Life is full of stresses both small and large, and sometimes the only thing that keeps you going is the thought of climbing into a cozy bed at night. Unfortunately, many of us are currently lying in sheets that do little to improve our sleep quality. From pill-prone fabrics to wrinkly weaves, the market is rife with low-quality bedding options. Keep reading for tips on selecting a luxury sheet set that will have you sleeping easy:
Assess the Weave
Weave is one of the most crucial elements to consider when selecting a luxury sheet set. A tightly woven option, percale features the same number of threads running both horizontally and vertically. Most lightweight percale sheets range from 200 to 400 threads, while some of the thicker options include 400 to 600 threads. On the other hand, sateen sheets have more threads running in a vertical direction than a horizontal one. The end result is that this fabric boasts a silky feel and an attractive sheen as opposed to the crisp, matte feel of percale.
Look Beyond Thread Counts
If you’re shopping for a new luxury sheet set, you might be tempted to reach for the package with the highest thread count emblazoned on the front. Unfortunately, this number reveals little about the actual quality of the bedding. In fact, according to a 2013 article by Consumer Reports, 400 is the sweet spot for thread counts, with higher numbers demonstrating few advantages in terms of comfort or durability. You should especially be wary of sheets claiming to be more than 800 thread count since it's impossible to fit more than that in a square inch unless you are using multi-ply yarns. Multi-ply yarns are made by twisting two or three weaker threads together. This trick for inflating thread count results in rougher fabric that is more likely to pill. Ultimately, for the best night’s sleep at a reasonable price, consumers should focus less on thread count and more on bedding material.
Consider Your Cotton
Most bed sheets are made from cotton, but that doesn’t mean they’re created equal. On the contrary, a wide degree of variation exists when it comes to cotton sheet quality and comfort. Customers can opt to purchase American Upland, Pima, or Egyptian Cotton sheets, with the former being the most prevalent. Featuring short-to-long-staple cotton, American Upland is a more affordable bedding option that tends to have a rougher texture. A middle-of-the-road bedding material, Pima cotton features fine, long-staple threads for a softer feel. It’s a solid, budget-friendly bedding bet ideal for guest rooms and spare sets.
Finally, Egyptian Cotton sheets are widely regarded as the most luxurious option available. Grown solely in the Nile River Valley, the best Egyptian Cotton sheets boast a supple texture that resists pilling and withstands the test of time. If you’re looking for luxury cotton sheets, Egyptian Cotton is the premier choice.
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