While slipping into a beautifully arranged bed is wonderful, what you make your bed up with makes all the difference and choosing quality linen is unparalleled. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing luxury linen.
The first thing you need to look at is weave. Percale and sateen are the two most popular weaves and the two main options in luxury linen. Thread count refers to the amount of threads that fit vertically and horizontally within a square inch of fabric. A higher thread count means a softer more durable surface and can be a valuable gauge for choosing luxurious bedding but is not the only test. Bear in mind that the higher the thread count the thinner the thread which can cause it to break more easily. As for the fabric, Egyptian cotton makes for a luxuriously soft and durable set of bed linen.
Wondering how to pick the best bed sheets? Our guide to thread count, material and weaves will help you make the best choice. Here is a quick guide:
The first step is understanding what the sheets are made of.
Linen stays cool, making it a great option for warm-weather months. Linen’s a true luxury fibre and requires extra care to make sure it looks its best. However, if properly cared for, linen sheets will last for decades, unlike any other fabric.
Synthetics such as polyester, acrylic and rayon are best avoided. They don’t absorb moisture or breathe well. They tend to feel less crisp or smooth than cotton and they can pill and cause irritation if you have sensitive skin.
The way a fabric is woven affects its look, feel and durability (not to mention price point). The most common weaves for sheets include:
Percale: Look for combed cotton percale, which refers to a durable, supple, luxurious-feeling sheet with a minimum thread count of 200.
Sateen: Used on higher thread count sheets, sateen has a lustrous sheen, but can snag easily, affecting its appearance over time.
Jersey: A fine-knit (rather than weave), jersey is known as the t-shirt fabric. Sheets are soft, breathable and casual looking.
Flannel: Napped and fuzzy flannel sheets are super-cozy, making them perfect for winter.
Jacquard: Jacquard fabrics feature patterns woven in using special looms. Damask and brocade are two examples of jacquards. Jacquard sheets can be pricey.
Once you’ve bought your sheets, take care of them to maximize your comfort – and your sheets’ shelf life.
• Launder bed linens weekly. Rotate sets to ensure even wear.
• Spot-treat stains and swap harsh chlorine bleach for gentle oxygen bleach.
• Use a mild, eco-friendly detergent. It’s gentler on sheets, your skin, and the planet!
• Wash in warm rather than hot water.
• Dry on low heat and remove your sheets just before they’re completely dry.
• To iron or not to iron: unless you have linen sheets (which definitely need it), ironing is completely optional. If you find ironing relaxing, by all means, enjoy! If not, don’t knock yourself out.