Weave, thread count, material – it can get overwhelming looking for the perfect set of sheets. Read on and learn the key things to know when dressing your bed for sweet dreams.
Thread count is determined by the number of vertical and horizontal – or warp and weft – threads in 1 square inch of fabric. Thread count plays a role in quality sheets, but is not the be-all-end-all way to choose the best sheets for you – also take into account things like material and weave to find your perfect linens.
Find all your answers to questions about thread count here.
For ultimate comfort, you’ll want the right bed sheet material. From cotton in the summer to flannel in the winter – find the perfect material for your needs with our guide below.
- Cotton is the most popular sheet material because it’s breathable, durable, and easy to clean. Upland cotton is standard, while Egyptian and pima cotton are more luxurious.
- Bamboo sheets are a top choice for moisture wicking while remaining smooth and durable.
- Flannel is a winter favorite made of woven cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers that trap body heat and provide extra warmth.
- Linen is a durable choice that is slightly thicker than most cotton sheets. It absorbs moisture to keep you comfortable during all seasons.
- Satin: sheets are extra luxurious and feel silky and cool to the touch, which makes them a good choice for warmer climates and seasons.
- Microfiber sheets are made from tightly woven synthetic fibers that are generally polyester or nylon and are thin but strong, feel soft, and retain body heat.
- Silk is considered one of the most luxurious options with a smooth feel and strength to last for years.
- Blended fabric makes for a durable, wrinkle-resistant, and generally more cost-conscious choice.
- Jersey is a cotton or a cotton/synthetic blend that is knit instead of woven and feel like sleeping in your favorite t-shirt.
Identify the Sheets that Fit Your Needs
|What You Want||What To Try|
|Breathable, Wicking, and Durable||Cotton, Percale Weave|
|Soft, Wrinkle-Free, and Easy to Care For||Microfiber|
|Crisp, Durable and Wrinkle-Free||Cotton / Polyester Blend|
|Soft and Breathable||Bamboo|
|Warm and Breathable||Jersey|
|Soft and Warm||Flannel|
|Luxurious and Silky||Sateen Weave or Silk|
Different weaves have different textures, looks, and durability, so it’s an important thing to consider when purchasing sheets. Read on to learn more about the variety of weave options available.
- Basic weaves feature vertical and horizontal yarns in equal numbers for an even, durable fabric at an affordable price.
- Percale is a durable, breathable weave that makes sheets feel lightweight, crisp, and cool to the touch. This weave is great for all seasons while feeling luxurious.
- Sateen has more vertical than horizontal yarns, which makes it unbelievably soft and lustrous, but also more likely to pill or tear than a plain weave. If you want the silk feel without the silk price, choose sateen.
- Twill fabrics feature diagonal lines on one side of the fabric for added durability. This technique will give you a crisp, wrinkle-resistant sheet.
Be sure to measure your mattress for the right fit. Choose a deep pocket sheet set for mattresses between 13 and 17 inches tall and an extra deep pocket set for mattresses 18 to 25 inches tall.
Standard Sheets Measurements
|Sheet Size||Fitted Sheet||Flat Sheet|
|Twin||39 x 75 in.||68 x 96 in.|
|Twin XL||39 x 80 in.||66 x 102 in.|
|Full (Double)||54 x 75 in.||81 x 96 in.|
|Queen||60 x 80 in.||90 x 102 in.|
|King||76 x 80 in.||108 x 102 in.|
|California King||72 x 84 in.||108 x 102 in.|
A new sheet set is a great way to refresh the look of your bedroom without spending a lot. White sheets are a popular color option because they can be bleached, however read care instructions closely as many materials may be damaged by bleach. Patterned sheets can help hide discoloration and can be a good choice for pet owners who share the bed with their furry friends by making pet hair less visible. Balance patterned sheets with neutral bedding for a more sophisticated look.