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.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #144

Cons: The cons associated with silk/satin sheets are based on their impractiality. First, they often need to be dry cleaned instead of machine washed, so if you typically clean your sheets frequently, this can get very costly. The other downside is that they are very smooth - sometimes even slippery. They aren’t as bad as the silk sheets of the 90s - on which you could easily slip right out of bed! - but they are still slick enough that you may need to completely remake your bed every other day or so.

Thread Count

Most people think a super-high thread count is the holy grail of sheets, but that’s not always the case. Thread counts above 1000 may sound like something you can brag to your friends about, but they can often be difficult to care for.

I had a friend who once purchased 1800TC sheets, and while they were soft and felt very durable, they also were a wrinkled mess every time they came out of the dryer. She wasn’t the type of person who wanted to iron her sheets, but she found herself ironing them every single time she washed them, just so they would lay flat on the bed.

I wouldn’t recommend buying sheets under 200 thread count, but other than that, there’s not much difference - until you get above 800 thread count. I typically aim for about 400-600 thread count in most brands, but if you are looking to save money, it’s better to get a lower thread count from a trusted brand than go for higher thread count from an off-brand. Trust brands that typically have higher certification standards (yes, there are ways to manipulate things to make lower quality sheets qualify as higher thread count), so put your trust in the better brands first.

Mattress Size

If you purchased your mattress, you probably know what size it is. But if it’s a hand me down, you may not. If you have any doubt, measure your mattress before heading to the store to buy sheets.

For your reference here are the sizes of the standard American beds:

  • Twin: 39 inches wide x 76 inches long
  • Twin XL: 39 inches wide x 80 inches long
  • Full: 53 inches wide x 75 inches long
  • Queen: 60 inches wide x 80 inches long
  • King: 76 inches wide x 80 inches long
  • California King: 72 inches wide x 84 inches long


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Amanda Thomas Domestic CEO