What are some of the first things that you notice when you enter a suite at a five-star resort? If you’ve been traveling most of the day, it’s likely that you’ll want to get acquainted with the bed. After taking a few bounces on the mattress to gauge its firmness, you immediately notice the quality of the bed’s linens by their sheen, smoothness, and stitching. You make a mental note to shop for some new bed sheets when you get home from your vacation. Here are some things that you need to know before investing in beautiful new sheets for your bedroom.
Selecting high-performing bed linens is slightly more complicated than buying a sheet set that color coordinates with your duvet and furniture. You want bed sheets that look stylish and keep you comfortable for each season. Understanding the various material weaves helps you to know the types of sheets to pick for year-round napping.
Flannel, jersey knit, percale, and sateen are four common weaves that are used to make bed sheets. Textile makers produce flannel sheets from cotton or wool, and the sheets offer warm bodies extra insulation during fall and winter. Jersey knit and percale are light-weight, breathable materials that are ideal choices for spring and summer sleep systems. Sateen sheets are excellent all-season bed coverings. Choose a cotton sateen sheet set that has a high thread count to blanket you during cooler months and a thinner version of the sheet set for luxurious, warm weather sleeping.
Bed sheet performance is also a personal matter. You keep your indoor climate constant throughout the year, but your body temperature naturally runs a little colder than your spouse’s at night. You and your spouse must choose a bed sheet set that offers a good compromise for both sleep temperaments.
Comfort and Softness
You’ve probably heard that a sheet’s thread count is the key to its softness. However, textile experts suggest that your choice of bedding material may be a better indicator of your sheets’ abilities to lull you into a comfortable night’s sleep.
100 percent cotton sheets are still go-to choices for many sleepers. Insiders recommend that you pick sheets that use long-staple cotton threads. These threads support continuous softness and comfort even after years of laundering.
Linen is a natural bedding material that’s made from the flax plant. Linen is such a legendary material for bed sheets that the term “linens” is often synonymous with bed coverings. Years ago, linen was only one of a few options for bedding. Due to its moisture-wicking properties, linen remains a popular choice for summer bed sheets despite competition from other natural and synthetic materials.
Want breathable bed sheets that are twice as soft as cotton? Consider Eucalyptus sheets. If you have allergies, you often struggle to get a comfortable night’s sleep even with quality bedding. Eucalyptus sheets offer you a sustainable bed sheet option that’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.
The threadbare look has never been a great bedding trend. Avoid this interior decoration faux pas by choosing cotton bed sheets that have long-staple threads and high thread counts. A cotton sheet’s thread count is the number of vertical and horizontal threads per square inch. Most bedding experts agree that higher thread counts result in longer wearing sheets.
Besides cotton, bamboo sheets have gained fame for their durability. You might have heard about the hardness of bamboo floors, but the natural fibers are just as tough and surprisingly soft when manufacturers weave them into bed sheets. When selecting bamboo sheets, pay no attention to thread counts. Look for twill-woven bamboo sheets instead; they’ll give you the longest wear.
At a minimum, a set of bed sheets consist of a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and some pillowcases. Ill-fitting bed sheets can bunch up and result in a less-than-restful night’s sleep. Fitted sheets that are too small for your bed can roll up on the corners causing you to awake in the night to fix the sheets.
Getting the right size sheets for your bed depends on more than just choosing among twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Many of today’s beds come with thick pillow-top coverings for added comfort. You’ll want to measure the depth of your bed to include its built-in pillow-top covering and any mattress pad that you use on it regularly. If your sleep system’s dimensions don’t fit standard sheet sizes, buy sheets from companies that make bed coverings that fit thicker mattresses.
You can get a set of good-quality cotton sheets at reasonable prices both online and in local retail stores. Eucalyptus and bamboo sheets are usually more expensive than 100 percent cotton sheets. The best times to buy bed sheets are during the months of January and August. During January, most department stores hold their traditional white sales for the year. These retailers also discount their bed sheets in August to capture business from college students who are preparing to set up housekeeping in university dormitories and apartments.