How to Choose Silk Sheets

How to Choose Silk Sheets

Silk Sheets
Lose yourself in luxury when you purchase silk sheets for your new bedding ensemble. Silk is an incredibly durable fabric made from natural fibers. Its shine, shimmer, and smoothness upgrade your bed from eh to wow in one complete bedding set. Indulge now for a lifetime of comfort, but know what it is you're getting into before you buy the silk bedding of your dreams.
Silk Sheets

Choose Your Weight

High-quality silk sheets come in different weights based on momme. The word momme (abbreviated “mm”) is pronounced like “mummy,” and it’s a Japanese measure that takes into account how much a standard piece of luxury silk weighs. The higher the momme weight, the heavier and thicker the piece of silk. Manufacturers generally regard a 19-mm weight silk fabric to have the optimal balance of strength, sheen, and affordability. Thicker silks with higher momme weights generally cost more.

Match Your Colors

Silk bedding comes in just about any color imaginable. Feel free to match and complement other aspects of your bedroom, such as the drapes, carpet, or walls, as you design your perfect bed linen set. Just remember the luster and sheen of the silk stands out from other colors in the room. Natural and artificial light reflects in the fabric in ways other substances can’t. Deep purple colors were the favorite of Chinese royalty, while standard hues of green, blue, and red come in deep, vibrant colors that make the centerpiece of your bedroom pop.

Pick Your Type

Silk sheet sets comes in different types of silk fabric. The most common type for consumer use is mulberry silk, which comes from a particular type of silk worm bred for industrial purposes. The most common type of mulberry silk you can purchase is called charmeuse.

Charmeuse is, by far, the most popular kind of silk that goes into sheets, dresses, and nightgowns. Charmeuse contains high luster and less friction than other silks. Look for charmeuse when you try to find the most affordable and durable silk on the market.

Mind Your Synthetics

Satin, the synthetic version of silk, is often an inexpensive substitute for silk. However, silk is a superior fabric because it has a softer feel to it and won’t catch on your skin like satin does. If you’re shopping for pure silk, look for products that say ‘100 percent silk’ on the label or in the description. To get the most out of your purchase, compare your options using the guide to Best Bed Sheet Materials and Weaves before buying.


When choosing new bedding, don’t stop at your sheets. Silk duvets and duvet covers provide all-season comfort to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Silk duvet covers are easy to keep clean and protect your duvet from stains and wear.

Duvet covers often come in white, but you can find them to match any decor. To care for a duvet cover, you simply remove the duvet cover from the duvet, and toss it in the wash. A duvet cover also takes up less space in your washing machine than the duvet itself, saving you time, money, and effort when you protect your investment.

To ensure a long-lasting sheen in your new silk sheets, be sure to read How to Care for Silk Sheets. If you feel like you need additional tips before you pull the purchase trigger, learn How to Buy Bed Sheets.