Bedding Sheets Guide


With the wide assortment of bedding sheets available today, an informative guide will help you choose the type that is right for your personal needs. The bed sheets most in demand are either cotton or linen, or those made of cashmere. Because cotton is versatile, has a pliant structure, and is extremely soft, it is the most in demand of all of the natural fibers. Cotton grows where the weather is warm. Egyptian cotton is probably the best known.

While Egyptian cotton has replaced many linen products in today’s marketplace, linen it is still considered an enduring and superior natural fabric. Like fine cotton, linen softens more and more after each time it is washed. Linen naturally lifts moisture, making the sleeping experience more pleasant.

Cashmere, its wool coming from Kashmir goats, is not as common in the use of sheets. However, Cashmere is long known for its exquisite softness and warmth. High quality Cashmere sheets make for an elegant, restful sleep.

Then there is thread count, another important aspect to consider when evaluating your sheet set purchase. The vertical and horizontal thread count in one square inch (woven together) determines the overall thread count. 1000 thread count sheets are softer and more luxurious. While 1000 thread count sheets are desirable, yarn quality is another element to be considered. Is the product woven with a single-ply yarn or is a multi-ply is used? In addition, it is good to confirm that the cotton fabric has been mercerized—a process whereby the yarn is strengthened and becomes more lustrous.

When it comes to the actual weaving method, you have several choices: twill, plain, sateen and patterned. A plain weave is most common, crossing over and under in an alternate manner, resulting in strength and evenness. Twill is a diagonal rib. If you want more “drape” twill may be the weave of choice. Sateen bedding sheets yield a higher thread count. The sheen comes from the fact that more yarns are exposed on the fabric’s surface. Finally, the patterned weaves such as damask (rich silk) and jacquards are among the most expensive. They are also the most durable. The distinctive weave of Jacquard bed sheets is a sign of exceptional quality given that each yarn is dyed, so the pattern is woven into the sheet. This differs from other fabrics where the pattern is simply printed on the material.