Shopping for Bed Sheets? Here’s What You Need to Know First

When shopping for anything, we would always choose a product that is inexpensive. While this is a good habit, it isn't always practical to apply this principle to every item in our house. Take skincare products as an example; you put those directly on your skin, so you have to be conscious of the type of products you are buying. People can stretch their budgets just to have something that won't irritate their skin. 

Bed sheets also make contact with our skins every night. When we shop for them, it's not enough to just look for the right size and the cheapest ones. We must mind the quality, benefits, and what they're made of. Bamboo sheets are known to be made of natural fibers, eco-friendly, soft to the touch, and ideal for those who like to have a cooler sleep. Like any other bed sheet, they're sold in king, queen, and other bed sizes.

That said, consider these facts before shopping for queen size bamboo sheets.

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Thread Count Meaning

If you've bought a bed sheet at least once, then you've seen the "thread count" on the label. Like most people, you must have also assumed that a higher thread count makes the bed sheet's quality higher, but that isn't actually the case.

Thread count means the total number of vertical and horizontal threads in every square inch of fabric. The idea that a high thread count (over 400) implies is that the sheets are more durable and softer because there are more threads. However, lab tests and consumer trials revealed that bed sheets with modest thread counts have outperformed the high thread count bed sheets.

Bed sheets with thread counts of 300-500 are described to be the best ones, with a good balance between softness and durability. High thread counts could mean the cotton is too thin, which makes it weaker.

So, the next time you buy a bed sheet, don't be fooled by the high thread count myth.

What Cheap Bed Sheets Could Cost You

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It may be tempting to buy a lot of those cheap bed sheets, but doing this may end up with you sabotaging your sleep. Poly-blend sheets are affordable, wrinkle-resistant, and typically more durable than other expensive materials, but if you want a cool sleep, poly-blend won't give you that, unfortunately. They aren't the most breathable, unlike cotton, bamboo, and other fabric materials. 

Poly-blend sheets are also treated with harsh chemicals, so if you have sensitive skin, you'd suffer its unfavorable effects. These harsh chemicals can also harm the environment, and that just shows that opting for this cheap bed sheet isn't worth your money at all.

Satin is like a cheap counterpart for silk, but unlike the latter that can regulate body temperature in cold and hot nights, satin doesn't offer the same benefits. Buying a cheap bed sheet may save you a lot of money, but because they're not as soft as the high-quality, more expensive ones, you may need to replace it more often. You'll realize at the end that it didn't save you that much money after all.

Now that you know about the thread count myth and the risks of getting cheap sheets, you'd be smarter in bed sheet shopping. Treasure every sleep experience with the softest, eco-friendly, and cooling sheets. Your body and skin will thank you for it.