Picking the Perfect Sheet
Over the years I’ve tried many different types of sheets. I’ve tried everything from satin sheets to a variety of sheets ranging from 100% Cotton 250 thread count to upwards of 1000 thread count 100% Egyptian cotton. But in my quest for the perfect sheet, I have had my fair share of sleepless nights. Certain sheets have made me too warm, and others just felt like sand paper. So based on my experience I am going to share with you on how to choose the perfect sheet. Why is this important? Because we spend about a 1/3 of our lives sleeping! We have enough stuff that keeps us awake at night, your sheets shouldn’t be one of them.
But where do you start on your quest for the perfect sheet?
You might want to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you like your sheets soft or prefer something a little crisper?
- Do you sleep covered up or au natural? This will help you determine how your choice will feel against your skin.
- What type of climate do you live in? Do you want something that will keep you warmer or cooler at night?
- How thick is your mattress? You will want to make sure that the fitted sheet you choose will be large enough to accommodate your mattress. Bigger is usually better.
- How much care do you want to put into it? Look for wrinkle-free varieties if you do not want to iron your sheets.
Here are a couple of tips for helping you pick out the perfect sheet for your bed…
The most common fabric used for sheets is cotton since it is known for it’s breathability and comfort. There are many different types of cotton sheets to choose from. 100% Egyptian cotton is the finest quality on the market and also the most expensive. Egyptian cotton has long fibers that create a soft, strong bed sheet fabric. Pima cotton (also known as Supima) is also made of long fibers, but the cotton is typically grown in the United States and is a little less expensive than Egyptian, but you can still expect to pay upwards of $100 or more for a good quality Pima sheet set. And then you have 100% cotton which is made from shorter fibers and not as soft as it’s more luxurious counterparts. 100% cotton the most common type of sheet sold nationwide due to its accessibility and affordable price.
Other sheet varieties include Jersey- which is made out of a cotton t-shirt type of material, Flannel – which is great for keeping you warm during cold winter nights, Satin which is typically made from nylon or acetate, and Microfiber which is a soft, thin, synthetic or natural blend.
Next you will want to determine the weave. Oxford, Percale and Sateen simply refer to the way the fabric is woven. Oxford is a heavy, soft blend that is supposed to hold up very well for washing. Percale has threads that are tightly woven resulting in a finer texture and finish. And then we have Sateen which produces a silkier and shinier feel.
Finally, you will want to look at thread count. This word is often confusing to many people but simply the term thread count is simply the number of threads in 1 square inch of fabric. So the higher the thread count, the stronger the sheet. So higher thread count = higher quality.
Now that you know what to look for in a bed sheet, it’s time to talk about what type would be right for you…
If you prefer your sheets a little on the crisper side, a good pick would probably be a 250-300 thread count 100% cotton percale. If you like them softer and stronger, a 500 or more thread count Pima or Egyptian cotton would be a better choice for picking the perfect sheets.
For me, I have tried 100% Egyptian Cotton 1000 thread count sheets before, and while they were very durable and luxurious, I found that they were a little too heavy for my liking. They made me sleep hot, and after a few days they started to feel a little sticky from the natural oil and sweat of my skin.
You can find the Thomas Gene 100% Egyptian Cotton 1000 Thread Count Sheet on Amazon for around $189
Satin sheets are often made from a polyester, nylon, or silk and are famous for producing a very shiny look. Some people really like them because they are cool to the touch and look sexy on the bed. But they are also very slippery and not the most durable. Satin pillowcases are great for your hair though as it doesn’t stick to your head, thus helping to maintain your hairstyle. If you enjoy the look and feel of satin sheets, make sure you look for a woven blend as opposed to knit which tends to pill up upon washing. Silk is of course, a natural fiber, but it is very expensive and you will need to hand wash or dry clean it. Who has time for that?
If you like to sleep in the buff and enjoy the smooth, silky finish of a satin sheet, then this might be a good choice for you. But be prepared to slide around a lot! Also not recommended if you have pets on the bed because one tiny sharp claw can cause the fabric to run. I know this from experience! But generally satin sheets are affordable and can really make a statement in your bedroom.
This Honeymoon Satin 4 pc Woven King Size Polyester Blend Satin Sheet Set sells on Amazon for under $30
Microfiber sheets are one of the newest trends to hit the market. Microfiber is used on everything from blankets, to towels, and even furniture like sofas and chairs because it is a very heavy, soft, and durable fabric. The varieties out there range from suede and velvet varieties, to soft and plush like a teddy bear. But I had never tried microfiber sheets before, so when I had the opportunity to test Mellanni Fine Linens 100% 1800 Brushed Microfiber sheets sheets complimentary for review from Tomoson, I did not really know what to expect.
I got the king size in white. Right out of the bag they are extremely soft and are not thick like I was expecting. I washed them immediately upon opening, according to the instructions. Machine wash cold and tumble dry low. So far so good.
I have a latex/memory foam mattress that is very thick, and I had no problems putting the fitted sheet on the mattress. The fitted sheet was deep enough and did not lift up off the corners. Another great feature is the triple stripe thread embellishment on the pillowcases which is a very nice touch.
My 2nd wash, I washed in warm water with my clothes and tumbled dry on low for 2 cycles. They still came out fine. They do leave quite a bit of lint in your lint catcher, so you will want to make sure to remove it before you do your next wash.
I was worried that being that these are microfiber, we would get hot while sleeping. Living in Phoenix, AZ that can especially be a problem. But after using the sheets for 2 weeks, my hubby and I have no complaints. They feel fantastic against your skin and I really look forward to going to bed every night. I’m definitely impressed with the quality of these sheets. They are luxurious and feel very high end, but extremely affordable. I’m considering purchasing another pair in a different color. They are so far one of the best sheet sets I have ever tried especially for the price. I highly recommend them!
This Mellanni Bed Sheet Set Brushed Microfiber 1800 Bedding 4 Pc Set is available on Amazon for less than $40
Disclosure: I received this sheet set complimentary for review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**
So whether you are looking for sheets that feel good on your body or just make your bedroom look beautiful, there is something out there for everyone. I hope you found this guide helpful in picking the perfect sheet for your bed. Which type of sheet is the perfect sheet for you? What do you currently have on your bed? Leave me a comment and let me know!