All Types of Bed Sheets That You Need to Know

When it comes to bedding, besides pillows, we also have to care about bedsheets.

They are not only a decorative item for our bedrooms but also affect how well we sleep.

Today, let’s find out the most common types of bed sheets and how to pick the right one for you. Then, you will surely have a charming bedroom and good sleep nights.

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The Most Common Types Of Bed Sheets In The Market

Cotton

Thanks to their superb characteristics, cotton fabric is the most commonly used in all kinds of clothing and sheets are no exception.

It is always the easiest material to wash, breathable, and gradually gets softer over time.

Besides, cotton bed sheets are very durable yet not too expensive.

Pros: 

  • Durable and strong.
  • Easy to dye and wash but not fade.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Highly breathable.

Cons: 

  • Might shrink more than other materials.
  • There are significant differences in quality among products, so you need to inspect them thoroughly.

Egyptian / Pima Cotton

Because Egyptian cotton just has a little higher quality but shares the same characteristics with Pima cotton, we can introduce them together in the same section.

Both of them are better versions of conventional cotton thanks to their higher thread count, smoother weave, and sturdier fabric.

And, of course, they are more luxurious and expensive than standard cotton.

Pros: 

  • Feel more deluxe and softer. 
  • More attractive appearance.
  • Absorb moisture better.

Cons: 

  • On the high-price side.

Flannel

In fact, flannel is a type of fluffed cotton, but it is softer and warmer and thus more suitable for cold climate.

It retains your body heat well, so if you often pour sweats or need to sleep on a cooler surface, flannel is not recommended.

When examining flannel sheets, their quality is determined by weight per square yard rather than thread count.

Anyway, most combinations of fibers and flannel give the sheets extra durability and longevity in comparison with 100% cotton sheets.

Pros: 

  • Feel cozy and soft, very comfortable.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Great for cold nights.

Cons: 

  • Cause users to feel stifling in hot weather. 
  • Thick texture and heavyweight make it harder to clean and dry.

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Silk

You will realize this a luxurious material the first time you touch it.

Produced by silkworms, silk is super cool and sensuous for people who love a cool and royal-like place to sleep. Strangely, you can still feel warm on cold nights!

This natural protein fiber is also hypoallergic and safe for any hyper-sensitive users.

Unfortunately, silk sheets are going to cost you an arm and a leg to buy. Meanwhile, they are not so durable and require much effort to care and maintain.

Thus, they are likely to be only the choice for the rich.

Pros: 

  • Perfect for regulating body temperature in all conditions. 
  • Feel very smooth and luxurious.
  • Hardly absorb moisture.
  • Hypoallergic.

Cons: 

  • Very costly. 
  • It is a challenge to care and maintain, hardly machine-washable. 
  • Some people might hate feeling slippery on their beds.

Lyocell/Tencel/Rayon

With a number of great benefits it brings about to customers, Lyocell (also known as Tencel or rayon) is growing its popularity as a bedsheet material, too.

Made from wood cellulose of the eucalyptus tree, this branded material is highly sustainable, hygiene (naturally antimicrobial), eco-friendly, cool, and comfortable.

Although a downside of rayon is its inferior breathability compared with cotton, it still facilitates more airflow than flannel and many other materials.

Pros: 

  • Very environmentally-friendly. 
  • Sustainable.
  • Cool and soft.
  • Can wick away sweat from your body.

Cons: 

  • It might be too slicker for some people. 
  • It is more susceptible to mildew because of the hydrophilic characteristic. 
  • Not so budget-friendly.

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Polyester

The Polyester itself is actually a cheap material that is extremely stiff and scratchy (it is also used in producing plastic bottles). The fact is manufacturers often use them to create low-quality and cheap sheets for the poor.

Therefore, it is typically combined with different types of fabric to make bedsheets since products made of 100% Polyester are uncomfortable to sleep.

Fortunately, mixtures of Polyester and other materials such as cotton can deliver a much cheaper option but still ensure the excellent quality.

Pros: 

  • Insanely durable, wrinkle-resistant. 
  • Totally machine-washable.
  • Offer a low cost.
  • It can be blended with various materials to reduce the manufacturing expense but keep the same quality.

Cons: 

  • Polyester is not breathable, so it might trap heat and moisture. 
  • It is easy to be stained by grease and oils.  
  • Excessive washing can make it ruffled. 

Microfiber

Basically, microfiber is a type of tightly woven Polyester to bring about more strength and comfort.

Microfiber sheets are made to last and scarcely get stained, so we recommend them if your children are messy or often eat on the bed.

However, due to the lack of breathability, these products should only be used in cold weather because they retain a lot of body heat and moisture.

Pros

  • Stronger and more comfortable than Polyester.
  • Stain-resistant.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Suitable for cold nights.

Cons

  • Not as comfortable as combinations of Polyester and other fibers.
  • Trap heat and water.

Linen

For years,  linen has dominated the world of bedsheets.

Why?

Linen separates itself from others for its reputation as a generous source of comfort, breathability, and longevity for sheets.

Made from flax, linen provides a soft texture and a great deal of airflow, whether it is blended with other materials like cotton or not.

