What's your ideal sheet feel?
|You like sheets that feel ||Consider sheets with |
|Lightweight and crisp ||Percale weave |
|Silky and luxurious feel ||Sateen weave |
|Soft T-shirt feel ||Jersey weave |
|Soft and cool feel ||Cotton fabrics |
|Soft and smooth ||Modal, Tencel® fabrics |
|Crisp ||Cotton/Polyester blend |
Are you looking for fabrics made with less environmental impact?
If you're looking for greener bedding, consider:
- Organic cotton — grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers
- Viscose made from bamboo — a synthetic fiber created from renewable bamboo plants that grow quickly and do not require replanting
- Tencel® — a man-made fiber made from the natural cellulose found in trees.
What thread count do you want?
One popular way to evaluate sheets is by thread count, which determines fabric softness. Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric, both vertical and horizontal. Assuming you are looking for the softest sheet, all other things being equal, a higher thread count will be best. But keep in mind thread count is only one part of the equation — the type of fiber, size of the yarn, and how it is finished all contribute to the overall quality.
(Note: Jersey or "T-sheets" won't have a thread count, because they're knitted, not woven.)
What is your mattress depth?
Not sure what size your mattress is? Measure it and use the table below as a guide.
Mattress depth is the measure of the mattress's thickness from top to bottom. Sheet manufacturers' use it to determine the "pocket depth" your fitted bottom sheet will require.
Don't forget to include the height of any mattress pads or toppers to your mattress depth—a featherbed can easily move your mattress up a size in pocket depth!
|Mattress Depth ||Sheet Pocket Size |
|7 to 12 inches ||Standard |
|13 to 17 inches ||Deep |
|18 to 25 inches ||Extra Deep |
What size is your mattress?
Sheets are sold based on mattress size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, or California King.
|Mattress Measurement ||Mattress Size |
|39 inches wide x 76 inches long ||Twin |
|39 inches wide x 80 inches long ||Twin XL |
|53 inches wide x 75 inches long ||Full |
|60 inches wide x 80 inches long ||Queen |
|76 inches wide x 80 inches long ||King |
|72 inches wide x 84 inches long ||California King |