Soft sheets

September 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

Is there anything better than crawling into a freshly, laundered bed? It’s especially nice after a bath or shower. It’s even nicer if you can line dry the sheets outside. They stay crisp and have that out of doors fresh scent…providing you don’t live near a pig farm or something that belches out pollution.

Ah, but what kind of sheets are the best? It’s an ongoing issue, because there are so many to choose from and they all vary. Yes, you can say higher thread count is what matters, but it depends on the cotton. Some high thread count sheets are as flimsy as gauze and not pleasant to sleep on. So what’s a sheet lover to do?

Think about the feel of the fabric. Do you like crisp, cool sheets? Try the pima cotton percale from L. L. Bean. Want something that feels soft to the touch, but is also lightweight or has a smooth sateen finish? Wamsutta Dream Zone are highly rated and I like Ralph Lauren, which you can often buy at the Outlet Store. Like sheets that feel like a soft, old T-shirt? Try jersey sheets from The Company Store. Looking for good quality flannel? Try L. L. Bean, Lands’ End, or my favorite, Garnet Hill. Be aware that T-shirt sheets and flannel don’t feel cool in the summer, but also don’t feel cold in the winter. They make the bed feel warmer by trapping more body heat.

Want your baby to sleep better? Does he/she wake up the minute their face hits that cold, cotton sheet? Try flannel or jersey knit sheets!

As can be expected, some of the inexpensive sheets do shrink when washed and dried. This can be a big problem, if you have a deep mattress. Nothing is worse than breaking nails when trying to tug a fitted sheet into place or stuffing a pillow into its case. So, though you may save some money upfront, it won’t be worth the aggravation for the time you’re using them. Measure the depth of the mattress, before ordering or heading to a store. Keep the receipt, in case you need to return an item. Most stores will take returns, even after you wash an item, as long as you have the packaging and the receipt.

Here’s more information on the mystery of thread count.

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