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Saturday, September 24, 2011

How to Choose a Bed Sheet That Suits Me

by Fred Victor

Well, we spend about one-third of our lives in bed (correct me if you’re just having less than a 3-hour sleep due to your busy schedules daily), thus choosing the right bed sheet set can make huge difference by providing a restful, hygienic and healthier comfort throughout  a night’s sleep.

No doubt, your bed sheet’s quality relies greatly on the (1) types of fibre, (2) fabric weave patterns, and (3) tensions of the weaving.  
If you’re in the midst of finding a new bed sheet, the following tips will offer some help.

Size of Your Mattress
There is a wide variety of mattress sizes available in the market today, and varies from country to country. Of them, the most common ones include mattresses for single, super single, queen, king and super king. Frankly, there are some people who are uncertain of whether their mattresses are king or super king ... me too ;-)

Mattress Thickness/Depth
There is a wide choice of mattresses available in the market nowadays that it may easily get you confused, your mattress thickness is the case. From a standard depth of 6-7 inches (15-18 cm), mattresses can now be as deep as 10-16 inches (25-40 cm). Again, such standard varies from countries; you should triple-check on the mattress label before purchasing a bed sheet that suits yours.

Thread Count
You can easily find out whether on the front or back of the bed sheet packaging, thread count indications are printed it. In brief, thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch/centimeter in both directions in the weave. Of course, the higher the thread count, the more luxurious the feel of a fabric is.  

Consider a Fabric that Works Well for You
For sheets you’ll sleep on it for about eight hours every day, let’s treat yourself better okay. Just choose the best you can afford. Cotton is the most popular sheet fabric in terms of moisture absorption; for luxury, sateen and silk can be considered; for performance, Microtex™ and Silktex™ can be considered.

Check the Laundering Instructions
Look, silk bed sheets are definitely sensuous and beautiful, but let’s consider if you have to dry clean your bed sheet each week. Why? It’s because silk cannot be machine-washed. So, let’s be sure that you’ll be able to care for your bed sheets the way the laundering/caring instructions say. But, if you insist on silk bed sheet, you should consider Silktex™ - which shares the many positive properties of cotton, and at the same time it can replicate the soft and smooth feel of silk. 

Last but not least, allow me to stress that approximately 1/3 of our time is being invested in bed, so should we consider investing something on bed? Haha, meaning that the quality of your bed should be really upgraded ;-)

Have a great weekend ahead!