Did you know that the average adult spends 26 years in bed? Pretty crazy to think about! It also highlights why sleeping well is so important. We know having a good mattress is essential but do certain kinds of bedding make a difference? The information below, will aid in the purchase of your next bedroom linen set. And you might be surprised with what you learn!
1. The Thread Count– Thread count is the number that’s used to indicate the number of threads contained in 1 square inch. The answer is that thread count matters to a degree. A 600 thread count is definitely better than a 200 thread count but once you reach anything over 800, there really isn’t much difference after that. The next 3 qualities below should weigh heavier in the decision making process
2. The Material – There are about 4 kinds of materials to choose from when it comes to bedroom linens:
– Egyptian cotton- This can be the most expensive but you really get what you pay for here. It has great durability and extra-long fibers that create a luxurious feel.
– Pima or Supima- Less expensive than Egyptian cotton, this material uses medium to long fibers and produces a soft, comfortable fabric.
– Linen- These sheets are known for their longevity thus explaining why they are so expensive. These sheets are great for warmer climates and they actually improve with age like a nice bottle of wine.
– Poly-blend- These sheets are about ½ the cost of the other sheet materials and do not wrinkle very easily. They are also pretty durable, especially the cotton-Polyester blend.
3. The Weave- The weave of a sheet is really where people should pay the most attention when picking out bed linens. It plays a significant role in the quality of the linen. The weave really represents the feel of a sheet. There are 3 kinds to choose from:
– Flannel- Twill weave, medium weight
– Percale- Closely woven, light weight, one of the highest quality
– Sateen- This technique creates fabric with more yarn surface on the face, super soft, resembles satin
4. The Finish– Sheets are usually finished with chemical processing to keep from shrinking and prevent wrinkling. It is recommended to try and buy “organic” cotton when at all possible because the material will be free from chemicals.
Now that you’re an expert, you can use this helpful guide to assist you in your next linen purchase.