How to Shop for Sheets Part 1: Fiber Quality

We spend approximately one third of our day nestled in our beds, rejuvenating ourselves so that we can wake up energized, alert and ready to take on a new day. The time we spend cuddled up in our bedding is very important to our well-being, so doesn’t it make sense that we should be as comfortable as possible? I’ve done quite a bit of research on what to look for when buying sheets. What can I say, once I obsess on something I jump in with both feet. To make your shopping a little easier, I have some tips to share on how to shop for sheets.

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How to Shop for Sheets

I was always so wrapped up in thread count. Though it’s an important aspect, it’s not the only thing to consider when choosing bedding. Thread count can be affected by fiber quality; therefore, I’ll begin with that…

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  • A 200 thread count sheet with higher quality fiber could feel softer than a 400 thread count sheet with a lower quality fiber. What determines a quality fiber? The length of the fibers. The longer the fiber, the higher the quality.
  • Egyptian, Pima, Supima and Sea Island cotton are all high quality cottons with long staple fibers. All cotton shares the same basic qualities; however, the longer fiber of these cottons makes them particularly soft, supple and glossy. Egyptian cotton is considered the highest quality cotton.
  • Combed Cotton refers to cotton that has been combed to remove the shorter fibers making it more luxurious.
  • 100% cotton is soft, cool, breathable, and pulls the moisture away from your body.
  • 100% cotton does tend to wrinkle. To avoid this, purchase a cotton-polyester blend. You may sacrifice some of the softness, but a cotton-polyester blend will be wrinkle resistant, slightly more durable and less expensive.
  • 100% cotton is less likely to stain than a cotton-polyester blend because it releases dirt easily when wet.
  • The “hand” of a fabric refers to how it feels when handled such as its texture, smoothness, softness, weight, density, etc.

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Next in part 2 of the series I’ll cover the infamous thread count!

This is part 1 of a 3 part series.  To read the other articles in this series:




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