How to choose bed linen

Interior designer Vera Villarosa tells us how to pick the right-sized bed sheets, thread counts, and bedding materials.

1. TAKE NOTE OF THE SIZE. “Make sure you know the size of the mattress before going out to buy bed sheets,” says Vera. If you’re not sure of the mattress size, use a tape measure to check before you head out to buy things. Also take note that when buying bed linen, English-branded linens have standards that are a bit different from American brands, as follows:

ENGLISH STANDARDS

Single: 3ft x 6ft 3”, 90 x 190cm

Double: 4ft 6” x 6ft 3”, 135 x 190cm

King:5ft x 6ft 6”, 150 x 200cm

Superking: 6ft x 6ft 6”, 180 x 200cm

Emperor: 6ft 6” x 6ft 6”, 200 x 200cm

AMERICAN STANDARDS

Twin: 39” x 75” (or 99 x 190 cm)

X-Long Twin: 39” x 80” (99 x 203 cm)

Full/Double: 54” x 75” (137 x 190 cm)

Queen: 60” x 80” (or 153 x 203 cm)

King: 76” x 80” (or 198 x 203 cm)

California King: 72” x 84” (or 182 x 213 cm)

2. MATCH SHEETS WITH YOUR ROOM COLOR.

Don’t buy on impulse. Don’t get bed linen just because the prints look good on the store rack. Try to imagine how the sheets would look inside your room. Heavily printed sheets can match a simple, neutral-tone room, while plain or muted ones are better with colorful interiors.

3. GET THE RIGHT THREAD COUNT.

Read the labels for the number of thread count. Thread count means the number of threads woven together in a square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the fabric. “You will normally find bed linen in the 200 range, quality sheets can go from 250 to more than 300,” says Vera. If you want a silky feel to your sheets, buy ones with a 400- thread count.

4. TOUCH THE SHEETS.

This may sound cheesy, but go ahead and touch the sheets, and if you can, lie on them. “Touch the bed sheets before buying them. Try to scratch the sheet with your fingernail and notice if it will fuzz. If so, it’s a low-quality sheet. You can also hold it up to the light and you will notice that light will not shine through a high-thread count sheet.”

5. BE A MATERIAL GIRL.

Choose the right material for your sheets. Cotton is considered as the go-to material as it is easy to care. But there are other types of fabrics that are used, too. Luxury, prime linen like Sea Side Cotton and Egyptian cotton are known to be silky–soft; while organic cotton and bamboo, both grown without pesticides, are eco-friendly materials.

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