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Bedding Fabrics - A Buyer's Guide

by Baneet Gurwara on June 07, 2019

We spend quite a large portion of our lives in bed, especially the one at home. Therefore, it’s crucial that we put time into putting together a place to sleep where we feel entirely comfortable. While we all have different needs and preferences when it comes to bedding, the standards of quality still stand. In this article, we’ll talk about the different types of bedding fabrics and how to choose the best one for you. With that said, let’s get to it.

 

Thread Count

The first thing you need to look at when you’re looking to buy any type of bedding item is to look at the thread count. This will tell you how delicate the fabric is and how well the fabric flows with the mattress. 

The number indicates how many strands there is for one square inch of fabric, which will also tell you how durable and substantial the fabric is going to be. Most winter sheets have high thread count, as the density helps to prevent air from flowing through the sheet and making you feel chilly. Summer bedding, on the other hand, is much more breathable and cooling. You will need to choose whatever is most appropriate for your needs.

Listed below is a short guide on bedding materials and how to choose the right one for you:

 

Flannel

Flannel is a fuzzy material that’s made from cotton. You can find it in both heavy and light variations, which you can switch around for the fall and the winter. The fuzzy surface allows it to trap the heat and prevent it from escaping your body.

 

Percale

Percale is a lightweight material that offers a crisp and light feel, making it perfect for summertime.

 

Sateen

Many people assume that sateen and satin are the same fabric, but the truth is that the two are very much different. Sateen is one of the softest materials for bedding you can find. It has a luxurious and luscious surface that flows smoothly with your body, making it one of the most comfortable materials there is.

 

Satin

Satin and sateen have a similar texture, but satin is significantly lighter and more breathable than sateen. It’s usually made of synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester knotted together so it may feel slightly more coarse than sateen. However, its light and breathable texture make it the best option for the warm summer months.

 

Microfiber

Microfiber is the lightest and breathable material out there and it can be made to any thickness you want. You can double or triple weave it to make a more substantial material which makes it a flexible material as well. Another benefit of the material is that it’s allergen-free. You won’t have to worry about suffering from allergic reactions as a result of this type of bedding!

 

Pinpoint

Pinpoint is a similar type of fabric to that of a dress shirt so you can expect the same feel. The issue is that it’s much less durable than other types of fabric, so you may have to spend some money having your bedding repaired or getting a new set entirely.

 

Jersey

Jersey sheets are sometimes referred to as t-shirt sheets, as they have a similar stretchy property to a t-shirt while having the same touch and texture. Similar to pinpoint sheets, they rip and tear quite easily, so you will need to be mindful of things nearby that might rip the sheet open.

 

Damask

Damask is a unique type of fabric, as the patterns are woven onto both sides of the fabric, creating a double-layer sheet that has quite a silky feel.

 

Dobby

Dobby is a type of fabric that crumples up into geometric patterns. The benefit of dobby sheets is that they are highly breathable and have a great aesthetic appeal which can fit with any type of decorative style.

 

Jacquard

Jacquard is one of the most extravagant and expensive types of bedding fabrics in the market. It has a smooth texture that suits just about every style of bed. It has a similar feel to silk.

 

Single-ply

Single-ply fabrics are softer and more well-rounded than many other types of fabric. Additionally, it’s quite easy to find, making it the most accessible and affordable materials out there. 

Grover Essentials provides affordable bedding with a wide range of options - get in touch today to see how we can help. 

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