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How to Select Cloth for Bed Sheets


Everyone desires and needs a good night’s rest. Many factors are beyond our control but choosing our bedding is not. A comfortable bedsheet could make all the difference between a peaceful and restless sleep experience.

There are many different fabrics on the market. To narrow down what will suit you, one must take the following into account: cost; durability; thread count; the amount of time spent on care; allergies and weather.
  • Cost: This all depends on your own pocket and how important quality and comfort is to you. 
  • Durability: Depending on how often used and washed one would prefer sheets that last for quite some time.
  • Thread count: A thread count between 200-400 is advisable although many people believe this method of testing the quality of your sheet is not always accurate. The thread count indicates how excellent the threads are weaved together and is supposed to make for a softer and more delicate fabric. 
  • Care: Some types of bed sheets cannot merely be thrown into the wash. Some have special instructions when it comes to washing, drying, folding and storing.
  • Allergies: Many people with skin and nose allergies benefit from specific types of sheets. 
  • Weather: Most people require that their sheets should retain heat in winter and be cool in summer.
Not only is the cloth important but the sewing and finish are also critical. For this, only highly recommended sewing machines should be used.

Let us look at 5 different sheets that are available on the market today.

Egyptian cotton

This is the most expensive and luxurious of the cotton sheet choices. This material is soft, beautiful, machine washable and does not shrink easily. Initially, though, it isn’t very comfortable as it’s relatively stiff and course. This gets better with each wash. It is durable and last longer than another cotton. It is breathable, and your body heat regulates the temperature. It also absorbs perspiration.

It does, however, wrinkle quite easily. Take care to use the delicate cycle on your machine and avoid detergents that contain bleach. It can be hard to find storage space for it due to its fluffed up nature. Watch out for many products on the market that profess to be the real deal. There are a lot of fakes. These sheets are made little more substantial than traditional leaves so you will never have a problem with fit.

Percale

Percale has a somewhat crisp texture with a matte finish. It’s a very comfortable, relaxed and breathable fabric. It has excellent durability while maintaining softness and will stand up to years of use. Light and airy, it allows for refreshing sleep on warm nights and warm sleep on cold nights. It is easy to care for (gentle machine wash cycle) and store but prone to wrinkles. It does not have a shiny, luxurious appearance like for instance, Sateen. The longer you use these sheets, the softer and more comfortable they get. 

Sateen

This fabric is soft and silky to the touch and lightweight as well. It has an attractive sheen to it that gives it a luxurious look although this sheen does fade with use and wash.

It is durable and can be washed in hot or cold water. It is heavy in weight and less breathable than, for example, Percale. It has a high thread count. It is water repellant and resist mildews and is, therefore, an excellent choice for those suffering from allergies. It’s suitable for all seasons. It also drapes well. Due to the nature of the material it snags and pulls easier than other fabrics. It also wrinkles easily but less so than for example, Percale. It is less durable than some of the alternatives and more susceptible to fluff. 

Microfiber

Microfiber is artificially made and another word for polyester. Thin and lightweight, it is one of the most popular and cheapest options on the market. It is durable, but if you opt for the lighter options available, they are prone to tear. Maintenance is easy, and it can withstand a hot or cold machine wash. This material does shrink somewhat after the first wash and will wrinkle.

It does not retain a lot of water and dries quickly and can easily be stored in compact areas. It holds colour well. Microfiber is flexible which makes it comfortable. However, this synthetic won’t breathe as well as for example, cotton. It traps body heat, so it’s great for cold weather but not if you want to be cool and in summer. Microfiber can withstand repeated use without losing its shape.

A downside is that these sheets are flammable and also attracts fibres like hair that worsens in winter. Although a popular, budget-friendly option, it is not the best choice for sensitive skins. 

Bamboo sheets

This sheet is produced from natural fibres of bamboo. It is durable with a soft, comfortable, luxurious feel and a natural sheen. It is antibacterial, antifungal and eco-friendly. It can be washed in a machine but on a delicate wash cycle only. The material gets softer with every wash. It can experience shrinking and wrinkles easily. It does not attract fluff and is quite breathable, is absorbent and also odour resistant. It has a natural resistance to pest and fungi infestation and an excellent option for sensitive skin. Great for any season! It is, however, quite pricey.

These are just a few of the options that are on offer. At the end of the day, it’s entirely up to personal preference. It is advisable though, to upgrade your bedding if you want to get some quality sleep. It's not only purchased to complement your home décor but an investment in your comfort, rest and relaxation.

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