Thursday, 11 July 2013

What’s the Softest Possible Bed Linen?



One of the main pleasures of curling up in bed to sleep is pulling up the sheets and being wrapped in softness.  After the mattress has been chosen, the colors considered and the room decorated, many people find themselves looking for the softest possible bed linen.  With the popularity of microfiber bed linen, the craft of finding cotton bed sheets that are comfortable and affordable is becoming a lost art.  Here are some tips for finding your best cotton bed linen!

Check the thread count.  This literally means the number of threads per square inch in the cloth.  The higher the thread count, the softer the sheet.  While the average thread count for sheets is around 200, anything over that number is heading toward the luxury category.  Will you pay more for this privilege?  Yes.  But ask anyone who has experienced the pleasure of high thread count cotton bed sheets, and you will find it is well worth the investment.

For quality and comfort, Egyptian cotton bed linen is still the king of comfort!  Starting at 400 thread count, these sheets are crafted for comfort and softness.  Is there really such a difference in the kind of cotton used?  Turns out there certainly are!  Egyptian cotton fibres are longer and thinner than other forms of cotton.  This enables manufacturers to create a very thin thread, leading to higher thread count per square inch than would otherwise be possible.  But the tight weave is not the only advantage.  These threads are also less likely to break or pill.  Shorter threads, even at a higher thread count, are more prone to breakage and do not wear over time as effectively as Egyptian cotton does.  So, for the ultimate in luxury bedding, Egyptian cotton bed linen is the way to go!

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