Winter is coming, and with it comes the urge to just hibernate all day and cozy up in bed. There’s no better time for investing in fresh sheets, but that comes with some considerations.
There are plenty of different materials available when choosing something for your bed, but what kind of sheets would be the right ones for you? We’ve taken a look at the most popular choices on the market to help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Blended Cotton Sheets
Blended cotton is made from a combination of artificial polyester called rayon and pure natural cotton. If you are mostly concerned about the cost of your bedding, blended cotton is right for you. It’s cheaper and much easier to maintain, as well as being fast drying and durable (synthetic materials last longer than regular cotton) and take only a minimal amount of ironing.
This convenience comes with problems however, as poly blends like this are less breathable and are more likely to pill. They aren’t so good for people who tend to sweat in their sleep.
Pure Cotton Sheets
Pure cotton sheets are some of the most popular sheets around. They prevent moisture from building up on your skin so you don’t wake up feeling clammy.
Cotton fibers can be short-or-long-staple, with staple referring to how long the individual fibres are. At the high end of the scale are long-staple cottons like Pima cotton – which is extra long – and Egyptian cotton – which is the longest kind of cotton. These are among the strongest and most durable cotton varieties. They have a luxurious feel and are less likely to lint and pill than your short-staple fibres.
Organic cotton has a similar feeling to that of standard cotton, but it is processed with sustainable practices and without the use of pesticides. If you want something organic, then you should choose a product with the logo of a governing body such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or the Australian Certified Organic (ACO), or the equivalent thereof for your country.
Linen has enjoyed an increase in popularity, becoming the latest fashionable fabric thanks to an increased demand for natural, raw materials. As a natural fibre, linen, which comes from flax plants – a notoriously temperamental crop – tends to be more expensive than even high grade Egyptian cotton.
Naturally hypoallergenic and around twice as durable as regular cotton, linen is also resistant to moths and offers thermal qualities. It’s able to keep you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. As a breathable material, it can absorb around 20% of its weight before it starts to feel damp. While linen can be prone to occasionally creasing up, it comes with a natural and unprocessed look and the texture of linen eventually softens up again.
Jersey cotton offers an affordable but still comfortable choice when it comes to sheets. These sheets are knitted rather than woven, so they won’t have any thread count. They are also durable, stretchy, and feel warmer than other options. Jersey cotton makes a fine inexpensive and cosy choice during cooler weather.
Flannelette is similar to jersey in that it is not woven but rather knitted. The main difference between the two is that flannelette is rubbed to create a napped surface and a slight pile to give the sheet some extra softness and a fuzzy feeling. These are perfect for the winter time.
Bamboo is another material to consider when looking for sustainable options. Made from the fastest growing plant in the world, bamboo grass, they can grow without the use of pesticides and use up less water than a typical cotton crop. A bamboo sheet will feel soft and silky while being durable and offering excellent eco-credentials.
Silk is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, and breathable, making it the perfect choice for people with skin conditions like asthma and allergies. Silk has a naturally luxurious feel and is considered to offer better insulation than standard Egyptian cotton.
When shopping for silk sheets, try to find a momme weight between 19 and 25 mommes. This is a sign of a high quality silk sheet. One problem with silk sheets is that you need to take good care of them. It needs to be hand washed the first few times it is used. After that, it can be washed on a cool, delicate cycle with gentle detergent.