Think of the most comfortable bed you’ve ever slept in. What comes to your mind? Bed linen, of course. It is this element of the bed that is in direct contact with our skin, so bedding is just as important as a quality mattress and a cozy blanket. The sheer variety of bedding on the market today, however, can get you stumped when you shop. In our article, we will tell you about the most important criteria that can help you decipher all the inscriptions and choose the quilted bedspreads that suit you best.
How to choose a sheet: material
In retrospect, you will realise that most of the bedsheets on the commodity market used to be cotton. And it is still the most popular bedding material thanks to its durability, the level of comfort it can provide, and its breathability. Cotton retains warmth in winter and allows cold air to pass through in summer, making it a great choice for almost any climate. It can be mixed with rayon and other materials that affect its weight, appearance, and performance.
As with any bedding you buy, do a hand test to see how much you like the material and which sheet is best for you. Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton, and Sea Island cotton are the “gold standard” so look for these terms on the packaging to make sure you are looking at 100 percent natural material. However, some manufacturers use the term “Egyptian cotton” quite broadly to refer to a wide variety of materials – true Egyptian cotton is grown and processed under certain conditions. Make sure you buy a sheet from the manufacturer, and the quality will create an atmosphere of comfort and softness for you.
Bamboo sheets have become more popular in recent years, and bamboo is often blended with cotton or other materials. Bamboo is an environmentally friendly material and naturally antimicrobial, it also absorbs moisture well, which is important for sheets.
Linen sheets work well in hot climates because they absorb moisture released by the body when warm. At the same time, be prepared for the fact that you have to iron a lot of such bedding, as it easily takes on a wrinkled appearance.
Satin sheets look incredibly presentable and luxurious, it seems that you will feel romantic in them. However, they can be too warm and slippery for many people.
Density and number of threads
With all the hype around threads – the number of threads per square centimetre of fabric – it’s easy to assume that the higher the number, the softer the fabric. But it is not always the case. A sheet with few threads but made from fibres that are softer in nature, such as Egyptian cotton, will be silkier than counterparts with more threads but made from lower-quality cotton. All other things being equal, a large number of threads can indeed lead to an increased level of comfort. Resist the temptation to buy a sheet with 800-1000 threads, a range of 400 or 450 threads is sufficient. The sheer number of threads will not justify the overpricing, and sheets with a very high thread count can even be rough because the fibres are too close to each other.
Crunchy or soft? If you like the slight crunch of the sheets, then go for percale, which is easier to weave than more elastic satin. But what’s inherently better is a matter of personal preference.
Knitted bedding is made with a flat knit that keeps the fibres soft, but it also means the knitted sheet can move and slide off the bed. If you live in a cooler climate, consider knotted flannel sheets as an option to incorporate into your bedroom.
If you’ve ever tried to deal with a bedsheet that is too small on a mattress, you know how important it is to buy the right size bedding. If you have a standard bed size, choose a sheet with elasticated piping around the perimeter to help ensure a smooth, snug fit.
Bed sheets single or complete
A sheet for a bed is bought both as independent textiles and as part of a set of bed linen. Single sheets can be chosen:
- If this textile is changed more often than the entire set of bedding;
- If most of the sleepwear is unpacked;
- If you choose a sheet for covering (terry, waffle).
If you wish, you can choose a single sheet that will match the existing bedding set in terms of decoration and design. This is especially true for sets where companion fabrics are used. In ready-made sets of bed linen, you should pay attention to the features of the cut of the sheet (classic or elastic), size. Some manufacturers offer to independently choose the type of sheet in the set by design – either rectangular or with an elastic band. The sheet is a practical and necessary textile for a comfortable arrangement of a sleeping place.