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Create A Bed You’ll Love With the Right Sheets

Considering the recommended amount of sleep for adults is eight hours a night, in total people sleep on average one third of their life. Most of those restful hours are spent cuddled up in bed, meaning your bedding is worth investing in. Quality sleep can lead to healthier selves and happier days, and sheets can be a defining factor in how restful those slumber hours really are. Plus, a cute bed is a game changer for your bedroom’s aesthetics. Whether you’re a fan of warm and cozy flannel or luxurious silk, here’s what you need to know to find the right sheets for your best night of zzz’s yet.

white bed sheets on wooden bed

Q. What Comes In A Sheet Set?

A. Sheet sets can vary in terms of what’s included, but often a set will contain a fitted sheet, a top sheet, and two pillow cases. The fitted sheet goes over your mattress for you to lay on, and the top sheet is to cover up with and layer under your comforter or additional blankets. Some sets only include the sheets, however, and others have additional items like a bed skirt or pillow shams.

Q. What Size Sheets Should You Get?

A. Getting the correct size of sheets for your bed is very important. Improper-fitting bedding can become damaged easier, can bunch up at night causing discomfort to you, and can make tidying up and making your bed in the morning more of a hassle than a happy part of your morning routine. The most common bed sizes include California king, king, queen, full, XL twin, and twin.

Q. What Material is Best For You?

A. Popular sheet materials include flannel, tencel, cotton, silk, linen, and blends. If you’re looking for warm sheets, flannel is a great option. It’s wonderful for cold months or chillier rooms because of its soft woven fabric and heat retention properties. If durability and low maintenance are your primary concern, cotton-including Egyptian and Pima cotton-is easy to take care of and is soft, breathable, and comfortable. If you’re creating a luxurious space, there’s nothing quite like silk (but be warned, this material is a little bit more tricky to take care of). And if you’re going green, sustainable choices include tencel and linen. Tencel is made from eucalyptus tree wood pulp and linen is derived from flax plants. Both are environmentally conscious options for their manufacturing process and durability, which means you can generally use them for an extended period of time before a replacement is necessary. Linen is a material that actually gets softer the more you wash and use it and is a great cool option for warmer months.

Q. What Brands Are Popular Now?

A. Popular stores like Target, Walmart, J.C. Penney, and Bed Bath & Beyond all carry various sheet set options, as do luxury bedding brands like Parachute and Brooklinen. Designer brands, like Kate Spade, are also popular choices for cute and comfy bedding. Depending on your budget, there is a sheet set that will work for your price range and your needs. Keep in mind, luxury bedding is more of a splurge but can last longer and possibly save you money in the long run. It also can be comfier and better for your skin in some cases, like how silk and satin can reduce friction between your face and the pillow and cause less breakage for your hair.

Q. Anything Else to Consider When Shopping for Sheets?

A. Yes! When it comes to choosing the right sheets for you, it’s also important to look at a set’s weave, fiber, thread count, and finish. All of these factors work together to create the overall feel and durability of the sheets. Looking at just one of these factors isn’t enough, because the wrong combination may be deceiving. A higher thread count is often believed to be softer, but if it has the wrong weave or is made out of a lesser fiber, the thread count could be less important overall.

Q. How Do You Care For Bed Sheets?

A. After you purchase your sheets, proper care and maintenance will help make sure the sheets last longer and stay as comfortable as ever. Some materials require more delicate procedures than others, but for the most popular materials like cotton or blends, it’s generally a good rule of thumb to wash the sheets with a mild detergent in cool water. Don’t overload the washer and avoid adding too much detergent-the ultimate goal is to avoid any soap residue after washing.

Dry on low heat and make sure you’re not over drying as that can weaken the fibers. This is especially important for more luxurious bedding types like linen. When your bedding is clean, store it in a cool dark place and rotate your sheets on your bed once a week if possible.