Egyptian Cotton sheets are all about the feeling against your skin.
It is the soft and cold side of the lids or the luxurious softness of the Egyptian cotton cushion. A nice touch on your skin is an experience you will never forget.
Egyptian cotton is considered one of the best cotton in the world, because Egypt is known to develop cotton with long fibers especially not found anywhere else. Long fibers produce a more durable product making Egyptian cotton the perfect choice for luxury bedding.
Something else to consider when buying your perfect bedsheets is weight. Even within one fiber type, there can be a huge variation in thickness, warmth and heaviness. It really comes down to personal preference here. If you tend to run hot, live in a warm climate, or have a thicker duvet and foam mattress, you may want to opt for a lighter sheet. Conversely, if you tend to run cold, live in a less temperate climate, or have a lighter weight duvet or innerspring mattress, a heavier weight may be for you.
This rule generally only applies to cotton. A higher thread count means a finer and more subtle thread. A lower thread count means thicker, less refined threads. However, extremely high thread counts can mean sheets which are less durable, and more prone to tearing or wearing thin. The thread count also effects the superficial feel of the sheets – a higher thread count means sheets will feel silkier and softer, while a lower thread count lends itself towards a crisper feel.
It’s important to be aware that even in terms of cotton, the thread count is not the be all and end all. A longer staple fiber and a lower thread count can feel more luxurious and be more durable than a shorter staple fiber with a higher thread count. There are ways for a manufacturer to up the thread count (and thus up the perceived value) of a bedsheet, without actually upping the quality.
A percale weave refers to the most common bed sheet weave. It’s a crisscross pattern, with each side having the same amount of surface thread. Percale is durable, lightweight and breathable but can feel slightly rough. This weave usually result in a more matte finish.
Bed sheets woven in the twill style have the appearance of diagonal lines across the surface, like that seen in denim. Twill bed sheets are generally strong and durable and drape well.
Egyptian Cotton (Nile Threads) vs Sateen (SOL Organics) Sheets
A bed sheet woven in a sateen style will have more fibers along the surface. While this means they have a smoother and more luxurious feel and attractive shine, it also leaves them more prone to snagging.
A jersey weave is not actually woven at all, but finely knitted. A bedsheet with a jersey wave has a more casual appearance, a softer feel and lots of stretch and elasticity.
Something constructed with a pattern weave has a design woven into the texture of the sheet. Two of the most common types are brocade and damask. They have a luxurious, vintage look, and tend to be much heavier. Bed sheets with a patterned weave can be much more on the expensive side.
A dobby weave refers to a design or pattern woven into the fabric. Dobby woven bed sheets commonly incorporate simple elements such as dots or stripes.
On top of decisions of fabric, weight and weave, some bed sheets have a specialized finish. This can affect the look, feel and characteristics of a bedsheet. Options of bedsheet finishes are as follows.
Fitted Sheets. These sheets have four elasticated corners which grip the mattress. They are more secure and easier to make up. However, fitted sheets are more difficult to fold and store, and are therefore much more prone to wrinkling.
Flat Sheets. A flat sheet is simply a large piece of fabric. Although these are more difficult to make up on the bed, they fold and store well. Another advantage is that a flat sheet can fit its designated bed size and any smaller than that, while a fitted sheet will fit only one specific mattress.
One important factor to consider when purchasing bed sheets is how they fit your very specific and personal needs. Buying the most expensive, luxurious or beautiful sheets is moot if they don’t work for your lifestyle. Here are some things to consider.