Bed sheets are a very personal decision and we all have our own preferences when it comes to their look and feel. However, there are some important things to know when it comes to finding the right set and keeping them looking great for years to come. After all, we spend more than a quarter of our lives sleeping! So, let's invest in good quality linens to get the best night's sleep possible.
Some things to consider when buying new sheets are the climate you live in, what feeling you prefer and how you like your bed styled. These preferences will help lead you to the ideal sheets for your bed!
The three main types of sheet materials are cotton, linen and tencel. All three types can be machine washed and dried without concern. Cotton is naturally breathable and relatively maintenance. Linen is softer than cotton and is light & breathable in the summer. Tencel is a soft material that is made from the eucalyptus plant and regulates body temperature.
The differences in the sheet finish determine a lot about the way they feel. Sateen or satin finish is considered very luxurious. It is a dense weave that has a higher thread count which adds weight and an elegant luster. Plain-weave is a tight weave but with a more matte appearance and a "crisper" feeling than sateen. Plain-weave or percale is very durable and doesn't pill. Finally, a washed finish is currently on-trend! It is soft, light and has a more casual look.
One surprising fact we learned is that a higher thread count does not necessarily indicate quality - it is merely a measure of weight. The more important factors are thread quality, size of yarn fibers and the finish on the sheet.
To reduce wear and tear, have a couple of bedding sets on hand that you can rotate weekly. It is recommended to wash sheets using a mild detergent, once per week, to remove body oils. Also, using a pillow protector prolongs the life of your pillow & pillowcases!