Ultimate Bedding and Sheets Buying Guide

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Here at BeddingOutlet.com, we’re committed to providing you with all the information you need to make sure you’re buying the type of beddings you want, however you like them. With that said, here’s our ultimate bedding and sheets buying guide to help you on your hunt to find the right beddings.

What Kind of Fabric/Thread Should I Choose?

            There are plenty of fabrics to choose from. Here’s what you need to know about fabrics.

  • Cotton – Durable, soft, absorbs moisture, easy to care for, and generally affordable. There are many different types of cotton. The most common are:
    • Egyptian – Highest quality cotton, luxuriously soft, and extremely durable
    • Pima – Known for its high quality and durability. Produces a soft weave and subtle sheen.
    • Upland – Shorter-length staple, relatively rougher feel, and is the most commonly-used.
    • Organic – Produced with fewer synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
    • Supima® - Trademarked name for American Pima cotton. It is an acronym for “superior Pima.”
    • Microcotton® - Trademarked luxury brand for long-staple cotton developed in India.
    • Flannel – Cotton that’s been combed to fluff up fibers. Very soft fabric that’s been known to trap heat.
  • Tencel® - Brand name for fabric from eucalyptus tree wood pulp. It’s soft, durable, and has anti-microbial properties. Can feel slightly clammy as it is not as breathable as cotton.
  • Polyester – Synthetic fiber made from polymers used in plastic bottles. Stain-resistant, durable can be soft. However, it’s not as breathable as cotton and often used as a blend for other threads.
  • Silk – Luxurious and soft fiber made from silkworms. It’s cool, hypoallergenic and sensuous. It is usually touted as delicate and a little flimsy, but is actually durable. Very expensive.
  • Bamboo/Rayon – Authentic bamboo feels stiff and rough while chemically-treated bamboo, rayon, is soft, durable, and silky. Feels good against the skin and is as breathable as cotton.
  • Blends – Blends may come in the form of cotton-polyester, cotton-bamboo, and cotton-rayon. These combine specific qualities found in pure forms and offset some of the negatives of each.

What Kind of Weave is the Best?

            The weave pattern for each fabric contributes not only to the way it feels but also to the way it looks.

  • Sateen – Made with four threads over and one under and is commonly-made from cotton, but may also be made using rayon. While it is made from cotton and rayon, it still has its characteristic shine and silky look.
  • Satin – Similar to sateen, it is made with four threads over and one under. It is made from silk, polyester, nylon, or a blend of the three. It is durable, lustrous, and soft at the same time.
  • Percale – Threads are woven with the basic one-over and one-under style, leaving openings that make the fabric breathable. Percale sheets are durable and crisp, which may require many washes for it to soften.
  • Jacquard – A very complex weave pattern, which requires a special loom to make. Sheets can have a variety of textures, depending on the patterns woven in.
  • Pinpoint – Similar to percale, pinpoint weaves require a couple of washes to soften. It is constructed with two threads over and one under.
  • Twill – Easily-identifiable with its signature diagonal lines on one side of the fabric. It is woven with the two-over and one-under style. They are somewhat wrinkle-resistant.

Does Thread Count, Count?

            A sheet’s thread count can be used as an indicator of quality and softness. If you don’t know what a thread count is, it’s the number of threads found on one square-inch of the material. The higher the thread count is, the higher its softness and overall quality, or so it may seem.

            The truth about thread count is that the numbers are sometimes fudged to make the sheet more desirable (because again, the higher the better, right?). This is especially true for thread counts reaching to a thousand or more. While this can certainly be achieved when microfibers are used, most manufacturers opt to use questionable techniques to achieve these numbers, like winding multiple threads into one strand but counting them as multiple threads. Try to get thread counts from within the range of 200 to 800 to be sure you’re not being duped into paying more.

Additionally, thread counts is only part of the story as the material, as well as the weave, also dictates how soft the sheets are going to be.

Does Size Matter?

Of course it does, for sheets anyway. Sheets and beddings are purchased based on the size of your mattress. If you don’t know the size of your mattress, then you might end up buying sheets that are too small, which won’t fit, or too big, which is too loose.

Here’s a quick mattress dimension guide for you.

Type

Approx. Size (inches)

Twin

39 x 76

Twin XL

39 x 80

Full or Double

54 x 75

Queen

60 x 80

King

78 x 80

California King

72 x 84

 

And here’s one for mattress depth.

Classification

Depth (inches)

Standard

7 to 9

Deep

10 to 15

Extra Deep

15 to 22

 

Duvet or Comforter?

Whether you love the full, fluffy feeling of duvets, the low-key elegance of comforters, or can’t tell them apart, take a look at this guide to see how they stack up against each other.

 

 

 

Duvet

Comforter

Is it cover-protected?

Yes

No

Can style be easily-changed?

Yes

No

Is a top sheet necessary?

No need, already has duvet cover

Yes, for protection

Is it sold by size?

Yes

Yes

How large is it compared to the bed?

Close to size of bed, less hangover

Slightly larger than bed, more hangover

Easily-laundered at home?

No

Yes

           

Both duvet and comforter are available in different sizes, according to bed size. Some manufacturers may differ on the sizes. Nevertheless, here are the dimensions for each size to serve as a guide to better approximate their sizes.

Type

Approx. Size (inches)

Twin

68 x 86

Full

80 x 90

Full/Queen

88 x 88

Queen

86 x 94

King

110 x 96

 

Tog Values

Tog values are numbers assigned to duvets and comforters to approximate its level of warmth. They are also tied to specific seasons as each season requires different levels of warmth from your duvet or comforter.

Tog Values

Perfect For

3.0 – 4.5

Summer

7.5 – 10.5

Spring and Autumn

12.0 – 15.0

Winter


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