How to Choose Bed Sheets

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Most bed sheet sets come with a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillow cases. If you need additional pillow cases you can usually purchase them separately.

The right bed sheets can add a special touch to your bedroom.

Choosing sheets should be a bit more complicated than just picking up the first package you see. Consider various factors to get the right sheets for you and your bedroom. Then put them on your bed and get ready to lounge.

Step 1

Choose a color that will complement the comforter and the bedroom. Keep in mind that lighter-colored bed sheets will show stains easier than darker-colored ones; darker-colored bed sheets will show fading from washing easier than lighter-colored ones.

Step 2

Measure the depth of the mattress (in inches) and note the bed type (twin, full, queen, king). On the bed sheet packaging, the depth will sometimes be listed as the "pocket." Choose a pocket size that is closest to the depth of your mattress.

Step 3

Choose the fabric type, such as cotton, polyester or silk that appeals to you and that has care needs you can accommodate. Egyptian cotton sheets are made from thinner and longer cotton fibers and considered of the highest quality. Feel and test the fabrics in person. Keep in mind that polyester or cotton/poly blends will tend to feel uncomfortable in high humidity; rayon sheets will feel cooler to the touch than cotton.

Step 4

Look at the thread count, which is the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The higher thread counts indicate increasing softness. A 300 to 400 thread count or higher is considered good quality. At the upper ends of thread count the difference is not very noticeable (800 thread count and 1,000 thread count feel the same).

Step 5

Compare prices online and at stores. Once you know the size, type and quality of the bed sheets you want to purchase, see where you can find the best prices.