Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Let's talk sheets, shall we? In the winter, I make the bed with flannel sheets. They are warmer than cotton sheets (I can't stand getting into a cold bed!) and they're nice and soft. I bought some quality flannel sheets from Garnet Hill that are made in Germany, and I'm very happy with them. Such a difference on a cold night with flannel sheets on the bed!
Once the weather starts to warm up, I switch to 100% cotton sheets. I vowed last summer would be the last for our old white sheets -- they were soft, but were sporting holes and frayed edges after just two seasons. So I went shopping for new sheets recently, but I wasn't sure whether to get the pricier, higher thread count sheets or go the bargain route. As I was feeling all the different sheet samples, I thought some of the higher thread count sheets had a stiffer feel to them. Maybe they soften after washing, but they just didn't feel good to me. Because of our mudroom project, I decided to save money by purchasing the less expensive sheets seen above. They're labeled 300 thread count but they are very thin. However, they are incredibly soft! I absolutely love the way they feel.
I was joking with my husband one morning about making sure we keep our toenails trimmed so we don't wear any holes in the sheets. We had a good laugh over that! Hubby said they have just enough threads to keep them held together. I'm afraid he might be right. If I add any bleach to the wash cycle they might disintegrate. In the long run, I probably didn't save much by buying these cheaper sheets since I may have to replace them next summer.
So tell me, what sheets do you prefer? Linen? Cotton? A cotton/poly blend? I love the look of linen, but they are very pricey and I'll bet they wrinkle quite a bit. What about thread count? Is there a number you swear by? I find the whole subject confusing. I read that anything over 400 is just more expensive and not necessarily better and that frequently the thread count on the packaging is not even correct. I've also read there is no such thing as 1000 thread count.
Here are some interesting articles I found online. There's more to sheets than thread count. One thing I've learned: next time I'll be buying Egyptian cotton.
Linenplace: The Truth about Thread Count
Huffington Post: You're Buying Your Sheets Wrong
Style at Home Buying Guide
What's your favorite brand of sheets/thread count?