What to Know Before Buying New Bed Sheets for your Bed?
THREAD COUNT is the most important place to start. Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric. Assuming you are looking for the softest and most durable sheet, the higher thread count will always be the best. Look for it to be at least 200 or higher.
FABRIC CONTENT is the next item. We offer a wide range of cotton/polyester blends and 100% cotton sheets. There are different grades of cotton, which is determined by the length of its staple or fiber. The longer the staple, the more luxurious and durable the grade of cotton.
There are three levels above the basic grade of cotton:
- Rayon from Bamboo is the softest fabric in the world, breathable and extremely comfortable, it will adjust to the body temperature.
- Egyptian cotton is the highest quality fabric providing softest and luxurious feel.
- Supima is a long, consistent staple cotton produced in the U.S., which is very soft and durable.
100% cotton sheets will be the softest and most breathable, as they are an all natural fiber. The benefit of a cotton/polyester blend is that they will not wrinkle as much and are more moderately priced.
However, polyester sheets will not breathe or absorb moisture as well as all cotton. 100% cotton will always be the most comfortable choice, and if you take them out of the dryer promptly and either fold them or put them on the bed, they will not be as wrinkled as you think.
Another important feature to look for in sheets is the Weave. A standard weave is alternating one stitch over, one stitch under. Other weaves include:
- Sateen: (Not to be confused with satin). This has a stitch of four over, one under, placing the most threads on the surface, making it extremely soft, though slightly less durable than other weaves.
When selecting your sheets, consider buying at least one quality solid sheet set to coordinate with your print bedding and other accessories.
SIZING: The measurements below are for fitted sheets and will help ensure a proper fit. Do not be concerned with the top or flat sheet dimension as it will be tucked under the mattress anyway and is not meant to be sized to the exact specifications of your mattress. Manufacturer's sizes may vary slightly, however these dimensions serve as a good representation of what should be expected for these items:
- TWIN: 39 x 76 inches
- TWIN X-LONG: 39 x 80 inches
- FULL: 54 x 75 inches
- QUEEN: 60 x 80 inches
- KING: 78 x 80 inches
- CAL-KING: 72 x 84 inches
You can use these dimensions as a guide for mattress pads as well.
No need to look for Cal-King or Twin X-Long in the top sheet - it is not made… use the King and Twin sizes accordingly.
Before selecting your sheets, it is important to know how deep your mattress is, especially since Pillow Top and Extra Deep mattresses have become very common. Here are some dimensions to use as a guide:
- STANDARD DEPTH: 7 to 9 inches
- DEEP MATTRESS: 10 to 15 inches
- EXTRA DEEP: 15 inches to as deep as 22 inches