A Few Things to Consider Before You Buy Your Next Set of Bedsheets

When it's time for you to go shopping for a new set of bed sheets there are so many options available it can get quite confusing. Which is why we've put together this short overview, so you know what you should take into account before spending your hard earned cash on new sheets for your bed. Let's start by talking about the fibre the sheets are made from.

Satin

Satin sheets, (not to be confused with 'sateen' which is a weaved product,) are typically 100% polyester. Which means they snag, get hot, and may well start out smooth but tend to wrinkle after a short period. Satin sheets can also be very difficult to iron.

 

Silk

For a lot of people, silk sheets have something of a persona about them. True, silk is very soft and it is an incredible fabric in general, but like satin, silk does not breathe well and so can get hot. They also snag just as easily. When you consider how much a set of good silk sheets costs, it's best to keep in mind that you won't get the same wear and tear out of silk sheets as you would with some of the other available options.

 

Bamboo

On the lower end of the price scale, bamboo sheets are soft when you first buy them, but over time they can become quite coarse. Back when bamboo sheets first gained popularity there were a lot of claims about the eco-friendliness of the product. But with the recent heavy fines handed out to the industry from Government Environmental Agencies, such as the FDA, it would appear that such claims should be taken with a dose of caution. Without getting too technical, the chemicals used to break the bamboo fibre down into a weavable fabric can be extremely caustic.

 

Modal

Another cellulose fibre, modal sheets (and micro modal) are again made from wood. Granted, these sheets can be very soft but they are also expensive, and some modal sheets tend not to be as durable as say, sheets made from cotton. And like bamboo, modal might not be as good for our environment as the manufacturers would like us to think.

 

Linen

Linen has been around since the time of the pyramids. It is a very durable fabric, although high-quality linen can be quite expensive. Linen has a good wicking quality, that is it pulls moisture away from the body, so it feels cooler to the touch. Which explains why linen is popular in warmer climates. Another big advantage is that like any good fabric, linen does soften with time. However, linen has a particular 'feel' to it that some people simply can't get comfortable with.

 

Cotton/Poly

Cotton/poly sheets are an attempt to get the best of both worlds. They do not wrinkle as much as 100% cotton, but they don't feel quite the same either. The addition of polyester slows down the wicking process and means the sheet doesn't absorb the moisture coming off your sleeping body as efficiently as pure cotton can.

 

Cotton

It's probably safe to say that cotton is the textile of choice for the majority of people looking to buy new sheets for their beds. 100% cotton feels nice next to the skin, it launders well and comes in all kinds of different qualities, and as such is suited to almost any budget.

 

Country of origin

Another thing to consider when you purchase new sheets is where the sheets were manufactured. Sheets come from just about every industrial nation in the world, so before you buy it's always a good idea to check out the country of origin's record on child labour and environmental practices. After all, what's the point of spending a lot of money on really comfortable bedsheets if you can't sleep at night because you have a guilty conscience over eco and human rights issues?

 

Check out the finishing details

Take a good look at the little things such as hemstitching, tape stripes or embroideries. Are they done really well? Do the stitches per inch reflect the quality and attention to detail that went into the manufacture of the sheets? Oftentimes, when you see a high level of quality in the tiny details, you can be assured that the overall quality of the product is also of a high standard.

 

Consider the pocket depth

If you're buying fitted sheets, the pocket depth is another detail that deserves your attention. In recent times, mattress manufacturers have been overzealous in the thickness of their products. You can look in any shop that sells mattresses and see some that measure 17 inches, all the ay up to 24 inches, and you want to make sure your sheets fit.

 

And while we're on the subject, if you're thinking about buying a new mattress, don't be overly concerned about the thickness. Mattresses of 14 to 15 inches are usually thick enough to provide sufficient comfort for the average sleeper. Anything above that will only raise the height of your bed and make it more difficult for your bedding to find proper purchase. Plus they can also make the proportions of your other bedroom furniture look a little off-kilter.

 

How much do you want to pay?

How much you want to hand over for your new sheets is another important factor that you should consider before you buy. These days, it's easy to look on the Internet and find high-quality products at bargain prices. But is the quality honestly that great? In reality, a good set of bedsheets can cost a couple of hundred pounds with no upper limit.

 

And especially when you're buying cotton sheets, the grade of cotton is reflected in the way it feels on your skin, in the longevity of the product, and of course, how much the sheets cost in the first place. As with everything else in the market place, the old adage rings true.

 

You really do get what you pay for.

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