Choosing the Right Bedding For a Good Night's Rest

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Let's face it, once it comes to picking out the right sheets there are tons of options to choose from.

And I'm not just talking about the way it looks!

Aside from having a quality mattress and good pillow, having a good night's sleep really comes down to knowing what fabric for your bedding works best for you.

So let's jump right in and find the best sheets for your sleeping style!

(1) Egyptian Cotton


The king of all cotton! This particular type of cotton is typically grown in the native regions of Peru and the West Indies and is the most preferred cotton bedding out there!

The reason being?

It's thin plant fibers won't pill because the plant itself produces little to no lint, making them perfect for those that are sensitive to dust allergies.

Not to mention that they are extremely, smooth to the touch and can be made in many color ranges!


Things to consider: Unfortunately Egyptian cotton is a big culprit of retaining body heat and also tends to be on the thin side of the sheet spectrum, not to mention the large price tag.

(2) Polyester

Since this synthetic product is man-made, this type of bedding is the cheapest on this list.

It's soft hand and strong fibers mean that it won't wrinkle easily unlike other natural fabrics.

Plus its great at retaining its original shape due to the fibers elastic qualities; take that baggy sheets! ;)

Things to consider: Unlike cotton which becomes softer over the years, polyester sheets have the shortest lifespan as the fibers tend to stiffen up over time.

They are also known to pill easily and aren't very forgiving once it comes to stains.

(3) Flannel


If you hate cold winters and want to be shrouded in a warmth when you sleep this is the perfect option for you!

It's napped texture gives it a nice velvety touch along with providing a wrinkle-free bedding

And unlike other sheets that rely on thread counts, flannel follows a weight indicator to measure its quality.

Meaning that the higher the number, the warmer it is!

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Things to consider: Having a napped texture for bedding means sacrificing a quick drying solution. It also best serves the winter months and isn't good as year-round solution.

Unless you live in Alaska...then you're probably all over this!

(4) Sateen


Unlike Egyptian Cotton that tends to come in blends, Sateen is truly 100% cotton!

The name actually stems from a similar woven technique that is used in traditional Satin (hence "Sateen")

It's smooth, slick hand feel and sheen on the finish makes it a big contender on the sheet market.

It is also heavier in weight than traditional cotton and comes in a variety of colors with a cheaper price point.

Things to consider: Because of its weave, Sateen isn't very breathable and retains heat easily.

Price wise it goes up there with silk and Egyptian cotton.

(5) Percale


I have to admit, I'm somewhat biased towards this one.

If you hate sleeping hot and want to have a cool, crisp touch to your sleeping experience, then you've found your match!

Afterall, Percale is the most commonly used fabric for bedding in the hospitality industry.

This is because it is extremely breathable, easy to take care of, and has great durability while still maintaining softness.


Things to consider: The only real drawback with Percale is that it is more prone to wrinkles when compared to Polyester or Flannel

Also for those wanting that "shiny" appearance in their bedding you won't find it here as Percale is typically matte in sheen.

(6) Silk


For those that want to sleep like a queen in silk pajamas, why not opt for silk sheets?

Silk's slippery feel and luxurious look make them perfect for those that want to feel a little more regal in their sleep.

Due to their superfine fibers, silk is naturally hypoallergenic and also a great option if you hate having bed hair in the morning.

Not to mention that their insulative properties actually keeps your body at an optimum temperature.


Things to consider: Aside from the extra cost of fine silk, it is known to absorb lots of moisture along with having a very glossy sheen which may turn off a few on-lookers.

Also, thread count is a big deal once it comes to silk bedding. So the higher the number, the better!

(7) Bamboo


A newcomer in the bedding industry and one for the books!

Bamboo has so many amazing properties including great durability, being nonabsorbent and it won't trap excess heat.

It is also very soft on the hand (I dare say even more soft than cotton) and hypoallergenic.

Oh and did I mention its the most sustainable plant-based fabric out there to-date?


Things to consider: Be ready to pull out your wallet as these sheets aren't cheap!

Unlike other fabrics, they also require gentle care when washing and can wrinkle easily.