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While a good mattress is important your sheets can also have a major impact on your sleep experience. Unlike a bed you can’t just lay on top of sheets in the store to give them a test drive. So here are some general terms used in bedding and what they mean:
This is the simplest one because it all has to do with the size of your bed. If you have a queen size bed you need queen size sheets, a twin needs twin size sheets, etc. If you want a smooth and snug fit try looking for sheets with elastic all the way around the edges.
All thread count means is the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. The general notion is the higher the thread count the softer and more durable the fabric is. But be careful too high of a thread count can mean a stiffer sheet that doesn’t wear evenly due to the amount of fibers.
This determines the overall feel of your sheets. The most common options are:
- Jersey - are soft, stretchy, and breathable but they can also be prone to slipping and sliding off your mattress.
- Percale – are also breathable and crisp with less sliding issues than Jersey weaves.
- Sateen – soft and smooth but are warmer than the aforementioned weaves.
- Satin – has a smooth and silky finish since they are thin with a high thread count.
- Flannel – is the warmest and thickest. This will feel fuzzy and is best for cold climates.
- Microfiber – has a tight weave made up of man-made fibers. This makes it ultra-soft and wrinkle resistant. In some cases they can even be water resistant and allergen proof due to the density of the weave.
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