Sometimes crawling into bed at night is the best part of your day. Ideally, you’ll want to make sure you’re investing in linens that feel great and will last. Here are a few tips to make sure you get great sheets and don’t spend a penny more than you need to.
Nothing beats the feeling of diving between soft, comfortable sheets. To this end, you may need to go for 100% cotton. If you can afford it, choose the premium Extra-Long Staple (ELS) cotton, such as Pima or Egyptian, which is more durable and softer. Opt for cotton/polyester blends if you are looking for something more affordable but durable.
High thread counts may not necessarily translate into premium quality material, thanks to modern manufacturing techniques. 200 – thread-count sheets may not be so comfy, and neither does anything over 500. If you want a balance between softness and strength, go for a thread count of between 300 and 500.
When it comes to the type of weave, you have two primary options: sateen and percale. Sateen lends a silky smoothness to your bed sheets, while the latter creates a light and crisp feeling resulting from its grid-like weave. You may want to choose sateen over percale though none is better than the other.
Be sure to take the measurements of your mattress before buying bed sheets. Standard sizes may not necessarily fit your mattress because they don’t take into account your mattress depth. Also, take into account that the bed sheets may shrink after laundry. You could settle for sheets that fit 15-inch mattresses.
It is no easy task determining whether you will love the sheets until you try them. You may get the right size with the best thread count and weave but may not like them when you go between them and may wish to return them to the store. For this reason, be sure to see if your seller has a favorable return policy.
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