How To Select The Best Set of Sheets
Selecting a great set of sheets for your bed is the first step to enjoying a good night rest and one of the best investments you can make. After all getting a goods night sleep contributes to our overall health. Who doesn’t feel better after sleeping soundly through the night. It both refreshes and energizes you which can set the tone for the rest of the day.
When selecting bed sheets the most important thing you want to look for is the material and there are variety of materials available. The most popular of course is cotton and that is due to its durability and comfort. Cotton helps to trap in body heat while at the same time it allows cool air to pass through keeping you comfortable at night.
Most sheets today come with some kind of cotton blend that affect the materials feel and weight. Some examples of these blends are cotton with a rayon or polyester blend. A good ratio is a 90/10 blend of cotton to synthetic fibers. This will not the affect the feel of the material too much but when you go much higher to say a 70/30 blend it will affect the softness of the material against the skin making sleep uncomfortable.
Egyptian cotton is a prized cotton material because of its quality. True Egyptian Cotton makes the highest quality material and is exceptional durable because the fibers grow extra long. It is normally 1 ¼ inch to 2 inch staple and that is due to the Egyptian climate it grows in. Often the term Egyptian Cotton can be used very freely on packaging so be sure to read the labels carefully to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for. If possible test the quality by feeling the material first and buy from only reputable manufacturers.
Pima Cotton is the sister to Egyptian Cotton but is produced in the USA. This cotton is also of a superior quality due to the extra long fibers but cannot be designated as Egyptian Cotton because it is not grown in Egypt. Nevertheless the softness and high quality of Pima or Supima Cotton which is the trademark name still makes it one of the finest material used in the bedding industry and one to consider if you are looking for high quality bed sheets.
The most superior bedding to find would obviously be 100% Egyptian Cotton followed by 100% Pima Cotton. Both of these would be an absolute luxury if your budget allows for it but keep in mind that you want to buy from only reputable manufacturers to ensure the product is labeled and produced according to industry standards.
Bamboo bedding has also grown in popularity in recent years. Not only is it a naturally sustainable material it is antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. It is also one of the softest materials to use in the bedding industry due to the rounded shape of its fibers. These sheets are also eco-friendly. The amount of water required to produce one pound of bamboo material is 200 hundred times less what it takes to make the equivalent in cotton. It is also one of the fasting growing natural resources that doesn't require replanting after harvesting making its production more economically and environmentally sustainable than cotton. If you are looking for a material that is not only high quality but also environmentally friendly then look no further than bamboo.
Other very popular materials that deserves mentions are Microfiber and Jersey sheets. Microfiber sheets are made of extremely fine fibers of polyester and can be very soft. Jersey sheets are more of a knitted T-Shirt like material that can be extremely smooth and soft against the skin. It is also very breathable. Both of these are very affordable and great choices if you're looking for an inexpensive option.
The thread count is another contributing factor when selecting your bed linens. It is usually a gauge for the materials softness. It refers to the number of thread woven into a square inch. Although the number of thread used is a contributing factor it is not the sole way of testing the softness and quality of the bedding. The type of material used still plays a factor and should be included in your decision of what to buy. For instance sheets made of Egyptian Cotton with a lower thread count than sheets made with cotton will still be considerable softer despite the higher thread count in the cotton blend. If you are not buying Egyptian Cotton sheets then for most a thread count between the 400 - 450 range will do.
Finally, selecting the correct fit and size for your bed is just as important. If you toss and turn a lot you want to make sure your sheets stay put during the night. Be sure to buy the correct size for your bed. If you have a California King or Extra Long Twin size then you want to select bedding that is marked with the correct size. Check the measurements on packaging and look for fitted sheets with elastic edging all around for a snug fit. If you have any type of mattress toppers on the bed, include that in your measurements before selecting a size of sheets. Many brands will offer a selection of fitted and flat sheets that will accommodate deeper mattresses.
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