The 4 Secrets To Choosing The Right Sheets

The perfect sheets have the power to change the way you sleep. However, there are a couple of important things to learn about the quality, fibre content and composition before you can confidently get cosy in your latest investment. 

What kind of softness sends you to sleep? Let’s explore the top four secrets to choosing sheets best suited to you.

Natural Fibres

If there’s one thing you take away from this post, this should be it. Quality, natural fibres are key to a comfortable night’s sleep. 

When combined with expert craftsmanship, natural fibres create soft, breathable and long lasting sheets. Linen is temperature regulating, which will help you to stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Cotton is an incredibly versatile material, guaranteed to be soft and lightweight.

Whether you prefer organic cottonEgyptian cotton, or linen one thing is certain. Natural is great.

Weave

The type of weave used to craft a set of sheets will determine how they feel against your skin. 

You’ll often see and hear the terms percale, sateen and twill when searching for new cotton sheets. These are the names given to the specific weaves.

A percale weave takes form in an ‘over, under, over, under’ construction and gives a soft yet crisp finish. A sateen weave on the other hand, is crafted using a more complex weave where vertically facing warp threads pass over four horizontally facing weft threads before they’re interlaced again. The result is a buttery-soft finish with a subtle sheen. 

A twill weave is different again, resulting in a diagonal pattern. This type of weave creates a soft and durable sheet that has a beautiful drape. 

Knowing the feeling that’s associated with each weave is key to choosing sheets you’ll love.

Weight

When it comes to sheets, there’s always talk about thread count. There’s a common misconception that a high thread count equals high quality, however it is simply a measure of weight. We classify 1000 thread count sheets as hotel weight - they’re thick and luxurious. However, you may prefer to sleep in something a little more lightweight like a 300 or 400 thread count cotton. 

Don’t think of quality when you see thread count, think of the weight.

Sleeping Environment

This is a key consideration when selecting a set of sheets. Do you sleep with a heater on in winter, an air conditioner in summer or do you rely on your bedding to keep you at a naturally comfortable temperature? If your sleeping environment is on the colder side of the scale in winter; switch to a set of flannelette sheets for cosiness and warmth. If you prefer sheets that will work to keep you comfortable in any climate, consider a fibre like linen or TENCEL™ Lyocell;. If you’re selecting sheets for warm summer nights; consider a cool and crisp cotton percale weave.

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