When shopping and buying bedding, sheets, or linens it’s always a good idea to know the types of fabric and weaves used, which will help you find the perfect match for your bed and comfort. Here is a list of the different types of fabrics used in bed sheets and linens that will help you find the silky, soft, or crisp sheets you prefer.
Cotton is the most used and favoured fabric for bed sheets and linens because of its durability and softness. Other preferred fabrics for beddings are silk, polyester and linen.
There are many different types of cotton used for bed sheets along with many blends. Here are some of the most common types of cotton used in bedding and sheets.
- Egyptian cotton
- Pima cotton
- Upland cotton
Silk is luxurious, soft fibre produced from silk worms. Silk sheets and bedding create a silky, cool alternative for warm summer days and romantic nights. Silk is also naturally hyper-allergenic, which is another alternative for people who suffer from allergies.
Polyester is a man-made and natural fibre produced from polymers which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. Polyester sheets are often found in motels and hotels, where durability and cleanliness is preferred. Normally polyester sheets and bedding is scratchy, stiff and inexpensive. Polyester is more likely used as a filler in blends of cotton sheets.
Linen is a natural fibre that is absolutely great for people who love natural things. Linen is suitable for people with allergies since it is not chemically treated during the preparation and it is hyper-allergenic. Linen is a material that feels a little stiff, but gets softer and softer the more you use it. Absorbs heat and humidity very well.