When choosing bedding, the basic rule is: you get what you pay for. The more you are willing to pay, the better quality you will get. Whether choosing sheets for divan beds, French beds or a princess bed, here are some tips for buying bed sheets.
Cotton is the most popular material for bed sheets. It is a safe and hypoallergenic material, and most people like its soft and natural texture. When choosing cotton sheets, one of the most important measures of quality is the thread count. The higher the count, the better the quality will be and the softer the sheets will feel against your skin. Around 400 is a good count for everyday sheets, and anything higher than 400 means softer material and more durability. Egyptian cotton is one of the highest qualities available and is used for smooth, fine sheets that last a long time.
Cotton is often mixed with synthetic fibers, and a synthetic/cotton blend can be more affordable than 100% pure cotton. A small amount of synthetic fiber can make the fabric easy to maintain. The more synthetic material there is in the mixture, the cheaper the product will usually be.
Silk is one of the most expensive options and many consumers are reluctant to invest in silk sheets because of the high costs. Silk is, however, one of the most durable and resilient materials for sheets and can easily outlast synthetic blends, which makes it more cost effective in the long term. Silk sheets feel cool and comfortable in hot weather, and are a good alternative to cotton in hot climates. Silk is also one of the softest and smoothest materials available for beddings.
For a folding bed, a ready bed or for single divan beds, always choose sheets with good quality material and a high thread count.