Sheet Buying Guide: Thread Count & More

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Our sheet buying guide is here to help you make the best bedding choices. Begin with fabulous fibers, unravel the mystery of thread count and style your bedroom with comfy touches.

Invest in Comfort: Choosing Your Fibers

100% cotton sheets offer lasting value with a crisp out-of-the-package experience, akin to a tuxedo shirt. They may be prone to occasional wrinkles but, like classic fashions, cotton sheets can last for years.

Linen sheets, made with fibers grown from flax, are thicker than cotton which can translate to a lower thread count. This means, over time, the texture of the sheets softens with washing while maintaining quality for up to two decades.

Sustainably-grown eucalyptus and hemp fibers are the source of super-soft textiles, popular for their cooling properties. Environmentally-conscious comfort fans can seek out brands that use responsible manufacturing methods, too.

Bamboo-sourced viscose or rayon sheets are hypoallergenic and offer temperature-controlling qualities, making them a good choice for allergy sufferers and climate-sensitive sleepers.

Cotton-blend sheets combine cotton durability and easy care. A luxe, cotton-rich blend (60% or higher cotton composition) fabric can have a thread count into the thousands. Look for a sateen weave for silky sheen, or a percale weave for a crisp, casual feel.

Once you’ve decided on fiber, select a solid color or versatile print so you can enjoy a core of lasting comfort.  To add luxe, seek out embroidery, screen printing or other creative details.

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Sheet Buying Guide: Does Thread Count Matter?

Thread count contributes to bedding quality, but don’t forget to factor in fiber content. For 100% cotton sheets, many textile experts consider 500 to 600 thread counts to be the maximum. Fiber length is also important: long-staple cotton fibers, such as Pima and Supima, mean better quality. Linen, eucalyptus- or bamboo-sourced, and cotton-blend bed can sets have different optimal thread counts and weaves.

Expert Design Tip: Completing Your Bedroom Transformation

Once you’ve chosen quality sheets with our Sheet Buying Guide, it’s time to accessorize. Quality bedding is a great investment, but you can choose value-priced décor without losing a moment of healthful sleep. Personalize to suit your style of relaxation with a comfy afghan, plants, wall art and plenty of throw pillows. If you’re feeling crafty, try creating your own custom headboard.

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