Bed Sheet Set Buying Guide
After a long tiring day at school or at work, the number one thing that we usually crave for is not food, but our bed. Nothing is better than lying on a soft and comfy bed, burying yourself in soft fluffy pillows and just drifting into a long sleep. Most of us spend the longest time of their day under their covers, so it’s really necessary to have a good quality bed sheet set. We often buy bed sheets that have attractive designs on it, but you should know that it’s not the sole criterion for picking the best bed sheet for your bed. So what’s a great pick when it comes to bed sheets?
1. The Right Size Bed Sheets
Of course, it is important to buy the right size of sheets for your bed! You should buy appropriate sheets for single, twin, double, queen, king, wide double, olympic queen, super king, california king and king long bed sizes. You should know that sizes are not limited to small, medium and large! You should know the specific size of your bed so you won’t have to go back to the store just to switch sizes.
2. Bed Sheet Thread count
Thread count is the number of threads per square inch. 200-400 thread count sheets are usually soft and lightweight they are the standard quality. 300-400 are slightly greater in quality than that of the former. 400-900 are more expensive, but are soft and silky in texture. And for the luxury-feel type, 1000 or higher thread count are in. They are usually very soft, but finer thread also results to more fragile and non-durable sheets. So as to not sacrifice the texture, price and its durability, it’s best to settle to 400 to 900 thread count.
Ply, as in tissues, is the number of twisted fibers that are woven into the sheets. They are the so-called “number of layers” of fibers. So this means that the higher the number of ply, the heavier is your sheet and the more durable it is. Sheets with around 600 thread count are usually only a single ply, so if you prefer thicker and durable sheets, it is best to opt for 1000 or higher thread count.
A weave is the intersection of the threads perpendicularly over each other. There are three types of weaves: (1) percale weave, (2) pinpoint weave, and (3) sateen weave. Percale weave is just like the standard weave where one thread is woven over the other but this weave is slightly tighter. It usually results to a smooth sheet. Pinpoint weave is where two threads are woven over one. It is not soft as the percale weave, but it is greater in quality. Sateen weave is where four threads are woven over one. This usually results to a soft and silky sheet that is of high quality.
5. Suitable fabric
Not all fabric used in bed sheets is cotton. Referring to the fabric as only “cotton” is appropriate for there are many types of cotton.
Pure Cotton Bed Sheets – Transmit coolness on the skin and undeniably soft and lightweight, but it is also prone to wrinkling. When you have kids at home, these kinds of sheets are hard to maintain for kids tend to play on beds and the bed sheets are almost always disoriented.
Combed Cotton Bed Sheets – These are sheets wherein the short fibers are eliminated. Therefore, it will feel smoother than that of the pure cotton.
Egyptian and Pima Bed Cottons – These are one of the best fabrics that can be recommended for these kind of cottons contain long fibers, thus it will not only result to smooth sheets but also silky and cool. They can definitely be listed to the roster of high quality sheets.
Organic Cotton Bed Sheets – They are the most practical sheets that you can buy from the local stores. The fiber used in weaving this kind of sheet is obtained from the plants that are usually planted around the country. With this kind of sheet, you’ll feel that you’re closer to your environment and you’ll feel safe being in contact with it because its origin was not exposed to pesticides and the likes.
Cotton-polyester Bed Sheets – These are less smooth and soft than that of the pure cotton, but it is more durable and not prone to disorientation for the polyester material helps in creating a strong bond with the cotton fabric.
Flannel bed sheets – It is a soft fabric, but less soft and smooth than the pure cotton. With this kind of sheet, the person that will be in contact will feel enough warmness that is perfect for a cold weather.
Most sheets, except for the organic cotton sheets are usually treated with chemicals to prevent disorientation or wrinkling. This is ideal for some because fixing and straightening sheets from time to time are troublesome and time-consuming, but it could affect our health by tendencies of having a skin allergy from them. Pure-finish sheets are the sheets that are not treated with any chemical. For sensitive people, this kind of sheet suits best. Who would want a high quality sheet but will give you itch all night? Of course, none! So it’s best to have pure-finish sheets and just be patient in fixing the sheets after use.
7. Pattern or Design of Bed Sheet
Last but not the least, of course, the pattern of the sheets! Who would want a plain boring sheet? It’s always better when it’s patterned! So, how to pick the perfect pattern? It should go well with your wall painting. If your walls are painted with a single color, it’s best to have patterned sheets so your bed will be the center of attraction of the room for it will be emphasized more than your walls. If the wall color is dark, go for light-colored sheets while if the wall is light, opt for dark-colored sheets. It’s all about opposition! On the other hand, if your wall is heavily-patterned, plain light-colored sheets suit best while if the pattern is only light, you can go for plain dark-colored sheets. But, the choice will always be yours! No one can judge you for picking sheets that you think suit your room well, as long as you’ll always have a good night sleep.