Tips For Buying Bed Sheets
When buying bed sheets, there are several features to consider. Bed linen purchases can be costly, especially if you are purchasing two or more sets for each bed. Before shopping, it pays to first evaluate your needs and preferences. Measurement, thread count, fabric content, manufacturing technique, and weave are factors to be considered when purchasing bed sheets. High quality and pricey sheets are not necessarily your best option. This article will provide you with the information you need to identify your bedding needs and compare them to the bed sheets available for purchase.
Measurement: First measure your mattress (including mattress pads or toppers) for depth to make sure the fitted sheets you purchase will adequately cover the mattress. Compare this measurement with the product label.
Thread Count: Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric, both vertically and horizontally. The softest and most durable sheets are made with higher thread counts. For durability and softness, choose a thread count of 200 or higher. Thread counts under 200 have a crisp linen feel, which may be attractive to people who are warm sleepers.
When choosing bed sheets, evaluate your preferences for durability, softness, crispness, wrinkle control, and allergies.
100% cotton sheets have a soft feel and are breathable. The quality of cotton sheets is determined by the length of the cotton's fibers. The longer the fiber, the higher the quality and durability of the sheet.
Egyptian cotton sheets are soft, durable and breathable.
Pima cotton sheets are made from high quality cotton.
Supima cotton sheets are superior to pima in softness, durability, and breathability.
Organic cotton sheets are made with pesticide free cotton.
Synthetic sheets are made of polyester material. Synthetic sheets are less soft than cotton sheets and are wrinkle resistant.
Cotton/polyester blend sheets have the softness and durability of cotton sheets and are wrinkle resistant and more durable than synthetic sheets.
Bamboo sheets are made from bamboo grass and are soft and silky. Bed sheets made from bamboo also drape well.
Silk sheets are hypoallergenic and a good choice for allergy sufferers. Silk regulates body temperature by absorbing moisture, keeping you cool in warm temperatures and warm in the cold weather. Silk sheets may require dry cleaning.
Weave: Weave of the fabric determines the sheets' level of softness, crispness, breathability, and durability.
Sateen weave creates a very soft but less durable material than percale or pinpoint.
Pinpoint weave is durable and not as soft as sateen, but will soften with repeated washings.
Percale weave produces a strong and durable bed sheet. Percale sheets are breathable and have a crisp feel that will soften with repeated washings.
Twill bed sheets drape nicely and are resistant to wrinkles.
Jacquard is a weave with a pattern or tapestry design on the face of the fabric.
Manufacturing Technique: The manufacturing technique is another important factor to consider with your bed sheet purchase.
Combed construction creates sheets that are soft and durable.
Compact construction creates sheets that are resistant to pilling and wrinkles.
Flannel sheets are made from a medium-weight fabric that is has a brushed finish which is slightly raised and fluffy.
Jersey sheets have a stretchy fit and are made of a knitted material similar to t-shirt material.
When shopping, look for store samples or re-sealable packaging that allows you to feel the bed sheets prior to purchasing. Make sure to check the store's return policy to know if you can return the sheets if needed.