Shopping for new sheets is a treat, but it can be a bit confusing. There are so many different types of fabric, but how do you know which is the best? Read on for a breakdown of the most common fabrics used to make bed sheets.
Cotton is the most popular fabric used to make sheets. It’s durable, breathable, soft, easy to care for, and generally quite affordable.Here are some of the most common.
It has extra-long fibers that create the softest, smoothest fabric. Also, it is the most luxurious variety.
It has medium to extra-long fibers that are ideal for bed sheets and comes after Egyptian cotton.
it’s a rougher, less expensive variety.
When it comes to the fabrics, we often hear the thread count, a barometer of a sheet’s smoothness and durability. High thread count is a factor, but the type of cotton can be more significant.
There is one frequent question about cotton: What’s better, percale or sateen?
In fact, it’s just a matter of taste. Percale has a crisp, cool feel while Sateen is slightly heavier and very soft, with a lustrous, smooth finish that’s almost satiny.
Flannel is cotton that’s been combed to fluff up the fibers.Usually, it’s a staple for cold winter nights.
Unlike other types of bedding materials, flannel’s quality is measured in ounces per square yard, rather than thread count.
Silk is a soft fiber produced by silkworms. They’re cool, silky and sensuous, making them a must for the romantic or sexy bedroom. However, it’s luxurious and hard to care.
Polyester is a man-made fiber produced from the same polymers used to make plastic drink bottles. Generally, you’ll find polyester mixed with another thread, often cotton, in inexpensive sheet sets.
There are lots of blended fabrics available, most including some form of cotton. Cotton/polyester is the most common, but you’ll also find cotton/bamboo and cotton/rayon. Blended fabrics are usually inexpensive, durable and wrinkle-resistant, making them a good choice for children’s bedding.