You've most likely invested a great deal of time in choosing the best mattress to meet your needs. You researched every aspect of buying a mattress, including:\r\n\r\n \tChoosing the right mattress firmness\r\n \tSelecting the right mattress thickness\r\n \tDetermining the materials used to make the mattress\r\n \tLearning the health effects the mattress might have on your family\r\n \tChoosing the right size mattress for your needs\r\n \tUnderstanding how the mattress impacts the planet and the air your family breathes\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt makes perfect sense. Buying a new mattress is an important decision for the health and well-being of you and your family. Most people spend one-third of their lifetime sleeping on their mattress, so it's important to do your research and find the best possible mattress to give you comfortable sleep and peace of mind, night after night.\r\n\r\nWhat you may not realize, is this: choosing the right sheets for your bed can also have a profound effect on the quality and quantity of sleep you get each night. In fact, choosing the wrong sheets can leave you tossing and turning, trying to get cool, dry, and\/or comfortable enough to get the sleep you deserve. This is true no matter how great your mattress is. The more you know about bed sheets, and choosing the right sheets for you, the better your odds become of choosing the right sheets to meet those needs.\r\n\r\nThis guide explains everything you need to know about bed sheets. It will help you find the right bed sheets for your needs, and get the quality sleep you deserve, night after night.\r\nThread Count\r\nWhen shopping around for sheets, one phrase that will come up repeatedly is \u201cthread count.\u201d If you don\u2019t understand what this means, you may find yourself making poor buying decisions.\r\n\r\nSome people believe thread count is an indication of quality. While that\u2019s part of the equation, thread count indicates the number of threads woven into one square inch of the sheet\u2019s fabric. The higher this number is, the softer and smoother the sheets will be - which is why a high thread count is so closely associated with quality bed sheets.\r\n\r\nWhat should you know about the thread count?\r\n\r\n \tBed sheets with a thread count between 140 and 180 are muslin\r\n \tBed sheets with a thread count above 180 are percale\r\n \tBed sheets with a thread count between 250 and 300 are higher quality sheets that often feel silky to the touch\r\n \tBed sheets with a thread count between 300 and 400 and more, are luxury quality sheets\r\n\r\nSince higher thread count sheets require more finely spun thread, buyers should expect to pay more for high-quality sheets that offer higher thread counts. Most people will find suitable options in the 220-300 range, though people committed to quality will prefer higher thread counts for their sheets.\r\n\r\nIt's important to know that not all bed sheets have thread counts. For instance, sheets made of jersey materials or t-shirt material do not have thread counts. The reason is they are knitted rather than woven.\r\n\r\nAlso note, that while thread count is often a good indicator of quality sheets, it isn\u2019t the only indicator. Other factors to consider when evaluating the quality of bed sheets include:\r\n\r\n \tType of fiber\r\n \tSize of the yarn\r\n \tHow the bed sheets are finished\r\n\r\nThread count is only the beginning of things you must consider when choosing sheets for your bed. Other considerations are detailed below.\r\nPocket Size\r\nPocket size is another important tool in helping you choose the ideal sheets for your mattress. It refers to the depth of the mattress, from top to bottom. If you choose a fitted sheet with insufficient pocket depth, your sheets will not fit quite right. Sheets are usually available in one of three pocket depths:\r\n\r\n \tStandard. Accommodating mattress depths between 7 and 12 inches.\r\n \tDeep. Accommodating mattress depths between 13 and 17 inches.\r\n \tExtra deep. Accommodating mattress depths between 18 and 25 inches.\r\n\r\nRemember to include add-ons, such as mattress toppers and mattress pads, when measuring for pocket depth, as they may edge you over into the next pocket size.\r\nBreathability\r\nKeeping your cool while you sleep has a huge factor on the quality of sleep you get. Many people take great care choosing mattresses that promise a cooler night\u2019s sleep, while completely ignoring the role their sheets play in promoting a cool night\u2019s sleep.\r\n\r\nBamboo sheets, for instance, are famous for wicking moisture away from the skin while you sleep and they are highly porous, allowing air to flow freely through the mattress to help you sleep cool and dry all night long.