Did you know that the pleasure of a good night’s sleep is improved if you sleep on fresh, soft cozy sheets? They actually let you breathe and relax in your sleep, which is why taking the following tips into consideration helps select the best bed sheets for yourself.
1. Size of your mattress
It’s sometimes better to choose your bedding based on the mattress you use, and if you have an additional mattress topper. This is because deep mattresses or thin mattresses with mattress toppers on top may require extra-deep bed clothes.
This makes making and tucking beds so much easier. This is why it’s better to measure your mattress and mattress topper’s depth, before choosing your bed linen especially if it’s extra deep in build.
You may not be able to distinguish the sheet’s weave but it goes a long way at determining the sheet’s softness, price, appearance, and longevity. Linen with a basic plain weave woven having an equal number of vertical and horizontal yarns are the cheapest. On the contrary, percale linen are popular for being lightweight, crisp and durable because it has a weave thread count of 180 or more.
In the case of sateen weaves, the bedding has more vertical than horizontal yarns which is why these bed clothes are so soft to touch. However, at the same time, it has a much higher chance of pilling and tearing when compared to plain weave bed clothes.
The more intricate weaves like damasks and jacquards are textured to touch and may have a pattern that’s soft to coarse. Though they are as durable as the plain weave sheets, they are rather expensive because special looms are used for making them.
Different bedding has different finishes, which you have to select and buy as per your preference. For example, some manufacturers treat their sheets with chemicals like chlorine, silicon or formaldehyde so that they do not end up in wrinkles, shrink or lose its shape. Some manufacturers may even treat their bedding with something alkali to give a sheen to the fabric.
However, there are people who prefer buying and using pure-finish organic linen which have no chemicals, even though they tend to make wrinkles easier than sheets with a chemical finish. They are however definitely a better option if you have allergies or are sensitive to particular chemicals. This is why it’s better to feel the bedding before you make your final choice.
Just like most people prefer wearing cotton for its comfort, cotton bed linen are always better for your mattress. It’s a natural, breathing fabric available in different types where the long-fiber kinds of cotton like Supina and Egyptian are the softest, and strongest.
They have long fibers which ensure the fiber doesn’t pill so that it remains soft for a longer period. Besides, it’s highly unlikely that you will wake up sticky and clammy sleeping on cotton sheets because its fiber absorbs moisture away from your skin.
Cotton is also much easier to maintain fabric because it does not stain easily like polyester blends. The reason for this is because cotton absorbs water so that it quickly releases dirt when wet.
The high-end cotton sheets are a bit expensive for some, which is why they opt for the cheaper, durable and wrinkle-resistant polycotton versions. While linen is also another natural fiber known for its light weight and breathability, its disadvantage is that it tends to wrinkle much easier than cotton.
5. Thread count
Though the sheet’s thread count, which is the number of threads in a square inch of the fabric, was once the most important determinant for good linen, things have changed now. There are various other factors today that determine the sheet’s quality like the fiber of the yarn, the finish, spinning, and size.
This is why sometimes bedding which is made of good quality fiber but with a lower thread count is softer to touch than linen made using low-quality fiber but has a higher thread count.
6. Wrinkle-free bedding- to buy or not
Buying wrinkle-free bed clothes is once again a personal preference because it has its share of pros and cons. The common and most popular advantage which is also a convenience is that it doesn’t require any pressing to remove wrinkles.
However, these bedding also has a disadvantage which is that its chemical finish tends to disappear after a few washes. So you eventually end up having to press the bedding anyway after washing or before using it.
Another disadvantage is the health problems the chemical finish of the sheets gives. These sheets are made using a resin which releases formaldehyde, a chemical that is popularly used with embalming fluids, which some people with skin allergies are sensitive to.
7. It is better to wash bedding before use
It is generally a good habit to wash your sheets before use. Not only does it let the yarns bloom to give a softer feel, but it is also especially required if you have any sensitivity or if you are allergic to some chemicals.
It’s normally after the bedding is woven that designs are applied to them. This is why the sheets may feel stiff to the touch when you first buy them. Washing them a few times help make them softer. Of the lot, it’s the colored or patterned bedding, which is made using yarn-dyed fabrics, are the softest, but most expensive options available.
9. Place of manufacture
You also have to consider the place of manufacture before buying your bedding. This is because though France and Italy are famous as the best sheet makers around, every country producing sheets having a wide selection for you to choose from. So it’s better to make your choice based on the price and your budget.
You can now buy yourself much better and more comfortable bedding set with the help of these pointers. Though you may have to do some research, and perhaps even try a few types, you will eventually find the right bed sheets that guarantee you a good and relaxed night’s sleep!
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