There is nothing better than jumping into a soft and comfy bed at the end of a long, gruelling and stressful day. Chances are, when it comes to describing the most comfortable bed you have ever slept in, bed sheets come into mind. Because your bedsheets come into direct contact with your skin, they are just as important as a high quality mattress and bed frame. With so many different kinds of sheets available to consumers these days, choosing the perfect set can become quite a confusing task. Here are our top tips to help you choose the sheets that will suit your needs the best!
- What Material Is It Made Of?
There is a wide variety of materials that bed sheets can be made of. You will definitely want to do some research into what materials will suit your needs the most. After all, there is no point in having an amazing grandmaster mattress that is adorned in the wrong kind of bed sheets. The most common material out there for bed sheets is Cotton. Cotton is durable, comfortable and breathes easily. Cotton will trap heat and also allow cool air to pass through in summer, so it is a fantastic choice for almost any climate. Egyptian, Pima and Sea Island cottons are the gold standard, so be sure to look out for those terms on the packaging and always ensure that the fabric is 100% that material.
Another option you could look into is Linen. Linen works very well in hot climates as it helps wick away body heat. The only downside to it is that it requires quite a lot of ironing to not look like a wrinkled mess.
- One, Two, Three, Thread Count!
There is so much buzz about thread count these days – and for those who are a little perplexed as to what thread count is, it is simply the number of threads in 1 square inch of fabric. The general idea that most people subscribe to is that the higher the thread count, the softer your fabric is going to be. However, it may be surprising to know that this is not always the case. A lower thread count sheet that is made from softer fibers such as Egyptian cotton tend to feel silkier than a high thread count sheet made from a lower quality cotton blend.
With that said, in the case of all other things being equal, high thread counts can indeed translate to an increased level of comfort. Stay away from purchasing 800- or 1,000-count sheets – the 400 or 450 range will suffice. The extra thread count does not make enough difference in feel to justify the price you have to pay for a higher rance. In fact, the highest count sheets can often be stiff because so many fibers are jammed in so closely together.
Do you prefer your sheets to be crisp or soft? If you favour sheets with a little snap, we would recommend choosing Percale which is a plainer weave than the more supple Sateen. With that said, neither is inherently better than the other; it is all a matter of personal preference. Jersey sheets are crafted with a flat knit that keeps them soft, but this also means that they are prone to slipping and sliding on your bed which can turn out to be an annoyance. If you live in a very cold climate, consider purchasing nubby cotton flannel sheets which are renowned for keeping you warm and toasty.
- Make Sure It Fits Right!
If you’ve ever been through the hassle of trying to fit a too-small fitted sheet onto your mattress, you will know how important it is to purchase sheets that are the correct size for your mattress. For standard beds such as a Twin, Queen or King, look out for features such as elastic edging all the way around, which helps to ensure a snug fit.
Should you have an extra-long twin, California King, Pillow-Top or any other non-standard sized mattress, you will need to keep an eye out for sheets that are specifically marked for those sizes. Another crucial element that you should not forget about are the pillowcases. If your pillows are under or over scale, purchase fitted sheets, flat sheets and pillowcases separately rather than all in a same sized set.
With these handy tips on how to choose the perfect bedsheets, we are certain that you will have no problems building the bed of your dreams – one that you will look forward to jumping into at the end of the day, as well as something that will ensure you the best quality of sleep possible!