You're going to be sleeping between your bed sheets for eight hours every night so it makes sense to treat yourself, not only to your preferred fabric but to top quality and comfort.

 

Aside from a premium mattress, your linen is your personal choice. Sheets for your bed must be light weight but warm in the winter. They must be of durable quality and be of excellent fitting so that you are cocooned in comfort. And because sheets are no longer just white cotton, you now have many choices such as what color you'll want to have in the bedroom, what style, what pattern and what thread count.

 

Your sheets must also maintain their quality. After all, your investment in bed linen will be at your absolute satisfaction. High quality is nevertheless a must and bearing in mind there are several varieties of fabric for linen, it is paramount that you choose the sheets for you.

 

When buying bed sheets, there are four important factors to consider before you invest.

 

What Size Is Your Bed? 

 

You're familiar with Twin, Single, Double, Full, Queen, King, California King, Western King and Eastern King. Whatever the size of your bed, you should never assume it is one of the above. You may take for granted it is a queen or king size or a twin, but it is interesting to note there is no such thing as a standard measurement for beds with these labels. There will always some variation so it is wise to measure your bed.

 

Take note of the dimension from the top to the bottom, and side to side and don't forget the thickness of the mattress. These measurements will govern the fit of the bed sheets.

 

Fabric

 

Cotton is the most common material used. Breathable and available in an array of colors, cotton sheets are durable depending on thread count. But there are cotton blends, flannel, silk and or satin to choose from.

 

Sateen is a cotton cloth made with a satin weave that makes the sheets soft and luxurious. They remain durable and are easily washed and maintain their shape. However, if you prefer the height of luxury, maybe silk is your choice.

 

You must be warned though, silk is expensive and can be difficult to maintain. Silk sheets are not recommended for everyday use, therefore, you might opt for micro-fiber or polyester sheeting. Polyester does not breathe as well as cotton and can be warm in the summer months so you might like to consider that fact as well.

 

For people who have sensitive skin, cotton is one of the recommended options.

 

Have you ever considered investing in organic sheets?

 

Have you heard of Bamboo Bedding Sheets? From a selection of colors and sizes that range from single right through to super king size, bamboo sheets are designed from some of the finest natural bamboo grown throughout the world. Bamboo sheets are super soft, softer than cashmere and drape beautifully over your body.

 

While bamboo sheets are 100% organic, that is, bamboo is grown without chemicals or pesticides because bamboo is naturally pest resistant, you can rest assured you're protected from dust mites. The fabric also resists yeast growth and is odor resistant as well as anti-bacterial. Bamboo, a natural repellent has exceptional anti-bacterial properties all due to its naturally occurring bamboo kun. Studies have proven that there is a staggering 99.8% absence of bacteria at in bamboo bed sheets assuring you that your family is sleeping virtually germ free.

 

During the summer months you'll notice how cool they are because they breathe therefore sheets as natural and organic as these can be used all year round.

 

 Thread Count 

 

Thread count refers to the number of threads per inch in either direction of the weave. Thread count also affects the feel of the sheets and is something that is often considered given the strength a thread count offers bed sheets as the count rises. A high thread count means the sheets are generally softer and more likely to soften further as they're washed and used.

 

You'll find a good starting range of count is between 400 to 800 and if you prefer top quality, then a thread count of 1000 would be the best option. If you are considering thread count, it is suggested you don't purchase sheets with a thread count of below 250.

 

Laundry Instructions

 

This is perhaps one of the less interesting sides of sheet purchase but the instructions must be heeded in order that the sheets maintain their softness and quality.

 

Silk sheets are, without a doubt, the most luxurious but did you know they need to be dry cleaned? If you're using silk sheets every night, that means dry cleaning every week. You'll want to be able to care for your sheets as the manufacturer recommends so you'll need to think about the expense of regular dry cleaning. If you're prepared to follow the instructions to the letter and you find a problem with them, they will be easily returned for replacement.

 

Cotton sheets have come a long way since they were white and boring and so has the quality. It might be that factor that gets you leaning toward easier maintenance.

 

Conclusion

 

Whilst you're checking over laundering instructions, perhaps consider buying more sheets than you actually need. By purchasing two sets of the same, simply because of the advantages of having spare sheets when guests arrive, you also have a spare sheet when someone puts a toenail through the top one. You will also have them longer if you alternate their use.