Anyone else struggle with knowing what bed sheets are the best? If you’ve tried different brands of sheets, you know all sheets are not created equal. Am I right!? For the longest time, I thought that the thread count was the most important factor in selecting the best bed sheets. While thread count should be considered, I’ve learned that a higher thread count doesn’t always equal better quality. The materials the sheets are made of are what matter most.
4 Considerations for Choosing the Best Bed Sheets
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California Design Den sent me these 100% cotton, 400 thread count sheets for my review. All opinions are my own.
From the moment I took the sheets out of the shipping box, I could tell that this company valued quality. From the packaging, to the care instructions provided, and the sweet thank you note that talks about the hand crafting of the sheets, I was quite impressed.
All sheets are not created equal, so let’s talk for a few minutes about some things to consider when trying to select the best bed sheets and I’ll also share some of my thoughts about the California Design Den Sheets.
Cotton is the most common sheet fabric, however the weave is the way the threads are stitched together to create the sheets. There are two main weave methods, percale and sateen. Neither is better than the other, it’s just a matter of personal preference.
Percale sheets have a crisp, cool feel. Because of their crispness, they usually need to be ironed. They’re made from a traditional over-under weaving method.
Sateen sheets feel smooth and soft. They’re made using a method that places more threads over the top of the weave, which creates that smoothness. They have a lustrous, smooth finish that’s almost silky.
California Design Den sheets are created using a sateen weave, which gives you a super soft, luxurious feel. You can see how cozy and snug my baby looks in the sheets. Yes, he’s still in my bed despite his room makeover that was supposed to help transition him to his room. lol.
My favorite part about California Design Den sheets… Skilled artisans stitch each linen by hand! Wow!!! That just blows my mind! With all of today’s technology that has replaced skilled worker’s jobs, I highly respect companies that still value and employ skilled artisans.
2. Thread Count
Thread count refers to the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric. As I mentioned earlier, high thread count is a factor, but the type of cotton can be more significant.
A lower-thread-count sheet made from fibers that are softer by nature will feel silkier than a high-thread-count sheet made from a lower-quality cotton blend. The extra thread count doesn’t always make enough difference in feel to justify the price. Actually higher thread count sheets can be stiff because so many fibers are jammed so closely together.
I’ve read that an advertised thread count between 200 and 400 is reasonable and probably accurate. Anything above 400 gets tricky, because manufacturers may use super-thin yarn or add extra thread in between to inflate that thread count. The quality of the threads is much more important than the quantity of the threads.
3. Color / Design
Color and design style are many times what sway our decision when buying sheets, right? For those of us who love decor, this is a very important factor. Although, I always gravitate toward white and have a hard time buying anything else. But it’s nice to have options. 😉
California Design Den has a huge selection of colors and designs to fit all bed sizes. They even have some fun seasonal designs. I love that the fabric is shrink resistant and fade resistant. And my favorite part is the tag at the foot of the fitted sheet to let you know which way it goes on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to put on a fitted sheet and had to take it off and flip it because I started wrong. Can I get an amen!
Many “luxurious” brand sheet sets are priced well over $100, and can be as much as $500. I don’t know about you, but it’s not in my budget to spend that much on sheets. Especially when I know I can find some just as comfy and cozy for less than half of that. And with California Design Den you can do just that! Their price point is affordable for most all budgets.
I hope these tips will help next time you are shopping for sheets! A little extra research and money can go a long way in a good night’s rest.
You spend one-third of your life in bed, so you may as well make your bed as comfy as you can. Although my little one doesn’t always think beds are for sleeping…
Be blessed, friends! And may you have many sweet dreams. xoxo
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