We spend as much as one-third of our lives asleep. It only makes sense to invest in a good night’s rest by finding the perfect set of sheets. The quality of your sheets can make all the difference for comfortable sleep. At night, our body expends heat and it is important to choose bedding that doesn’t trap the heat. When sheets trap body heat, the internal temperature of the body rises making one sweat and eventually wake up.
When shopping for bedding, you’ll notice that there is a lot of talk about the best thread count for bed sheets, and it is often stated that a higher thread count equals better sheets. It is true that sheets with a high thread count will be softer and will probably wear well over time. Consider several other factors when choosing bedding. Although thread count matters, it’s not the only thing to pay attention to.
There’s not one set number for maximum thread count. You can often find sheets ranging from 200 to 800 in thread counts, but some manufacturers list thread counts upwards of 1,500. But is a higher thread count better? Not necessarily. A bed sheet may have a high thread count, but the yarns are of subpar quality, detracting from the finished product. Conversely, a 300 thread count is good if the bedding is crafted from a fine material such as superior long-fiber cotton and has a luxurious finishing process. You don’t necessarily need a thread count chart to find the best high-end bedding. Focus on the type of material and how it feels to you—you may have a personal preference for a set of 500 thread count sheets.
Thread count affects a sheet’s softness, durability, whether it sleeps “hot” or “cold” and other factors, but it is not the only thing to consider when selecting bedding.
Choose fabric and material
Fiber is really what is going to help you pick the right sheet set for you. This is what offers the durability, softness, and longevity of your sheet set. The longer the fiber, the more durable the material.
The first thing that comes to your mind must be cotton when you are going to pick bedding. But there are various types of cotton bedding, typically distinguished by their staple size (or length of cotton fibers), which determines quality.
Cotton is a pure and natural material that is sourced from the cotton plant. And when utilized in linen, it becomes a material that is breathable and absorbent. As you get your zzzs, your body’s temperature varies, and to be comfortable you need fabric in your bed to let that heat diffuse when you get too hot and keep you warm when you are too cold. This is where cotton excels as it does exactly that!
And since cotton is breathable, it is also a lot more hygienic compared to synthetic fabrics, and way easier to maintain and clean. Bed linen that is comprised of synthetic materials, like polyester, will usually leave you soaked in sweat or too cold to get a good night’s sleep. So if your old bed sheets are difficult to maintain, irritating, stiff or clingy, it is recommended that you take a closer look at the bedding label and find out what’s it really made of, as your linen may not be cotton-rich.
Jersey Knit Sheets
Jersey sheets are some of the cheaper and inexpensive sheets that you can find in the market. They are cozy and reasonable; the most relatable description of it being that it feels like you’re wrapped all over by your favorite and most used t-shirt. There are even some plush-styled jersey sheets that can look as extravagant as they feel. If you’re not one to be caught up in thread counts or special elements, jersey sheets could most definitely fit you to a T.
The term “jersey” signifies the kind of knit that is usually made from 100% cotton, although at times, it also makes use of polyester, wool, cotton, or other synthetic fibers. As mentioned above, the jersey knit can make you feel like you are wearing a worn-out t-shirt, one that you’ve really taken to wearing far too many times that it already feels pleasant around your body. The jersey knit makes the cotton long lasting and ideal, especially for those cool evenings.
Originally made from wool to keep fishermen warm, jersey fabric is now commonly made using cotton-blended synthetic textiles to increase its stretch or insulation. It’s made with a special kind of weave, making it smooth on one side and fluffy on the other. The beauty of a jersey knit fabric is that it’s comfortable and warm. As well as much more durable than the original wool.
The unfortunate downside to these modern jersey knits is that these materials don’t allow for proper airflow and proper moisture evaporation. Synthetic fabrics also house many toxic chemicals, making them not only bad for the environment but also for our health.
Know the difference between weaves
Weave implies the texture of the bedsheet and it affects its wrinkle resistance. Below are three types of weave styles that should affect your decision-making when buying a new bedsheet.
This weave type provides strong and soft sheets by removing the short fibers and straightening the longer ones. A fine-toothed brush is run over the thread before spinning the fabric.
Percale sheets have tightly woven threads. The pattern is such that one thread is crossed under, and the other is crossed over it. This close weaving pattern makes it highly durable and cool.
The sateen weave is known for being silky, smooth and shiny. Cotton sateen sheets are made by weaving threads in a three-over, one-under pattern. This creates a greater surface area on the sheet and gives them a silkier feel and a shiny surface.
Pick the patterns
The way your bedding looks is just as important as how it feels. Modern, timeless designs can drastically add to your bedroom aesthetic. You can mix and match patterns and colors to add another dreamy dimension to your overall design. Choosing bed linen with classy contrast trims is a great way to add color, with striking detail around the border sure to add a subtle touch of extra style.
Keep care at the top of your mind
Different bed sheets will require different washing methods, so make sure to always read the label! If you don’t wash you bed linen and fail to take care of it properly, it won’t look its best for long. Washing your bedding correctly will leave it feeling wonderfully fresh and soft, ensuring complete comfort every night.
It is really important to always read the washing instructions for your bed linen thoroughly, making sure you are giving your bedding the quality care it needs.
The bed sheet thread count should be a factor but not the sole factor in determining the right bedsheet choice. Other factors that should affect your bed sheet buying decision include the fabric or material used, weave type, size of your mattress, your sleep needs and preferences, and your bedroom aesthetics. We hope this guide helps you get the best type of sheets.