What to look for when buying bedding?
- Published on :03/08/2018
- Category :Best Sellers
If you have ever bought Egyptian cotton bedding, you probably know the drill. Setting out on a mission to get bedding that matches your dreams, but only getting lost in all the complicated phrasing. To make things worse, you have probably ended up spending quite a bit of money and tossing around in your bed again. Here, we have decoded all the information you need to know in simple terms, so you can finally enjoy some blissful sleep.
The Fabric Label
While it’s hard to pick the absolutely most important aspect of your Egyptian cotton sheets, the fabric label should be the first you look at. Different materials come with different features, so keep that in mind when choosing. Jersey bedding feels cozy and snuggly, so it’s great for jumping into your bed after a long day, yet it might annoy you during a night a little. Jersey tends to cling to your skin, thus slightly decreasing the calmness of your sleep. Oxford sheets and flannel are great for cooler climates. While the former will last you forever, you won’t make use of it once the sun’s out. The latter will come at a more budget-friendly price range, yet will likely pill sooner than expected. Various blends, most commonly – cotton and polyester – are great if you want features of several fabrics bound in one set of bedding. Yet, polyester tends to get a little scratchy over time, and that might not compensate for the easy care. If by now you’re scared there isn’t a perfect fabric – don’t worry. Cotton will most probably become your best buddy during the night. It’s natural and breathable, thus will adjust to various temperatures, is easy to take care of, and will certainly work for your money.
Know Your Weave
The most popular ones – and certainly so for a reason – are sateen and percale. Percale is the most basic, even, cross-over weave, which gives a matte finish. It is also known for its crispness. Percale is probably the most versatile weave, recommended for those that don’t want to spend too much time adjusting bedding to the weather. It remains fresh and cool during the warmer months, yet will be perfectly warm during the winter. Luxury lovers, on the other hand, might consider going for cotton sateen. Its weaved the way satin is, thus resulting in a shinier and smoother finish. Sateen is slightly heavier than percale, thus is perfect for cold sleepers or to be used during cooler months.
Numbers Do MatterBedding labels always feature a code that might be difficult to crack for most of us – the thread count. Research (yes, actual research on the perfect thread count has been done!) shows that the sweet spot is anywhere between 300 and 500. Lower numbers might result in less durability, thus putting you in need to buy new bedding over and over again. But don’t get fooled by too high of the number, either. It is possible to cheat on it by using double ply, thus doubling the number. And even if the manufacturers are honest and use a single ply, extraordinary high thread count might not result in more comfort. This is where the fabric factor comes in, again – the better the quality of it, the lower the number is needed for the sweet spot. Therefore, a 300 thread count cotton will feel much more comfortable and luxurious than a 600 thread count polyester.
Don’t Forget The Appearance
While quality Egyptian cotton bedding plays a key role in your sleep, it is just as important for the interior. Do consider the colors when picking your percale sheets or sateen sheets for two reasons. First, you want them to match the rest of your room. Second, colors have the power to influence the quality of your sleep. Soft, neutral colors will certainly help you move into the dreamland quicker, while super bright, artificial ones might give you a hard time falling asleep. Bonus: neutral colors are easier to mix and match, thus helping you create looks without purchasing a separate set for each of them.