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Sheets: The icing to top off a Perfect Mattress

Now that you have your Voila mattress, it’s time to put something ON your mattress, other than yourself. We’re talking sheets.

Sheets come in several “flavors.” There is cotton (including flannel), silk and satin, even bamboo and eucalyptus wood.

The vast majority of us prefer cotton sheets, so we’ll concentrate on that. Good thing because there are fields of choices.  For example, Amazon pulled up 217,460 results for cotton queen-sized bed sheets ranging in price from $3 to $300. It was hard to find two descriptions that were alike.

With each glossary of cotton-sheet terms, there seemed to be more categories. An article on Huffington Post said the type of cotton fiber and how it is woven matter more than thread count, which seems to be a very clever marketing gimmick.

Thus, we’ll examine fiber and weave. For the former, we turned to the blog, Bed Sheet Advisor. (We told you it could be complicated. Someone turned decoding sheets turned a job!)

  • Combed Cotton – Combed cotton has gone through a cleaning process that strips it of all impurities and short fibers. Combed cotton is extremely soft and smooth.
  • Supima Cotton – Supima is soft and durable, making it a good bed sheet choice for kids and college-aged students. It uses a specific weave for pima cotton.
  • Muslin Cotton – This is the least soft of the cottons and is the material that is most often used for kids sheets. They are the most durable and long lasting.
  • Egyptian Cotton – With ultra-long fibers, this cotton is the most luxurious and often found at high-end hotels and bed-and-breakfasts.

Then there is the type of weave used, according to the home décor site, The Spruce.

  • Percale is a plain-weave fabric made from both combed and carded cotton yarns. It produces a smooth, slightly starched finish and crisp feel.
  • Sateen (not to be confused with satin) has a more vertical weave that produces a shiny, smooth finish.
  • Jersey sheets resemble T-shirt material and are popular among teens. They rip easily, so keep your cat off the bed. (Good luck.)
  • Flannel sheets use a combing technique that fluffs up the fibers, trapping body heat. They are great for cold nights because they don’t feel chilly when you climb into bed. Flannel quality is measured in ounces per square yard rather than thread count. (See? We didn’t even mention thread counts. In short, they don’t matter as much as fiber and weave.)

Beyond cotton, there are silk or satin sheets. They are slippery, which is either good or bad depending on your preference, and very cool in the summer. They’re also hypoallergenic and durable.

Bamboo- and eucalyptus-based sheets are very environmentally conscious choices because of their manufacturing process, but you give up a little in physical comfort.

If you want to just buy the sheets you liked in the hotel you stayed in last night, you can do that too. Good Housekeeping named Marriott’s sheets the best. They are a 300-thread count percale cotton/polyester blend. At $158, those aren’t even the most expensive among hotel-branded sheets. But at least you don’t have to wade through a quarter million choices.

Once you find the right sheets, you’re in like Flynn. A great Voila mattress, the right sheets and you: Three layers of wonderful!