Bed sheets are important both for a comfortable
night's rest and to project an impression
of comfort, luxury, and taste. Bed sheets
are sold separately, but since they are almost
always intended to match, they more commonly
come in sets. A set of sheets includes a
fitted bottom sheet, a flat top sheet and
one pillow case (in a twin set ) or two standard,
queen or king pillow cases. A 'bed in a box'
set may also include a matching comforter.
Sets of sheets can cost as little
but more expensive designer sheets
hundreds of dollars. Sheets are
made to fit
the standard bed sizes: twin,
and king. The larger sheet sizes
cost more. Odd sizes such as
twin extra long
and California king may only
for purchase online or through
Consider the following when buying
- One measure of sheets is thread count, or
the number of individual threads
of fabric. The higher the thread
softer and more luxurious the
- Muslin sheets have a low thread count and
can feel coarse.
- Percale sheets have thread counts up to about
250. These sheets will wrinkle
less and will
generally last longer than
counts, but they also feel
- Sateen sheets have treat counts of 300 and
- Very expensive sheets have thread counts
- The second measure of sheets is their fabric's
composition. Sheets made by
with polyester are available,
sheets are 100% cotton.
- Egyptian cotton has extra long threads, which
result in stronger fabric. The best American
cotton is pima. Cotton can be combed to make
it softer, but this process also makes the
- Lawn is cotton that is thin and lightweight,
and is often used in hot climates.
- Flannel sheets are soft, warm, and very durable
but more suited to cold temperatures or air
conditioned rooms. Look for flannel sheets
that are pill resistant.
Remember to measure your mattress. New mattresses
are thicker and will need fitted bottom sheets
that are 12 to 15 inches deep (often referred
to as "deep pocket" sheets).