How to Choose the Best Bed Sheets

Here are the questions to ask that will lead you to your best bed sheets

How to Choose the Best Bed Sheets

Which sheet fabric is best for me? What are the differences between bedding fabrics?


When it comes to choosing the right bedding, it’s all about your individual preferences. Are you someone who tends to get too warm or too cold when sleeping? Do you like to feel warm and cozy or do you prefer sheets that are cool and crisp? Are you looking for eco-friendly sheets? See our recommendations below to help you pick the best sheets for your bed.

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Cotton Sheets

• Cool
• Crisp
• Smooth
• Lightweight

Why we love it:

Cotton Sheets

• Durable
• Breathable
• Easy to care for
• Affordable
• Perfect for year-round sleeping

Sateen Sheets

Sateen Sheets

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Sateen Sheets

• Buttery soft
• Silky

Why we love it:

Sateen Sheets

• Sateen sheets are the closest to feeling like true silk
• A lustrous finish
• Elegant and luxurious
• Ideal for year-round comfort
• Holds color beautifully
• Easy to care for

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Jersey Knit

• As soft and lived-in as your favorite t-shirt
• Warm
• Cozy

Why we love it:

Jersey Knit

• Feels great against the skin
• Natural stretchiness makes them wrinkle free
• Easy to care for

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Flannel Sheets

• Warm
• Snuggly soft
• Cozy

Why we love it:

Flannel Sheets

• Traps body heat
• Perfect for the winter or year-round for people who prefer a cozy feel or sleep with air conditioning

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Linen Sheets

• Airy and lightweight

Why we love it:

Linen Sheets

• Relaxed yet luxurious
• Very breathable and absorbent, it’s a great choice for summer
• Gets softer the more you wash it

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Bamboo Sheets

• Silky soft
• Smooth

Why we love it:

Bamboo Sheets

• Breathable
• Durable
• Wicks moisture
• Hypoallergenic

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

• Very soft and smooth

Why we love it:

Why we love it:

• Lightweight and breathable
• Durable
• Hypoallergenic; great for people who have allergies because they repel dust mites
• Wicks moisture; ideal for sleepers who get warm overnight
• Easy to care for

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

• Velvety soft and cozy
• Plush
• Warm

Why we love it:

Why we love it:

• Very lightweight, yet warm and cozy
• Sumptuous pile
• Easy to care for
• Great for cold weather
• Hypoallergenic
• Wrinkle-resistant

Tencel Sheets

Tencel Sheets

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

Good if you want your sheets to feel:

• Soft and supple
• Cool to the touch

Why we love it:

Why we love it:

• Tencel is great for people who tend to get warm when they sleep
• Moisture-wicking and breathable
• Sustainably made, environmentally friendly
• Naturally wrinkle resistant
• Affordable

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than tossing and turning because you’re too warm. The best cooling sheets are lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking. Crisp cotton percale and airy linen are excellent sheet fabrics for warm weather. Other good options would be bamboo/rayon, microfiber or Tencel, which are all lightweight and breathable. These sheets are also great options for people who suffer from night sweats.

In winter, turn to cozy, comfy fabrics to keep warm. Flannel is an excellent choice because of its soft, brushed surface which naturally traps body heat. Other good options are jersey knit sheets, which feel as comfortable as your favorite t-shirt, and microfleece sheets, which are velvety soft and plush. Cotton sheets are also great for year-round use as they adjust to your body’s temperature.

Thread Count

Thread count refers the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven together in one square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the denser the weave. Despite popular opinion, a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily mean a higher quality sheet, as there are many sheets with a 200 thread count that have a soft, smooth feel. Generally, we suggest looking for sheets within the 200 to 400 thread count range.

When looking at thread count, remember that anything below a 180 thread count will have too open a weave for bedsheets, as you can see tiny holes in the fabric. Also, beware of high-priced sheets boasting over 500 thread count as those are often a marketing ploy by manufacturers.

For example, a sheet that has a 1,000 thread count is probably made by using multiple-ply yarns; that is, individual threads twisted around each other. Multi-ply construction is frequently used to strengthen lower-quality cotton. So, super-high thread counts can often indicate lower-quality sheets.

Thread count is just one thing to consider when buying sheets. The feel of the fabric you choose depends upon the fiber, the weave, the integrity of the yarn, and the quality of the finished piece.


Protect your investment by washing, drying and storing your sheets correctly.

• Your sheets will last longer if you follow the “three set rotation rule”: one set on your bed, one in the laundry and one in your linen closet. By rotating your sheet sets, they’ll last longer and be laundered less frequently than if you have just one set.

• Bedding can accumulate dust and dirt, so it’s a good idea to wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week (and possibly more often for hot or humid climates).

• Wash sheets separately from towels or other clothing. Washing sheets alone means they won’t get damaged by zippers or other fastenings and will reduce pilling.

• Consider drying sheets on an outside clothesline out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. If using a clothes dryer, use a lower heat setting to reduce damage caused by higher temperatures.

• Remove sheets as soon as the drying cycle is over to reduce wrinkles.

• Make sure to wash brand new sheets before putting them on your bed. Machine wash according to the instructions on the care label with similar colors, then tumble dry on a medium heat.

If you suffer from allergies, choose fabrics that are breathable yet tightly woven, like microfiber. Cotton sheets are also an excellent choice. Combat allergies by washing all of your bedding in hot water - over 130 degrees Fahrenheit - every week.

In some cases, an allergic reaction might not be from dust mites as chemicals on the sheet fabric may cause the reaction. For chemically sensitive people, certified organic cotton sheets are a great option. These sheets are made without using harmful chemicals or dyes.

For those particularly sensitive to chemicals, fabric softeners may irritate the skin. In this case, the best option is to wash sheets with a laundry detergent with no perfumes or dyes and skip the fabric softener completely.

How do I ensure my sheets fit my mattress?

Sheets and mattress measurements can vary slightly by brand, so always check the specific dimensions of both before making your bedding purchase. See the chart below for common dimensions for bed sheets in each size.

Keep in mind that fitted sheets come in varying depths to accommodate thicker mattresses or mattress toppers. Fitted sheets may come in standard, deep and extra-deep measurements. The standard depth of a fitted sheet may not be large enough to accommodate a thicker mattress, so look for deep-pocket sheets if you have a pillow-top mattress or a mattress topper. Make sure to measure your mattress depth, (including your mattress topper, if you have one) before purchasing fitted sheets.

While some people prefer buying a complete set, we know that others like to mix and match their sheets to create a more signature look. While some of our sheets are available only in sets, most can be purchased separately, so you can mix and match as you prefer.