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.
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). 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.
Types of fabrics
Cotton: natural material, soft and breathable, most common fabric for sheets and duvet covers, can feel soft and silky or crisp depending on weave
Tencel: derived from Eucalyptus, extra silky and breathable, feels cool to the touch excellent for summer use or warmer sleepers
Linen/Cotton: natural material, coarser than cotton and breathable, embrace the lived-in look with this naturally wrinkly material