Guide To Sheets - The Ultimate Guide To Bedding

Guide To Sheets - The Ultimate Guide To Bedding
 
 

In such especially tumultuous and stressful times, it is of tantamount importance to take care of your health.

Health is more than exercise and eating right: proper sleep is a core concern. People spend lots of time making proper purchase decisions for everything in their life. It's time to do our due diligence for picking the right bedding for them.

Learn more in the guide to sheets and ultimate guide to bedding in the infographic below:

In 2021, people spent more than $87 billion on new bedding worldwide   Bedding Preferences

  • By The Numbers
    • 2 in 3 Americans still use the flat sheets
      • Who’s ditching the flat sheet?
        • Gen Z: 38%
        • Boomers: 33%
        • Millennials: 32%
        • Gen X: 31%

 

  • On average, Americans use 3 pillows
  • Most choose a comforter or blanket
    • Comforter: 58%
    • Blanket: 55%
    • Quilt: 11%
    • Bedspread: 11%
    • Duvet: 11%
  • Changing Sheets
  • 32% of Americans wash their sheets once a week
    • Including 73% of single American women and just 14% of American couples

 

    • 56% of American couples change their sheets every two weeks
    • 51% of single American men wash their sheets once every 10 weeks or less
    • 45% of single men in the UK don’t wash their sheets for 3-4 months at a time
    • 65% of Americans say they don’t have time to change their sheets regularly
      •  47% simply forget to do so
  • Are you washing your bedding enough?
  • Experts recommend
    • Pillowcases & sheets should be washed every week
    • Duvet covers should be washed every 2 to 4 weeks
    • Blankets should be washed every 2 to 3 months
    • Pillows should be washed every 4 to 6 months 
  • In USA, 53% don’t believe expert recommendations on changing bedding
    • 24% didn’t know they should be washed so regularly
    • 19% believe showering before bed keeps sheets clean
  • In the UK, nearly 1 in 4 people don’t change their sheets because they don’t have a set of clean bedding to put on
  • People who change their sheets more often, get better sleep
  • How satisfied are you with your quality of sleep?
    • Very satisfied: 12.8 days between washes
    • Somewhat satisfied: 16.1 days between washes
    • Somewhat unsatisfied: 16.7 days between washes
    • Very unsatisfied: 19.9 days between washes

  68% of Americans struggle to fall asleep at least once a week   Is it time to change your sheets?

  • You may need new sheets if
  • You see yellowing, tearing, or holes
  • The seams are splitting or fraying
  • You notice an odor, even after a wash
  • You aren't sleeping as well as you used to
  • You wake up with itchy skin, a stuffy nose, or other allergy symptoms

  Choosing Your New Sheets

  • Material Matters
  • Linen
    • Breathable fabric that softens with each wash
    • Prone to wrinkling, shrinkage, tearing, and snags
    • More expensive than cotton of the same quality
  • Sustainable Plant-Based Fibers: Bamboo, Modal (Beech), Tencel (Eucalyptus)
    • Cooling, breathable fabrics
    • Difficult care requirements, easily damaged
    • Much more expensive than cotton
  • Polyester
    • Most affordable and durable option for bedding
    • Non-breathable fabric traps heat and moisture
    • Prone to staining and pilling over time
  • Silk
    • Comfortable for all-season use 
    • Extremely expensive and hard to find
    • Difficult care requirements, easily damaged
  • Cotton
    • Maximizes comfort for all seasons
      • Moisture wicking and breathable
      • Cool in summer, warm in winter
      • Hypoallergenic natural fiber
      • Softens with each wash
    • Easy to care for, highly durable, and affordable
  • Cotton Quality
  • Staple Length: Length of the fibers used to weave the fabric — Longer staples create softer, more durable sheets
  • Extra-long staple ~2 in: Look for certified Egyptian cotton, Pima or Supima
  • Long staple ~1.25 in: Sourced from India, Egypt, and the USA
  • Short staple ~1.125 in: Usually labeled simply “100% cotton”
  • Weave: Different weaves can change the softness and durability of your sheets
  • Percale
    • Lightweight and wrinkle resistant
    • Grows softer with each wash
    • Good for hot sleepers and summer weather
  • Sateen 
    • Lush, silky feel similar to satin
    • Slightly heavier, with an elegant drape 
    • Good for all-season comfort
  • Twill
  • Thicker weave, often used for flannel
  • Wrinkle-resistant, but prone to shrinkage
  • Typically a more affordable option
  • Thread Count: The number of threads in one square inch of material (both horizontal and vertical)
  • Higher thread counts offer smoother, more durable sheets
  • Often made from finer quality yarn
  • A closer weave achieves an ultra-smooth texture
  • May be thicker and heavier than lower thread counts
  • Thread count is no longer the sole deciding factor in sheet quality — Stick to anything above 250 to ensure durability
  • Ply: The number of fibers used to create one thread
  • Single-Ply: One fiber per thread 
  • Tight weave, softer, and higher durability
  • Single-ply with a lower quality cotton is often better than two-ply
  • Two-Ply: Two fibers twisted together
  • Loose weave, rougher feel, and lower durability
  • May be used to increase thread count without increasing quality
  • Sheet Size: Mattress size is just the first step, consider how thick your mattress is and if you have a mattress topper 
  • Standard: Fitted sheet covers 7-14 inches
  • Deep: Fitted sheet covers 11-17 inches
  • Consider Color
  • Are you worried about cleanliness?
    • Classic white provides a crisp, clean feeling — and is easily bleached
    • Dark colors evoke night and rest — help hide discoloration and stains
  • Are you a night owl or a morning person?
    • Bright colors stimulate the brain, promoting morning wakefulness
    • Neutrals are soothing to the eyes, promoting restful sleep
  • Looking for more color?
    • Green earth tones create a tranquil, natural feeling environment
    • Blues are considered the most soothing nighttime colors
  • Try mixing it up
    • Buy two sheet sets in the same color families and mix them for a monochromatic look
    • Use a brightly colored top sheet with neutral bedding for a subtle pop of color 

  Choose comfort and quality with luxury cotton from Pizuna Linens 
Sources: 2022 Pizuna Linens Survey of 4,100 US adults and 2,250 UK adults
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