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Are you Shopping for Sheets?

March 29, 2013

Shopping for bed sheets can be a little different than shopping for clothes or shoes. In fact, because of the sheer amount of choice available it can be almost as intimidating as choosing a mattress. Because of this, we here at BedKing thought that we would put together a concise guide to shopping for sheets.

What is a sheet thread count and why is it important? 

Thread count is arguably the most well-known term related to sheets, but also one of the most misunderstood. The basic meaning of a sheets thread count is that it is the number of threads in each square inch of the fabric that go horizontal and vertical.

Did you know? It is a complete fallacy that you need to go by the thread count of a set of sheets to determine how good they are. Modern production techniques and sheet fabrics can ensure that even sheets with medium thread counts can be of the best quality. 

Check the ply before you buy! 

The ply of the fabric determines the number of threads wrapped together in the sheet.  There are generally two fabric ply’s that are used in the manufacturing of sheets:

  • Single-ply, which means only one thread is used
  • Double-ply, which means that two threads are intertwined  

Did you know? The ply is associated to the thread count because a 300 thread count means that it is either 300 single-ply threads or 150 double-ply threads in each square inch of the fabric. Single-ply sheets tend to be thinner that their more durable and heavy double-ply counterparts. 

What fabric is fabulous (for you)?

The amount of different types of fabrics used to manufacture sheets is a long one (and even includes the same fabric used to make athletics clothes), but is usually confined in South Africa to silk, cotton or synthetic microfibers. 

Did you know? Cotton sheets are extremely popular in South Africa thanks to their luxurious fee. Egyptian cotton in particular is prized (as it is around the world) and is highly absorbent and keeps the sleeper cool because of its breathability. 


As with buying a bed or any other types of bedding, comfort is key when shopping for new sheets. Nobody can tell you what is right for you, you need to decide this for yourself. After all, you are going to be spending one-third of your life sleeping so you may as well enjoy it… 

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