When you are out shopping for bed linens, you can find lots of different colors, patterns, fabrics and prices. Follow these tips to help you buy the best ones for you.
How do I take care of my bed sheets?
For best results:
1. Wash your bed sheets in cool water.
2. Set wash cycle on “gentle care”.
3. Use less detergent than usual. The sheets are not really dirty.
4. Use “extra rinse” cycle, in order to remove any detergent residue.
5. Avoid using bleach.
6. Air-dry is best. Avoid over-drying.
7. Fold immediately after drying. Hand-press to remove excess wrinkles.
What bed sheets are good for me?
If you prefer cooler sheets, try all cotton, all linen or a mix of the two. For those sleepers who get cold easily, flannel or jersey sheets will suit them best.
If you prefer a crisp feel, opt for percale, that is, a plain weave made from combed and carded cotton. For a softer sheet, sateen is the best. Flannel sheets are for those who prefer fluffier sheets.
How do I buy bed sheets?
Before buying your new bed sheets, please make sure that:
1. They match your bedroom theme.
2. They are of the same size as your mattress.
3. They have adequate pocket depth, that is, they should be deep enough to fit your mattress comfortably.
4. They have enough elastic to prevent them from sliding or popping off.
5. They are breathable fabric.
6. They have double-stitched hems for durability.
7. They are easy to take care.
Types of bedding
1. Cotton sheets are measured by thread count, that is, the number of threads in the cloth per square inch. Most sheets are in the 200 range, while premium sheets can go from 250 to more than 300. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable they can be. The easiest way to determine the quality of cotton sheets is to hold them up against light. High thread count sheets will not permit the light to shine through.
2. The finest quality wool available is of merino sheep.
3. For down products, the measurement is called “fill power,” or the power to fill products with fewer ounces of down. Down comforters with high fill power is lighter and warmer than down comforters with low fill power.
4. When you buy flannel sheets, make sure the labels indicate “pre-shrunk”. Otherwise, the flannel will probably shrink.