How to Choose Bed Sheets: Bed Sheets Buying Guide

Our bed is the spot where we spend a significant portion of our lives. It provides us with comfort, warmth, and coziness. But when it comes to choosing bed sheets, most of us get confused due to the availability of a myriad of colours, materials, quality, and sizes. This blog will try to be a buying guide for bed sheets and give you tips on how to choose bed sheets.

What does thread count mean and How Does It Matter?

When shopping for bedding, everyone has heard of thread count. To put it simply, thread count measures the number of threads in a square inch of fabric. Typically, thread count can range from 100 to all the way up to 1200. So, what is a good thread count for sheets? The best thread count for sheets totally depends on your sleeping preferences.

However, many customers ask,” Is higher thread count better”? The answer to it is that high thread count sheets don’t give an assurance that your bed will feel luxuriously soft and ultra-smooth. Low thread count, too, can produce a superior feel if given a proper finish. 

Other variables, such as fibre quality, the yarn size, the weave, and the finish, come into play. Let us look at the thread count for different fabrics; also, the effect of thread count varies from fabric to fabric.

  • Flannel: 80-120 is the ideal range of its thread count.
  • Linen: Linen has about 80-140 thread count.
  • Microfiber: Known for its softness, microfiber should have a thread count between 200-800 TC
  • Jersey: It is a knit fabric and has a low thread count of 200-300 TC.
  • Cotton: The best thread count of cotton sheets is around 150.
  • Percale weave: Typical range of thread count is 200-450 TC.
  • Santeen: The ideal range is between 350- 750 TC.
  • Silk: Silk fabric gives an incredibly smooth and soft feel. The best thread count for soft sheets is at least 400.

Choose Fabric and Material

Fiber quality is vital for your beddings’ softness, weight, and durability. Cotton is by far the most popular and best material for sheets. Find long-staple combed cotton yarns for softer, smoother, and stronger sheets. Staple refers to the length of the cotton fiber. Longer fiber creates more robust and finer yarns. 

Microfiber vs. Cotton sheets

Microfiber sheets are made of microfiber, a type of fabric composed of very fine polyester fibers. Microfibers are super soft and affordable. The good thing about them is that they are more resistant to pilling than other fabrics. However, microfiber is less breathable compared with cotton and thus is not a good fit for people with sensitive skin.

Also, microfiber doesn’t offer cool crispiness similar to woven cotton. People who like flipping their pillows to the cooler side should avoid microfibers and go with other options like cotton percale.

Percale

Percale has a soft feel. It doesn’t trap much heat, making it suitable for hot sleepers or those living in warm areas. Its breathability allows it to soak sweat from the skin and keep sleepers comfortable and give them a crispier and cooler sleep in almost all seasons. It is high-quality cotton that is priced reasonably as well.

Sateen

It is an option within the cotton category that gives the silkiest feel. Although, it might feel heavier due to the tighter weave. The appearance of sateen sheets is the most lustrous among them all and gives you a luxurious feel.

The feeling of heaviness helps sleepers who are prone to experiencing chill during the night. Another perk of the silk-like sateen fabric is that it saves you from the hassle of ironing.

Flannel

Although the flannel sheets were made of wool sheared from sheep in olden times, today, most of the flannel that we find is either 100% cotton or cotton blended with polyester. When flannel is made by combining natural cotton with artificial fabric, it becomes more durable. 

The fabric is thoroughly brushed during the manufacturing process that produces a soft and cozy feel against the skin during cool winter nights as it traps air in minute pockets.

Tencel

Tencel sheets are typically made of natural resources like eucalyptus wood pulp.

Eucalyptus sheets help regulate body temperature and keep cool and comfortable throughout the night. Quite impressively, they are unlikely to cause any allergic reaction and resist bacterial growth, making them highly suitable for people with sensitive skin types.

