Buying bed sheets can be complicated and can leave us all feeling pretty confused. While we may not be able to spring forth with a Webster’s quality meaning of the word “percale,” we do know we like soft sheets or that we hate wrinkles. To help whittle down the confusion of buying sheets, let’s work with what we do know first.
Pick a fabric. Cotton has a more natural feel, but can cause skin irritations with some people. If you’re sensitive to regular cotton bed linens, try bed sheets made from organic cotton. Remember that cotton also has a tendency to shrink and wrinkle. Sheets made from polyester (or a polyester blend with cotton) are synthetic, meaning they’re fabricated. These sheets don’t wrinkle much, don’t have allergens and are less likely to shrink than cotton. Satin and silk bedsheets are thin but they feel great against the skin.
– Lighter colored bed sheets will show stains easier than darker colored ones
– Darker colored bed sheets will show fading from washing easier than lighter colored ones
– If you choose a pattern, make sure you can buy the same pattern in the future if the bed sheets get damaged or need to be replaced
Read the package, or label, to see the bed sheet set’s thread count, that determines how many horizontal and vertical threads are in each square inch of material. The higher the thread count, the softer the material feels. Below 300, the sheets tend to be scratchy. Anything below 175 is a waste of money, no matter how little they cost.
Buy bed sheets accessories such as bed sheet straps. They strap onto the bed sheets under the mattress and keep the sheet from easily falling off while you’re sleeping.