How to Choose Silk Sheets

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Upgrading your bedroom from standard to luxurious is easy when you put silk sheets on your bed. Soft and lightweight, silk sheets turn your bed into a haven for sleeping and lounging. If you're ready to upgrade the sheets for your bed, there are a few key things to consider. Here's how to choose silk sheets.

Buying Silk Sheets:

  1. Get ready for luxury: Cultivated silk is spun from the protein produced by silkworms and is rarer than regular cotton, making silk bedding pricier. It's a natural fiber that is long-lasting and beautiful.

  2. "Weigh" your options: When picking out silk bedding, determine what weight you're looking for. With regards to silk, the momme weight refers to the actual weight of the silk, and the thread count means how many threads there are per square inch. The lower the momme weight, the thinner the sheets in your silk sheet set will be. Look for a momme weight around 13 to 19 for silk sheets that are durable and soft.

  3. Decide on a silk type: When purchasing silk bedding, there are typically two types of silk -- mulberry silk and wild silk. Mulberry silk is produced using silkworms fed a special diet of mulberry leaves. This special treatment helps produce the softest and most luxurious silk in the market. Made from a variety of silkworm types, wild silk is still very soft but more affordable. If you're looking for a bargain sheet set that is still 100 percent silk, look for silk sheet sets that mix both silk types. Whichever type of silk you choose, you'll rest easy thanks to the fabric's breathable nature.

  4. Understand the differences: Silk, satin, and sateen often get confused. However, both satin and sateen are artificial and not as durable as silk. Silk has a shimmering appearance on both sides of the sheet, while satin and sateen are often shiny on one side and matte on the back. Sateen is commonly combined with cotton, while satin sheets can be woven from several materials, like silk, nylon, and polyester. Although satin sheets are a great affordable option, if you're looking for true silk luxury, make sure the label says 100 percent silk.

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Updated November 21, 2014