Need To Shop For New Bedding? Here’s What You Need To Look Out For

We spend one-third of our day under the sheets (sometimes even more!) and it is essential to ensure that we are comfortable while sleeping. If your bed is not comfy, you will not be able to function properly during the day. While most people focus on getting the perfect mattress, it is not the only thing affecting the quality of your sleep. Your bedding is as important as your mattress because if it is not breathable, you will wake up all sweaty and bothered. Buying new bedding can be so confusing and so you should familiarize yourself with certain expressions.

Thread Count 

Many people choose their bed sheets based on their thread count; thinking that the higher they get, the better the sheets. Unfortunately, that’s not true. A high thread count may be smooth but it’s not the best option for you. To know how to choose the right thread count for your sheets, you first have to understand what exactly it is. It tells you the number of threads in each square inch of fabric. Basing your choice on thread count only can be the reason you can’t find the right sheets. Even though the sheets might feel smooth and comfy, they’re less breathable 

Any sheets with a thread count of less than 400 won’t be comfy nor durable. On the other hand, sheets above 600 will most likely trap the airflow, causing your body to overheat while sleeping and they cost a lot more. The ideal choice for thread count is anything between 400 and 600.


You might think that how the bedding is woven doesn’t matter, but you would be wrong. The weave affects the sheet’s appearance, price, longevity, and softness. You will find Percale style to be the most common in sheets which means they have the same amount of surface thread in a crisscross pattern. Sheets that are woven in Percale style are durable, breathable, and lightweight, but they have a slightly rough feel and matte finish. Sateen is another weaving style that has more fibers along the surface of the sheet. Sateen sheets are smooth and shiny and look luxurious but they are prone to snagging. Other weaves include Twill, Jersey, Patterned, and Dobby.


It is common knowledge that Egyptian cotton is the highest quality cotton. However, it comes with a hefty price tag. It is worth the investment as long as you can afford it. It is softer and more durable than other kinds of cotton thanks to its long staple length. You will find other types of cotton that might confuse you, but the people who care about your sleep at say that there are three different kinds of cotton you can look for. The Upland cotton is the most affordable type and it is produced in the USA. It is short-fiber so it won’t feel as soft or durable as Egyptian cotton. Pima is of higher quality than Upland as it has long fiber and is stronger and softer. Finally, the Supima comes after Egyptian cotton based on the quality, and it is the highest quality American cotton.

The Right Size

Picking the right size label doesn’t mean you have picked the right sheet for your bed. The standard sizes don’t calculate the depth of the mattress especially if your mattress is tall or you are using a mattress topper. You should measure your mattress before going to the bedding store to find sheets that will fit perfectly onto your bed. Additionally, you should consider sheets shrinkage after laundry. You don’t want to sleep while the sheets are wrinkled underneath you.

The Return Policy

You will never know how your new bedding will feel until you try it yourself. You may not love the feel of it or it could be too small for your bed. That’s why it is essential to check the return or exchange policy of the bedding. You should shop from reputable companies or stores to ensure that they will honor their policies. You don’t want to be stuck with bedding that you don’t love or feel comfortable sleeping on.

Bedding can make or break your sleeping quality and it is important to sleep comfortably. Buying the first sheets you find is not a wise decision as it can be the wrong one for you or your bed. You need to check the thread count, the weave, the type of cotton, and the return policy to find the perfect bedding. Don’t forget to measure your bed to get the right fit for it.

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