Given that you spend a third of your life in bed, investing in the best bed sheets is one of the most important things you can do to help you get a good night’s sleep, but choosing can be confusing, with so many materials, textures and technical jargon out there. But with a little knowledge, you can make sure you get the best quality for your money and invest in sheets that will help you sleep better and make every night’s sleep the thing dreams are made of!
Start with the simple stuff: Cotton!
Bed sheets are available in many different materials, from silk to polyester to cotton, promising smoothness, comfort or value, but which is the best choice? For those who are on a budget, poly-blend offers an easy-to-care-for sheet that is resistant to wrinkles. Those in hot climates may find that linen offers the best solution, although the price is traditionally very high. Some people like the texture of jersey bedding, although it is much more likely to wear unevenly and pill. Our advice is simple – stick with quality cotton bed sheets . When you climb into bed you want a material that is soft to the touch, breathable and able to take you from hot summer nights to cold winter ones with ease and comfort. Cotton is the only material that can offer all of these qualities without compromise and because it’s a natural fiber that’s hypo-allergenic its suitable for those who suffer from bedroom allergens.
Sometimes single is better than double
Bed sheets are one of life’s examples of single being the better option! All bed sheets are woven with yarn, but the structure of that yarn affects its quality. With multi-ply yarns, many single strands are twisted together to give the illusion of strength and thickness, but are only that, an illusion. A single ply yarn will ensure you get longer-lasting, lighter and softer sheets.
Play the long game
Similar to the concerns with multi-ply, short cotton fibers are often joined together to make longer strands that woven to make sheets. These fibers have more physical ‘joints’ and therefore are more likely to become weaken over time and with repeated use. Longer fibers can be spun into much stronger and finer yarns so choosing material made from long fibers means your bedding will be much softer, supple and provide comfort night after night.
Although a good quality set of cotton bedding will provide both breathability and insulation, you may find that a small few tweaks can make all the difference when the weather changes. There is no need to go to the expense of purchasing multiple duvets, and bear in mind they are one of the major bedding investments, when you can simply add a blanket or lounge throw when it gets a bit chilly. These come in various materials and sizes to suit all budgets. Don’t be afraid to try a new fabric - a 100% silk throw will give you the ultimate in luxury feel with fantastic insulating properties.
Although not to do with the material of the sheets, it’s just as important that your bedding compliments your bedroom with its color and pattern. Plain mute tones are perfect in a room where bold colour or accessories are already in place. A patterned bed set would suit a bedroom that is seeking a focal point or even a starting point for a makeover.