A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Best Bed Linen
Sleeping on a good quality bed sheet is as important as having a comfortable mattress for your bed. While many homeowners put extra effort into choosing a supportive mattress for their beds, they underestimate the power of quality bed linen. A high-grade sheet not only instantly uplifts your bedroom but also adds to your comfort while making your sleep more peaceful. Therefore, it is worthwhile to invest in a superior bed sheet.
When choosing the right bed linen, several factors should be considered such as size, fabric, thread count and weave. If you analyze all these important aspects while making the purchase, you can be sure to get the right linen for your bed. But, if you’re new to bed sheet shopping, then this guide by Dormio Organic Beds will help you choose the best bed linen for your home.
The first thing you should consider is the size of the sheet. It depends on your bed as it should be slightly bigger in length and breadth compared to the size of your bed. If you have a king size bed (72”x80”), then go for 90”x108” sheets and if you have a queen size bed (60”x78”), then choose a 98”x86” sheet. After all, you need extra fabric to cover the mattress from its edges for a seamless look.
Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of a fabric. The higher the thread count, the finer and softer the fabric will be. That’s why it is essential to analyze the thread count of the bed linen before making the purchase. But, it is noteworthy that thread count is not the only parameter to judge the softness of the fabric. The fineness and quality of the yarn also affect the quality of the linen. As a general rule, look for bed linens with more than 200 thread count and choose high-quality yarn as it will stand up to washing and feel softer even after the wash.
The fabric of your bed linen is the most important aspect. The quality, durability, softness and comfort of the bed linen largely depend on the material of your sheets. If the fabric is not good, then the sheet won’t be comfortable even with a higher thread count and high-quality yarn. When making the purchase, consider choosing sheets made of the following materials-
Cotton is the most widely used material for bed linen. It is lightweight, breathable and easy to clean. But, conventional cotton is not a healthy choice for bed sheets as it is loaded with harmful chemicals used at the time of harvesting the cotton crop. If you’re going with cotton, make sure you go for organic cotton sheets that are, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic and breathable. These forgiving sheets stay cool during the summer months and get softer over time.
2) Egyptian Cotton
If you want a luxurious feel without compromising on the softness of cotton, then choose Egyptian cotton sheets. Made from the Gossypium Barbedense plant, this fabric has extra-long, lustrous and strong fibres that make it softer and smoother compared to other fabrics. People who want super-soft sheets and a higher budget, should consider Egyptian cotton fabric.
Flannel is a loosely knit fabric made of combed up fibres of cotton, wool and other synthetic materials. It is a popular choice for sheets, especially during the winter time as it is soft, warm and affordable. It traps body heat and makes you feel cozy when the weather is cold. If you’re looking for a bed sheet that makes you feel snuggly and warm during the winter time, then go for flannel. But, make sure that you buy this sheet by measuring its quality in ounces per square yard, instead of thread count.
Silk is a soft, breathable, hypoallergenic and comfortable fabric for sheets. It adds shine, shimmer and smoothness to your bed and gives a luxurious feel to the bedding arrangement. It is lighter and more durable than cotton, but expensive and needs high-maintenance. When choosing silk sheets, make sure that you choose the one with higher momme (a unit used to measure the quality of silk where the weight of silk used is considered). A higher count means the weave is more durable, the fabric is more luxurious and is suitable for heavy-duty use.
Linen is cool and absorbent in nature, making you feel comfortable during the hot summer nights. This breathable fabric is great at drawing moisture away from your body and offers excellent durability. Made from flax plant fibres, this fabric looks better after every wash and can last for decades when cared properly. It has a lower thread count compared to cotton as the fibres are thicker but a lower thread count doesn’t mean this fabric is of inferior quality.
Polycotton is made from a blend of synthetic polyester and natural cotton. It is a popular fabric because it is stronger, comfortable to touch, requires minimal ironing and dries quickly. Polycotton is ideal for children’s beds as it is low-maintenance. But, it is not as breathable as other natural fabrics and if you buy a piece with less than 180 thread count, it won’t stand against wearing and pulling.
The type of weave plays a vital role in the softness, comfort and look of the bed linen. Broadly speaking, there are three types of weaves commonly used for making bed linen; flannel, percale and sateen.
Flannel fabric gets its name from the way its fibres are woven. It has a napped finish on one or both ends and it follows a unique brushed technique that makes its weaves soft to the point of plushness. The fuzzy weaves are ideal to give a warm and cozy feel when you sleep.
Percale weaves give a crisp feel to the sheets. It offers a casual, no-sheen finish and can be prone to wrinkles. This simple and lightweight weaving method lends coolness to the fabric by closely woven fibres.
Sateen (not satin) is a weave with more vertical threads than horizontal. It offers a subtle sheen and elegance to the fabric on top and a plain finish on the reverse, thus making it smoother to touch. This unique weaving pattern makes the fabric wrinkle-resistant and easy to drape.
Lastly, the level of care required to keep the bed linen in good shape is also a significant aspect to consider. Different fabrics need different maintenance requirements to be met. For example, silk requires a lot of care but polycotton is a tough material. So, if you need an easy-care fabric with minimal fuss, then polycotton is the best option. But, if you’re ready to put in extra efforts by hand-washing and air drying to keep your sheets looking like new, then go for silk or cotton. You can learn about the care and maintenance guidelines about the fabric by reading the wash care instructions on the labels. Once you have understood which fabric’s maintenance level will match your needs, then decide on the right one.
Choosing the best bed linen is not as easy as it might seem. There are several factors to analyze such as size, fabric, thread count (should be more than 200), weaves and required care. Utilize the information mentioned in this guide and choose a suitable bed linen that suits your needs and matches your lifestyle. If you want everything in one sheet, then go for organic cotton sheets that are comfortable, breathable, low-maintenance, hypoallergenic and durable. You can buy them from our organic bed showrooms across the GTA.