When setting out to choose the best bed linens, consider the size of the linens, the style, the thread count, and the material from which the linens are made.
The size and style of the linens depends on the bed they are intended for as they should be large enough to adequately cover the bed. If you like, the style of the linens can be matched with the rest of the bedding. Remember to consider the thread count of the linens and the material from which they are made in order to find the bed linens that will be the most comfortable for you.
The bed linens you select should be large enough to cover the entire bed, and perhaps even a bit larger for those who enjoy tucking in the edges along the mattress.
Bed linens can be found in a variety of styles, from plain white to nearly any other color. This is convenient if you wish to match a new set of bed linens to blankets, pillowcases or other bedding that you already own. Patterned linens are also made in a wide variety of designs, ranging from simple flower patterns to complex or artful designs.
Thread count refers to the density of the threads in the fabric, and linens with fewer threads generally have a coarser feel whereas a larger number of threads increase the softness of the linens. The thread count number is generally determined by counting the number of threads woven together within a single square inch (6.25 sq cm) of the fabric, both horizontally and vertically. The ply of the fabric may also be a factor when choosing the best bed linens, although this is largely a matter of what one finds the most comfortable. Single-ply linens are generally lighter and thinner, while double-ply linens are thicker, heavier, and possibly more durable. This decision may be based on temperature conditions as single-ply linens may be more comfortable during the warmer months of the year, and double-ply linens may serve to keep one warmer during the winter.
Bed linens are typically made out of cotton, and the type of cotton may be a factor in deciding which linens one finds the most appealing. The most frequently used grade of cotton for linens is referred to as standard, or upland, cotton. Egyptian cotton is generally considered to be very high quality because of its softness and pleasant appearance. Another option is Pima cotton, also popular for its softness and often comparable in quality to properly manufactured Egyptian cotton.