Bedding Fabrics 101
What Type of Bedding Do You Need?
We’ve talked quite a bit about the different types of bedding fabrics here. However, we definitely haven’t mentioned all of them, especially not in much detail. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best bedding fabrics out there, as well as on some that we haven’t really mentioned that often.
- Cotton. Well, duh! We mention cotton only several times each article and that’s pretty understandable – cotton is the ideal bedding fabric. Especially Egyptian cotton and some other organic types are some of the most sought-after types of fabrics. The only drawback that can be said about cotton is the fact that it’s a bit harder to iron. Those 5-10 extra minutes spent ironing, however, are well worth it, considering the comfort that cotton provides. A cotton sheet will not make you sweat during the night, it won’t trigger any allergies or other skin irritations. Cotton bedding is also very durable and preserves its great look and feel for years.
- Percale. Yes, we told you we’ll go into fabrics that we haven’t mentioned that often. Percale is typically made from 100% cotton, linen or other fabrics. What makes it what it is is not so much the initial fabric, as much as the way it’s woven. This, as well as the thick threading, is what makes percale sheets both very smooth and extremely durable. Percale sheets never shrink after washing. Percale bedding also becomes softer and smoother with time and is especially suitable for warm weather, despite its thickness.
- Satin cotton. You’re probably starting to notice the theme here – You want nice beddings? It needs to have cotton in it. Satin cotton is made with a specific technology as well. The end result is a fabric that has the shine of satin, but the softness and strength of cotton. Sheets of satin cotton are soft and smooth like silk, keep you cool during the summer, and warm during the winter. They are not without their drawbacks too, however – they are a bit more expensive than other fabrics and also shrink with ~2% after washing.
- Ranforce cotton. Another type of fabric that’s made from 100% cotton but with a different technology. Ranforce is matte, it lacks the shine of satin cotton, but is as soft and smooth. Sheets of this material are suitable for all seasons because they help the body to regulate its temperature. They are not the cheapest sheets but are much stronger than regular cotton sheets, they’re resistant to wear and their colors remain perfect for years. If you decide to buy ranforce note that the fabric shrinks by about 4-5% after washing.
- Microfiber. Enough with the cotton! Microfiber sheets are considerably cheaper than most other types. Microfiber often gets a lot of bad-mouthing, but what wouldn’t when compared to cotton? That’s why we decided to throw in some nice words about it - microfiber is soft and pleasant to the touch. It also doesn’t need ironing. It keeps quite warm, so this type of bedding is rather appropriate during the winter months.
There are of course a lot of other types of fabrics out there and we’ve mentioned most of them in our other articles. Whichever fabric you choose, as long as it suits your needs and turns your sleep into a bliss – you won’t go wrong