Linen bed sheets are usable all year round since they neither hold nor disperse heat.

Pros: 

  • Distinctive appearance. 
  • It is soft and even becomes softer after each time you wash it. 
  • Feature antimicrobial and cooling properties.
  • Have a natural color without dyeing.

Cons: 

  • Lack of elasticity means easy wrinkling and low resilience against crumpling and folding.

Bamboo

The use of bamboo in making bedsheets can be considered a revolution in the industry.

That’s because bamboo fibers are not only ultra-durable, breathable, anti-bacterial, but also soft and silky.

You can find the best things about cotton and silk bedsheets in bamboo sheets at a very reasonable cost.

Pros: 

  • Lightweight and cool. 
  • Soft and breathable yet sustainable. 
  • Absorb dye well. 
  • Eco-friendly and user-friendly.

Cons: 

  • It can be easily wrinkled and require special care.

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How To Pick The Right Bedsheet

Thread Count

The thread count of bed sheets can be understood as the number of threads that are woven on every of their square inch.

But why is this a critical factor? In short, we can say that the higher thread count a sheet has, the smoother, softer, and more durable it is.

Of course, the better a bedsheet is, the more you have to pay for it. We can divide the quality of sheets depending on their thread count as follows:

  • 140 – 180 threads woven  / square inch is poor-quality. 
  • 180 – 200 threads woven  / square inch is standard (the most common type that has acceptable quality). 
  • 250 – 300 threads woven  / square inch is high-quality. 
  • 300 – 400 threads woven / square inch is premier-quality. 

As such, you ought to go for products with at least 180 threads woven / square inch.

Especially if you are planning to purchase a cotton-Polyester blend bedsheet, the minimum thread count should be 220.

Materials

When it comes to bedding, it goes without saying that material is what matters most.

However, this also depends on your budget and personal preference. So, let’s consider the pros and cons of each material, as we mentioned above so that you can find out what is most appropriate for each bed of yours.

Commonly, the most prevalent and safe material is cotton.

Sheet Sizes

Perhaps you even do not need us to remind you that you have to buy a sheet that fits your bed, right?

Now, measure your mattress dimensions then write them down thoroughly and carefully.

Done?

Then consult the below standard bedsheet size chart to find out the right options.


Flat SheetFitted Sheet
Twin Bed66 x 96 inches
39 x 75 inches
Twin Extra-Long Bed66 x 96 inches
39 x 80 inches
Full-Size Bed81 x 96 (up to 100 inches)54 x 75 inches
Queen-Size Bed90 x 102 (up to 106 inches)
60 x 80 inches
King-Size Bed108 x 102 (up to 106 inches)
78 x 80 inches
California King Bed102 x 110 inches
72 x 84 inches

Mattress Depths

Given the fact that some bed models may feature an extra-deep mattress, you might want to buy a larger sheet to cover the whole mattress.

For instance, a queen-size bed equipped with a deeper mattress may require a king-size flat sheet.

In general, we can divide depths of mattresses into three categories:

  • Standard: roughly 8 inches (Bedsheet upsizing is redundant)
  • Deep: about 16 inches (Bedsheet upsizing is optional)
  • Extra-Deep: around 20 inches (Bedsheet upsizing is essential)

Additional Features

Do you need a cooling pad built into your bedsheets?

How about personalized patterns on it?

Think about what you want and you can enjoy your new bedsheets better.

Plus, a bed sheet set with uniform covers for the bed sheet, pillowcases, and blanket will make your bedroom look more harmonious and eye-catchy than separate products.

FAQs

How should I wash my bedsheet?

Washing your bed sheets is nothing different from doing other normal laundry works.

Commonly, it is best to wash your sheets in warm soapy water. However, if they are too dirty, you can use hotter water.

To alleviate wear and wrinkling, you should not wash them together with other clothes.

Remember to read instructions on the package if there is any.

How often should I wash my bedsheet?

In hot weather, you should wash your bed sheet every two weeks. In colder days, you can wash it once a month.

However, it also depends on the number of people using your bedsheet, the temperature in your room to determine how dirty your sheet is.

Sometimes, you may need to wash your sheet every week.

What are the most common types of fabric used to make bedsheets

Most sheets are made of 100% Cotton or Polyester fabrics. Or else, cotton is the main component combined with Polyester or other types of fibers.

How should I dry my bedsheet?

It is best to dry bedsheets naturally under the sun. However, you can machine-dry your sheets on a low heat setting in the shortest time possible.

Avoid drying them with other bulky items like blankets or towels.

How much will my bedsheet shrink after I wash them?

Typically, apart from cotton bed sheets, other types of bedsheets will not shrink dramatically.

Cotton models often shrink approximately 4% after the first time you wash it, but the shrinkage will reduce in subsequent washes.

Still, after four washes, they will hardly shrink anymore.

With that being said, you had better pick a bedsheet of a little more generous size than your bed.

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Wrapping Up

So we have just learned about the most prevailing types of bedsheets as well as how to choose the suitable one for you and your family.

Also, bear in mind our buying guide and consider all of those factors carefully before you rush to any decision.

Ask us in the comment section if you still have any questions.

Now, thanks for reading!