There are many differences when it comes to staying in a 5 star hotel and a no-star hotel; but one of the small, (and VERY important), distinctions are the sheets on the bed. You can be sure that the sheets at the Ritz Carlton are quite different from those you’ll sleep on at Motel 6. Here’s a guide to buying sheets that will give your own bed the luxuriousness of a stay at the Waldorf Astoria.
Thread Count. One of the most important factors when buying sheets, thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical yarns in one square inch of fabric. Keep in mind that the higher the thread-count, the softer, smoother and longer-lasting the sheets. While this is an important factor, ply and type of fiber used also factor into the overall quality (and cost) of your purchase.
Ply. Sometimes softness is sacrificed for durability by using the two-ply method, (twisting together two yarns to form a thicker strand), when sheets are being manufactured. Keep in mind that durability is a by-product of higher thread-counts, and single-ply is what you’re really looking for when buying your luxury sheets.
Fiber. There are four ideal fabrics when determining which sheets to purchase. Cotton is breathable, less likely to stain and easy to care for. Organic Cotton is grown without chemicals, it’s eco-friendly and less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Egyptian Cotton has longer fibers that increase overall durability, but most importantly it gets softer with each washing. Microfiber Polyester has super thin fibers that produce amazingly soft and lightweight sheets that resist wrinkles and pills.
Luxury sheets can be pricey, but deals are out there if you know what you’re looking for. (Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx are good stores to begin your quest for luxury bedding). If you’re a real savvy broad, you’ll have one set of luxury sheets in your home…every diva deserves some. One thing is for sure, once you’ve slept on 1000 thread-count, single ply, Egyptian cotton sheets you’ll never be the same.