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Qualities of Good Bedding

Qualities of Good Bedding

The right bedding can make all the difference to a restful night’s sleep. Luxury fabrics offer a range of benefits, including temperature regulation and moisture-wicking.

Choose from a variety of premium weaves, including percale (one over, one under) and sateen (a single weft thread passes over each warp thread) for an elevated aesthetic.



The fabric and fibres in your bedding have a huge impact on how they feel against your skin. They can be smooth and silky, cool and crisp or cosy and warm.

The best bedding will help you to drift off into a restful sleep. Sheets should be soft and breathable so that you can easily move throughout the night. They should also be able to resist moisture and microbes that can cause odors, mildew and itching.

The most common bed linens are made from cotton, which is breathable, soft and comfortable. Some of the most premium varieties are Egyptian and Supima cotton, which grow extra-long staple fibers that create a smoother and stronger fabric.


The bedding you choose is a major investment, so you want to be sure it will last. Look for reinforcements like bar tacks at pillow and duvet cover openings and cloth-covered buttons (which reduce wear by not coming into contact with the metal).

The fabric your sheets are made from will also impact how durable they are. Aim for 100% cotton sheets, preferably Extra-Long Staple (ELS) cotton. These are softer, more durable, and less prone to wrinkling.

Thread count is often used as a metric of quality, but it doesn’t always correlate with softness. It depends on the fineness of the threads used, their ply (whether single or double), and the weave style used, such as percale, folge dem Link.

Other important considerations are the material and thickness of the fibers, as well as your preferred sleeping temperature. Some materials, such as polyester and jersey, are less durable and can trap heat, while others, such as bamboo viscose and Tencel, are eco-friendly and have a cool feel.



When it comes to choosing bedding, aesthetics matter a great deal. A bed should be a peaceful oasis, so it’s important to choose a style that suits you and your bedroom.

Sheets are a big part of your bed’s appearance, so it’s worth investing in good quality ones. Look for long-staple cottons, as these are softer and smoother than short-staple varieties. You can also opt for a set that includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcases.

The best sheets have a luxurious drape and a subtle luminosity. They’re feather-light yet provide warmth and are incredibly soft on the skin.

Linen is a bast fiber (the same family as jute and hemp) that gets even softer with every washing. Look for soft linen options like Coyuchi’s organic cotton blanket or Boll & Branch’s Nordic-style duvet cover. They’re great for adding visual interest to your bedroom and layering over your flat sheet.


When buying sheets, it is important to look at the material and thread count. Higher thread counts can be more expensive but are often softer and more durable than lower ones. It is also important to consider the care instructions as some materials require special detergents and may need to be washed separately or hand washed.

It is also important to wash bedding regularly. Our skin sheds millions of dead skin cells each day and our bodies produce sweat, oils and body fluids that can build up in the fabric. Washing linens frequently helps to cut down on dust mites and other allergens that can contribute to a host of health problems, including asthma and lowered immune systems.


Pottery Barn offers a variety of bedding that is soft, breathable and easy to maintain. Whether you opt for standard cotton sheets or a more luxurious material like Egyptian cotton, which has longer fibers that result in a smoother texture, the comfort and durability of your linens will last you for years to come.

Qualities of Good Bedding
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