Stop buying new bedding every few years. Instead, learn about thread count, materials, fills, and more so you can make the most of your linens.
Shopping for bedding is a tedious task—which is why we've outlined everything you need to know about buying sheets, pillows, comforters, and more. We'll help you understand what materials, fills, weaves, and other factors work best in the bedroom. Our tips are guaranteed to prolong the life of your linens, while also adding custom style to your space.
Don't brush aside thread count—that number is an important indicator of how long your sheets will last. By definition, thread count is the number of yarns per square inch of sheet, so the higher the thread count, the higher the quality. Thread count can also indicate comfort, as sheets with a higher number are often softer. Generally, look for sheets with a thread count between 200 and 800 for linens that are both durable and soft.
The material of your linens is a key indicator of its performance and longevity. When it comes to sheets and bedding sets, there are many material options.
The right fill for a comforter or pillow depends on the person. Just like with materials, there are many options.
When deciding on the fill of your comforter or pillows, also consider the lifespan of the material. Down-filled pillows and comforters hold up better than synthetic stuffings. You'll need to replace synthetic fills every two years, while down-filled items can last up to a decade.
Similar to thread count, a sheet's weave can help predict its performance.
Most linens fall into a standard size, but it's still important to measure your bed to make sure they'll fit—especially if you have a bulky mattress topper. Measure the width, depth, and length of your mattress to determine sheet size. Common dimensions include:
Bedrooms are very personal places. Pick patterns, colors, and pillows that speak to your individual style. Then customize your linens to increase utility.
The best way to extend the life of your linens is to carefully follow laundry care labels. Sheets, pillowcases, comforters, blankets, and more are all equipped with standard icons to indicate instructions for drying, washing, dry-cleaning, ironing, and bleaching. Pay attention to these labels before purchasing the product to make sure you're willing to commit to the item's care needs. Frequent washing will break down material quality, while hot temperatures can shrink fibers.