Between the Sheets: Things to Consider When Buying Bedding
You sleep on average eight hours a day. Given you spend almost 3,000 hours a year in bed, you must have incredible sheets right? For many people, the answer is no. Despite the many hours of wear and tear inflicted on bed sheets, many people use their sheets longer than they should or cheap out when buying sheets in the first place. You can get a great sheet set (fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillowcases) at the cost of a nice dinner out at a restaurant -- and they will last much longer than that. Choosing a sheet set can be daunting though with a variety of styles to choose between. Here are just a few of the options you could curl up with tonight.
Bamboo sheets may be lower on the thread count scale (the holy grail scale of bed sheet quality in which the higher the number of threads woven together in a square inch the apparent better) - around 300 - but they are known for their silky-smooth comfort. They are eco-friendly as they are made of rayon from bamboo sateen and are supposed to be more absorbent than other sheet set types. As they are a higher-end type of sheet, a queen set would retail around $170 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Satin sheet sets have the air of a romance novel with their silky, glossy, wrinkle-free appearance. The good news is the price tag does not match their luxurious appearance. JC Penney's queen satin sets retail on sale around $60.
The creme de la creme in the world of bedding is Egyptian cotton sheets. The magic of Egyptian cotton is that the sheets are supposed to get softer with every wash (instead of covered in 'fluff' like cotton sheets.) While they are not satin sheets, there are also silky in nature given their sateen weave. Again, luxury at night does not mean you will be tossing and turning over the cost. Target's Fieldcrest Luxury Egyptian Cotton 600 Thread Count Sheet Set sells for $70.
Sometimes at night you want to be as warm as possible. On those nights, heavyweight flannel sheets just may be your best friend. Known for warmth and softness, flannel sheets are heavier than many other options. They are also one of the cheapest sheet sets you can get. Kohl's Home Classics Solid Flannel Sheet Set can be brought home for about $50.
Sometimes all you want are the least expensive sheets possible to cover your mattress. Meet microfiber. With not a mention of thread count in sight, micofiber sheet sets boast instead their easy-care abilities. Machine wash, tumble dry and shell out another $20 for a new sheet when this one starts getting holes. You can pick up a set at Wal-Mart around $20.
At the end of the day, thread count is just a number. Ask the store if you can open the package and feel the fabric. Bedding preference is uniquely yours and a good old-fashioned 'feel test' can go a long way towards bringing the best good night's sleep you can find and afford.