You know you’re growing up when you get excited about buying new sheets—but let’s be honest, it’s hard to beat a good night’s sleep. You’re wrapped up in your sheets for a third of your lifetime, so it’s worth getting good ones.
A new season is a time of change, and that goes for your sheets too. Here’s everything you need to know before buying new bed sheets for spring.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in a sweat? Perhaps you’ve missed out on precious ZZZs because you struggle to keep warm? You could be sleeping in the wrong material.
Choosing a material to match the climate is the first thing to consider when buying new sheets. As a general rule, sateen and silk are great materials for winter as they drape close to the body, trapping heat inside.
Cotton sheets are perfect for summer due to their breathable properties, while linen is an all-rounder. It can keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, thanks to its high air permeability and heat conductivity.
With this in mind, linen makes a winning springtime sheet as the days are hot yet the nights get cool. If you’re fond of daytime naps or likely to laze in bed on a Sunday with your good friend Netflix, you’ll be thankful for linen bringing you comfort from day to night.
Verdict: Linen for spring.
Allergies and spring go together like sleepless nights and coffee. If your skin is on the sensitive side, look out for brands producing pure-finish sheets, aka chemical-free sheets.
Most sheets are treated with chemicals to avoid shrinkage and wrinkling. The chemical-free variety may cost more and may not keep their shape as well, but, they should give you an allergy-free sleep—and that’s priceless.
Verdict: If allergies are an issue for you, avoid chemically treated sheets.
What’s the deal with thread count?
Thread count measures a sheet’s smoothness and durability. You’d be likely to assume the higher thread count the better, but it’s not as important as bedding marketing makes it out to be.
Sure, high thread count is good, but it’s the type of thread that matters most. They key to look out for is the fibre. A sheet with a low thread count and high-quality fibre will last longer and feel more luxurious than a high thread count with poor-quality fibre.
Verdict: Stop counting threads and look out for fibre quality.
Don’t forget to consider colour
It may be materialistic, but choosing the right colour to match your bedspread and bedroom plays an important factor in loving your new sheets. Working with a blank canvas? Some trending colours this spring include lavender, sky blue, blushing coral and pastel green. Oh, and remember, white sheets never go out fashion.
Verdict: Stay within the colour palate of your bedroom or if in doubt, go white.
Conduct the feel test
It’s that simple. Feel the sheets by hand and if you like what you’re feeling, chances are you’ll enjoy sleeping in them.
Verdict: Hand feel beats the numbers on a packet.
Look out for the weave
What’s in a weave? A lot, actually. The weave of the fabric affects the way sheets look, feel and ultimately cost. From basic plain to upscale plain and intricate weaves, there’s loads of different types designed for various purposes.
It’s safe to say, it can all get a weave bit confusing. The best way to choose the right weave for you is by simply feeling the sheets.
Verdict: Choosing the best weave comes down to personal preference.
If ethical choices help you sleep better at night, then consider 100% organic cotton, bamboo, natural fibre hemp, or organic linen, and look out for brands preaching fair-trade, cruelty-free, sustainable manufacturing and biodegradable packaging. Sustainable sheets are also healthier as they use natural dyes and zero chemicals.
Verdict: Go all-natural in the bedroom for a healthier and guilt-free sleep.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match
Do your feet really need the same luxe sheets as your face? Didn’t think so. We often buy sheets in sets, but mix and matching is one way to customise your bedding.
If you have your heart set on the perfect organic linen set of sheets but can’t justify the price tag, just buy the top sheet. Perhaps you have oily skin or forget to wash make off every now and then? (No judgement). Go for less expensive pillowcases. Simple!
Verdict: Don’t get sucked in to buying a whole set, try mixing and matching to customise your bed sheets.