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To what do you pay attention when choosing bed linen?

Most people often pay attention to the colors and materials of bedding. However, there are characteristics of bed furnishings which are no less important, not only for the look of your bed but also for the quality of sleep.

Size does matter

Measure and record the size of your mattress, pillows and blankets before buying bed linen. This will help you to make the right choice. Manufacturers often use such designation when specifying the size of bed or mattress:
  • - King size (for a very large bed);
  • - 2-bed (for a double bed);
  • - 1,5-bed (respectively, for twin bed);
  • - 1-bed (for single bed).

Of course, you will be able to distinguish a single bed from a double one, but the performance of manufacturers from different countries may vary for 4 to 6 inches. It is therefore better focus on the dimensions listed in inches or centimeters and millimeters.

Weave Density

On the packaging of a quality bed linen you'll find a weave density. This characteristic indicates the number of threads used per square inch of tissue. For this information you can appreciate the durability of bedding and suggest how long it can be used.
Note: quality linen is characterized by a density not less than 375 weaves per square inch or 60 weaves per square centimeter.
Other indicators of the density weave:
  • - Low density - about 150 threads per square inch. To tissues with a low density case, for example, lawn;
  • - Density of below average - about 250 threads (cotton, linen);
  • - Average density - not less than 300 threads. Cotton and flax may relate to this category;
  • - Density of higher than average - about 500 threads. Such a density can have a weave of synthetic fabrics and Turkish silk;
  • - High density - up to 750 filaments (Chinese silk, satin, synthetic fabric, percale);
  • - Very high-density - nearly 1900 threads per square inch. The most dense can be satin and Japanese silk.


Bright and beautiful colors certainly attract much attention. But how practical would be such a fabric? Take a look at the seamy side of the bedding kit. If the front and back side of linen have clearly marked contrast, it is likely that bedding will fade during washing. When buying colored linen, pay attention to recommendations for care, written on the label. If it is allowed to wash clothes at a temperature of 60 degrees, that means that qualitative and stable dye was used during manufacturing.