\r\n\r\nFlannel sheets, on the other hand, are widely known to bring the heat in the winter. If you\u2019re looking for something comfy and cozy for long winter nights, flannel is a good choice. It is not, however, a great option for use throughout the year, and may even be the wrong choice for some people, who tend to sleep hot, even in the winter.\r\nEnvironmental Impact\r\nSome sheets are friendlier to the planet than others. Not only in the materials used to create them, but also the manufacturing processes involved in making them. The fact that one business makes sheets with planet-friendly materials, doesn\u2019t mean they don\u2019t use other materials that can harm the planet in the manufacturing process.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s important to research all aspects of the sheets you buy, if the planet is a primary concern for you.\r\n\r\nOne way you can tell if sheets are good for the planet is if they conform to the standards set out by the Global Organic Textile Standard\u2019s (GOTS) certification process. This indicates the sheets have been made with very specific organic standards and made without:\r\n\r\n \tPesticides\r\n \tHerbicides\r\n \tFertilizers\r\n\r\nOther things you can do is look for sheets made with ingredients like Egyptian Cotton, with no synthetic blends, made with environmentally friendly processes.\r\nBed Sheet Materials\r\nBed sheets come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and they are made from a variety of materials. The materials used to make bed sheets have a huge impact on the way the sheets feel to the touch, the amount of air that flows through the sheets, and how long the sheets last. Common materials used to make sheets include:\r\nCotton\r\nIt sounds like such a simple thing, doesn\u2019t it? Cotton sheets are associated with a cool, crisp feeling sheet that is soft to the touch. There are also many different varieties of cotton that are used in making sheets, including:\r\n\r\n \tEgyptian Cotton. Some might call Egyptian cotton sheets sumptuous. They are made with long-staple yarns to be exceptionally soft and durable, making them an excellent investment for most shoppers.\r\n \tPima Cotton. If you\u2019re looking for soft and silky sheets, the extra-long-staple cotton, known as Pima cotton, is currently grown in the United States, Peru, and Australia.\r\n \tSupima Cotton. An abbreviation for \u201csuperior Pima,\u201d Supima is used to indicate that specific Pima cotton sheets, and products are made with 100 % American Pima cotton.\r\n \tUpland Cotton. Refers to 100 % cotton sheets made with long or short fibers. It is the most common type of cotton used to make bed sheets on the market today.\r\n \tCotton Blends. Then there are various cotton blends. Many shoppers prefer cotton blends for a wrinkle-free sleep experience.\r\n\r\nLinen\r\nLinen isn\u2019t everyone\u2019s first choice when it comes to fabric for bed sheets. They are made of flax rather than cotton. While they are among the coolest sheets you can choose if you live in warm, humid environments, it has an open weave and a rough texture that some people dislike.\r\n\r\nIf you prefer more rustic types of fabric, you can\u2019t go wrong with linen. Be aware, though, that linen will often appear wrinkled or rumpled, and may not last as long as other types of sheets at similar price points. If you\u2019re going for durability and longevity, linen sheets might not be the best fit for you.\r\nBamboo\r\nShoppers typically feel good about buying bamboo bed sheets since they are made from a renewable resource. Bamboo sheets are good matches for people with sensitive skin as well as people who tend to sleep hotter than the average person.\r\n\r\nThey offer many benefits for those who choose to use them including:\r\n\r\n \tOutstanding abilities to wick moisture away from the skin\r\n \tHypoallergenic\r\n \tResistant to odors\r\n \tPorous enough to allow air to transfer through the sheets with ease\r\n\r\nThe bottom line is that they provide sleepers with a cool and dry night\u2019s sleep, even when the temperatures outside begin to rise.\r\nSynthetics\r\nSome sheets are made with man-made materials, like polyester. Polyester sheets have a distinct advantage over cotton. They do not wrinkle. However, they are known for pilling, and lack the breathability that makes cotton sheets so comfortable.\r\nBlends\r\nBlended sheets combine two materials to create the sheets. Most blends involve a natural and synthetic material to create sheets that are easier to care for while offering the more luxurious properties many natural fibers provide.\r\n\r\nCotton polyester blends are the most common. The combination creates sheets that are more durable than polyester, or other synthetic material bed sheets, but not quite as durable as 100 % cotton, or other natural material bed sheets.