Flannel sheets are often the bedding of choice during cold winter months. Not only are they soft, but also they fit on a variety of bed sizes, ranging from crib-size to California king. There are plenty of choices when you're looking for flannel sheets; weight, pattern, color, and price all play a role. Read this guide to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about flannel sheets.
What should I know about thread count and weight?
In contrast to cotton sheet sets, thread count is not an indicator of quality for flannel sheets. For flannel sheets, the softness and quality will depend on weight. There are two ways that the weight will be shown, either in ounces or grams. Flannel sheets with a fabric rating of 170 GSM or higher, or at least five ounces, are long lasting and warm.
What should I consider when choosing colors and patterns?
When it comes to flannel sheets, a tighter weave means higher quality colors and patterns. If you buy colorful flannel sheets with a pattern and a low weight, they may fade with wear and washing. For long-lasting colors and patterns, choose flannel sheets that have yarn-dyed fibers and a high weight.
How do I care for my flannel sheets?
To keep fibers soft and prevent colors from fading, wash your flannel sheets with lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Thoroughly dry the sheets on a low-heat setting to keep the fabric soft and reduce pilling. If you plan on storing your flannel sheets during warmer months, be sure to unfold and shake out your sheets occasionally. This will reduce any flattening of the fuzzy fibers of your sheets.
What are the most popular types of flannel sheets?
Historically, plaid flannel sheets were the most popular style. However, solid-colored or graphic flannel sheets are current best sellers because they are easy to incorporate into your existing bedroom decor. Many brands also offer deep-pocket flannel sheets for oversized mattresses or beds with memory foam mattress toppers.
Flannel sheets have a variety of price points, so select the set that is the best value within your budget. Cheaper sheets may seem like a good idea in the moment, but they may not withstand the years of use you need.
Jennie is a lover of all things comfortable. She lives in Salt Lake with her super cool husband, deaf mini Aussie, and the oldest lab-chow ever. She is a DIY-er, crocheter, organizer, and gardener.