6 Things you should know before buying your sheets

Buying bed sheets for our home is a pretty complicated task and can leave us all confused. Most of us like soft sheets and that too without wrinkles but very few of us look beyond the fabric texture and its appearance. Bed sheets are available in a wide variety with abundant choices for materials, colors, designs and textures. There are a lot of things that you should know and take into consideration before you buy bed sheets. So here is a list of things that you consider –

1) The first thing to check is the fabric content of the bed sheet. For this, ascertain the length of the fabric. Longer fabric is more durable and luxurious in cotton. Other content combinations also possess several advantages. Polyester and cotton blend means that the bed sheet will not wrinkle easily. They are also cheaper than the cotton bed sheets.

2) If softness is your priority then cotton bed sheets are the ultimate choice. There are different types of cotton such as Organic, Pima, Egyptian and Supima. Each type offers a different level of luxury, but it is the thread count that determines the quality. The higher the thread count, the softer the fabric shall be.

3) Cotton blended bed sheets are known to be wrinkle free, but they are unable to absorb moisture and also do not breathe the same way as cotton bed sheets. They are cheaply priced than the cotton bed sheets and are known to be cost effective as they can handle repetitive wash.

4) Try to find out the weave feature of the sheet as it determines the durability. Sateen weaves are on the sheet’s surface itself and therefore, they are softer but less durable. A pinpoint weave is not as soft as sateen weave, but it softens after a wash. Percale weaves are more breathable and durable than the others.

5) Different manufacturing techniques are used and each technique gives way to a different feel. The common techniques used are jersey, combed, flannel and compact. Understanding the techniques will assist you in knowing the seasons in which different bed sheets should be used.

6) If you are prone to allergies than there are certain bed sheets that prevent allergies and hence offer a better sleep. There is a myriad of varied companies producing these sheets and these are usually classified as hypoallergenic sheets.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on November 12th, 2010


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