\r\nSheet Weave\r\nThe weave of your sheets is another key factor to consider. The weave affects the way your bed sheets feel. Some people feel the weave offers the greatest degree of impact on how sheets feel. Common weaves include:\r\n\r\n \tSateen. A common weave for sheets. Sheets made with sateen weave often feel soft to the touch and offer a warmer feel than percale, which is the most common weave.\r\n \tPinpoint. Pinpoint generally has a high thread count, and a light, fine weave.\r\n \tPercale. The most common weave for sheets, Percale offers a balanced cool and crisp feeling to sheets. These sheets are ideal for everyday use.\r\n \tTwill. Twill sheets are made with a unique weave and involve yarns woven in a two-over and one-under pattern. They are known for holding their shape, draping well, and offering some degree of wrinkle resistance.\r\n \tJacquard. Offering a variety of textures in the weave, the appeal of these stunning sheets often comes in the sumptuous feel of the textures on your skin.\r\n \tFlannel. When winter sets in, you can\u2019t go wrong with the warm and fuzzy feeling flannel sheets deliver. These sheets are made with cotton fabric that has been brushed on one or both sides.\r\n \tMicrofiber. One of the smoother weaves available for sheets, microfiber is a tightly woven fabric that is lightweight, though less breathable than cotton.\r\n \tJersey. Slide into sheets as comfortable as your favorite tee shirt. That\u2019s what jersey weave delivers.\r\n \tTencel. Made with a natural fiber famous for wicking moisture and natural breathability, tencel offers an ideal option for people with sensitive skin.\r\n\r\nThe best way to decide which weave offers the greatest amount of appeal to you is to feel the differences for yourself, and choose the one that best matches your desire for luxury and comfort in bed sheets.\r\nHow Many Bed Sheets Do You Need?\r\nKeeping your linen closet stocked with bed sheets can help you avoid plenty of emergencies that may come along. So, how many sets of bed sheets do you need for each bed in your home?\r\nMaster Bedroom\r\n\r\n \t2 or 3 sets of bed sheets, sized for your bed\r\n \t1 to 2 mattress pads\r\n \t2 to 4 pillows and pillowcases\r\n \t2 to 4 pillow protectors\r\n \t1 comforter or duvet and cover\r\n \t1 summer and one winter blanket\r\n\r\nGuest Bedrooms\r\n\r\n \t2 sets of bed sheets per bed, sized for each bed\r\n \t1 mattress pad for each bed\r\n \t2 pillows and pillowcases per bed\r\n \t2 pillow protectors per bed\r\n \t1 comforter or duvet and cover per bed\r\n \t1 summer and one winter blanket per bed\r\n\r\nKeeping your linen closets stocked helps you prepare for life\u2019s little emergencies and unexpected surprises as they come along.\r\nTips for Storing and Caring for Your Sheets\r\nThese tips will help you get maximum longevity and comfort from your sheets.\r\n\r\n \tWash your sheets and pillowcases weekly\r\n \tLaunder mattress pads one or twice per month\r\n \tFold sheets and store sheets inside your pillowcase to keep matched sets together\r\n \tMake sure sheets are completely dry before storing\r\n \tStore sheets in a well-ventilated area\r\n \tUse natural ingredients like baking soda, lavender, and dried herbs to keep sheets smelling fresh while storing them\r\n\r\nThey will also help to ensure you never need to worry about unpleasant odors when making guest beds, to accommodate unexpected company.\r\nPlushBeds Sheets\r\nPlushBeds offers a variety of high quality bed sheet options, if you\u2019re interested in buying sheets for your home and family. We\u2019ve chosen our selection of sheets with care to reflect our values for the planet and for the health of families who sleep on these sheets. Below you will find information about our bed sheet collections and how they may help you get the quality night's sleep you deserve.\r\nOrganic Cotton Sheets\r\nMade of GOTS certified organic Egyptian Cotton, PlushBeds\u2019 Organic Cotton Sheet Set is sure to become a household staple for anyone interested in an organic sleep experience.\u00a0These bed sheets contain no dyes and no chemicals. They are also hypoallergenic, buttery soft and they offer a cool night\u2019s sleep. They have 13-inch deep pockets, accommodating a variety of mattresses and mattress pads, and they are machine washable in warm or cold water, and can be dried at low temperatures.\r\n\r\nChoose from the following sizes if you\u2019re interested in the Organic Cotton sheet set.\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tCal King\r\n\r\nThe Organic Cotton sheet set comes in Natural color.