SIMPLIFYING LINEN – Thread counts, materials, and linen terms can often be very daunting. This guide is to help all you linen lovers when selecting your next sheet purchase and ensuring a great night’s sleep.
THREAD COUNTS – Lets talk quality not threads
One of the biggest misconceptions is that the higher the thread count the better quality the product. Great marketing; the higher the number the better the product!
The thread count simply refers to the number of threads within a certain portion of fabric, normally calculated within 10cm square of fabric. However, the quality of the fabric is the most important aspect of finding the best product. The type of the yarn used, the process of the weaving and the finish of the products are also very important.
Everyone has individual preferences so use you hands to do the talking, if it’s the right weight, material and texture then there the sheets for you! Remember breathability is important.
LINEN SIZES – “Will this fit my bed?”
Often brands and their products can differ in specifications and measurements.
Here is the Australian most common sheet and quilt cover sizes (40cm is a deep wall for a mattress; try it with you tape measure and you’ll be surprised at how generous this is!)
|Fitted sheet||Flat sheet|
|Single||91 x 193 x 40cm||180 x 260cm|
|King single||107 x 203 x 40cm||180 x 274cm|
|Double||137 x 193 x 40cm||230 x 260cm|
|Queen||152 x 203 x 40cm||245 x 260cm|
|King||180 x 203 x 40cm||260 x 275cm|
Quilt cover sizes
|Single||140 x 210cm|
|Double||180 x 210cm|
|Queen||210 x 210cm|
|King||245 x 210cm|
MATERIALS – “What materials is this?”
With so many different materials on offer choosing the right one can be difficult! Once you discover your preference linen buying will be easy! The five materials you come across most often are cotton, Egyptian cotton, Bamboo cotton, poly-cotton linen, and bamboo cotton.
Cotton – Probably one of the most sort after materials due to its breathability and soft nature. Cotton is also durable and easy to maintain (although some sheets made from 100% cotton will wrinkle and may need ironing). The feeling of the product depends on the type, quality and manufacturing of the cotton, not necessarily the thread count.
Egyptian cotton – Like its name suggests Egyptian cotton is grown in Egypt. This luxury cotton is known for is softness and durability and arguably superior to any other cotton. Egyptian cotton is also less likely to pill or lint and is worth spending a little extra on!
Bamboo cotton – Bamboo sheets are usually a bamboo cotton blend. 60% bamboo 40% cotton, this would be a typical blend allowing the properties of the bamboo to work and the cotton to give the sheet strength and durability.
Bamboo sheets are incredibly soft to touch, softer than cotton and linen. Bamboo sheets are sustainable, naturally antimicrobial and moisture wicking. Bamboo sheets breath better than cotton sheets while wicking the moisture away from your body keeping you cool and comfortable all year around. The perfect wellbeing sheet is the bamboo sheet.
Poly-Cotton blend – This refers to a blend of cotton and either polyester or rayon. With man made products like polyester the product may not breathe as well as a natural fibre such as cotton and bamboo. Don’t be put off however poly cotton products are amongst the most affordable. Even the most luxurious hotels use sheets with polyester in them due to their anti-crease technology and long lasting durability.
Linen – Amongst the most expensive materials, linen has amazing properties which help aid to its superior quality. Made from the fibres of the flax plant, Linen will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. Linen is a completely natural feeling material that is hypo-allergenic and breathes. As a thicker material, linen can crinkle more than some of the other aforementioned yarns.
SATEEN VS PERALE – “Does how it’s made really matter?”
Sateen: Sateen is a tightly woven material. In the weaving process four threads are on top which gives the surface a smooth and silky feeling. These sheets are heavier and more luxurious then percale. Sateen sheets present and feel silky. Sateen sheets may not breath as well unless of course there is bamboo in them.
Percale: This is a breathable construction. In this weaving process the threads are evenly distributed with on thread over and one under. Depending on the process and finishes it can either be crisp or soft so have a feel before you buy. Percale sheets can be made using a low thread count aiding the breathability of the sheet whilst feeling more like a higher thread count. Percale sheets in a 250 thread count for instance may have a better feel, greater durability than some of the higher thread counts.