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How to Select the Perfect Sheet Set

Sheet SetChoosing new sheets can be an overwhelming experience. With a seemingly endless number of options in terms of fabric, finish, thread count, color, and style, the process can seem daunting. Throw in the fact that many retailers use confusing "industry" terminology, and purchasing a new sheet set can become a dreaded endeavor. We at SheetsNow.com strive to simplify the process, and create a fun buying experience. We know that this is an important purchase; after all, the average person spends nearly 3,000 hours (or 125 days) in bed per year! With the proper education, it’s easy to find the perfect sheet set for your lifestyle and needs. Here are some of the most important considerations when selecting a sheet set:


There are quite a few fabrics used in sheet construction. It’s important to determine which fabric offers the look and feel that you’re seeking. Microfiber is a popular material, due to its soft feel and durability. Because microfiber is a synthetic fabric, it is typically more affordable than its natural counterparts. Cotton is arguably the most popular sheet fabric, as it offers a distinctly soft texture, breathability, and light, airy feel. Egyptian cotton, in particular, has become famous for its luxurious feel and luster. Fans of Egyptian cotton argue that it only gets better with time, as washes create an even softer feel. Can’t decide between cotton and synthetic? Many sheet sets are available in a blend, such as cotton and polyester. Such a blend provides the softness and breathability of cotton, with the stain and wrinkle resistance of polyester. Finally, bamboo has become a popular choice in recent years for those seeking a green alternative. Bamboo is a highly sustainable material, which, when spun into fiber, is incredibly strong, durable, and known for its moisture wicking properties. Just like cotton, bamboo is also hypoallergenic.

Thread Count

The definition of “thread count” is the number of threads per square inch. Typically, the higher the thread count, the higher the quality of the sheets. Unfortunately, this also holds true for the price; higher thread count sheets will be pricier than a lower thread count option, but typically last much longer. This is due to the fact that the more threads you have woven into the fabric, the more durable the fabric becomes. A higher thread count also usually leads to a softer, more substantial feel. While thread count is important, it’s not the only consideration.

Color & Style

Just as with all other factors to be considered when purchasing sheets, this one is highly personal. Solid sheets tend to be incredibly popular, as they offer a luxurious “hotel bedding” look. They also easily blend into your room’s décor, as there is only one color to incorporate. For those who prefer to use a single color, but still crave a little more style, a subtle stripe is an excellent option. When selecting your sheet color, don’t forget to include lifestyle considerations, along with your room’s current color palette. Although you may initially be drawn to a soft white set, if you know you frequently eat in bed, you may prefer a color that won’t show stains quite so easily. The same rules apply for beds that have children or pets sleeping in them.

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