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The Idiots Guide To Bed Sheets Explained

The Idiots Guide To Bed Sheets Explained

Welcome to the guide for all intelligence levels! We are glad you found us okay, and we hope that the tour kind wasn’t too obnoxious this time around. You’ve been on the prowl for the “perfect” bed-sheets for quite some time. You just got a new girlfriend and want to impress her with your home etiquette knowledge. The only problem with that is, you don’t have any home etiquette knowledge. That’s okay, you aren’t alone! I was too, until I took several courses with the likes of Martha Stewart and learned from websites like sticky-notes bed sheets. Now, I am an expert in sheets and can give you the basic 101 on what makes them so great.

Type of Sheets

The sheet that will serve as a barrier between you and the blanket is what we call a “flat sheet.” This sheets purpose is for comfort and when you don’t want a thick cover during the night. On the other hand, a “fitted sheet” is what you lay on top of the mattress. Style hardly applies to the fitted sheet, because it will remain hidden behind several layers of bedding. You will find that the fitted sheet can be at times a nuisance due to its elastic edges that need to be tightly tucked in order for it to remain on the bed. In a sheet kit you will usually be thrown two standard sized pillow cases, and although these aren’t technically sheets, they should be mention so you know the gist of what you are getting when you buy a set.

Sheet Sizes

Just like clothing, sheets come in different sizes as they pertain to bed sizes. For sheets, there are “twin” sizes all the way up to what is called a “California King.” Your standard sizes are; Twin, Double, Queen, King, and Cali King.

A Word about Thread Count

If you are going to be a guru in bedding it is important you pay close attention to what I am about to write to you. The only real way to qualify the quality of a sheet, is by its thread count. So check it out. Back in the day, some manufacturers used to try to get ahead of the old ball and chain by doing what they double plying. This is a façade tactic these companies would use to increase their thread count and basically to make it more appealing. The higher the thread count, the better, in many people’s eye. Plus it goes for more money. Well consumers finally caught on and to make a long story short, companies must comply with governmental rules that say you can only count two ply as one thread instead of two. Horizontal and vertical threads per square inch of the fabric is the only way to really determine sheets. The higher the thread, the more dense, durable, and heavier it’ll be. Got it? Whew, good! The thread count can range below 200 and go over as high as 1000.

The Idiots Guide To Bed Sheets Explained

Let’s Get to the Good Stuff

And by good, I mean, the material. That’s what it is all about. Your sheet is only as good as its make. Make sense? Let’s say you want to your girlfriend over, and she goes into your bedroom. It’s a nice warm sunny day, and let’s say you live in a warmer climate region. Pop quiz! What material would be ideal for this occasion? You wouldn’t go wrong if you choose—Silk! Silk is made from Silk Worm. It is obviously very smooth, breathable, and keeps you cool after things get heated. Did I just say heated? Anyhow, for dates, and romantic occasions, Silk is a great pick. You also have the option of going with the most popular kind of sheet, Cotton. 100 percent Cotton is durable, breathable and soft as well. Plus, when it comes to you doing laundry, which is probably a scary thing, it is easier to maintain.
For the colder times in the year, you may choose to go with Flannel. Flannel is warm, cozy, and is cotton brushed so it can be smooth at times. If you want to pitch a fire in the living room, Flannel would be perfect for the occasion.

 

  • Polyester: Neater in appearance, typically wrinkle free but not as breathable as the others above.
  • Jersey: It is cooler than flannel, stretchable, breathable, and can be practical for colder nights.
  • Sateen: Is a more luxurious sheet, which it is made very soft to the touch. Will keep you warm as well.
  • Pima Cotton: Is known for its quality material and very, very comfortable.
  • Percale: Like a silk fabric, this is very smooth, and per typical, it will have a threat count hovering around 180. Bear in mind, it is costly.

 

Here’s My Recommendation!

Now that you know a little more about sheets, you are ready to go out and purchase one. You are ready to make that bed twenty times appealing. Sierra Grande Hotel: Okay, so you are going to spend a few bucks on this item but it’ll be worth it. Here’s why.

  • Made out of 100 percent Egyptian Cotton Percale
  • 200 thread
  • Two rows of colored satin stretching
  • Comes with a king fitted, king flat, and two pillow cases (king size)
  • Impressive texture, design, and feel to it
  • Breathable
  • Durable and will last you a long time

 

Conclusion

So we’ve made it through this review in one piece. That’s good! I think you are ready, and perhaps you will show off some of your knowledge that you learned from this primer. Feel free. Remember, when you buy a sheet, take your time and do some research. Threat counts are impressive to know, but learning what its fabric make, the company’s reputation, the price and whether or not you can afford will all be dynamic factors in helping you graduate from the idiot class of 2017.

How Are Bed Sheets Made?

How Are Bed Sheets Made?

Bed sheets are typically made of a variety of fibers. Some of the most commonly used fibers are cotton, linen, silk, flannel and percale. It is believed that the best bed sheets are made from Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton is known to be one of the finest grades of cotton in all the world. It is widely known for its softness, durability, and strength. Another factor that plays into making the best bed sheets, are the thread count. The higher thread count is, the more money you pay. But most people will agree that they would rather pay more and have your sheets last a long time, than buy cheap ones and have them come apart by a second wash. The best recommended thread count for bed sheets are 400 to 600 count.

bed-sheetsBed sheets are made in several steps and stages. The first step is called procuring. Cotton Procuring is when the cotton bales are bought and shipped to a manufacturer. Fiber blending is then carried out by a machine that opens a bale up and removes the top layers of cotton. Cotton fibers are then mixed together and impurities removed. Fibers are then sucked through tubes where blending and mixing continues. Once blended, fibers are moved to a carding machine for the third process. Carding is where a machine with thousands of fine teeth straighten and pull fibers to remove impurities. The cotton fibers then go through a process called roving. This is where cotton fibers continue to be blended together, straightened and joined together by a roving frame.

A roving frame winds and twists the cotton, roving it onto bobbins. After the cotton goes through a process of spinning and weaving it finally presents itself in a material form and the process of sheet making begins. All material is first cleaned and bleached prior to dyeing. After all material has been well cleaned and bleached, it is then dyed into whatever color the sheets are to be sold as. Then a resin is applied all over the material to prevent shrinking, then rolled onto a huge roll where it is ready to be cut and sewn. Cutting equipment then unravels the material from the roll as it cuts the sheet to a programed desired length. The material is then taken to a sewing machine that will then sew top and bottom hems. Sheets are then folded by hand or a machine and placed in shrink wrap. The sheets are finally packaged individually and shipped to sale, where they will hopefully be bought and placed on your warm bed and live happily ever after.