Rest Assured: Choosing Quality, Affordable Bed Sheets

by Gina Blitstein · 0 comments

We spend eight hours each day between our sheets; hopefully, they’re comfortable and add to the quality of our sleep. With all the choices in sheets, how do you choose ones that will provide the best in comfort, fit and long wear for the money? Fortunately, we routinely find coupon codes that work for home goods, but even when there aren’t any discounts, you don’t have to splurge on silk or linen to indulge in wonderfully soft sheets.

Factors to consider when buying sheets

Thread count – This metric describes the total number threads that run horizontally and vertically in a square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave, which creates a fabric that is soft and durable – up to a point. Several years ago, prevailing wisdom insisted that high thread count was “the” way to determine the quality of sheets. The truth is, over 300 thread count, differences are difficult to perceive. And, as thread count reaches 1000, the fabric actually becomes less sturdy. There’s a lot of other factors that come into play to make quality, luxurious sheets.

Fiber – Cotton is the most common fiber used to make sheets. As a natural fiber, it stays cool, wicks away moisture and doesn’t easily stain. For extra warmth, consider cotton flannel which is brushed on one or both sides, creating a fluffy texture. As opposed to thread count, quality flannel sheets are identified as those with a fabric rating of 5 ounces to 6 ounces for every yard.

While wrinkle-resistant, polyester is simply not as soft as cotton; when blended with cotton however, it makes for particularly long-wearing, inexpensive sheets. For extra warmth, consider synthetic microfiber fleece.

Yarn Size – This refers to the fineness of each individual yarn – the higher the yarn size, the finer the yarn. Finer yarns allow for lighter, more supple fabric weave.

“Staple” refers to the length of the cotton fiber; longer fibers create stronger and finer yarns. Terms referring to high-quality fibers to look for when choosing sheets are, “Egyptian,” “pima,” and “Supima.”

Weave – The weave affects the texture of a sheet, the way it feels, the way it looks, its longevity, and its price. Basic plain weaves, woven from an equal number of vertical and horizontal yarns, are least expensive. Most sheets are made from either percale weave fabrics or sateen weave fabrics. Percale is an upscale plain weave with a thread count of 180 or higher and is known for its longevity and smooth, crisp feel. Sateen sheets are woven with more fibers on the fabric surface, creating a luster like that of satin.

Construction – Equally important as the fabric from which your sheets are made is their fit and construction. Poorly constructed sheets will be a disappointing waste of money. Take these factors into consideration as well:

  • Look for the basics of a well-manufactured sheet like evenly sewn, double-stitched hems on flat sheets and pillowcases.
  • A fitted sheet with elastic all the way around – or at least on opposing sides – rather than only at the corners will keep it on the mattress where it belongs.
  • Make certain the sheets you choose will properly fit your particular bed. If you have a pillow top or an extra thick mattress, make certain that you choose a fitted sheet with sides deep enough to properly fit its total height.
  • Choose sheets with generous proportions because cotton sheets can shrink as much as 7% in their first washing.

Quality sheets are an investment in your quality of life. When outfitting your bed, choosing sheets that are comfortable, fit well and are made to last is the recipe for a good night’s sleep.

How do you choose quality, comfortable, affordable bed sheets?

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