You may have the perfect mattress to sleep on (if you have a Shifman!) but you may not have the perfect sheets. When it comes to buying sheets, it can be as confusing as buying a diamond (seriously, we still don’t know what the 4 C’s are).Everyone has different preferences when it comes to sheets, and some people may claim to know the best, but we’ve compiled a list explaining different types of sheets and their benefits. We know what the most important C is when it comes to sheets- COMFORT! But there is another important C when it comes to sheets….CHOICE! You may feel overwhelmed by the amount of choices you have when it comes to sheets. We break down some of the common terms you’ll need to know below.
- 1. Cotton
- a. American Upland
- b. Pima
- c. Supima
- d. Egyptian
- e. Jersey (aka t-shirt sheets)
- 2. Silk
- 3. Polyester
- 4. Bamboo
Other Important Details:
1. Thread Count
a. “Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet, and the more likely it will wear well-or even soften-over time. Good sheets range anywhere from 200 to 800, although you’ll occasionally see numbers over 1,000. Astronomical thread counts don’t necessarily mean the sheet is better-there are even tricks to inflating the thread count (such as using multiple yarns twisted together) that don’t actually improve the hand of the fabric and may even detract from its quality.”
2. Single-Ply or Two-Ply
a. “The ply of the fabric is used to describe how many threads are wrapped together into one single thread. Single-ply fabrics use threads on their own as opposed to double-ply fabrics that are made up of two pieces of thread twisted together. So technically, a thread count of 800 could be made of only 400 double-ply threads or could contain 800 single-ply threads.”
b. “If you are looking for a heavier, more durable sheet set, choose fabric with double-ply fabric. Single-ply fabric sheets are going to appear thinner and more delicate.”
c. This is something to look out for because ply-count can be used to inflate thread count.
3. Type of Weave
a. Sateen: “cotton cloth made with a satin weave, a weave that produces a very soft, lustrous feel but can be somewhat less durable than a tighter weave.”
b. Percale: “crisp, durable plain weave fabric typically used for sheets; it has a thread count of at least 180”
c. Combed cotton: “combed to remove the short fibers and leave the long ones, which makes for a strong, soft fabric”
We’re not here to tell you which kind will be best for you. Every person will have a different sheet preference. Fortunately, most stores have a sample so you can at least get a little touch before you buy. It is important to figure out what kind is your favorite because sheets are key to building a comfortable bed!