There is no denying that the importance of good bed sheets often goes overlooked. When it comes to a good night’s sleep, we think of getting a quality mattress, down pillows, and a lightweight cover. While these items certainly play a role, bed sheets are of no less importance. Sheets are the most intimate part of your bed.
With so many options on the market, however, shopping for new bed sheets can be confusing. You want to note the thread count, material content, dye and country of origin. But what exactly should you be looking for? Here are our recommendations.
Choose Natural Fibres
Bed sheets made from natural fibres such as cotton and linen are the best choice for summer.
Cotton breathes, is sturdy yet soft, and wears well. Bamboo rayon has become a popular alternative in recent years due to the properties of bamboo (antibacterial, breathable, and pesticide free), and bamboo sheets are often soft and comfortable, but they may wear faster than cotton.
For softness and quality, the best cotton sheets are percale or sateen cotton. More expensive than standard short-weave cotton sheets, both percale and sateen use high-quality long-staple cotton. The main difference between the two lies in the type of cotton weave.
Percale has a cool feel and crisp matte finish, which keeps on improving with every wash. Made with an open weave that’s lightweight and breathable, the sheets are ideal for summery nights and warmer sleepers. Their durability makes them the choice of many luxury hotels.
Sateen is tightly woven and traditionally has more weight than percale. It is known for its luminous sheen and silky-smooth feel. It’s ideal for year-round comfort.
If you’re looking for lightness and durability, go for linen bed sheets. Linen may feel rough at first, but the fabric softens over time. You may only use linen sheets in the spring and summer, but they’re also fine for all seasons and all types of sleepers.
Beware the High Thread Count (TC) Trend
Thread count (a measure of coarseness and fineness in the bed sheet fabric) is often the first thing people bring up when shopping for bed sheets. However, a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily equal better quality bedding. The truth is that softness and durability is dependent on the quality of the raw materials. A 270 TC sheet using a high-quality fibre can feel softer than a 500 TC one made from an inferior fibre.
Look for sheets made of combed or long-staple Egyptian or Pima (or American-made Supima) cotton. These extra-long cotton fibres are 50 percent longer than those of standard cotton, resulting in sheets that are softer, stronger, and longer-lasting.
Moreover, sheets with a high thread count can trap hot air, leading to a hot and restless sleep. For summer, choose a bed sheet with a 270–400 thread count. For all seasons, consider that this Consumer Reports investigation found it is not necessary to pay for sheets with a TC over 400.
Who Makes the Best Sheets?
There is a world of opinion on which country makes the best bed linens. Italy is celebrated for beautiful weave, and this has as much to do with the high quality of cotton as the manufacturing process. Israel competes in the market for sateen and percale bedding. India, China and Cambodia produce mass market cottons, so use price as a guide to quality because the range of cotton quality is huge. You will pay for good cotton. And it will last you for years and feel as good as the night you first slept on it.
Analyze your Requirements
Sheets are available in a variety of sizes. Aside from the standards, such as Queen and King size, you will also find sheets for deep-pocket mattresses, California King beds and others. Standard-pocket sheets typically fit mattresses up to 12" high, while deep-pocket sheets are designed for mattresses 15" high. Extra-deep fitted sheets are for mattresses 16 to 22". Make sure to measure your mattress before buying.
Pick the Right Colour
Colour is often what draws us in when we’re shopping for sheets, and rightly so, because sheet colour can enhance your interior design. Your bedding should go with your home interior and form a connection with the décor.
Rather than only consider light-colour sheets, pick the bed sheets that match your bedroom décor. The colour should complement the hue of your walls and, if choosing patterned sheets, the pattern should complement your bedroom accessories. Most online brands offer linen, percale, and sateen sheets in a variety of colours and shades, so you won’t have to compromise on material when choosing a colour that fits your aesthetic.
Consider what mood you want to set in your master bedroom. Most homeowners want this space to be a peaceful retreat, with soothing colours. Neutral tones like white and beige are popular because they blend well with almost any design. If they work with your colour palette, blue and gray sheets can also promote calm. They may also allay fears about staining or discoloration.
But that doesn't mean that bright or dark colours have no place. You can use a palette of neutral shades to create a look that leaves room for pops of colour in your bed linens, cushions, lamps, and other accessories.
Don’t Forget the Covers
We know that everyone puts away those warm comforters during the summer season. But as temperatures soar, you may enjoy our Bedroom Wool blankets on top of your flat sheets. They’re breathable and perfect for summer months.
Whether you live in a space with seasonal shifts or have a high-body temperature, we hope that this post helps you choose your summer sheets wisely. We spend one-third of our lives in bed, so it’s important to say goodbye to lousy bed linens. Not only do bad sheets lessen our comfort, they prevent us from dozing off peacefully.
Now that you know the language of sheets, we also invite you to take a look at our ACASA bed sheets, blankets, and throws. Made with Egyptian cotton and natural fibres, our sheets are made by expert craftsmen in the Middle East and Europe. We use only single-ply yarn for our bed linens as it results in soft, light, and long-lasting sheets.Best of all, our cotton is harvested in accord with the highest social, economic, and environmental standards, and are compliant with the ecological norms set by OEKO-TEX®.
Thanks for the informative post. It looks like the fabric quality is more than just the TC.