Clean sheets, freshly laundered spread across the bed, beckoning you to come back to it as you leave the room; the right bed sheets can make all the difference to your bedroom. Throw in a couple of feather pillows in matching pillow cases and you have your bedroom all set for the sweet slumber of the night. While deciding upon home furnishings and room décor in general, most people avoid investing much thought into bed sheets. This is a common folly. If you want your room’s furnishings to be in harmony with each other, e.g., the drapes, the sofa cover, bed sheet and pillow cases, they should all be color and design coordinated to give the room a sense of equilibrium.
Furthermore, there is more that goes into a good night’s sleep than just a warm glass of milk and loads of stress! Good and comfortable bed sheets that soothe your body the moment you roll into them play a very important part as well. There is a perplexing variety of bed sheets online, that you can purchase at the touch of a mouse button.
But the question is what to look for while buying these bed sheets? Here are certain pointers that will help you the next time you go shopping for sheets.
Correct size: Choose the right bed sheet size before deciding on the design and color. They generally come in standard sizes like double, king, queen and twin size. For the right fit, measure the height of your mattress and then leave about two inches of pocket space for tucking.
Right fabric: This is the hardest part. Compare different fabrics and select the one that you think best suits your needs. In case of cotton sheets, there are different varieties that you can opt for. White cotton sheets are stain highlighter and soft; they are also very prone to shrinkage and hence must be bought with care. Go for Egyptian or combed cotton sheets if you are in the mood for luxury and smoothness. Flannel cotton sheets come with the assurance of warmth and cozy comfort.
Thread count: The number of fibers of cotton per square inch of the sheet makes all the difference when it comes to softness. This thread count generally ranges between 200 to 1000. Check the thread count on the label before you decide upon your favorite sheet.
Weave: The way a particular bed sheet has been woven determines the strength and softness of the fabric. For example, a standard weave has a typical over-under pattern and is moderately soft with high durability. Sateen weaves, while being more smooth and glossy are woven for easy breakage. Jacquard and damask weaves are very intricately patterned and are beautiful and cozy, while being quite expensive. So invest in them only, if you are in a mood to splurge.
Color and pattern: The color of the sheets will depend on the kind of color scheme you have in your bedroom. You can buy several designs and patterns for different occasions. Damask weaves for instance, are died before they are woven and hence are more luxurious. You can invest in a solid colored damask bed sheet for a special occasion. Light colored sheets are more popular since you can always invest in a vibrantly colored bedcover.
Finding bed sheets online is easy. All you need to know is the right store. Try a good handicraft store online to look for a wide range of designer sheets. You could find them in an array of designs with or without matching pillow covers.