Because sleep is increasingly recognized as vital to public health, with sleep insufficiency being linked to motor vehicle crashes, it’s important that you get each and every hour. Since you need to spend so much time sleeping, you might as well invest a bit more, and buy yourself some comfortable, luxury bed linens. The only trouble is that shopping for these sleep accessories is pretty complicated, with all the thread counts and materials that are out there. Here are the three things to know about buying sheets and linens:
Thread Count is Easy to Lie About.
Simply put, the thread count is how many threads are in a square inch of sheeting material. That’s it. The more threads there are, the softer and smoother the sheets will be. We recommend a minimum thread count of 250, but luxury bed linens have a thread count of between 300 to 400, usually. Trust your instincts, if someone is selling 1000 thread count sheets for $20, that’s impossible. A true 300 – 400 thread count sheet set will cost $100 – $150 in queen size. Read our Bed Sheet Buyers Guide for more information.
Look Out For Hand Enhancers when Buying Sheets and Linens.
Manufacturers can be sneaky. Some put silicone softeners or “hand enhancers” on their sheets, so that they feel extra soft in the store. These silicone softeners, however, disappear after they’ve been washed once. This means that consumers can’t rely on simply feeling how soft the sheets are in store.
Make Sure It Will Fit Your Bed.
When buying sheets and linens, make sure you get the right size. Perhaps it’s tempting to buy a size down or a size up if one is cheaper or if the properly sized sheets are out of stock. However, the sheets will keep coming off if they’re too small, and they’ll bunch up and be uncomfortable if they’re too large. Find out if you have a twin, full, queen, king, or California king size bed and purchase your sheets accordingly. Read our bed size blog post for more about bed sizes.
If you have any questions about shopping for luxury bed linens, feel free to ask in the comments. Don’t resign yourself to the fate of sleeping on sub-par sheets for the rest of your life. Use these tips to find luxury bed sheets you’ll love to sleep on.