\r\nTencel Sheets\r\nAnother planet-friendly option from the PlushBeds family of products, the Tencel Sheet Set is gentle for the skin, incredibly smooth to the touch, and features incredibly deep pockets, up to 22-inches to accommodate most mattresses available in today\u2019s marketplace.\r\n\r\nThe Tencel fabric is versatile offering outstanding insulation to keep you warm in winter and cool during the heat of summer. Combine that with incredible moisture-wicking capabilities, and Tencel bed sheets are a great choice for almost every bed in your home.\r\n\r\nTencel bed sheets are available in a variety of sizes, including:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tSplit King\r\n \tCal King\r\n \tSplit Cal King\r\n\r\nYou also have a fairly substantial selection of color options when choosing Tencel bed sheets, making them suitable for practically any home d\u00e9cor. Color choices include:\r\n\r\n \tWhite\r\n \tIvory\r\n \tOpal\r\n \tDusk\r\n \tEcru\r\n \tHarvest\r\n\r\nColor selection may vary according to sheet size. Try a sheet set for every bed in your home, in different colors, so you can experience the full spectrum of benefits these bed sheets deliver.\r\nBamboo Sheets\r\nBamboo is one of the most exciting sheet fabrics to choose from. The PlushBeds Bamboo Sheet Set offers shoppers an opportunity to experience bamboo for themselves. Because it is a renewable resource, you can feel good about your decision to buy bamboo sheets.\r\n\r\nBecause they are so effective at wicking moisture away from your skin, while allowing air to flow freely through, you\u2019re going to love the coolness of the sleep you get while using them. Bamboo is also odor-resistant, antibacterial and hypoallergenic.\r\n\r\nThe extra deep pockets on these sheets accommodate mattresses of up to 22-inches thick and they are available in the following sizes:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tSplit Queen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tSplit King\r\n \tCal King\r\n \tSplit Cal King\r\n\r\nDepending upon the size of your Bamboo Sheet Set, you may be able to purchase bed sheets in one of the following colors:\r\n\r\n \tWhite\r\n \tIvory\r\n \tCitron\r\n \tRain\r\n \tDriftwood\r\n \tAsh\r\n\r\nCare for your bamboo sheets by washing in warm water with a cold-water rinse. Use the gentle cycle and only non-chlorine bleach.\r\nBrushed Microfiber Sheets\r\nBrushed microfiber offers one of the softest sleep experiences you\u2019re going to find in bed sheets. The PlushBeds Microfiber Sheet Set is an ideal choice for anyone who is interested in bed sheets that offer the following benefits:\r\n\r\n \tWrinkle resistant\r\n \tStain resistant\r\n \tDeep pockets\r\n \tEasy care\r\n \tNo pilling\r\n \tNo shrinking\r\n \tGentle on skin\r\n\r\nThe brushed microfiber collection of bed sheets, from PlushBeds, are available in a variety of sizes, including:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tSplit King\r\n \tCal King\r\n \tSplit Cal King\r\n\r\nAnd, depending upon the size you select, your sheets may be available in one or more of the following colors:\r\n\r\n \tWhite\r\n \tDriftwood\r\n \tPacific\r\n \tIvory\r\n \tAsh\r\n \tBlack\r\n \tBlush\r\n \tLilac\r\n \tFern\r\n \tChocolate\r\n\r\nThese sheets are so soft, comfortable, and budget-friendly, you\u2019re sure to want several sets for every bed in your home.\r\n400 Thread Count Italian Collection Sheets\r\nWhen luxurious quality is the most important consideration, you want to make sure you have the PlushBeds 400 thread count Italian Sheet Set on your beds. They are made with expertly woven 400 thread count Egyptian cotton and superior Italian craftsmanship.\r\n\r\nWith these stunning sheets, you\u2019ll find luxurious touches at every turn, such as drawn thread hemstitching and hand finishing. The sheets feature deep pockets, up to 22-inches, and they are available in white for mattresses in the following sizes:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tSplit King\r\n \tCal King\r\n \tSplit Cal King\r\n\r\nOnce you experience the sumptuous experience of sleeping on these stunning Egyptian cotton sheets, nothing but the best will do in the future.\r\nPlushBeds Sheets For Your Home and Family\r\nThe PlushBeds family has a proud history of offering quality products that are good for you, your home, your family and the planet. We take great pride in offering exceptional quality mattresses, sheets and other sleep products, that are not only luxuriously comfortable, but also healthy to sleep on. Try our bed sheets and see for yourself what the PlushBeds difference means for your sleeping experience in quality, selection and comfort.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful, please copy and paste into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/bedding\/bed-sheet-buyers-guide\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.