The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Bed Sheets: Things to consider before buying Bed Sheets

While going about creating their dream bedrooms, people often tend to forget bed sheets, and that is a huge mistake. The right fabric and right quality of your bed sheets will help you wake up fresh and energized, trust us.

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Quality bed sheets last longer, helps you relax, make your living room classy, and can withstand extended use without giving you any trouble.

Counting threads Counts!

Higher thread counts often mean a better bed sheet, but not always. A sheet made of a good quality fiber with a lower thread count will feel soft to touch and can withstand washing much better than a low quality fiber with a high thread count. Though the thread count does matter, the kind of thread is just as equally important.

Fiber forms the essence of sheets

Cotton-Polyester blend fibers, when made into bed sheets are cheap, wrinkle resistant, and durable. If those amazingly soft sheets are your goal then ‘100% cotton’ is the way to go. Cotton bed sheets wicks moisture off your skin leaving you feeling fresh in the morning. Cotton is less likely to stain and much easier to clean in comparison to its polyester blends.

All of these amazing qualities of cotton are shared by all kinds of cotton, be it long fiber or short fiber. Long fiber cotton however produces softer sheets that do not pill or form lint like the sheets made from short fiber. The highest quality fibers are Pima, Supima and Egyptian long staple.

Weaving a perfect bed sheet

Weave is the characteristic of bed sheets that determine its looks, its softness, its durability as well as its cost. The usual basic plain weaves where there is equal number of vertical and horizontal yarns tend to be cheaper and will not get a special mention on the cover.

‘Percale’ is the word to look for when you’re looking for the best. Percale is an upscale weave that uses a thread count of a hundred and eighty or higher. Weaves that use more vertical yarns than horizontal yarns are called sateen weaves.

They produce extremely soft fabric but are more likely to tear or pill. Another alternative is to go for intricate weaves that is extremely durable and has a pattern that alternates between satiny soft and coarser. However, intricate weaves are much more expensive in comparison to plain weaves as they are made on special looms.

Organic and inorganic bed sheets

To improve the good characteristics of bed sheets (like reduces shrinking, wrinkling etc) they are often treated with chemicals such as chlorine, silicon and formaldehyde.  Very few manufactures in the market provide pure sheets that are either never treated in chemicals or where all traces of those chemicals are removed before the product is made commercially available.

Pure sheets will give you a hard time in keeping them wrinkle free but are a good option if you’re sensitive or allergic to chemicals. Organic sheets are a great choice when trying to find pure sheets. They are made using cotton grown without using pesticides and are never treated in chemicals but are much more expensive than regular sheets.

Make those sheets vibrant and soft

In most cases, the colors and patterns are added to bed sheets after they’ve been completely woven, which is why they stay stiff until a few washes. If patience isn’t your most notable feature and you also happened to have a few extra bucks to spend then go for the sheets that use jacquard weaves made using yard dyed fabric. A good night sleep is always worth the investment.

A good night sleep is always worth the investment.

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