Did you know that one of the most common things to affect the quality of your sleep is the thin layer of fabric that you sleep between? Finding the perfect sheet set to suit you can be one of the most important components to ensure that you’re getting a good night’s sleep every night. The expert team at Bed Bath N Table explain the key information you need to know about fabric, thread count, cotton weaves and pattern to help pick the perfect sheets.
1. Pure Cotton - Breathable and light
The most popular choice for sheets, pure cotton fabric is light, breathable and absorbent. Cotton fabric is available in percale, sateen and flannelette.
2. Egyptian Cotton - Durable and deluxe
Egyptian cotton is softer and more durable than any other cotton in the world. Known for its excellent lustre, long-wearing and absorbent capabilities. Egyptian cotton fibres have the longest staple, making it the strongest and most durable cotton. It is softer and less likely to create pilling and lint than shorter-staple fibres.
3. Bamboo/Cotton - Lightweight and eco-friendly
Renowned for its silk-like softness, light weight and breathability, bamboo has a natural sheen, excellent moisture wicking and absorbency, as well as inherent antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. Bamboo is a water efficient plant that regenerates rapidly and is environmentally friendly to produce.
4. Linen/Cotton - Lightweight and durable
Combining the benefits of both fabrics, our linen and cotton blend sheet sets are perfect for everyday use and can be used throughout all seasons. Linen is highly breathable and hypoallergenic while cotton is light and absorbent.
5. Linen - Lightweight and Luxurious
Lightweight and textural, linen is soft to the touch and distinctively luxurious. Highly breathable and hypoallergenic, linen boasts thermal properties that keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
6. Cotton/Polyester - Resilient and Easy-care
Polyester is a strong, synthetic fibre. Fabric made from a cotton and polyester blend is durable, fast-drying, wrinkle resistant and less expensive than pure cotton. A great choice for kids or holiday house bedrooms.
7. Silk – hypoallergenic and gentle
Silk offers the natural benefits of giving you a blissful beauty sleep every night. Gentle on your skin and hair, it’ll help you wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Soft and smooth, silk prevents damage, wrinkles and creasing as your skin gently glides across the surface rather than pulling against the fibres. It also helps to counter the effects of aging and preserve moisture in the skin. Put an end to bed hair and wake up with smooth, tangle-free hair as the silk helps to prevent friction and allows hair to glide gently across the pillow. Silk is also hypoallergenic, offering a perfect option for asthma and allergy suffers.
It has long been a misconception that a higher thread count equals a ‘better’ sheet. In fact, there are benefits for higher and lower thread count sheets depending on your preference.
Lower thread count sheets are usually lighter and therefore have a softer and lighter drape. Higher thread count sheets tend to have a fuller drape due to the higher density of yarn in the fabric. It really does come down to feel:
For a cooler and lighter feel: 200 – 400 thread count
Light with a luxe feel: 400 - 600 thread count
For a decadent hand feel: 600 - 1200 thread count
The cotton base cloth can be constructed using a number of different weaves, resulting in a variety of different finishes. The way a cotton sheet is woven will determine whether it is light and crisp, silky and smooth, or soft and cosy.
• Cotton Sateen
If you love a silky smooth feel, opt for cotton sateen sheets. With a beautifully silky and lustrous finish, this fabric is created by weaving more threads over the top surface of the fabric. As a result, it is luxuriously soft and smooth against the skin.
• Cotton Percale
If you love a crisp and cool feel, go for cotton percale sheets. Closely woven, a square weave creates a strong and durable fabric with a smooth, matte finish.
• Cotton Flannelette
If you love a soft, warm and cosy feel, cotton flannelette sheets are for you. Woven from soft spun cotton yarns which are then brushed on both sides, flannelette keeps you snuggly and warm in the cooler months.
Introduce a splash of colour to your bedroom with a patterned sheet set. Pair your chosen sheet set with a solid quilt cover to bring a touch of pattern and interest to your bedroom style, or coordinate it with a patterned quilt cover for a complementary look! Most of our pattered sheet sets are made from a 250 thread count cotton for a lighter and softer drape. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix or match.
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