Bed sheets: which is the best for us?
Sleeping well means also to be comfortable in your bed, wrapped in a set of sheets that are right for us: not too hot, not too cool; of the right fabric. And perhaps with colour and look that not only please us but also well matching with our furniture.
But what is the best fabric for our sheets?
100% pure cotton sheets
This is our first choice, the most classic and the simplest: cotton is suitable for all seasons, as it absorbs moisture and gives freshness in the summer and also keeps the heat in the colder months. It also has the advantage of resisting well to high temperatures in the washing machine, which makes it optimal for sheets that we will wash frequently.
The further and final advantage lies in its cheapness: the cost is usually low when compared to other more precious materials.
Our choice: Caleffi Paul sheets by Caleffi.
Percale is not a material but a type of cotton processing, that is a simple weave of very thin and dense cotton films. The high density of threads gives softness and a very sweet touch sensation, almost similar to velvet. It is no coincidence that percale sheets are considered a very valuable piece and have many positive characteristics: percale is more breathable than normal cotton and from this derives a greater sense of freshness. These sheets are also light and airy and can be washed without excessive worries in the washing machine – the dense texture of the percale makes it very resistant to “pilling” and therefore can withstand many washes.
Last note: if we were undecided between percale and satin or linen, remember that while the latter are fabrics that are very shiny, percale sheets have a matte finish.
Our choice: olive and terracotta sheets by Dalfilo.
Cotton satin sheets
Like percale, satin is not a fabric but rather a type of processing: an intertwining of the warp threads with those of the weft with sparse weft binding points with a regular arrangement. In the case of cotton satin, the effect is a smooth fabric with two opposite sides: on one side it is shiny, on the other it is opaque. The lustre of cotton satin makes it particularly elegant, highly sought after for finer and more modern beds like STROMBOLI by Target Point, and with a very pleasant effect on our skin: a fresh and soft sensation that recalls the touch of silk. But the merits of cotton satin are not only aesthetic: satin sheets are in fact hypoallergenic and able to adapt very well to our body temperature – cool in summer, warm in winter.
Note: washing does not require special attention – the washing machine is fine – but perhaps preferring a low temperature and a specific detergent for delicate garments. Satin also takes some time to adapt to the temperature of our body, which is why when we slip under the sheets in winter we may feel cold for a few seconds. Obviously, the elegance of satin comes at a certain price – usually much lower than simple cotton household linen.
Our choice: Finiseta sheets by Dondi.
Linen is one of the fabrics used for the longest time by humans – also the mummies of Ancient Egypt are made of linen – and one of the most valuable: it is composed of 70% cellulose and is known for its great versatility which makes it suitable not only for the production of household linen but also for clothing. The immediately noticeable qualities of this fabric are its pleasantness to the touch, lightness, softness, and the perennially “creased” look – which prevents us from worrying about ironing it. Other less evident but equally important advantages are: its adaptability to temperatures and its breathable nature; resistance – linen sheets can withstand time and washing even twice as much as cotton linen; its being hypoallergenic, antibacterial and antistatic – it does not attract dust.
The last major advantage is environmental: the eco-sustainability of linen is much higher than that of cotton as the flax plants do not require irrigation. Obviously, all these qualities will cost us: linen is by far the most valuable material among those we have considered, but also the most expensive.
Our choice: sheets by Fazzini Brera.
Target Point, Italian Ideas