Have you ever bought what seemed to be a perfect bedding set and found out it just didn’t work for you because the material irritated your skin or was just a chore to clean properly? Well, it’s happened to the best of us, even me.
To avoid such pitfalls and ensure the best comfort, you should inform yourself about every material that bedding is commonly made out of. I designed this article to do just that – give you everything you need to know to make an informed purchase. So, let’s skip straight to it!
How To Choose The Right Material For Your Bedding
To choose the right material for your bedding, you need to know as much as possible about every material available – or at least the most common ones. You should know all their benefits and downsides. That’s what I’ll tell you about in this section.
Cotton – Ah, cotton, the most well-known bedding material and a bonafide staple of the industry from the start. It has been a staple for a good reason – it’s a lightweight, soft, durable and highly breathable type of fabric. It’s also easy to wash and lasts for ages.
Because of its longevity, it also has almost endless variations which are bound to have some quality that you will like. What you need to note about different variants is this – the longer the length of the fabric, the better the quality.
Despite being so widely used, cotton is not a perfect material. It provides poor insulation, and it won’t help you much in the winter. It won’t help you all that much in the summer either – even though it breathes well, it retains moisture which includes your sweat.
Wool – It’s a common misconception that wool is only gathered from sheep – goats and similar animals also provide wool. Because of this, there are many types of wool out there, but most have one quality in common – they’re exceptionally good insulators. Wool covers are a godsend during cold winters.
However, it tends to irritate your skin if it’s not the finest wool and it doesn’t breathe well. Merino wool, though, is an exception and it breathes well while being soft and non-irritating. In addition to that, it absorbs moisture well while still feeling dry.
Linen – An often overlooked and expensive material, linen is not on the mind of most people. However, it is one of the most breathable and soft materials out there, and it absorbs next to no moisture.
The one major downside is that it wrinkles easily, but if you don’t mind that, and the cost, it’s one of the best choices out there.
Silk – Often associated with luxury, silk is not as expensive and uncommon as it used to be. It will still make you feel like you’re royalty and will be incredibly soft on your skin. It is also exceptionally durable and a great insulator to boot.
However, while not that expensive it is still more costly than most other materials. It also absorbs a lot of moisture and is easy to stain. Cleaning it can be a hassle as well. When comparing silk vs. cotton sheets, this is an important thing to consider.
Naturally Derived Fibers
Bamboo – These fabrics have gained popularity in recent times due to being highly breathable, durable, lightweight and inexpensive to boot. However, they are often made using questionable methods, so you should think twice if you don’t want to support such bad practices.
Modal and Tencel – Just like bamboo fabrics, these fabrics are also considered to be a hybrid between natural and synthetic fabrics. They are both derived from wood pulp and provide a good alternative to cotton. They are soft, breathable, easy to maintain, resistant to wrinkling and highly durable.
The only major downside is that they collect a lot of moisture, but they are a superior alternative to cotton for the most part.
Polyester – This is one of the most versatile materials out there. Fabrics made from it are incredibly durable, resistant to wrinkling, easy to wash and maintain while not absorbing moisture. Early versions were not breathable enough, but that is a thing of the past, which makes the polyester vs. cotton comforter debate completely obsolete.
The only major concern is environmental friendliness – these fabrics are biodegradable and are essentially plastic.
The 3 Types Of Bed Sheets That You Should Know About
In the end, let me take a moment to spotlight a few special types of bed sheets that you need to keep an eye out for.
Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheets – These are bed sheets made from the finest quality cotton, and they are completely environmentally friendly. They’re also the softest thing you will ever feel and breathe incredibly well during the summer.
Sateen Bed Sheets – Woven using a special technique that leaves the fabric as smooth as silk, these bed sheets are luxurious and sure to keep you warm in the winter due to their thickness. Watch out though – they’re not as durable as others.
Jersey Bed Sheets – These sheets are made out of knit cotton which ensures that they are warmer and more durable than regular cotton sheets. They are also called “t-shirt sheets” because they have a similar feel to cotton t-shirts.
The Final Word
Well, I could keep on talking about different bedding types for days, but I think you’ve had enough. Now you know practically everything you need to know to make an informed purchase. If you happen to have any questions just pop them into the comments – I’ll be happy to answer them.