How To Choose The Right Luxury Bedding Linen


189e6f58456b-300x300When it comes to buying bed sheets, you would think that it should be simple.

All you have to do is head down to the local department store and buy whatever set of bed sheets they have on sale.

That may be true, at least to some extent, but by doing that you might wind up with particularly uncomfortable sheets.

This is not because the sheets might not fit the bed, though that’s certainly a possibility. It’s because there’s a lot of stuff that goes in to getting the right bedding linen. There are things that many people never consider, because they rarely have to consider it. This results in getting bedsheets that wind up being harsh and scratchy, and completely uncomfortable to sleep in.

The size of the bed is fairly straight forward. You simply buy the size bedding that fits the size of the bed you have. However, you should take a moment to consider the depth of the mattress, as well. Many modern mattresses have a padding sewn onto the top of them, which makes them a bit bigger than other mattresses of the same size. So make sure to check whether or not your mattress has the extra padding.

Thread count is the thing that will keep your bedding linen from being hard and scratchy. Thread count refers to how many threads are sewn into one square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheet will be. It’s also how you can differentiate between muslin and percale. Muslin is a specific range of threading, specifically from 140 to 180. Anything higher than that is percale.

If you’re looking for high quality sheets, you’ll want to find thread count of at least 250 to 300, though if you’re wanting particularly luxurious sheets, try to find sheets that have a thread count of more than 300. That said, most percale is going to be 180 to 200.

The last thing to consider is material. Cotton is considered the most comfortable bedsheet material, though it’s not the only material available. Linen is actually it’s own material, and considered quite luxurious. And of course, there’s also the ever popular satin sheets. Satin is a great material if you live in colder weather, because it traps heat quite well. However, satin sheets do need to be dry cleaned, and tend to be quite expensive. Lastly, there are bedsheets that are a cotton/polyester blend. If you choose that route, try to find a 60% cotton/40% polyester blend. The 50/50 blend tends to be stiff. You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting a thread count of at least 200 in order to maintain a soft, comfortable feel.

Buying the right bedsheets isn’t difficult, as long as you’re willing to do your research. Don’t just buy the bedsheets that are on sale. Make sure you’re getting bedsheets that are nice and comfortable!