Few things feel better than climbing into your own cozy bed at the end of the day, and having the right sheets are a sure way to make bedtime the best time. Whether you prefer them soft and cozy or cool and crisp, you can find the sheets of your dreams with a few helpful tips.
A Word on Thread Count
Referring to the number of threads woven into a single square inch of fabric, thread count can be a quick and helpful tool for understanding a sheet. Typically, a higher thread count means you’re getting a denser and smoother feel, while a lower thread indicates a style that is soft and airy. However, a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily indicate a higher-quality sheet. Other factors also play a role in overall softness and durability.
Get to Know Your Cotton
Egyptian cotton. Pima cotton. Supima cotton. What’s the difference? It comes down to origin as well as the staple, or length, of the individual fibers.
- Egyptian Cotton: Ultra-soft and durable thanks to its long-staple yarns, you can rest easy that this luxurious option will hold up well over time.
- Pima Cotton: It’s a soft and silky, extra-long-staple (ELS) cotton only grown in Australia, Peru and the United States.
- Supima Cotton: Short for “superior pima,” Supima is the trademark name used to market products made with 100% American Pima cotton.
- Upland Cotton: It’s one of the most common cottons for sheets and can have short or long fibers. Sheets that are simply “100% cotton” are typically upland cotton.
Snuggle Up with Even More Options
While cotton may be king, other fibers and weaves also offer comfort and other special benefits sure to help you catch all your Z’s.
- Sateen: If you like that super-soft, silky feel, you’ll love sliding into cotton sateen sheets. This weave is so smooth, it almost feels like satin. Another great benefit? Sateen can have a higher thread count than plain weaves.
- Percale: For sheets that feel nice and cool, percale is ideal. It’s a closely woven, plain-weave fabric that is usually 200 thread count or less, and it’s the most used fabric for affordable, everyday sheet sets. Plus, they’re so lightweight and crisp, they feel like a dream!
- Flannel: Cozy and comfortable, flannel sheets are perfect for hibernating during the winter. The plain- or twill-weave cotton fabric has a brushed finish on one or both sides—so you always get that warm and fuzzy feeling.
- Microfiber: A very fine and tightly woven fabric, microfiber is smooth, versatile and lightweight. One thing to keep in mind—it is typically made of polyester, making it less breathable—and less ideal for sensitive skin.
- Jersey: A cotton sheet that feels like your favorite tee—what’s not to love?
- Tencel: Also known as Lyocell, Tencel is a high-strength, natural fiber that is moisture wicking, breathable and anti-bacterial—great for those with sensitive skin.
Once you choose the fiber and weave for you, there are other factors to consider. Sheet size, depth and care instructions are also important to understand. Check out our Sheets Buying Guide for sizing details and other tips. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find sheets you’ll love night after night.
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