We love sleep just as much as the next person, and we know that sheets play a big role in getting comfy. But do you ever find yourself wondering what material is right for you? Or if thread count really matters? Those are all the questions—and more—that we asked when creating our own line of Rest & Renew sheets, and we’re here to go under cover(s) with our sheet buying guide.
1. Know your fibers
Perfect for: Those who love a T-shirt feel
Organic choices are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. They are typically woven from GOTS-certified organic cotton, which stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. This means the process used to make them was eco-friendly from start to finish, and the fibers used are free from pesticides. Plus, they’re just plain comfy.
Perfect for: Those who sleep warm
Say hello to another new favorite in the sheet world. A natural fiber option, TENCEL® is woven with sustainably sourced Lyocell fibers using an eco-friendly process. The result is a refreshingly cool and ultra-smooth feel that’s perfect for anyone who tends to sleep hot.
Perfect for: Those who love an extra-soft feel
Egyptian cotton is a universally great choice for anyone looking to upgrade their linens. It’s woven from the world’s finest, long-fiber cotton, which produces a long, strong thread that’s prized for its lasting strength and smoothness.
Perfect for: Those who love a relaxed look
Timeless and durable, linen blend sheets offer a casual “lived-in” look with natural crinkling. It’s great for those who love that perfectly imperfect look, and the sheets continue to get softer and softer with each wash.
Perfect for: Those who love a silky-soft feel
Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics. Cotton is a budget-friendly choice that’s known for exceptional comfort and durability. Plus, this natural fiber offers a cool touch for those that tend to sleep hot.
2. Know your weaves
When it comes to sheets, there are essentially two main weaves. The first is percale, which is a balanced weave, meaning it has the same number of threads across as down. This provides a more crisp and durable weave.
On the other hand, sateen weaves have more threads going across than down. This gives a more smooth and silky feel, with a bit of sheen when it catches the light. It all comes down to your personal preference, so we recommend taking note and giving both weaves a feel before buying.
3. Thread count isn’t everything
Okay, we know this question is a big one. Most of us are trained to think that thread count is the most important thing to consider when buying sheets, but that’s not always the case. While thread count does matter, the fiber and weave will likely have more of an impact on your comfort level. Calculated as the number of threads per inch, 300 to 500 thread count is generally really good, though anything over 200 can be quite comfy.
4. Think about the environment
These days, environmentally-friendly choices are becoming more readily available, which is great for everyone. Look for certifications like OEKO-TEX, which is the process our sheets use. This means the sheets are made with water-based dyes and free from harmful chemicals, using a superior process that is healthy for the planet.
5. Think about the maker
We know today’s consumers care about the source of the product, and that’s why we recommend going Fair Trade Certified™ whenever possible. By choosing a Fair Trade Certified™ product, you’re creating higher standards for everyone, by ensuring that people are working in safer conditions and earning money to empower and uplift their communities.
6. Always go machine washable
Last, but certainly not least, always check to make sure your sheets are machine washable. Since this is an item that requires frequent washing, you’ll want to give yourself the most convenient care option possible.