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How to Buy Sheets

So is there really a difference between the  $30 sheets and the $300 set you see at the store? Domestic CEO breaks down what sheets are all about, and helps you figure out which ones are right for you and your bed.

By
Amanda Thomas,
Episode #144

Last week,I talked about how to get the perfect mattress. And once you have the mattress covered, it’s time to make sure you have the perfect bedding to top it.

I used to think buying sheets was easy - I’d simply go to the store, look for the prettiest set to match my décor, and bring them home. Then I got a little older, and started to realize that some of my sheets didn't feel as comfortable as others. In fact, some sheet actually kept me up at night!

I started to do a little research, and quickly realized that there were many reasons my sheets weren’t giving me a good night’s sleep. Once I learned more, and found the right sheets for me and my sensitive skin, I’ve been able to sleep much better.

So, what is the difference between all the sheets you see at the store? Today, we’re going to talk about some of the differences between the $30 sheets and the $300 set, and help you figure out which ones are right for you and your bed.;

What Are They Made Of?

The first thing to consider when buying sheets is the fabric used to make them. There are pros and cons to each type of material, so here are some things to consider when making your choice:

Cotton:

Pros: Cotton sheets are cooler to sleep in because the fabric is more breathable, which means it allows new air to go through the sheets. This air keeps the sheets from heating up, making them feel crisp and cool all night long. Cotton sheets also wick away moisture, so if you perspire any bit at night, your sheets will quickly absorb the moisture, making you feel dry and cool, too.

Cons: Cotton sheets, especially less expensive ones, often don’t last as long as some other materials. They may start to pill quickly, or they may thin and tear in less time. If you want cotton sheets that will last longer, you will need to investing more money up front. Long-weave sheets, such as ones labeled Pima, Egyptian, or Supima, are very high quality. They will be softer and last much longer than standard cotton sheets, so if you have the money to spend on them, you likely won’t regret it.

Cotton/Poly Blend:

Pros: Many sheets on the market are made of a cotton/polyester blend, typically in percentages like 50/50 or 60/40. These sheets are wrinkle resistant, less expensive, and typically more durable, because the polyester lasts longer than cotton. Most microfiber sheet sets are a 60/40 blend, which makes them very soft, durable, and affordable.

Cons: The challenge with sheets with a polyester blend is that they don’t breathe well. If you are a hot sleeper or sweat at night, the polyester is going to keep the heat and sweat close to your body. Also, if you have sensitive skin, the polyester may start to make you a little itchy or uncomfortable at night.

Silk/Satin:

Pros: Silk/satin sheets have a very luxurious feel to them., and are super soft. They also trap warmth , so if you are a cold sleeper, these may be just the solution to help keep you warm at night. They are also very durable and will last you a long time.

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