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The Savvy Shopper's Bed Sheet Buying Guide
Purchasing sheets can be overwhelming as there are so many choices, styles, fabrics, and standards. How do you know if you are getting a good deal? How do you know if you’ll be happy with your decision? Understanding some basics about fabrics, weaves, thread count, and things to look for when comparing labels can help you make the best choice for you.
Cotton is the most frequently used fabric in bedding as it is such a durable, soft material. Some fabrics have varying amounts of cotton included. Here are some of the most common types of fabrics and their definitions so you know what you are looking at if you see any of these terms.
Cotton- The highest quality cotton is Egyptian. Cotton is strong and known for its luxurious luster. Higher quality cotton sheets may be labeled with terms like pima, Supima, or long fiber. This refers to combed cotton that uses longer fibers for strength.
Polyester- This synthetic fabric is the second most commonly used fabric for sheets. It’s not as soft or durable as cotton, however these are a more affordable option.
Blend- Also labeled is “Cotton Rich” these sheets are made of blended cotton and polyester. They are easy to care for, wash well, and last longer that 100% polyester sheets.
Modal- These sheets are made from the high-strength fiber that comes from beech trees, creating a silk-like material.
Bamboo- The appeal of bamboo sheets is that bamboo is softer than cotton, it stays cooler, they’re odor resistant and eco-friendly. If the label mentions rayon, they have been highly processed and is not the true eco-friendly product.
Plain- simple weave used for the majority of bed sheets, strong and even.
Sateen- Softer and glossier with a satin weave, but less durable than a tighter weave.
Percale- Durable, closely woven plain weave with a crisp feel.
Twill- Thicker and can be identified by the diagonal weave on one side, tends to be wrinkle resistant
Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. It is a popular belief that higher thread count means better quality sheets, however that isn’t always the case. Other factors like fiber and finishing techniques are important considerations as well. The general rule of thumb is to look for sheets that have a thread count of at least 200.
Before purchasing your new sheets, measure your mattress size to ensure a good fit. Take note of the mattress height as the pocket of a fitted sheet may need to be extra deep to accommodate your mattress. If you are purchasing for a twin mattress, note if its an XL length mattress.
We hope these tips are helpful, and if you are ready to upgrade your mattress to go with your new sheets, we have you covered with 14 luxury mattress styles to choose from. At Savvy Discount Furniture, we make it easy! Our furniture store in Farmers Branch, TX offers a wide selection of beautiful pieces at low prices. Need it now? Certain items are available for same day delivery in the Dallas area. Call (214) 434-1143 or visit our website to browse the inventory.