If you are getting a good night’s sleep of the recommended 8 hours, on average, a third of your life is spent in bed. This makes the bed a very important space in your life. Why not invest the time and money to truly turn it into a sanctuary where you can enjoy a blissful night’s sleep?
There are many bedding options out there and making selections can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together an easy guide to help you. We’ll review the vitals of purchasing the perfect sheets: fabric choices, thread counts, weaves, patterns, colors, and seasonal adjustments.
Decide What Material You Prefer
Some people love soft, velvety sheets, others prefer lightweight, stiffer variations. There are many beautiful materials available, but the type that you select must be personalized to your specific preferences.
Cotton is the most common type of fabric used for bed sheets. Depending on what type of cotton is used, it can range from expensive Egyptian sheets to inexpensive jersey sheets. Pima or Supima cotton is slightly less expensive than Egyptian cotton sheets but also provides a gorgeous sheen and is a very soft, comfortable cotton.
Linen is another fabric choice that is usually used during the summertime or in areas with a hot climate. They are a more expensive option and one of the most durable, long-lasting options.
Satin sheets often exude a more sensual tone than most other options and are available in synthetic blends with polyester or nylon. Consider purchasing woven options rather than knit ones to really experience satin’s signature smoothness.
Flannel is an excellent winter option that is made entirely out of cotton. Available in both medium and heavy option, this extra-soft sheet provides a unique fuzzy feel that is great for a cozy nap in the wintertime.
Jersey sheets are like wrapping yourself up in a knit cotton t-shirt. They are extremely popular for college dorms because they are so inexpensive. While soft and comfortable, this fabric is easily ripped. Another inexpensive option is poly-blended sheets which are very ubiquitous, easy to use and wrinkle resistant.
Understand the Different Weaves
Beyond the materials used, it is the weave of a sheet that significantly impacts the way that they feel on your skin. Read below to learn about the different ways that sheets are woven.
Sateen weaved cotton is a luxury option that offers a tighter weave for colder seasons. It is a slightly thicker weave that still provides a glamorous sheen.
Percale sheets are crisp, more breathable weaves that are excellent for the summertime. Unlike sateen sheets, percale sheets are matte and lack any sheen. This lightweight weave is very soft and sophisticated.
Microfiber is one of the tightest, densest weaves. This makes it extremely soft, water resistant, wrinkle resistant, and very easy to remove stains from. This weave is ideal for colder months when you crave a heavier, comfortable sheet.
When determining which weave you like best, look at the staple length on the product label. Long staple cotton is very durable and fine, like Egyptian cotton, and often more expensive. Shorter staple cotton is usually a good indicator of a lesser-quality product and a weave that isn’t as soft.
The Importance of Thread Count
While thread count should be a factor in your purchasing decision, it is no longer the sole indicator of quality as commonly thought in the past. Materials and weaves are now valued greater than just the thread count.
Firstly, let’s discuss what exactly a thread count is. This number reveals how many horizontal and vertical threads are within one square inch of fabric. The higher the number, generally-speaking, the higher the quality of bed sheets.
However, if you prefer a fabric like inexpensive, soft Jersey, thread count is barely a factor. There are many mid-range sheets with 400-600 counts that are still very soft yet affordable.
Select Colors or Patterns that Match Your Style
Bed sheets are an important element in creating the perfect bedroom style. If you’ve only stuck to colors in the past, now is a great time to invest in a pattern. Select a pattern in different scales from small to large that have the same color palette.
A pattern can make a big impact and is a great way to balance neutral colors or accent walls. It is recommended that you pair patterned sheets to a solid comforter and vice-versa.
When thinking about colors, start with a base neutral, solid like gray, cream, nude, or white and add deeper accent colors that pop. Gray is a great neutral that looks sophisticated and pairs particularly well with a wide-range of colors.
Consider Changing Your Sheets with the Seasons
Most households have multiple sheet sets, this not only helps when a set is tied up in the laundry, but it can also aid in adjusting your preferred sheets by season. Since certain heavier weaves are geared more toward winter, it is a good idea to switch your sheets with the seasons.
Consider using microfiber or flannel sheets in the winter, and switching to lighter fabrics and weaves like percale or linen in the summertime.