About a week ago I bought a bed. After selling me a high end bed the salesman wanted to send me over to Wal Mart for sheets. What is that?
If you are going to be paying to help get a good night sleep you may as well go all out, right? People look for all kinds of sheets, but generally it is accepted that:
- cotton is the most widely used linnen
- thread count is a measure of quality
Caution about fitted sheets:
Some bed sheets may fit slightly small or slightly large. Most sheets are designed to fit deep beds so that they have at least enough material to fit all beds. California King beds or the like may not match up well with fitted sheets.
What is thread count? What is a good thread count for sheets?
Thread count is the number of threads per square inch.
Some people believe that thread count directly relates to sheet quality; but combing, quality of fibers, and finish are also important.
Percale sheets are generally 180 thred count plus, whereas some of the finer Egyptian cotton sateen sheets can get north of a thread count of a thousand.
At some point you are probably paying more for a number than for additional comfort, but there are some benefits to a higher thread count sheet. Sheets of a higher thread count generally
- are likely to also have higher quality of fibers, and finish
- tend to be more durable and long lasting
- are softer
I do not have a ton of experience with sheet buying, but I believe many people recommend staying at or above 300 thread count. Today my 1200 thread count sheets came in and they are fairly thick and were soft even before I washed them. I saved a good deal of money by buying them from Overstock.com for $179.99.
More sheet buying tips:
- Silk, velvet, and satin are other popular bedding linen materials, though most people prefer cotton sheets.
- Bed Bath & Beyond – common sheet questions.
- Ralph Lauren Style Guide – videos about how to improve the style of your interior design. Mentions sheets and creating a beautiful bed.
- Top 6 Luxury Bedding Manufacturers – About.com reviews luxury bedding manufacturers.
- Dear Yahoo! – asks about thread count and sheet quality.