Sleep: It’s something we all need—and we need lots of it. So why not make your bed a magical place you can’t wait to curl up in? The power of good bed linen can’t be underestimated. In addition to a good mattress, sheets are what help make your bed warm, comforting, and always inviting. Here’s what you need to know when shopping for bed linen and how you can figure out which thread count is best for you.
How to Shop for Bed Linen
1. Quality and Budget
When it comes to shopping for bed linens, budget is one of the first things to consider. Especially if you’re on the hunt for comfortable, quality bed sheets, it’s important to know that you get what you pay for. A sheet set from Target might be affordable, but it won’t be nearly as lovely or long-lasting as the one you spend $100+ on.
Shopping for high-quality bed linens also comes down to material choice. Do you love the crisp, clean feeling of cotton? The breathability of linen? Or the slinky smoothness of a satin or silk sheet set? So before you do your shopping, determine which fabric choice you prefer. Choosing a bed sheet material that fits your lifestyle and needs is also essential. If you have sensitive skin or are allergy-prone, then soft, the hypoallergenic fabric will be your best bet.
3. Thread Count
If you want to know how to shop for bed linens, you need to know the thread count. Thread count refers to the number of vertical and horizontal threads in one square inch of woven fabric. The range that encompasses a “good” thread count for bed sheets is between 200 and 600. Fabrics below a 200 thread count will be more affordable, but the material will be woven more loosely and have a rougher feel on the skin.
Which Thread Count is Best for You?
Shopping for bed linen isn’t all about thread count; it’s just one crucial factor (like fabric, brand choice, quality of materials, etc.). If you want to shop for quality bed linen, a comfortable thread count range (specifically for cotton sheets) is between 400 and 600. This range tends to be the softest and at a reasonable price for the quality. Shopping for bed sheets in the 800 to 1000 thread count range won’t necessarily lend you a smoother, high-quality feel; it will just cost a pretty penny.