Weave Types

When we talk of bed sheets, the term weave type pertains to the sheet’s texture. The weave type directly influences the sheets’ opposition to wrinkles. Going by the weave styles, there are three prominent options to consider while buying your next bedsheet:

  • Combed cotton: The process of creation of combed cotton fabrics includes brushing the fabric with a fine-toothed brush to eliminate the shorter strands or staples. The resultant material is longer and stronger. The sheets made of combed cotton are extremely soft as well.
  • Percale: Percale bed sheets are composed of fabric threads that have been woven tightly. A percale typically has a thread count of about 200 and is visibly a tighter weave than standard ones. It doesn’t particularly have a sheen about it, but it is sturdy, resists pills, and proves durable. It also has a cool and crispy feel.
  • Sateen: Sateen is a fabric that uses a satin weave structure but is made with spun yarns instead of filament. Sateen, however, refers to the weave and not the material. The satin weave structure produces the sheen and softer feel of sateen. The pattern is completed by making one yard under for every three of four over.

Consider Your Sleeping Needs

As a buyer, before you set forth on purchasing the perfect bedsheet for yourself, you need to know what kind of bedsheet suits you best. Generally, people have varying sleeping preferences, which necessitate a different fabric for a sound and comfy sleep. A person may get chills at night, while another may suffer from sweating while sleeping.

As a buyer, you should consider the following factors:

  • Hot sleeper – If you tend to turn into a mild heater at night, then Tencel or a percale bed sheet would be an apt choice for you. These fabrics have better breathability and airflow that removes any sweat and keeps you cooler.
  • Cold sleeper – If you are someone who turns into a cold-blooded animal during winter nights, then flannel sheets can help you preserve your heat during shivery cold nights by keeping you warm enough but at the same time not letting you sweat.
  • Texture – While the texture of the sheet doesn’t tell a lot about its quality, it still is a good indicator of choice. You may be a silk lover, which means that you should buy a sateen sheet. Or you prefer a mix of rough and soft feel, making a percale sheet the ideal choice for you.

Decide the Right Sheet Size

An ideal bed sheet size is essential for better pro-sleep bedding. If the bedsheet is too long, it would be a loose fit and wrap your legs when you are asleep. 

In comparison, a tighter bedsheet can become a headache whenever you decide on changing it for laundry purposes.

A smarter approach would be to measure the mattress’ size and depth before buying.

What are the Ideal Sheet Sizes for Mattresses?

Below are the 5 common bed sheet sizes. 

  • Twin Sheets – 75″ L x 39″ W
  • Full Sheets – 75″ L x 54″ W
  • Queen Sheets – 80″ L x 60″ W
  • King Sheets – 80″ L x 76″ W
  • California King Sheets – 84″ L x 72″ W

 

Nevertheless, mattress depth has a wider may vary for obvious reasons. 

Mattress Depth

Measure your mattress. The depth of a mattress comes in the range of 8 to 14 inches. If you decide to use a topper layer for extra fluffiness, you can add an extra 2 or 4 inches to your calculation and go with a larger bed sheet.

Pillows are indispensable

Your cushion is meant to provide comfort and support to your upper body as you sleep. It also keeps your spine in a neutral alignment. The usual sizes for pillows are as follows- standard, king, and euro in increasing order of dimensions.

Whenever purchasing a pillowcase for your sheets, find something that matches the colour, fabric, thread count, and weave of your bed sheet. 

Coordinate With Bedding

Beauty and comfort are the two cornerstones while choosing the best type of sheet. Colour is an influential psychological factor and can influence mood. It would be perfect if you opted for colour and design that goes with the aesthetics of your bedroom. 

Typically people prefer a cool and airy setting or else go for bold fabrics that ooze more energy and warmth.

Below is some combination that people usually prefer with sheet sets:

  • Solid colours – Bed Sheet sets that boast solid colours have a soothing effect on your psyche. It calms your brain and lets you sleep peacefully at night. Even neutral colour choices are not bad.
  • Matching duvet covers – A matching duvet cover adds appeal to your room’s appearance. Duvets tend to be thicker, weigh more, and are warmer than comforters. Also, duvet covers are easy to remove and clean.
  • Pillowcases – Pillowcases that are in tandem with bed sheets make the task of beautifying your bedding coordination a lot easier and simpler. 

Choosing bed sheets is a personal matter. Your likes and preferences play a vital role in determining the best bed sheet for you. Plus, there are variables such as colour, feel, bed sheet thread count, and weave style that you should keep in mind while making your next purchase. After all, why compromise with a spot wherein we spend almost a third of our lives.

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