All You Need to Know About Choosing Bed Sheets

Bed sheets come in a variety of colors, textures, patterns and material. From pointing out the one that catches your attention in a store to ascertaining if it is right for you, the art of selecting the appropriate bed sheet requires time and patience.

Prices range from $6 to hundreds of dollars, depending on the type of fabric used, weave, quality and thread count.

These tips will help you choose the right bed sheets for yourself.  

Fabric Type

Bed sheets can be made of cotton, silk, polyester, rayon or various blends. You need to choose one that personally appeals to you.

  • Cotton sheets are the most common types used. 100-percent cotton sheets are made from natural fiber and are very soft, durable and wash well. Blends available are cheaper and do not wrinkle as much.
  • Synthetic fibers such as polyester are man-made. Although wrinkle resistant and more affordable, these are not as durable or comfortable as pure cotton sheets. Polyester sheets feel uncomfortable in extreme humidity.
  • Blend sheets are typically cotton and polyester fibers blended together. These sheets are warmer than pure cotton sheets, but wear out faster.
  • Bamboo sheets are made from the pulp of bamboo grass and are hypoallergenic and bacteria resistant.

Thread Count

Sheet quality is greatly affected by the thread count, which is the number of threads per square inch of fabric. Thread count can go up to 1000, with a higher thread count ensuring better quality and a more costly bed sheet. Generally, a sheet with a thread count of between 300 and 400 is considered a good quality one.  

Manufacturing Techniques

The technique used to manufacture bed sheets varies and affects their finish. Some of these are:

  • Combed technique, which creates soft, straight cotton yarn by combing out short uneven ones.
  • Compact, which is a process that removes weak spots and hairy fibers in the thread.

Different Types of Weave

Weave is another feature that determines the quality and price of bed sheets, and includes:

  • Pinpoint, a stitch of two over and two under. Pinpoint sheets soften with each wash.
  • Sateen, a stitch of four over and one under. Very soft, but less durable than pinpoint sheets.
  • Jacquard sheets, made on a special loom. This weave is very difficult to create.
  • Percale, a stitch of one over and one under. Allows air to pass through and is very breathable.

Sheet Color

Choose a color that blends with the comforter, the room theme and décor, whether plain or with patterns. Light colors show stains easier than darker ones.  

Size of the Sheets

Remember the bed size and the mattress depth when choosing sheets. Mattress depth should be measured in inches and is sometimes called a pocket.