It's Autumn and to most of us that conjures up images of snuggling into bed with hot chocolate and a good book on the weekends. But whether you are settling into bed for warmth or relaxing on a warm summer night the perfect sheets can be paramount to a resftul sleep. However the labeling and thread count terminology in sheet shopping can be confusing. So here are our tips on what to look for in ply, thread-count and cotton types.
1. Don't rely merely on the thread count of a sheet set. Thread count is defined by the number of threads, horizontally and vertically, per square inch of fabric. Look for a minimum of 200, but no higher than 600 (anything over 600 is likely to uncomfortably trap body heat).
Sheets falling within the thread count sweet spot of 280 to 400 will have a smooth, soft, absorbent and breathable feel. They will wear better and shrink less, and they are available at all price points.
2. Check the ply of the fabric, this is used to describe how many threads are wrapped together into one single thread. Single ply use threads on their own, double ply are made up of two threads twisted together. If you are looking for heavier, more durable sheets, choose ones with double-ply, single-ply sheets are going to appear thinner and more delicate.
3. Recognize the different types of sheets. Cotton is still considered the go-to sheet set fibre. It's comfortable year-round and easy to care for.
Egyptian Cotton is praised for it's breathability and is highly absorbent. It produces durable, luxuriously soft sheets.
Sea Island Cotton is grown only in the West Indies, parts of Georgia and Carolinas. It's silky, white and is considered to be one of the best in the world.
Pima or Suprima Cotton is known to be long-lasting and a must have in large households.
Organic Cotton is grown without herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers, and will come with an organic certification label on the package.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly fabric grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Bamboo sheets are often blended with cotton and are soft, breathable, anti-bacterial and easy to care for.
Modal is a soft, durable fibre made from beech pulp, often blended with cotton.
4. Know the weave you are after. For silk like cotton sheets, closely woven percale sheeting is the best option. Flannel Cotton sheets, with a twill weave have a raised surface that delivers a fluffy appearance and have a soft and cosy feel. For some stretch in your sheets, plain knitted jersey are your best bet. and if you want a more luxurious appearance, the sateen weave would be best, it's weave construction places most of the threads on the surface.
The perfect sheet comes down to two factors, the way they look in your bedroom and how they feel against your skin. So don't just rely on the labeling to tell you how they feel ask for a sample and feel them for yourself. After all you will be spending around on-third of everyday in them.