Humans spend one-third of their entire lives on their beds thus it is important to buy the best mattress possible. Once you have the best mattress, it wouldn’t be right to use just any bed sheet because the point of choosing a good quality mattress will then be negated. Many choose design bed sheets and not because of the quality. How do you know which bed sheet is best for you?
One of the things people look into when buying bed sheets is the thread count but experts have said that the thread count does not determine the quality or the softness of the sheet. Thread count is the woven threads that are found within a single square inch of the fabric. The number is the combined weft, horizontal threads, and warp, vertical threads.
The lowest is 150 which are commonly seen in cheap beddings for kid’s beds and the highest could reach over a thousand for silk and satin fabrics. This is not the case with cotton though. In reality, only a certain amount of threads can be fitted through the loom. According to majority of experts, the ideal is between 400 and 600 threads for every inch.
Additional threads are twisted as part of the weft just to make the thread count higher which is a common marketing strategy by manufacturers of bed sheets. These extra threads do not help in making the fabric stronger nor does it make it any softer. Sometimes this is the reason why cotton sheets are easily ripped and easily snags or pills.
Instead of looking at the thread count, check out the fabric. Go for combed cotton, extra long staple Egyptian cotton or Supima cotton made in the US. For quality cotton sheets, choose Sateen or Percale because they are the softest and most durable. The costs may be higher compared to standard cotton with short-weave because these types make use of long staple cotton. A more casual option is the linen manufactured using flax stem.
Don’t simply go for design bed sheets but more importantly focus on the fabric to make sure you have a good night’s sleep.