the rinse cycle helps reduce fluff and improve absorbency. 
    • Avoid drying in full sun, this can make towels fade and become stiff.  
    • Some hand cleaners contain essential oils which can harm the towels, rinsing well after using the cleaner will avoid damaging them.

       To view our full range of towels on sale visit

    Keep warm and save money heating your home!

    Winter Warmers

    Heating your home can be an expensive task. Why should you sacrifice warmth for affordability? 

    Its time to get savvy and heat your home the cost effective way.  Start by heating yourself first.  Before turning up the thermostat, sort your bed out with some winter warmers.  Energy-watch reports that turning up your thermostat can add a shocking 10% to your annual heating bill so why not try some of our simple bed warmers that wont break your budget.  Put a hot water bottle in bed at least half an hour before you plan to jump in.  Make sure you have your winter bed sheets, an extra blanket and most importantly your winter quilt on the bed.  Not sure what winter bed sheets are?  We call them "Flannelette" sheets otherwise known as "Fleecy" sheets.  Why are fleecy sheets warmer than other bed sheets?  Fleece is a knitted fabric, unlike woven fabric that is simply 2 threads woven thru each other, knits are the result of several threads being wound around each other producing a thicker and therefore warmer fabric. Not only does this knitted fabric keep its colour well overtime, the thicker fabric coupled with a man-made fibre content will help to keep your body heat in the bed.  Save money now on our great range of quality fleecy sheets designed to keep you warmer in bed.

    Park Avenue Flannelette Sheet Set      Micro Flannel Sheet Set

    Ever tried a heated throw rug?  Regular throw rugs are great as an added accessory on the couch but come winter you need something that can really warm you up!  Heated throw rugs are new in the world of home wares.  These throw rugs are equipped with a built in heating device and will use much less energy than trying to heat up the entire room.  Featuring a 10 step  heating selector and a 9 hour automatic cut off, this heated throw will automatically switch off if over heating.  So much cozier than your standard throw rug.

    Heated Throw Rug

     Investing in the right products can help reduce your winter heating bills.

    Why Wool? Why Mini Jumbuk?

    We get asked a lot "Why buy wool? Why is it better?" Well, to put it simply, wool is a natural fibre and will help to keep your body in the optimal temperature zone when sleeping!

     Wool works as a natural insulator, keeping you cool in Summer and warm in Winter, its ability to breathe and insulate makes it comfortable to use all year round. Consumers all over the world are now starting to enjoy the benefits of using wool for a more comfortable nights sleep due to three main benefits;

    • Temperature Regulation ; the natural “crimp” in the wool fibre creates a lot of very small insulating air pockets, therefore being able to maintain temperature regulation naturally.
    • Odour Resistant ; the breath-ability of wool helps reduce sweat, keeping your skin dry & clean.
    • Breath-ablitly ; wool fibres are able to naturally absorb moisture away from your body, it then transfers it into the air through evaporation, keeping your skin fresh, dry and comfortable for long periods of time resulting in a deeper and more restful sleep.Mini Jumbuk Love Wool
    Why Baines Manchester recommends Mini Jumbuk? 

    Mini Jumbuk first opened their doors in South Australia in 1975.  They have proven commitment to producing a quality Australian product that is backed up with a 5 year guarantee.  The dedicated team at Mini Jumbuk source the finest wool and cotton and hand finish every product to ensure its consumer gets the best bedding product in the world. Using only Australian merino wool, Mini Jumbuk's products are affordable, sophisticated and of the highest quality. Mini Jumbuk have grown to become the leading global manufacturer and designer of  wool bedding products.

    Mini Jumbuk products available at Baines Manchester

    September 25, 2014

    Allergen Alert!

    Bambury Mite Guard

    Spring is here! But so are those dreaded allergens. There is a close link between asthma and allergy and around 40% of Australians have some form of allergy, while more than 80% of people who have asthma also have an allergy.

    An allergy is your body’s response to a substance that it decides is harmful. This is an abnormal response. It may cause inflammation in a specific area of the body such as the nose, eyes, skin or lungs. Common allergens include the house dust mite and pollen.

    Something that is an allergen for one person may not be for another, and everyone reacts differently.

    At Baines we are mindful of the plight that a lot of Australians face during the Spring/Summer months. To help combat this problem we offer a range of products from Bambury proven to help put a barrier between you and those dreaded dust mites.

    Mite Guard by Bambury is a proven allergy protective system that totally encases the mattress, quilt and pillow. It features a safe, air permeable, micron dust filter specifically developed as a barrier against dust mite allergies.

    Available in pillow protectors, mattress protectors, quilt protectors and pillows it is the perfect solution to keeping your family safe this Spring.

    miteguard protector