Choosing bed sheets seems like a fairly straightforward matter, but there are actually more than a few things to consider. For starters there’s the type of material, thread count, size, as well as the pattern / design (or lack thereof). By focusing on these factors alone, you should be able to find the perfect sheets for your bed.
Before you do anything, it’s important that you take note of what size your bed actually is so that you can get the right sheets. Why not measure it so that you’ll not only know the qualifying type (full, queen, king, twin, etc…), but you’ll also have some figures which you can use to compare sizes while in the store.
Type of material
In general, most bed sheets are composed of cotton, which should come as no surprise. However, you might not realize that there are different varieties of cotton, some being better than others, apparently. For instance, whenever you see a label that says “100% cotton” it’s safe to assume that you might have a lower quality form on your hands. Ideally, you want sheets containing Egyptian cotton, which is known for its silkiness as well as its long threads and overall strength / durability. There’s also a Peruvian type of cotton called Pima which can rival that of Egyptian, if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more affordable, definitely check it out.
When it comes to thread count, the higher it is the better. Thread count refers to the number of threads contained within a square inch of the fabric. In other words, the more elevated the thread count, the more smooth, silky and sturdy the material is. Of course with higher thread counts the price also goes up considerably, the trade-off being quality when you elect to go with cheaper sheets, you can expect them to not be quite as comfortable and perhaps wear out much faster.
Color / Pattern / Designs
Whether or not you should seek out sheets with specific patterns, designs or of a particular color is of course, entirely up to you. Most people tend to elect to go with something clean and classic like a stark white, but one should keep in mind that these types of sheets are definitely more prone to stains than others (so take that into consideration). If you have particularly oily skin, white sheets may or may not be the way to go. In any case, if you’re going with sheets of a particular color or perhaps displaying some pattern or design it’s important that you make sure that they suit the interior decoration of the room.
Which bed sheet and quilt will you go for? See our recommendations below, hopefully they’ll inspire you.