How to Choose Bed Sheets Effectively

Article by: Lucy Izuogu

Buying sheets is not as easy as it used to be or should be. There's such a wide variety of styles, colours , Tips For Bathroom Design and fabrics to choose from. You may go to a store wanting plain white , Bean Bag Chair Filling -- Is It Really Beans? cotton sheets but end up so confused because you have so many different types of cotton, that you may go home , Bedrooms with the wrong one (in most cases) or end up buying something you don't want.

The amount of time you'll find yourself , Cuckoo Clocks For Decorating The Walls spending in trying to choose the right type of bed , The Pillar Candle sheet can be VERY frustrating and buying online , Transitional Lighting - What Is It? makes this process even harder because you can't FEEL how soft/rough the fabric is. Frankly speaking, most people would rather spend that valuable time doing something else.

Well, here are a few pointers you should keep in mind when you want to buy sheets for your bed , Wrought Iron Chandeliers or anybody else's bed , From Brass to Tin: How to Care for Your Antique Metals for that matter. These are just a few simple 'rules of thumb' for selecting the right sheets. Once you understand these, there's no reason why you should not be able to choose the best sheets for yourself, , Transitional Lighting - What Is It? your family and guests each and every time. You can literally order online , Country Home Decorating – Country Style Home Decor the Way Life Used to Be as though you went to the store in person.

So here we go"¦in order of importance, here's what you should look for when shopping for sheets:

1. The Weave

The very first thing to consider when buying ANY type of bed , A Futon Mattress Looks Great With a Splashy Futon Cover linen is the weave.

Simply put, the weave describes the way the individual fibers of the fabric have been woven or twisted together when the fabric was being made.

For example, if the fibers have been twisted together very tightly, then you get a sturdy fabric, but if the fibers were twisted together loosely, then you get quite a flimsy type fabric.

So in other words, the weave of the fabric will determine how crisp, smooth, wrinkly (especially after wash), cool (on the skin), soft, warm, clingy, durable and even how shiny your sheets will be.

2. Thread Count

The next thing to consider when shopping for sheets, after the weave, is the thread count.

The thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric and can range from 180 to over 2000 threads per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the fabric.

When shopping for a sheets look for thread counts of between 200 - 250 as a bare minimum. The higher this figure gets, the more luxurious the bed , Give Your Home An All New Look linen!

Sheet prices are based on the thread count. The higher the thread count the more expensive the sheet.

Although a high thread count would normally mean that you get a better quality of sheet, please don't consider thread count alone when making your buying decision. Remember that you may get a fabric with high thread count but of poor fabric quality and inferior weave! So consider everything if you want to buy the best.

3. Length of Fibers

The best types of sheets have a high thread count, good weave and are made with long fibers. Long fibers give sheets a silky smooth feel.

If you want fabrics that have long fibers and are generally smooth to the touch, you should look for Egyptian, supima and pima cottons. These cottons have the longest fibers around (Egyptian cotton has the longest fibers from group).

4. Standard Fabrics for Bed , Making Your Own Style sheets

Fabrics come in two types; natural , Accent Lighting Techniques and synthetic.

Natural fabrics, like cotton, silk, linen and wool, are made by nature, , Luau! Decorating with a Hawaiian Theme whereas synthetic fabrics (nylon and polyester) are man-made.

As a general rule, natural , Shutters - Window Treatments That Beat Blinds Hands-Down fabrics are more breathable and most people find them more comfortable.

Synthetic fabrics are good value for money and are generally warm.

When choosing fabrics, quality is a must. Always look for a good combination of weave, thread count and fibers. Again, to make your life a just little easier, here's a list of some standard fabrics used in sheeting at present:

Cotton in general:
Excellent for comfort and durability. A natural , Why You May Need a Rug fabric which is very breathable.

Egyptian Cotton:
The highest quality cottonavailable. Very long fibers, giving it great softness, luxury and smoothness. Feels great against the skin!

Supima and pima cottons:
Also have long fibres and feel soft and smooth to the touch.

Cotton and Polyester combination:
Although the polyester can pill over time, these types of fabrics wrinkle less and are easy to iron. The polyester adds durability to the fabric.

Silk:v As you know, silk is the QUEEN of luxury. This is also a natural , Cuckoo Clocks For Decorating The Walls fiber. It's value is measure on it's weight (it's called the 'momme weight'). The higher the momme weight is, the better the quality of the silk. An average silk sheet would weigh between 10-12 momme fabric.

Before you rush off to buy sheets for your bed, , Curio Cabinet you must know what size sheets your bed , Shutters - Window Treatments That Beat Blinds Hands-Down will take! If you don't, you'll be wasting your time.

So be prepared. You should also measure the height of your mattress and keep this information , Making Your Own Style with you when you choose your sheets.

Here are the basic sheet sizes you should keep in mind:

Twin: flat , Cottage Style Home Decorating: 10 Tips for Memorable Memorabilia (66 x 96 inches), fitted (39 x 75 inches)

Full: flat , Hanging Curtains? Don't Forget the Rods and Finials! ( 81 x 96 to 100 inches), fitted (54 x 75 inches)

Queen: flat , The Pillar Candle (90 x 102-106 inches), fitted (60 x 80 inches)

King: flat , Cottage Style Home Decorating: 10 Tips for Memorable Memorabilia (109 x 102-106 inches), fitted (78 x 80 inches)

California King: flat , Three Ways To Get Great Bedroom Design Ideas (102 x 110), fitted (72 x 84)
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