What is foremost important to you when you shop for bed linen? Is it color? Is it the fabric design? Is it what it is made from? Is it quality and durability? Is it price? Here are a couple tips to help you decide how to shop for what best fits your specific wants and needs.
Bed linen is that essential part of the made bed nobody sees until it's time to crawl under the covers and go to sleep at night and it includes sheets and pillow cases and anything else that goes under the covers. It's basically a covering over the pillows and mattress in order to protect them and keep them clean.
What is foremost important to you as you shop for bed linen? If you want something that coordinates with your bedroom, you can easily find a large variety of every imaginable color, solid colors as well as prints. If you're main interest is the material, you will find polyester, bamboo, linen, cotton, silk and Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton originally was harvested in Egypt but is now grown other places as well. Egyptian cotton uses longer threads and that's what sets it apart from other cotton fabrics. Longer threads results in higher quality and stronger durability. Different weaves in a fabric like a stripe or plaid bring still more variety and there are some that have a special enhanced weave that results in a more durable material.
When you're shopping for bed linen, you will notice there are different thread counts. The thread count is the number of threads woven both lengthwise and width wise in a one inch square. Thread counts generally range from 200 to 1800. You may think that the higher the thread count, the better the product. Maybe yes, maybe no.
There is something more to keep in mind. A thinner and finer yarn size will give you a higher thread count. This results in a softer, more comfortable product and a tighter weave but may not necessarily be as durable. Yet another factor to consider is how many threads are twisted together to make a single strand of thread. Two ply translates into two strands, three ply would be three. So a three ply, 300 thread count would be a thicker and likely a more durable fabric than a higher one ply count. A higher one ply count would be a thinner and softer fabric by comparison.