How to Choose the Right Bed Sheets and Linens
There are certain things that you should know about bed sheets and linens before you go out and make a purchase. We’ll call this “Bedding 101.” After this tutorial, you’ll be able to go out and confidently purchase a new set of sheets that make you feel like every night at home is a night in a hotel. Let’s begin, shall we?
There are 4 elements to consider when purchasing new sheets.
Material: Sheet sets are available in a wide variety of materials, but cotton is still my favorite. For cold winter nights, cotton flannel sheets are the coziest. There is a basic cotton or 50/50 blend, but I recommend upgrading to either Egyptian Cotton, Cotton Damask or Bamboo sheets which feel more luxurious and “breathe” better than a 50/50 blend. Other materials include satin and synthetic cotton sateen. Both of these fabrics are silky, but slippery, so beware.
Size: Yes, there are the standard twin, full, queen, king and California king sizes. However, if you have a pillow-top mattress, you will want to look for fitted sheets with extra deep pockets or corners to accommodate the additional height of your mattress. Avoid the frustration of purchasing sheets that don’t fit around all four corners by measuring the depth of your mattress.
Thread count: Thread count refers to the total number threads per square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count the tighter weave and that means softer, more durable sheets. Look for a thread count of AT LEAST 200. 400-800 thread count is ideal and still well within a reasonable price range. When you get up about 800 thread count, the sheets become much more expensive.
Weave: The weave determines the texture of the fabric. Sheets are usually made from either percale weave fabrics or sateen weave fabrics. Percale is smooth and matte in appearance where sateen sheets have more of a luster. Which you choose is simply a matter of personal preference.
Are you ready to retire your current set of sheets? Well, now you can. Armed with these 4 basic guidelines you are now ready to confidently purchase sheets that will turn a night of sleep into a peaceful slumber.