When it comes to shopping for sheets, most look immediately at the thread count to determine its quality. Thread count is often used to define a sheet’s softness and durability level. This figure correlates to the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric. The truth is, while thread count can play a role in comfortability, it is certainly not the deciding factor. What matters more is the type of cotton. There are many elements that go into finding the perfect bed sheet.
What thread count should I buy?
Typically you will find that the price range relates to the thread count. Generally, good sheets range anywhere from 200-800, with 300-400 being the most commonly purchased. Some bed sheets can even reach the 1,000 range but beware, there are tricks to inflate thread count while some may not actually improve the fabric at all. However, don’t assume that a low thread count means low quality. Many 200 count sheets are actually very comfortable and can feel like a higher thread material.
Finding the best cotton
If you’re looking for the best, you’ll find that in 100% Egyptian cotton with pima, also known as, supima, being the runner-up. When shopping for bed sheets, if it says 100% cotton, it’s typically American produced, which is usually a rougher and less expensive material. So, what makes Egyptian cotton the top contender? It all comes down to the long fibers within the fabric, making the sheets thin and luxurious, yet durable and long-lasting. Pima cotton comes close and is also a very soft and viable option. However, keep in mind that this doesn't mean that other types of cotton don't make nice sheets. A fabric that is finished with a high thread count can be made of a non-certified cotton and still be very comfortable.
Is percale or sateen better?
There is no correct answer as it is based on personal preference. Percale is more of a plain weave that gives off a crisp and cool feel. This choice would be ideal for those that tend to get hot when they sleep. Sateen is a heavier and softer material with a satiny touch (hence the name). At Warm Things, we offer both. To see our selection of bed sheets, click here. To meet the needs of any budget, consider a combined cotton which removes the short fibers and leaves the long ones, making for a strong and soft material.
Caring for your bed sheets
Now that you have learned how to shop for your bed sheets, caring for them is just as important. To preserve its longevity, it’s important to not dry your sheets on high. When you do this, it breaks the fabric down and can lead to a great deal of wear and tear. Additionally, the high heat can also break down the elastic on fitted sheets. When drying sheets, consider doing so on a normal or delicate setting. If possible, hanging them to dry is even more beneficial.
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