How to Find Soft Sheets

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Soft sheets are one of the luxuries that many people never think about. Having the right set of sheets can change the way you sleep at night. Sheets can be quite expensive so here is how to find the perfect set of sheets at the right price.

  • Use what you've got. Add fabric softener to your wash & see if it softens your sheets up a bit. Sheets that are a little worn can be as comfortable as the highest thread count.

  • Buy solid colors. Designer sheets used to mean a crazy pattern that matched a comforter. Solid colors of sheets can match just as well, but they are often less expensive. You can get a plain set of high thread count sheets for what a scratchy floral pattern would cost.

  • Make sure they fit properly. If your sheets feel uncomfortable, they may just not be the right size. Yes, there are the standards of queen, king, full & twin. However, if you have a pillow top mattress or a memory foam pad on top of your bed you may need sheets with a deeper pocket. If you use an extra deep pocket on a regular mattress it will always have large wrinkles in it.

  • Check the thread count. Many designer sheets have about a 210 thread count & a fancy label on them. This does not mean that they will be soft sheets. If you walk into a chain store & buy the lowest priced sheet they will usually be about the same thread count. This is what most of us think of when we think of sheets, just the standard sheet.

    A high thread count doesn't always mean that the sheets will work for you. If the thread count is near 1000 it can feel like suede & can seem suffocating. A thread count near 400 will still have a low price but be really soft.

  • You don't have to buy high thread count sheets to have soft bedding. Consider buying flannel sheets for winter. These are some of the lowest priced sheets out there but they are comfy & warm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid bed in a bags. Yes, you get a fully coordinated bed set, but the sheets are often of a lower quality.
  • Don't forget the duvet. Notice how much you snuggle up to your comforter. It may be worth it to invest in a duvet in a soft material like velvet, ultra suede, or a soft cotton.

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