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Want the Best Bed Sheets?

If you want the best quality sleep, then you also want the best bed sheets. High quality bed sheets contribute to the overall quality of your sleep. When customers get a brand new mattress, they’ll often upgrade their pillows and their bed sheets. Even a cheap mattress set can feel better if you have good quality sheets and pillows!

I know a good bit about bed sheets. And I know about bad ones. Last year, I ordered a sample set of sheets that were supposed to be 600 thread count. My cost as a dealer for those was around $35 for a king set. I thought that it would be great to be able to sell a high thread count bed sheet set that was really affordable (cheap). I took my sample set of sheets home and washed them. I knew right away that these were not the best bed sheets! (The cost should have tipped me off, but I ordered the sample based on the advice of a trusted sales rep.) The so-called luxury bed sheets were very course and developed pills after the first night. Of course, I never purchased those sheets for my store. I would be ashamed to sell sheets like that to my customers. We have tested every set of bed sheets that we sell. The best bed sheets we carry are our Degree 4 Egyptian Cotton Sheets from Dreamfit. Soft, long-lasting, and beautiful the Dreamfit Degree 4 are our best selling sheet set. Our customer come back year after year to get more.

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Egyptian Cotton Sheets

I slept so well on the mattress on that hotel mattress

Frequently, a customer’s night in a hotel will trigger a visit to our store. “I slept so well on on that hotel mattress,” my customer exclaims. Perhaps she stayed at the Westin, the Hilton, or the Marriott. “I loved it so much that I pulled the covers off the mattress and looked at the label! I want a bed JUST like that one!”

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I Loved That Hotel Mattress!

Why might you sleep so well on a hotel mattress?

  • Unlike your mattress at home, the hotel mattress was probably NOT worn out. It was probably relatively new, so it offered nice support for your body.
  • Though you may think that nice hotels have the most expensive mattresses for their guests, this is not usually the case. Most hotels order mattresses in bulk directly from mattress manufacturers, and while the specifications for these mattresses are adequate, the mattresses in hotels are rarely top-of-the-line in quality.
  • Don’t underestimate the effect of high quality bed sheets on your overall impression of the bed. The luxury of the mattress pad or topper, layered with crisp white bed sheets, nestled neatly under a fresh down comforter with a clean cotton duvet cover all add to the overall comfort of the mattress.

What’s the takeaway?

If your mattress is worn out, and you are not sleeping well, you need a new one. But don’t order it directly from the hotel. If you order the mattress set directly from the hotel, you will pay double what you would pay for a mattress with the same specs in a typical sleep shop. Also, “Good Sleep” is the product of many factors. Of course, having a supportive, comfortable mattress is one of the most important factors. But other factors may be just as important: a darkened room, a comfortable room in terms of temperature, a lack of noise or the addition of white noise, and soft bed sheets that fit properly. So at the hotel, was it really the mattress, or was it the atmosphere and “mattress toppings” that helped you sleep better than you normally do?

Bed Sheets: Thread Count

The thread count of a fabric is determined by the number of threads along one inch. The thread count of the fabric determines its density and generally gives you a good idea of its quality and softness to the touch. Usually, the higher the thread count, the better the fabric. However, there are other factors such as the fabric’s content that also impact the softness of the fabric. Some bed sheets are made of a blend of cotton and polyester that may make the fabric courser and less soft than a 100% cotton sheet. Also, even in 100% cotton sheets, it is important to look at the type of cotton the sheets are made of. Some 100% cotton sheets are made from less desirable species of cotton than others. More on this in another post. . .

Caution High Thread Count Alert:

Shopping for bed sheets can be tricky, because sometimes cut-rate linen manufacturers exaggerate the thread counts of their products. One way to do this is to twist gossamer thin threads around a central thread to overstate it. Be wary if you find an inexpensive set of sheets that claim to be 1000 thread count. If sheets truly are made of good quality 1000 thread count fabric, the price will not be cheap.

Take a look at my post about a sample set of 600 thread count sheets I tried out.