Bedding Materials: How To Choose the Best

Bedding is subjective. What one person finds comfy may feel completely different from someone else. However, there are standardised measures of quality. This article will go through them all, explaining the differences and the range of factors to consider.

Sheet Thread Count Meaning

The term “thread count” is most frequently used to describe cotton fabrics and literally refers to the number of threads per square inch of the sheet. The higher the thread count, the more comfortable. 

If you hear the terms “warp” and “weft”, they just refer to the threads’ direction. The weft is horizontal, while the warp is vertical.

So, what is a good thread count for sheets? The thread count of the best sheets is normally between 200 and 400. Lower than 180 thread counts typically have a coarser texture. Any number above 400 is probably an exaggerated figure caused by multi-ply thread, so you’ll pay more for a sheet that doesn’t genuinely feel softer.

Bedding Size

In the UK, bedding sizes are standardised. You’ll discover that bedding is created to be just a little bit larger than the mattress it’s made for, for optimal cosiness. Some people prefer to size up for more comfort, so will buy king-size bedding for a double bed.

Find out more about bedding sizes, here: Bedding Size Guide.

Bedding fabric types

Cotton, silk, or linen are the three main types of materials used to make bed sheets. But what is the most comfortable bedding material?

Cotton bedding

Bedding Materials: How To Choose the Best

Cotton is the most popular material for bedding. This is because they generally feel cooler and more comfortable. Cotton is strong, simple to clean, and engineered to move moisture away from the body. Depending on your preferences and budget, there are many different cotton bed sheet options available.

If cotton bedding interests you, take a look at our 100% cotton Clarissa Hulse Filix Duvet Cover (pictured).

Polyester Bedding

Bedding Materials: How To Choose the Best

In general, bed sheets made of polyester can last years of washing and use because the fibre is tough and does not easily wear out.

Polyester bedding is also a good choice for those who have a lower bedding budget. Due to the usage of synthetic fibre in their production, polyester bed sheets are comparatively inexpensive. The cost of other fibre sheets is often high. 

Take a look at our cotton and polyester blend Harlequin Amazilia Duvet Cover (pictured).

Linen bedding

Typically, linen sheets feel rougher to touch and cost more than cotton sheets. In countries with warmer climates, linen sheets are highly popular since they are cooler on the skin than cotton sheets. They are however challenging to iron, so they’re not the best option if you’re looking for something low maintenance, but they are quite durable, meaning they will last longer if you take good care of them.

Silk bedding

Last but not least are silk sheets. They are cosy, soft, and made to keep you warm in the chilly winter months whilst also keeping you cool in the summer. Silk’s inherent qualities naturally whisk away body moisture to keep you dry and comfortable all night. 

Silk bedding is also great for allergy sufferers. It also resists mould and mildew. Because silk is inherently hypoallergenic, it can also be very helpful for people with eczema or other sensitive skin disorders.

Bedding styles

Patterned bedding

Bedding Materials: How To Choose the Best

Printed bedding is a great way to add colour and contrast to a more understated bedroom. Patterns might take the form of geometric patterns or organic shapes.

Our Harlequin Quintessence Duvet Cover (pictured) is great for those looking to bring a bit of colour to their bedroom.

Plain bedding

Bedding Materials: How To Choose the Best

Plain bedding is a wise choice if you’re an accessory enthusiast. Select a solid colour that either contrasts with or complements the colour palette of your bedroom. 

Have a look at our Sanderson Manderley Duvet Cover (pictured) if you’re looking for a more understated bed cover.

Fastening options

There are many options, such as buttons, poppers, hook and eyes, and no fastening. Before purchasing, be sure to thoroughly read the product description, especially if changing the sheets isn’t your favourite task.

How to choose

So, how do you decide? The main factors to consider when deciding which bedding materials to go with are:

  • Temperature – do you want to be warmer or cooler when you sleep?
  • Price – how much are you willing to spend on your sheets?
  • Aesthetics – patterned, colourful or plain? Take a look at your bedroom and decide what will go best.

If you’re still not sure, then cotton may be your best bet. There’s a reason it’s the most popular bedding material. It’s a good all-rounder – durable, good price, keeps you cool and looks good.

Bedding at Mattressman

At Mattressman we provide a variety of high-quality bed sheets, so it’s just a matter of picking one perfect for you and your bedtime preferences.