by April Sanders
The bedroom is one of the most personal rooms in a home, and bed linens are often your best bet for creating a space that reflects your personality. It should be a relaxing retreat with a luxurious bed as the focal point of the room. Create that restful feeling by choosing high-quality bedding. While many people splurge on a down comforter or feather pillows, they sometimes skimp on bed linens. Don't make the mistake of settling for low-quality bedding. After all, bed linens are the part of the bed that touches your skin. Look below to learn how to choose quality bed linens.
Pay attention to the thread count. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheets and pillowcases will be. Bed linens with lower thread counts will be thinner and more fragile than bed sheets with a higher thread count, so investing a little bit in luxury bed linens now can pay off big time in the future.
Look at the fabric. Linens can be made of cotton, linen, flannel, silk or satin. Many of these fabrics are blended with a synthetic fabric to make them more durable. The more pure they are, however, the more comfortable they will be in the long run.
Examine the weave on the sheets. Higher quality bed sheets and bed linens boast a tighter weave. The downside is that tightly woven fabrics are harder to keep clean. If you're looking for low-maintenance, comfortable bedding, consider linens with a medium tightness in their weave.
Pay the price. In many cases, the higher the sheets are priced, the better the quality. With fine bed linens, it's generally true that you get what you pay for. Bed sheets with a high thread count can cost more, but they will ultimately last longer than thinner sheets.
Cover it up. To protect your quality bed linens and make laundry day easy, look for luxury bedding accessories made with Egyptian cotton. This tightly woven, high thread count fabric will provide a durable cover for duvets and gets softer each time you wash it.