Everything You Need to Know About Bed Sheets
Buying bed sheets can be a confusing and frustrating experience. It’s great that there is so much choice – but that’s the problem! How do you choose and how do you know what’s right for you?
People commonly set out to buy bed sheets and come home with linens that aren’t really what they wanted. And that’s a shame because making the right purchase can enhance your bed, your bedroom and most importantly, how you sleep.
Using long fibers in the weaving process gives bed sheets a smooth and silky feel. To ensure that you get bedding with long fibers, check the packaging. If there is any mention of 2-ply or 4-ply, then you will know that the weave has been comprised of shorter lengths.
Egyptian, Supima and Pima cottons have the longest fibers – but again, check the thread count and the ply to be sure.
Check list of Bed Sheet Fabrics
- Cotton – Natural, comfortable, breathable, durable.
- Egyptian Cotton – the highest quality ‘long thread’ cotton but check that it is 100% cotton. Sheets can be called Egyptian with only 10% Egyptian Cotton content! Also check the thread count and ply to guarantee quality.
- Supima and Pima Cotton – use the same checks as for Egyptian Cotton
- Flannel – breathable, warm, durable.
- Cotton/Polyester blends – wrinkle less than full naturals and are easier to iron.
- Satin – An affordable alternative to silk. Easy to care for but snags and pulls easily.
- Silk – The best available. Durable, breathable, hypoallergenic, cool in summer, warm in winter. Often graded by its’ ‘momme’ weight. An average silk sheet would weight between 10-12 momme. The higher the momme the better the silk.