9 Types of Bed-Sheet Fabrics
What’s better than getting into bed with clean, fresh set of sheets? Ahhh, they feel and smell so good.
However, there is another good reason to change your sheets and we’re not talking about just striping your bed and throwing them in the wash.
There’s a more substantial change you can make; a change that can impact your sleep quality. In recent years, technological innovations have led to an explosion in the bed sheet choices available to consumers, which can affect the look and feel of your bed.
You’ve probably had conversations centering around high thread count sheets and this is, certainly, a valid conversation; however, your conversations should now include the material. There are so many materials used for making sheets that it is hard to know which material you want to sleep on.
Here are some fabrics you may want to consider when buying your next set:
- Rayon is soft and comfortable, durable, highly absorbent, no static or pilling and inexpensive. Rayon can winkle easily and shrinks if washed-may need to be dry-cleaned.
- Bamboo has become increasingly popular within the past few years, partly due to its eco-friendliness. Not only is bamboo hypoallergenic and antibacterial, they are incredibly soft to the touch, even softer than cotton. One complaint is the cost-bamboo bedding is expensive.
- Percale sheets are made with a tight weave that gives a smooth, luxurious feel. Higher thread counts will resist pilling more effectively, and choosing sheets with a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers will help prevent wrinkles. Pick percale sheets with a thread count between 200 and 800 for durability and comfort.
- Linen sheets are widely considered to be luxurious. For this reason many 5-star hotels choose linen. Linen is known as anti-allergic due to its unique filtering, bacteria resistant, ventilating, moisture absorbing and evaporating capabilities. Linen bedding is twice as durable as cotton bedding and can last for decades.
- Microfiber sheets are made from synthetic fibers and are extremely fine and tightly woven to create a thin, strong material. The tight weave ensures a long life. Anything with a thread count over 300 are the most durable and comfortable.
- Jersey knit sheets are incredibly comfortable. Their knit construction rather than being woven, gives Jersey knit a natural stretch and broken-in feel. Jersey knit is very low maintenance-easy to wash and only wrinkles slightly.
- Polyester fabric is durable and will keep its appearance longer than other types. It is easy-care and resists shrinking and wrinkling. Polyester is less expensive than cotton, but buy with a thread count higher than 250.
- Cotton blend sheets are both natural and synthetic materials. The synthetic fibers will increase durability, resist winkles and brings down the cost. The cotton fibers provide comfort and breathability. Look for thread counts from 200 to 1000+.
- Egyptian cotton is a strong, lustrous cotton with extra-long fibers grown only in Egypt. Sheets made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton with a high thread count are considered by some to be the most luxurious because of their breathability, strength, and softness.