Imagine yourself sliding into silky smooth sheets, cuddling your face in a pillow covered with fine, soft natural fibre . . . it’s bliss!
Linen is not something you buy every day. Whether it is buying for the home or for an establishment there will be some very personal preferences with regards to taste, style, durability and care weighed up against the budget. What remains of utmost importance is that every person needs and values a good night’s rest and therefor comfort and the feel against the skin is the winning element. Go with what feels right for you. Natural fibres always feel good on the skin and ensures even temperature and good rest.
Decisions, decisions . . .
- Luxurious feeling, finest yarn, best quality – Egyptian cotton and thread counts higher than 300 in 100% cotton percale
Very expensive, laborious laundering, creasing. Many people have made peace with the wrinkles and are happy with the natural, carefree look – mostly in private homes.
Affordable, durable, more laborious ironing than a blend of polyester and cotton, creasing
- Good quality – 50%Polyester/ 50% percale – just as
- acceptable as 100% percale
Less luxurious feel, not completely natural, affordable, easier ironing, less creasing
Price – In many cases, the higher the sheets are priced, the better the quality. With fine bed linens, it is generally true that you get what you pay for. Bed sheets with a high thread count cost more, but they will ultimately last longer than thinner sheets.
It doesn’t pay to skimp on bedding, one should always look for the best quality you can afford.
Some facts and terminology explained:
What is thread count – Thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric This number is based on the threads woven horizontally (“weft”) and vertically (“warp”). Cotton sheets are described by thread count, which literally means the number of threads in the cloth. Best affordable sheets are in the 200 range, while expensive sheets can go from 250 to way more than 300. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable they are. A higher thread count is not necessarily better quality – 200-thread count cotton sheet made of very fine yarns will feel softer than a 400-thread-count sheet made from poorer quality cotton of thicker yarns. A quality higher thread count sheet will feel much softer and silkier.
How to judge for quality – Fineness is key to quality. Hold up a sheet to the light to determine its quality. Light will not shine through a high thread count sheet. Also, high thread count sheets won’t fuzz or pill. Scratch the sheet with your fingernail to see if any pill comes off. If so, it’s a lesser-quality sheet.
Cotton – quality begins with the length of the staple. The longer the staple, the finer the yarn and softer, smoother and stronger the end product. Cotton is breathable, comfortable, long lasting and easy to launder. Very widely used for linen.
Egyptian cotton – grown in Egypt and has an exceptionally long staple.
Polyester-cotton – Cotton-polyester blends of 50% polyester and 50% cotton produce bed linen that’s easy to launder and needs little to no ironing.
Percale – Percale is a type of plain weave – one thread over, one thread under – that allows air to pass through, giving it a lovely powdery coolness and breathability.
Sateen – an elegant weave of four threads over, one thread under, which places more threads on the surface of the cloth to give a silky smooth feel and sheen. The distinctive weave traps air and holds in warmth so it’s especially inviting in winter. Not to be confused with satin, sateen is very special to sleep in but not as hard wearing as percale.